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For Brave New World, Just Add Gun Control

As cities cut police forces, the wealthy hire private protection.

Howard Nemerov


April 6, 2013 - 8:36 am

In my book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control, I examine historical research that consistently shows how gun control benefits those in power. Of course, those with the power also control the money. Recent news reports prove once again that even should America experience civilian disarmament, the “1%” won’t be affected.

The Christian Science Monitor reports how residents of Oakland, California’s “wealthy enclaves” have hired private security in response to the decline of the Oakland Police Department. As Oakland’s finances diminished, they laid off cops despite “struggling with one of the highest murder rates in the nation.” While these private guards are unarmed—California leads the country in gun control—it nevertheless reflects the new trend of private guards patrolling neighborhood streets, instead of just shopping malls and gated communities.

In Houston, Texas:

A Houston-based company with offices in London and Dubai that helps protect cargo ships from pirates is now helping a southwest neighborhood protect itself against common thieves.

These guards are “armed like cops and even have their own K-9 units.” (It’s Texas, not California.) A representative for S.E.A.L. Security claimed they’ve already “saved the [neighborhood] association roughly $200,000, while giving residents added peace of mind.” Burglaries were “cut in half” and they’ve stopped assaults.

A Chicago alderman has proposed allowing private concerns to hire off-duty cops to patrol their properties and neighborhoods.

A philanthropist or business could sponsor a police beat and put more off-duty cops on the streets under a plan being put forth by a downtown Chicago lawmaker on the City Council.

Off-duty officers looking to moonlight could make $30 per hour, with a six-hour minimum shift. The alderman says his proposal “wouldn’t just apply to the city’s more affluent neighborhoods,” but who exactly can afford to spend $262,080 a year for private police protection?

Gun control is about making America safer…for the elites afraid of armed Americans. Since we’re law-abiding and haven’t offered violence to these self-appointed demigods, they should look in the mirror to learn why they’re afraid.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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Another opportunity to point out that crime is the Progressives preferred method of social control. Take away the guns from the people, let the nomenclatura get the remaining police protection and the wealthy get to hire armed guards while the 95% live if fear locked up in their homes.

The Progressive way: Keep,'em poor, uneducated and dependent. It worked in the ghetto and so we will extend it to the rest the society.
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There's a reason this is being called gun control, rather than violence control.

Nobody seems to want to ask the Willie Sutton question. If you wanted to actually control VIOLENCE caused by illegal use of guns, wouldn't you go to where the illegal gun violence was?

Gang violence using guns is in first place and second place, if this was a marathon, would have tripped over the starting line.

But, heaven forfend...NO leftist, nor his pet flunky media errand going to discuss gun violence in black and Hispanic neighborhoods by gangbanging hoodlums.

Wrong shape, wrong size and definitely wrong get any Democrat or media flying monkey to hone in on.

So, let's stop being coy and disingenuous. This is about control of a different sort. Pushing around the "other" gun owners...who happen to be overwhelmingly, white, male, Christian and conservative.

And Obama and his small c communists go after them...because, in that instance, they DO answer the Willie Sutton question. Because that's where the money is.
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