Arms and the (wo)man

A Cato blog points to the story of an unfortunate woman in California. A man broke into her house, and she went for the phone. While she was pleading for help with a 911 dispatcher, the man shot her.

Deputies arrived at the house… a few minutes after Wednesday’s late morning call.

Yes. Exactly. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Twenty-eight year veteran sheriff Bill Masters of Telluride, San Miguel County in Colorado says flatly that, “It is your responsibility” to be able to protect yourself, your family and your home. In Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff Jim Alderden writes in an Internet column called Straight Shooting From the Sheriff.

[The] philosophy of keeping guns out of the hands of sane and law abiding citizens on campus potentially contributed to the tragic results (at Virginia Tech). Locally, we are fortunate that at Colorado State University, the administrators have shown more common sense and recognize that a firearm in the hands of a law abiding citizens who frequent the campus is not a risk but could be a deterrent to violent criminal activity.

Not a lot of people even think about how many guns there are in Thailand. But there are a lot! one of the reasons that house invasions and home robberies are uncommon is that the bad guys really don’t know who might be armed.

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