Business owners in Ferguson, Mo., are taking up arms and standing guard outside their establishments as a fresh wave of violence has swept the community. Dellena Jones, owner of the 911 Salon, has seen the salon repeatedly looted throughout the course of the protests; she is now concerned about her capability to keep it open.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her defray costs, and it has been reported that members of the community have come together to stand watch over the business. While we are pleased to see neighbors coming to Jones’ aid, her predicament underlines how helpless unarmed citizens are in the current atmosphere of lawlessness.
U.S. Navy Will Arm Personnel At Reserve Centers
In response to the attacks on recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., the U.S. Navy announced it is authorizing arming personnel at reserve centers, according to a Fox News report.
The Navy becomes the first branch of the military to arm servicemen not on military installations. “The threat posed to military forces in the United States by homegrown violent extremists has increased,” said Cmdr. William Marks.
NRA has long advocated the restoration of Second Amendment rights for U.S. servicemen and women. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., have introduced legislation authorizing those who work at recruiting centers to be armed, and Tennessee lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced legislation to lift the ban on servicemen and women carrying firearms on base.
Meanwhile, the governors of Nebraska, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana have authorized the arming of personnel at their National Guard installations.
More Media Warming To Hunting
As we mentioned last week, after the possibly illegal killing of a collared lion in Zimbabwe, some news outlets are beginning to print the truth about hunting. Now even The New York Times has weighed in on the scientific side of a story that has so far relied way more on emotion.
“Despite the intensifying calls to ban or restrict trophy hunting in Africa, most conservation groups, wildlife management experts and African governments support the practice as a way to maintain wildlife,” Norimitsu Onishi wrote in the Times article.
The story also quotes Rosie Cooney, a zoologist who is the chairwoman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, saying: “There’s only two places on the earth where wildlife at a large scale has actually increased in the 20th century, and those are North America and southern Africa. Both of those models of conservation were built around hunting.”
Colombia Puts Hatred Of Guns Over Citizens’ Safety
The bias against guns in Colombia has prompted a debate on new legislation that could extend the ban on firearms to include restrictions on non-lethal weapons for personal defense—but how effective has the 2012 ban been in controlling the violence?
Despite the gun-control restrictions, the Bogotá homicide rate increased between 2013 and 2014, from 16.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants to 17.4. Regardless of the evidence, however, the Colombian government insists that gun control will decrease the number of murders.
The truth is, a society with armed citizens is not necessarily a violent one. Take New Hampshire, where gun ownership is at 30 percent but the murder rate is only between 1 and 2 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
The government’s agenda is based purely on ideology: Not allowing citizens to defend themselves only makes things easier for criminals.
Dallas Homeowner Shoots Intruder
A man in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas, woke up to realize that two men had pried open a side door of his home with a crowbar and had entered the building. “I was kind of scared at first,” said Kendrick Dickson, the armed citizen. “I got my 8-month-old little boy here.”
Dickson retrieved his rifle and shot one of the two men, while the other escaped. The wounded suspect also fled but sought medical help at a hospital; he is expected to be charged upon release.
Dickson’s mother also arrived home just minutes after the incident. He explained, “I was just thinking, protect my family, protect my property, protect myself, and that’s what I did today.”