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Bryan Preston


August 15, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Here’s an inspiring story about the right of self-defense, from Houston.

A woman opened fire on a group of robbers at a local Denny’s restaurant.

At around 4 a.m. Thursday, a man who does not want to be identified, said his brother was robbed by six men with guns at a Denny’s off the Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston.

“I don’t know if it was random or someone set him up. Because he got his own label,” said the victim’s brother.

His brother’s wife was in the restroom at the time, but when she exited the restroom she saw the group of suspected robbers. Police said that’s when she pulled out her gun and shot at them.

“She said she came out of the restroom and saw my brother on the floor. That’s when she started doing what she gotta do. She got a license and she’ll do anything to protect her kids and my brother,” he said.

It sounds like there’s a lot more to this story, but as no names have been used, it’s tough to figure everything out. The print version of the story misquotes the brother, who in the video version plainly states that the victim has his own record label. Six armed men robbing a Denny’s at 4 am also sounds odd. Police call the incident a shootout, implying that the robbers shot back, and that no one on either side has spent much time at a firing range. But the woman ran the robbers off singlehandedly, saving her family, and no one else was injured.

That outcome would have been unlikely had the woman not been armed, and living in a state that has concealed carry. All 50 states allow concealed carry now, but some states are friendlier to the Second Amendment than others. Texas is one of the most pro-Second Amendment states around.

We can’t be a police state, and we don’t want to be a police state. When we get to that point, we’ll see a lot more stories like this one — and we see too many of these kinds of stories now.

At around seven thirty last Friday morning, inhabitants of The Garden of Eden, a small Intentional Community based on Sustainability, were awakened by a SWAT raid conducted by the City of Arlington (TX) for suspicion of being a full fledged marijuana growth and trafficking operation. Ultimately only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations, a handful of citations were given for city code violations, and zero drug related violations were found.

The entire operation lasted about 10 hours and involved many dozens of city officials, SWAT team, police officers and code compliance employees, and numerous official vehicles including dozens of police cars and several specialized vehicular equipment that was involved in the “abatement” operation. Witnesses say that there were helicopters and unmanned flying drones circling the property in the days prior to the raid that are presumed to have been a part of the intelligence gathering. The combined expenses for the raid itself and the collection of information leading up to the fruitless raid are estimated in the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

It’s better to have an armed and educated citizenry than to let the state monopolize all firepower.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Garden of Eden story: Based on no data, evidence or facts, they basically used a SWAT team to enforce building codes. Just because they could.

...and this is America, the land of the free, eh?
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CCW is technically allowed in California, yes. The "may-issue" system is totally corrupt. If you don't live in a rural county with a rational sheriff, you have to hope you can make a campaign donation big enough. Where I live there is effectively no CCW.
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That Garden of Eden story reminds me of Alice's Restaurant:

"I want tell you about the town of
Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here, they got three stop
Signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the
Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars,
Being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to
Get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of
Cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer's station.
They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and
They took twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles
And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each
One was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach,
The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that's not to
Mention the aerial photography."
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