St Louis Police Chief Dan Isom
has said that while he supports the second amendment, he thinks that St Louisans should just lie back and take homicides without fighting back. There have been 157 homicides this year, up from 124 all of last year. Here's what he says at his blog
on an entry entitled "The Solution is Not More Guns". Isom became chief in October 2008.
The Second Amendment ensures the right to own a gun and I fully support those law abiding St. Louisans who choose to exercise that right. However, the things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a crime victim have little to do with owning a gun. If you don’t participate in illicit activities like drug use, and you don’t associate with those who do, you dramatically decrease your chances of becoming a homicide victim.
Well that's all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of people who just go about their daily working and taking the kids to school who are gunned down. They don't associate with drugs and hoods, yet they somehow miraculously become victims. What people like this Dan Isom argue is that if you arm yourself you are much more likely to get pissed off and pull out the gun and shoot someone. He quotes stats that most people shot know each other. Yeah, they know each other because they are competing against each other for crime turf.
Why an innocent citizen should be told to not be prepared to defend themselves if they happen to be caught in the crossfire is idiotic to me.
St. Louis city leader Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe, 72, on the other hand told the citizens of St Louis to arm themselves to protect their property and lives as the economy gets even worse because the cops can't help you.
"The community has to be ready to defend itself, because it's clear the economy is going to get worse, and criminals are getting more bold," Troupe, 72, said Tuesday.
Troupe said that when he and residents approached a district police commander last year, they were told "there was nothing he could do to protect us and the community ... that he didn't have the manpower."
I think with age comes wisdom in this case. Isom is too young to realize what a 72-year-old who has been around the block does, that criminals will attack innocent victims and not just those people they know and other crooks.
And here's a little video put together by criminals for gun control, apparently fully supported by Dan Isom.
Tipped by: Reader Lone Wolf
Video tipped by: On the Third Hand
Whats next? California passed that no gun crud a long time ago. So unarmed citizens... Do you think a criminal cares about the law? Hell no. So why should there be gun control for the citizens when its the criminals using them for wrongdoing in the first place?
Isom is young, and I understand he's trying to decrease homicides coming from some of the advice he gives in his blog, however... a simple question for him: If he was in the position of being face to face to a killer, would you rather have a gun in his hand to fight for himself, or his last thought in his mind, possibly a tear in his eye?
Not to turn it around, and to make a chuckle out of this, but crime is like sex..Without protection, you're screwed unless you really wanted it (in this case obviously, to die).
Posted by: Dazin on December 9, 2008 04:59 PM