America's First Freedom - March 2015 - 41

PARIS HORROR
Just before press time for this issue, terrorists armed with fully
automatic rifles attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine
in Paris, France. Twelve journalists were murdered in the span of a
few minutes, with more
critically wounded.
Unlike the crimes
described in the
accompanying article, the
Charlie Hebdo atrocity
was not the work of
untrained extremists.
At least one of the
murderers had been
trained in the Middle East,
and had previously served
prison time in France for
French police forcibly stop
attempting to join Iraqi
young people on a scooter
terrorist forces fighting the
near the hostage taking at
United States.
a kosher supermarket in
The murderers were
eastern Paris.
apparently angered
Rights For Russia?
Of course, the chances of being
attacked by an apolitical criminal
are much greater than the risk of
being attacked by somebody acting
out an extremist ideology. That's
why even in Russia firearm laws are
being reformed.
Russia has a serious crime problem.
The homicide rate is nearly three times
the u.s. level, and most homicides go
unsolved. Only 46 percent of Russians feel
safe walking alone at night.
So Russia now has a gun rights
organization, "Right to Bear Arms"
(http://ongun.ru/). It is led by Maria
Butina, a young woman who grew up in
the mountains of Altai, Siberia, and who
now lives in Moscow. For several years
her group has been pressuring Vladimir
Putin's regime to allow defensive carry
of arms.
While it was already legal to carry
"cold" weapons (e.g., self-defense
sprays), the group argued for the right to
carry firearms.
The Putin regime has long resisted
the calls for reforming the laws. But in
late 2014, the regime acceded, and one
of the longest-standing handgun bans in
the world was repealed. Carry permits
will be available for handguns and for
long guns, so that Russians can "protect

by cartoons that had lampooned Mohammed and Islamic
terrorists, as the magazine has mocked many other religions
and ideologies. While fleeing the scene, the terrorists murdered
French police officer Ahmed Merabet, demonstrating the danger
that terrorists pose to good and decent Muslims. Two suspects
were later killed by police.
Charlie Hebdo had been firebombed in 2011, and the
French government had assigned a police officer to guard one
of the editors. Against a pair of trained killers with automatic
rifles, that was insufficient.
French law does not allow the possession of defensive
arms, even by people at grave risk of murder, such as the
Charlie Hebdo staff. If the assassins had been met with
counterfire from several directions, perhaps some lives could
have been saved.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists,
1,106 journalists have been murdered since 1992. The American
Founders saw the Second Amendment as an essential tool
to safeguard the exercise of First Amendment rights. Wherever
journalists put themselves at risk by speaking out, they should
have the option, and the means, to defend themselves.

their lives, health and property."
The fact that even a dictatorship
with a façade of democracy is moving
toward respecting the human right of
armed self-defense is one indication of
the direction global public opinion and
related policy is moving.
Attitude Shift At Home
Here in the United States, we have
detailed data about public opinion
trends. According to a Gallup poll,
in 1959, three out of five Americans
supported handgun prohibition.
Today, only one in four do.
Since 1993, the Pew Research Center
has been asking people whether it is
more important to protect the right to
own guns, or to control guns. From
1993 to 2007, the pro-control side held
a comfortable lead-sometimes by a
margin as high as 37 percent. Since 2008,
the two sides were more or less tied, and
now the pro-gun rights side holds its
largest lead ever at 52 to 46 percent.
What is much more important than
what people think about gun politics,
however, is what they think about gun
ownership. In 2000, Gallup introduced
the question, "Do you think having a
gun in the house makes it a safer place
to be, or more dangerous place to be?"
In 2000, 35 percent said "safer" and

51 percent said "more dangerous."
Since then, public opinion has shifted
decisively to the pro-gun view. In
2014, 63 percent of Americans
answered "safer," and only 30 percent
"more dangerous."
This doesn't mean our battle to
protect our rights is over-far from
it. Anti-gunners will always push for
restricted firearm ownership as long as
big-dollar donors like Bloomberg will
foot the bill. It does mean, however,
that the long-term cultural trends are
positive, since people at home and
abroad are increasingly recognizing
that guns in the right hands make
everyone safer.
The life-or-death nature of the
right to keep and bear arms is much
too important to be decided by those
who foolishly think that disarming
law-abiding Americans will make
anybody safer. The world's oldest civil
rights organization understands that
lives depend on whether the arrival
of the first good guy with a gun takes
11 minutes, five minutes, or whether
the good guy is already on the scene,
exercising his or her right to carry.
When you participate in the
civil rights work of the nra, you
are helping to create awareness and
save lives.
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