Today’s Investigative Special Report July 27, 2012 “Dealing With Today’s Law Enforcement Specialized Investigations” “Guns, Concealed Weapons Permits, And Protestors Should Be A Major Concern For Innocent Bystanders And Law Enforcement”

By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc
In Colorado the purchasing of guns is up 42 percent since the shooting in the City of Aurora. This should be a major concern in the law enforcement community. Individuals under the Second Amendment have the right to bear arms and in some studies the percentage of those who have utilized this right average about one gun per household.
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The Truth About Guns.com website conducted an online survey of 1,009 individuals and 85% of those polled believe the Second Amendment of the Constitution means that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, while only seven per cent openly disagree with this view (2011, 2012).
The United States Census Bureau documented the number of individuals who own a gun stated:
 “Most estimates range between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun (that's about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of American households owning 260 million guns.” 
The FBI estimates that there are over 200 million privately-owned firearms in the US. If you add those owned by the military, law enforcement agencies and museums, there is probably about 1 gun per household.
The thought about what if one individual was in possession of their legal concealed weapon to the theatre in the morning of July 20th at the Century 16 Theatre and was able to shoot the perpetrator, now named Suspect A would circumstances have been different? Maybe Suspect A’s body armor would have stopped the bullets, but just maybe it would have drawn the attention off of him shooting those in the theatre.
According to John R. Lott, Jr. author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, “Concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime for two reasons. First, they reduce the number of attempted crimes because criminals are uncertain which potential victims can defend themselves. Second, victims who have guns are in a much better position to defend themselves.”
Recent statistics released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report that for nineteen straight months, and that includes all of 2011, American men and women bought over 10,800,000 plus firearms. This amount of purchases will be higher for the year 2012 because of the continual violence all over America.
Anaheim City Hall. Anaheim, CA, USA.
Anaheim City Hall. Anaheim, CA, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Turning the focus off Suspect A and gun control, this past week in Anaheim, California police shot and killed what has now become an unarmed man. However, when detectives investigated the situation they were able to obtain information that the individual who was shot was a known gang member and as he and a couple other individuals ran from the police, something was thrown into the bushes.
Violence has since erupted in the City of Anaheim and now violence has been a part of the streets in this city. Protestors are throwing rocks, bottles, and other pieces of objects with the intent to hurt and injure the police and bystanders. Again, the ‘what if’ comes into play. What if a law abiding citizen was walking down the street where the violent protesters were trying to assault police and they were threatened that they may be injured or killed, pulled out their legal concealed weapon and shot some of these protestors what would happen to this individual? Just the thought is disturbing.
An eye for an eye scenario or are the citizens of the City of Anaheim or any other city where violence is a part of the behavior of protestors should a citizen have the right to protect themselves.
The other issue is when will the police begin to really react and take care of the problem. There seems to be no positive tactical plan in which these law enforcement officers are handling the situation; of course they are limited by their administration and resources in handling these violent protestors. It seems if the intent of the protestors is to harm officers and bystanders, the police need to bring in support equipment such as fire hoses, tear gas, and other sophisticated crowd control to stop these protestors from committing vandalism and injury.
Battling everyday with individuals who have no respect for themselves or others is ludicrous. Arresting individuals who have violated the law does not equal the property damage and violence which they are committing. In dealing with those who were part of the “Occupied Protesting” the courts have been giving the protestors a minimal jail sentence and telling them not to do it again.
If individuals violently act out and destroy property like the protestors are doing in the City of Anaheim they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Most of the protestor’s violent behavior, destruction of property, and other actions are being videotaped by numerous media and private outlets. Those who are not arrested at the protests need to be identified, apprehended and then prosecuted.
Further, if the media outlets were to expend the time necessary to identify who these criminals are and assist the community and law enforcement in dealing with them, others may reconsider their criminal behavior.
All a judge or jury would have to do is view the videotape evidence and find the individual guilty of the crime they were committing at the time. Law enforcement officials need to expend the manpower and resources to investigate and identify these individuals.
Life is too precious for individuals to lower themselves to grabbing rocks and throwing them at public servants and innocent bystanders. The law should read that if one protestor injures or kills a law enforcement officer, not only the person who threw the object, everyone should be held responsible for the actions of one.
With the incident in Colorado and the continual violence which has been occurring in the major cities across America, the need for legal concealed weapons has never been in such demand. Like Suspect A, there are so many individuals in communities across America that have psychological problems. The potential for repeat behavior like those of Suspect A and protestors has never been so high.
Imagine some individual who is thinking about harming others and turns on the television and watches individuals violently acting out. Does this not promote this type of individual to aggressively and violently act out? History has demonstrated that the violence of others has created violence of the future.
In the meantime, the legislature needs to pass laws which make individuals like Suspect A to receive the death penalty, no questions asked. If protestors aggressively and violently act out by trying to injure or kill law enforcement personnel or bystanders they need to be punished to the fullest of the laws. The courts need to support making the Suspect A’s to the protestor’s responsible for their violent actions. Although the actions are different, the behaviors of both groups are aggressively violent which injures and kills.
Due to the heightened violence the number of guns being sold in America will continue to increase, people are scared. The transition from America being a peaceful place to live to one of violence wherever you are at has made people afraid and anxious.
When humans become afraid the fight or flight system takes affect and it seems reasonable that the more weapons sold the more shootings will occur as people will no longer be the next victim.
Think about it, if you had a legal concealed weapon and some individual(s) came into the computer café you were at, began waving their guns around, wouldn’t you out of fear that you would lose your life, take action to protect others as well as yourself? This was recently seen where a 72 year old man shot two individuals who came into a computer café to rob the patrons.
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My Guns 006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The numbers of violent of scenarios are vast, the endings are tragic, and until society finds answers for those who are confused, mentally and physically ill, traumatic events such as what happened in the City of Aurora and what is happening in the City of Anaheim will continue.
Reality is human beings are unpredictable and it is for this reasons gun sales will increase and more people will be obtaining legal concealed weapons permits. There are no easy answers. The amount of violence from the programs on the technological gadgets, video games, television shows, movies, seen in dysfunctional families and workplaces, and so forth only add to the frustration that society has to deal with on a daily basis. Be reasonable and logical about what you will do and how you need to protect yourself. Don’t become part of the problem. If you want to make a difference
 ask your legislatures to change the laws when it comes to those who commit acts of violence.
Living in a country like the United States of America should be the land of the free, not the land of victims. Stand up for your Constitutional rights and most of all protect yourself, families, friends, neighbors, and those who you don’t know.
Strategize the potential chances you take if you ever happen to be in a place where some individual(s) who are armed with a gun, rock, sticks, and other objects/weapons what you can do not to become a statistic. Human life is precious, so be careful out there.

Lawrence W. Daly           
Puyallup, WA

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