Monday, April 13, 2009

This Is How It Happens


You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At
least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your
shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and
open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows.

One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes
it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs
to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front
door and lurches outside.

As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.

In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are
privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was
never registered.

Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.

They arrest you for First Degree Murder and illegal Possession of a Firearm.
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will
probably plea the case down to manslaughter.

"What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask.

"Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing. "Behave yourself,
and you'll be out in seven."

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.
Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two
men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives
can't find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the
article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested
numerous times.
But the next day's headline says it all: "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to
Die." The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin
Hood-type pranksters.

As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up,
then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win.
media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times
in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack of
in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor
that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege
that you were lying in wait for the burglars.

A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as your
lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the
injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a
mean, vengeful man. It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all
charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case happened.

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England , killed one
burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now
serving a life term.

How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great British
Empire ?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade
selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to
be made only to those who had a license.

The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all
firearms except shotguns.

Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by
private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford
mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a
Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the
smoke cleared, 17 people were dead. The British public, already de-sensitized
by eighty years of "gun control", demanded even tougher restrictions. (The
seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used
a rifle.)

Nine years later, at Dunblane , Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic
weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or

Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day
after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and
demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later,
sealed the fate of the few sidearm still owned by private citizens.

During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most
rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to
be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people
who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a
reason to own a gun.

Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real
criminals were released.

Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We
cannot have people take the law into their own hands." All of Martin's
neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were
severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences.
Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed
or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three
months to turn them over to local authorities.

Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were
visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't
comply. Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from
private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered
and licensed. Kinda like cars.

Sound familiar?


"... it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." --Samuel Adams


Humble wife said...

Holy Crapfest. I am not shocked but TOTALLY aware that this is coming here soon.

Keep on writing as it stirs the fires inside.

PH said...

Outstanding Post! More, More, More. If you have any sources for this and other similar events, I would be interested in them as well.
Thanks. said...

we are looking to form a survivalist here in demopolis Alabama,any one to refure us to?

Lisa B. said...

I read or at the very least check all 50 state prepper networks just about every day and have found most of the information helpful and informative. I am one of those, however, who hardly ever comments on any of them. I just came from the APN (I forget this one sometimes) and read his rant about people not taking some kind of action either to prepare themselves or to educate themselves. How can we possibly know how to prepare if we don't know what we are preparing for? He's right - people need to wake up and pay attention to the news that's coming out of our nation's capital every day. If we continue to sit silently by, we will one day find ourselves a third world nation and wonder why somebody didn't warn us about it! I'm always disappointed when I check this site and see very little action in the comments section but again I'm just as guilty as others. If anyone in the Chilton county area is interested in getting together to exchange ideas or pass along useful information, I would like to know. My email is It would be nice to know I'm not alone out here!

Phelan said...

Sounds like what happened in Colorado recently. The more crazy that have shoot outs, the more people that are willing to defend themselves, the more the media cry out for bans. It is a sad state we live in.

Tracy said...

In answer to the requests for contacts for Alabama survival groups, I have been considering a new website configured as a forum, so that those with ties to Alabama and an interest is survival preps may communicate.