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A Tale of Two Victims

The difference between right-to-carry and carry-denied is life.

by HOWARD NEMEROV Bio July 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

In San Bernardino, CA, two armed thugs attacked a 78-year-old great-grandfather gassing up his truck. Video shows one attacker walking up and blind-siding him as he tries to negotiate, knocking him out. Then they robbed him while he's on the ground.

After the attack, he spent four days in the hospital and was treated for a broken nose, concussion and bleeding on the brain.

"It's the lowest of low," said Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department, which released the surveillance video in hopes of identifying the robbers. "They didn't appear to be nervous in any way, shape or form. And they're only going to get more and more brazen. [Emphasis added]

"Eventually, somebody's going to get killed," he added.

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, WI:

A Milwaukee nurse who shot an attempted carjacker likely helped break up a criminal ring that police believe has been involved in a string of robberies and carjackings as well as a recent shooting.

Two teenagers threatened to shoot her if she didn't comply. They didn't expect their victim to be a concealed carry licensee. She shot one attacker, and the other ran off. According to police, the wounded attacker "allegedly shot a 43-year-old man in the face as the man drove away in his Land Rover following another attempted carjacking."

Had this woman not been armedÉ

Detroit Police Chief James Craig doesn't mince words about the differences between armed law-abiding citizens and disarmed law-abiding prey.

" Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon," said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. "I don't want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

In California, though theoretically possible, a regular person can't get a concealed carry license in many counties, especially those most heavily populated, where violence is more common. So California criminals needn't be "nervous in any way, shape or form." This civil rights violation is so egregious that the Ninth Circuit Court struck down California's law.

As an ex-California resident, I love living in Texas, where you're treated more like a citizen, and the gangbangers drive more politely.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why IsnŐt It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their "unofficial" analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.