WASHINGTON, September 23, 2013 — At first glance, the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Kenya and the mass murder at the Washington Navy Yard would not seem to have anything in common.
Actually, they have one terrible fact in common.
Both crimes occurred in defense free zones.
In Kenya, draconian gun control is in effect. In Kenya, if you want to merely own a gun, you have to fill out myriad applications and show a specified need for you to own a gun.
The terrorists from al-Shabaab knew this when they rolled into that mall in Kenya. The poor victims at the mall did not know it at the time, but they were bringing bare fists to a gunfight.
The al-Shabaab terrorists knew the chances of anyone at the mall being armed were nil, so they would have an easy time accomplishing their mission.
Demented mass murderer Aaron Alexis knew the same thing about the Washington Navy Yard. He followed Joe Biden’s advice, got a shotgun and used that shotgun on armed guards, then took their pistols. The Washington Navy Yard was crawling with current and former military personnel who have had fire arms training. But none of them had weapons to return fire because the Washington Navy Yard, like all of Washington DC, is a gun free zone.
Barack Obama is right in the middle of those who want Americans to be defenseless. At a politicized memorial service at the Washington Navy Yard, Obama said he could not accept that Americans have gun rights.
That is too bad, Mr. Obama. America’s rights are not yours to take.
There is a reason our founding fathers enshrined the Second Amendment into the Constitution. There is also a reason why they wanted a very limited Chief Executive.
Unless you live in a fact free zone, like Barack Obama does, the truth is self-evident. Armed citizens stop crimes.
Less than a year ago, a criminal named Jacob Roberts started shooting at the Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas County, Oregon. A citizen lawfully carrying a gun drew his weapon and stopped the shooting. The citizen did not even have to fire a shot.
Last December, an off duty San Antonio police officer with her own weapon shot a man who was shooting up a San Antonio movie theater.
Every day in America, citizens who have guns stop crimes. Every day in America, citizens who are armed are able to protect themselves and others.
Why would anyone want American citizens to be disarmed?
The cold hard truth is that America is loaded with soft targets like the Westgate Mall.
It is no longer a question of if, but when jihadists will attack soft targets in America. If Barack Obama and the Democrats have their way, American citizens will be just like the Kenyans. They will be forced to fight armed attackers with nothing but their bare hands.
Criminals and jihadists both ignore gun free zones. In fact, both welcome gun free zones as target rich environments.
Gun control has failed repeatedly. Gun ownership has repeatedly deterred or stopped crime.
So can someone explain why liberals are so obsessed with making Americans defenseless?