Blast from the past…

Should Antigun Liberals Use Armed Bodyguards?

Insight on the News,  

Feb 14, 2000  by Carmine Sarracino


    It’s what the rich and powerful do. According to an article in my morning paper of Jan. 14, television personality Ben Stein, star of Win Ben Stein’s Money, was robbed at gunpoint recently and now has decided to hire a part-time bodyguard. The surprise is that he did not, as is the case with most celebrities, already have one. Like celebrities, politicians as well — even the most shrill antigun governors and senators — have their taxpayer-provided state-trooper bodyguards. It would be interesting to ask someone such as Bill Bradley, for example, to lead the way in the gun-control movement, which he champions, by disarming his bodyguards. “But,” the objection would come, “I am a public figure and vulnerable to violent attack.” And, would come my counter-objection, “we private citizens are not?”

    In my years of thinking and reading about the issue of armed self-defense (years of shooting recreationally and competitively as well), I have come to realize that many people who would abolish the Second Amendment fall into two broad categories. Some simply are afraid of guns — far beyond the healthy respect and rules of safety that guns require. These are “gunophobes” in the same way that we have, say, “arachniphobes” who irrationally fear spiders. (And who, I am sure, would be happy to ban the creepy critters if they could.) Others find in the gun issue an easy way to claim the moral high ground. Since guns obviously are evil, they who oppose guns must be just as obviously on the side of the angels. The litmus test for inclusion into one or both of these categories is this: the relentless and irrational insistence upon defining guns in terms of their worst uses and ignoring altogether their best uses.

    The best use of a firearm is the most common. According to a recent study by a University of Chicago law professor, firearms are used more than I million times each year in the United States to thwart crime and, in the overwhelming majority of cases the firearm is not even fired, but simply displayed, or its use is threatened. For example, a homeowner pumps a round into the chamber of his 12-gauge shotgun, an unmistakable sound which sends an intruder diving out the door. In a dimly lighted parking garage a woman fleeing a stalker pulls a revolver from her purse, turning the tables and sending him fleeing into the night. In those kinds of circumstances, which happen thousands of times a day in the United States, who would brand the firearm in question “evil”?

    Guns often are used badly but, for the most part, guns mainly are used well. Those who carelessly let guns fall into the hands of children use guns badly. Those who use guns to rob, rape and murder use guns badly. But we don’t write laws to punish the sensible majority because of the stupid few or to defend us from the law-abiding.

    Reportedly, Stein has said that he is not angry at the men who robbed him; rather, he is grateful that they did not kill or beat him. Those who eschew guns also presumably are willing to trust in the kindness of criminals. So be it. I am not trying to put a gun into every hand. It is the other side, rather, that is trying to take the gun I would use in self-defense and home defense out of my hand. I do not, you see, have Stein’s sense of gratitude toward thugs. Nor do I have his money.

    Carmine Sarracino teaches English and American literature at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

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    Blast from the past…,2933,323727,00.html

    Founder of Anti-Gun Group Pleads No Contest to Weapons Charges

    Friday, January 18, 2008

    LOS ANGELES —  A former gang member who founded an anti-violence group called No Guns has pleaded no contest to federal weapons charges.

    Hector “Big Weasel” Marroquin, 51, and co-defendant Sylvia Arrellano, 25, entered pleas Thursday for three counts of manufacture, distribution and transport for sale of an unlawful assault weapon.

    Arrellano also pleaded no contest to machine gun conversion and possessing a silencer and acknowledged that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

    She was given until Tuesday to surrender for sentencing and would likely be sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

    Marroquin attorney Patrick Smith did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday. No phone listing was available for Arrellano.

    Marroquin was arrested in June at his Downey home following a nine-month investigation into weapons sales by the 18th Street gang, to which he once belonged.

    Arrellano was arrested at a Cudahy home as a result of the same investigation

    Marroquin founded No Guns in 1996, ostensibly to reduce gang and gun violence. The group received $1.5 million from the city as a subcontractor on anti-gang efforts but its contract was canceled last year after authorities learned that Marroquin had hired relatives, including his son, Hector “Little Weasel” Marroquin.

    The son is an acknowledged 18th Street gang member who pleaded no contest in June 2007 to home-invasion robbery and was sentenced to nine years in state prison.

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    When does a cop stop being a cop?

    Theoretically on the completion of their last day of duty.

    Yet the “thing” inside that made them cops remains.

    Nothing changed. They are not subjected to some “magic gee-whiz gizmo” that sucks every last bit of “cop” from them before they walk out onto “civvy” street as a “civvy”.

    So that’s it. Yer done. Thanks for showing up. Your contribution is done.

    Is it?

    During the day we can walk past a plainclothes cop and not even know it. Unmarked cruisers are around as well as other unmarked vehicles.

    But we as private citizens know they are there. Somewhere. It doesn’t enter or occupy the bulk of our thoughts during the day.

    Criminals tend to be aware of or cognizant of that though. It is in a criminals “best self-interest” to be aware. It is in many garden-variety thugs mind when they are looking to commit their next crime.

    The possibility of a cop being around is factored into their activities. Sometimes it even can make them decide to NOT commit the crime.

    A deterrent.

    So why not allow a cop to have an Authorization to Carry once retired? They were trusted on the job. Nothing about them has changed as a person. 

    An armed individual of “good character”. Trained in the Use of Force. Knowledgeable in the laws surrounding the use of force. Refresher training to re-inforce that knowledge.

    Sounds like good candidates to a “passive crime control” program to me.

    Just going about their day.

    Passive deterrent.


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    The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. – Tacitus (A.D. 55?-130?)

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    Well, well, well….interesting.

    Orillia Packet


    Teenager who took combat rifle from back seat of cruiser apologetic


    Posted 2 hours ago

    A 17-year-old teen says he was “scared, but curious” when he came across a police officer’s combat rifle laying in the back seat of an unlocked car late one night when he was out rummaging through vehicles.

    The teen, who cannot be identified, plead guilty to theft of a firearm and was sentenced yesterday to 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service and he must write a letter of apology to the police officer.

    In court, Justice Joseph Wilson voiced his disappointment with the carelessness of the police officer, who has never been charged with any offence.

    “I find it shocking that a firearm and 180 rounds of ammunition were kept in a back seat by a trained police officer,” he said.

    “And that there was no report that it went missing for four days.”

    The incident started late one night last April when the teen and his friend went out “car-hopping” for cash and goods when they came across an unmarked police officer’s vehicle on a residential street.

    The amateur thieves hit the jackpot when they found the rifle in a canvas case in the back seat — along with 180 rounds of ammunition.

    The weapon belonged to OPP SWAT team officer Jennifer Van Allan, who forgot that she had left it in her back seat and didn’t report it missing for four days.

    The teen brought it into his basement, where he and his friend were wide-eyed.

    “We didn’t know what to do,” said the teen outside of court as he stood beside his father. “We thought it must belong to a drug dealer or something.”

    They kept it hidden in a garbage bag, stored separately from the ammunition.


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    “You don’t leave a machine-gun lying around in the back seat,” he said. “This weapon could have got into the wrong hands.”

    In court, the teen apologized for his behaviour. “It was a stupid thing to do,” he told the judge, adding that now he’s “back on track” and concentrating on school and hockey.

    The teen’s lawyer, Angela McLeod, said she is upset over the charges. “He’s been sentenced with a weapons offence, yet nothing has happened to this police officer.”

    OPP Sgt. Dave Ross said the officer is being investigated by the professional standards unit. …”


    There are some very competant Constables out there. Male and female.

    I’ve met some very poor ones too.



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