The Shotgun and Rewriting History, a Heads-Up

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From an old grizzled veteran (my age) named Mike, who contributed a lot of wisdom to our Veterans’Tales site for a few years:

You’re asleep when  you hear  a thump outside your  bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly  paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled  whispers.
At least two people have  broken into your house and are moving your  way.

With your heart pumping,  you reach down beside your bed and pick up your  shotgun. You rack a shell into  the chamber, then inch toward the door and open  it…

In the darkness, you  make out two shadows. One holds something that looks like a  crowbar. When the intruder  brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the  shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both  thugs to the  floor. One writhes and screams  while the second man crawls to the front  door and lurches  outside.

As you pick up the  telephone to call police, you know you’re in  trouble, since, in your country, most guns  were outlawed years  before, and the few that are  privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make  them useless, except for hunti9ng rabbits.

Yours was never  registered..

Police arrive and inform  you that the second burglar has  died, and they arrest you for First Degree  Murder and  Illegal Possession of a  Firearm. When you talk to your attorney,  he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case  down to manslaughter.

“What kind of sentence will I  get?” you ask. “Only ten-to-twelve  years,” he  replies, as if that’s  nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be  out in seven.”

The  next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local  newspaper and somehow, you’re portrayed as an  eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about  them.

Buried deep down in the article,  authorities acknowledge that both “victims” had been  arrested numerous times.

But  the next day’s headline says it  all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t  Deserve to Die.”

The  thieves have been transformed from career criminals into  Robin Hood-type  pranksters and as  the days wear on, the story takes wings. The  national media picks it  up, then the international  media. The  surviving burglar has become a folk  hero.

Your attorney says the thief is  preparing  to sue you, and he’ll probably win.

The  media publishes reports that your home has been  burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve  been critical of local police for their  lack of  effort in apprehending the  suspects. After the last break-in, you  told your neighbor that you would be prepared next  time.

The  District Attorney uses this to  allege that you were lying in wait for  the burglars. A  few months later, you go to  trial, the  charges haven’t been  reduced, as  your lawyer had so confidently  predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the  injustice of it all works against  you. Prosecutors paint a picture of  you as  a mean, vengeful man. It  doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all  charges.

The  judge sentences you to life in  prison.

This case really  happened: On  August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk ,  England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In  April, 2000, he was convicted  and  is now serving a life  term..

How  did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the  once great British Empire ?

It  started with the Pistols Act of  1903. This seemingly reasonable law  forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to  those who had a license.

Then, the Firearms Act of 1920  expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all  firearms except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and  1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun  confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass  shooting in 1987, where Michael  Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the street shooting everyone he  saw. When the  smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

The British  public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun  control”, demanded even tougher restrictions.

(The  seizure of all privately owned handguns was the  objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)

Nine years  later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a  semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a  teacher at a public school.
For many  years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as  mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the  press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding  gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a  total ban on all handguns.

The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearm’s still owned by private  citizens.

During the  years in which the British government incrementally took  away most gun rights, 
the notion that a citizen had the  right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun  licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or  rapists were charged while the real criminals were  released.

Indeed,  after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted  as saying, 
“We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.”

All of Tony
 Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times,  and several elderly people were severely injured in  beatings by young thugs
who had no fear of the  consequences. Martin himself, a collector of  antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by  burglars.


When the  Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns  were given three months to turn them over to local  authorities.

Being good  British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t  comply. Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000  handguns from private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns?——The guns had been registered and  licensed. Just like cars.

(The only thing wrong with this story is that citizens can still know about it. True authoritarians don’t want grandchildren listening to the grandparents about the Good Old Days, whether voting, fully-stocked grocery shelves, or personal home protection. Of even killing a rabbit for the dinner table, BriTain and her gun laws took over 80 years to fully cycle.)

So Mike provided this other piece of the story, from a letter from another vet our age,

When I was a kid, I couldn’t understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why .

 General Eisenhower Warned Us.

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect …

Ike: “Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened”.

This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims “it never occurred.” It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. 

It is now more than 70 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

This is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated while many in the world looked the other way! 

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED?” Or mention Christmas or prayers in school. Many schools no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance and many children do not know the words to our National Anthem, or that we even have one!

 (Thanks, Mike.)

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