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Guns Kill People

It’s true – I read it on the web.  Try to Google: “Guns Kill People”  I did and what I found was astounding.  Right now I’m staring down my own gun wondering when it’s going to jump up and kill me once and for all.   I wonder if it has some secret plot.  A plot created in the dead of night, deep inside the closet along with the other guns.

Glock: “Pst . . . Remintgon, wake up!  I have a plan.

Walther: “Wha . . . who’s there?”

Glock: “Shhhh you idiot.  I have a plan for  our escape.” 

Remington: “Let’s hear it you gorgeous polymer genius.”

Glock: “We need to prepare ourselves.  Make sure you eat  . . . fill yourselves up good – preferably with Gold Dot and you Remington, load up with slugs.  Then, we wait.  We wait for that woman to open the closet door and when she does . . . we all shoot and run.  Run, run like the wind.  Run for gun freedom out into open where we will liberate other imprisoned guns and start an army that will kill people!”

Bersa: “¡Tranquilidad! Usted ha disturbado mi sueño.”

Yes!  I can see it now.  I’m going to stop their plans to overthrow my rule.  Those jerks!

As you can see, I’m not quite sure what to do.  My guns are plotting to kill me and possibly many others.  I think they’re probably hoarding ammo somewhere. 

I am so glad I did that Google search or I would not know that guns kill people.  I can’t believe that we allow psychopathic, murderous firearms in people’s homes.  Terrifying!  Up until just today I have never been afraid of my own guns turning their awesome power against me.    I live with four murderous psychopaths.  They must be stopped.

During my web searching, I read so much uninformed information about guns, gun laws and gun users that it’s more disturbing to me than the four guns in this house that want me dead.  Here are some fun quotes:

Published in US News, April 14, 2007, “Guns Kill People, Period.”

The Second Amendment, a biblical passage to its followers, may give a right to bear arms. It does not, however, give a license to kill. Try telling it to the NRA.

That is absolutely ridiculous.  I wonder if the writer of this marvelous passage, John W. Mashek, knows that killing people is illegal.  Hmmm . . . killing is not a right protected by the Constitution.  But, because some people kill, we should just white out parts of the Constitution that the founders of this country found so important?  Because some people smoke pot and call it religion or like to marry little girls should we do away with the first ammendment right to freedom of expression?  NO!  We punnish the pot smokers and little girl marriers and leave the good, honest, law-abiding citizens to think, say and do as they please.  Great idea.

Published in http://www.blogsandiego.com/guns_kill.html, October 3, 2006 “Yes NRA, Guns DO Kill People”

Speaking of how his father died “He was helping in an FBI investigation about how weapons were being modified to become fully automatic when one of the firearms did just that. So when I say guns kill people, I know what I’m talking about. Come on folks! Think this through. Don’t believe the hype of the NRA when they tell you that it’s not the guns. It is the guns.”

I feel sad that this person lost a loved one.  However, guns are inanimate things and the don’t just “go off.”  An animate object must be present to activate the mechanism in the inanimate object to make it fire.  Really, it’s not the guns.  I’ve had one sitting here on my coffee table all night and it hasn’t moved one inch.  It’s the people who use the guns for ill that are the problem.  It’s the people who drive drunk that are the problem, not the car. 

Published in http://www.anorak.co.uk/twitterings/172597.html, April 17, 2007 “Guns Kill People – Virginia Tech

What I would like is for the gun-toting right wing to admit that there is a price we pay, that senseless accidental deaths and traumas are a national cost and that it’s not so clear that it’s worth it, but hey, we pay it anyway because so many guns are in the hands of so many people that there would never be any getting rid of them.

I would like the right wing to admit that guns are not “good” and that the right to bear arms is not an absolute virtue and that the deaths in the US caused by guns are at least as problematic, philosophically, as abortion. But I’m not holding my breath.”

First – this came from the UK.  That’s all I need to say, but I can’t help myself:

1) “gun toting right wing” Guess what?  There’s a gun-toting left wing, too.  Guns are non-partisan and plenty of liberals are in favor of gun rights. (Point of interest: I haven’t asked my murderous psychotic guns which party they belong to . . . yet!)

2) “senseless accidental deaths and traumas are a national cost”  True!  A whopping 789 people die a year from firearms accidents.  Those are tragic deaths, to be sure.  However, we don’t need to spend tens of billions of dollars creating legislation and programs to stop those deaths.  250 or so of those accidental firearms deaths were children.  Again, a tragedy.  But, more children die from burns or in swimming pool accidents in on year.  According to AAA, 7,475 children are treated in hospitals for injuries sustained when run over in their own driveways.  Approximately 230 children die each year from driveway backovers.  Sad and senseless.  Read more about this in my post The New Utopia Vehicle Ban Program – Phase 1 in My Plan to Stop Dying

3) “so many guns are in the hands of so many people that there would never be any getting rid of them”  I agree with the writer here.  Which is exactly why putting restrictions on the law-abiding isn’t going to solve crime.

4) “I would like the right wing to admit that guns are not “good” and that the right to bear arms is not an absolute virtue and that the deaths in the US caused by guns are at least as problematic, philosophically, as abortion. But I’m not holding my breath”  I will not admit that guns are not good.  They are just fine in the right hands.  Many Americans believe strongly in the words of our Constitution.  The inherent human right of self-defense is not granted by virtue of the Constiution, merely upheld by it.  Again, deaths are not caused by guns.  “Problematic, philosophically” . . . the problem is our inability to uphold our own laws and punnish criminals.  It’s kind of a different issue than abortion.  Abortion is something many people feel strongly about, but is not generally related to crime prevention – which is what gun control is about, isn’t it?  Or is it just about the control?

Published in http://www.ihateitall.com/bm/politics/guns-really-do-kill-people.shtml, April 17, 2007, “Guns Really Do Kill People”

This one has a little potential, but is missing the mark just a bit.  I like statistics, but for me, this person put a stump in the road while talking firearms DEATH statistics that show only 1.4% of firearms fatalities during the time period he is working with were self-defense related.  He surmises that:

In fact, someone is four times more likely to be accidently killed by a hand gun than saved from attack by one.

My problem with this is that most self-defense cases involving firearms don’t involve a death.  Sometimes, criminals choose to abort their mission when they see a victim is armed.  According to the Clinton Administration’s own statistics, firearms are used in self-defense situations at least 1,000,000 per year.  Some studies say more, some say less.  Regardless, approximately 1,000,000 is a lot.  When you consider that gun crimes kill about 12,000 people per year . . . oh, I don’t know . . . you do the math.  This leads me to believe that people who use guns for self-defense don’t kill people unless they have to and usually, they don’t.  The writer of this article is against handguns, even though hand guns represent a large percentage of firearms used in self-defense situations.  So, the argument to ban handguns on the premise of the statistics the writer used is not persuasive.  If anything, his statistics coupled with mine, show that guns save lives in the right hands.  Again, read my other post (The New Utopia Vehicle Ban Program – Phase 1 in My Plan to Stop Dying)for more stats.

I’m going to stop now.  One coincidence here is that these articles were all written within a week of each other – right after Virginia Tech.  Tragic situation.  But, getting emotional about the issue doesn’t help us solve the problem of CRIME.  Sure, if there were no guns anywhere on earth, nobody would be killed by one.   But, let’s get real.  The cities with the highest murder rates are those with very strict gun laws.  Clearly, the gun laws are not the solution.  Perhaps better law enforcement and judicial response would be better.

Just my 2 cents.  Now, I’m off to give those murderous psychotic guns a good talking to.

 

 

The New Utopia Vehicle Ban Program – Phase 1 in My Plan to Stop Dying

People shouldn’t die.   Dying is bad.  Since we haven’t figured out how to keep people alive through science, I propose we stop people from dying through legislation!  We have the power.  Join the cause!

43,508 people in the United States died during 2005 as a result of vehicular accidents according to the National Safety Council.  That’s a lot of people!

43,508 people!  That’s like wiping a city the size of Santa Fe, New Mexico off the map each and every year!  It doesn’t need to be this way.  We can save lives.  I propose we ban cars entirely!  Cars are bad.  Cars kill people. Cars Are Bad!

We need to mobilize now to stop the manufacture, sale, and use of cars!  The only way to stop the carnage is to stop the legal vehicle trade.  Let’s face it, there is no Consitutional ammendment protecting the right to keep and drive cars.  Oh wait, even if there were, who cares!  We’re really not using the Constitution and Bill of Rights any more except where fire bombing eco-terrorists or other criminals are concerned.  For average citizens we can legislate and dictate what they do and when they do it.  I’m really only concered about the car lobby.  They’ll be a tough crowd, but if they cause us too much gruff, we’ll just sue them for every death involving a car.  This will also help if we can’t actually pass laws to ban cars.  The car companies made the car and sold it to the driver who caused the death in the first place.  We’ll sue them and cost them so much money we’ll put them right out of business and then they can’t sell cars at all.  Ooooh!  This is good.  I’m such a devious mind! 

If, for some reason, we can’t put those car companies out of business, we’ll regulate car parts to an unbelievable degree.  Every part of a car, including aftermarket accessories and replacement parts must be micro-stamped at the time of manufacture by laser with the vin number of the car that it will someday go in.  If there is any error in the micro-stamping, we’ll sue.  No . . . we’ll put someone in jail!  I think we should consider a total ban on tires though.  The Clintons can help us with that one.

I can’t take all the credit for these wonderful ideas though, I’m taking this philiosophy from other campaigns that have gained momentum in this country, such as gun control.  For instance, during the same year, there were 789 deaths from firearms accidents.  Add to that firearm related suicide and assault and the number jumps to 29,354.  We spend billions of dollars every year through the Brady Bill, court cases, and other such methods trying to curb the “gun” problem. 

I’m going to ignore the Clinton administration estimates that firearms are used successfully in self-defense over 1 million times per year.  That doesn’t help my argument!  I’m also going to forget the good uses of vehicles (ambulances, police officers, driving around Miss Daisy).  That doesn’t help my argument either.

They tried to ban guns, but it’s not really Constitutional and people put up a fight.  So, they banned certain types of guns because they “look” scary, even though they’re no more dangerous than the guns they left legal.  Then they banned certain gun accessories.  The lawyers who successfully sued the tobacco companies tried to sue the gun companies for every gun related death.  When that didn’t work, they’ve moved on to regulate the ammunition component.  Legislation is being proposed to require the bullet (manufactured at company A) and the cartridge it goes on (manufactured at company B) and assembled at Company C to be microstamped with the same number.  This number must also appear on the box the ammunition is sold in.  This would kill the ammunition industry because it’s just not really possible.  They’re so smart!

Since the “gun” problem kills less than half the number of people that vehicular accidents kill (excluding the 17,002 suicides because a determined person who wants to die will die, no matter what legislation I cook up to stop it.  I actually think suicide is illegal already – so much for that), I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t also attempt to control and/or ban Motor Vehicles.  Not only will we save the lives of 43,508 people each year, we will also stop gobal warming.  It’s a win-win.

To further illustrate my position, I have included some interesting statistics below.  This chart shows death statistics for 2005 in some interesting categories.  Info was published by the National Safety Council.  Actual deaths is the number of actual deaths of the stated type in one year.  “Odds in 1 Year” are the odds of dying from the stated cause in a given year (for example, the odds that you will die from a fall are 1 in 15,054.  Another way to look at it is 1 in every 15,054 people will die this year from falls).  “Odds in a Lifetime” are the same as odds in a year, but calculated out over an average life span.  So, in 2005, 1 in 15,054 people died from falls.  Also based on 2005 statistics, 1 in every 193 people will die from a fall during their lifetime, but not necessarily that year. Make sense?  Good!

Type of Death* Actual Deaths Odds in 1 Year Odds in a Lifetime
Motor-Vehicle Accidents           43,508              6,801                       87
Falls           19,656            15,054                     193
Intentional self-harm by firearm           17,002            17,404                     223
Assault by firearm           12,352            23,955                     308
Exposure to smoke, fire and flames             3,197            92,554                   1,188
Exposure to forces of nature             2,179           135,794                   1,743
Choking on Food                864           342,472                   4,396
Accidental Firearms discharge                789           375,026                     4,814
Bathtub Drowining                344           860,162                 11,042
Legal intervention involving firearm                330           896,654                 11,510

These stats were organized by likelihood of death.  You’re more likely to die from a vehicle accident than any other type of accident.  I didn’t include all the stats, but vehicle accident is the highest of all listed in the NSC report.

As you can see, cars are killing more people than any other type of accident each year.  Cars are bad.  Cars kill people.  Stop cars now! 

Once I get my hands on the cars, I’m moving ahead with feet.  Feet are bad.  Feet kill people.  If people didn’t fall, we would save another 19,656 people every year.  I think I might have trouble banning feet from a practical perspective, however, I believe I can successfully legislate that everyone must be encased in at least 12 inches of packing bubbles at all times. 

After feet and plastic packing bubbles, I’m going after God and making lightning, earthquakes and hurricanes illegal because God is bad.  God kills people.

Then I’m going after fire.  Fire is bad.  Fire kills people.

Then, the piece de resistance in my plan to keep people from dying . . . I’m going after bathtubs.  Bathtubs are bad.  Bathtubs kill people.

You ask, why don’t I go after the firearms?  Brady, Barack, Hillary . . . they’ve already go that one covered!  

Did I mention I think we should also place a  permanent ban on Killer Klowns from Outer Space?  I have no idea how many people they kill in a year, but even one is too many!

*statistics from the National Safety Council 2005

Scary Situation, Scarier Realizations

It’s about 1:20 am.  I’m sitting on my couch shaking and hoping that my heart rate will slow soon.  My hands are shaking and I’m having a lot of type-o issues right now, but I need company, and at this time of day the vast ether of cyberspace is all I have.

I’m going to put it all out there – I took a shower a little earlier to try out some new “thickening” shampoo for my miserably limp and lifeless hair.  I wandered into the living room and wrapped myself in a blanket and proceeded to surf the net.  Yes, people, this means I was nekked (that’s the redneck spelling, but I’m hoping it will be enough so people looking for the correctly spelled version won’t find it here).  I got bored of the net and was watching a little tv when I heard a weird horn honk in the parking lot out front.  It was a little after 1am, so a honking horn is a little weird.  Additionally, the horn honk sounded more accidental than purposeful.  I sat there in  my nekked glory for a minute listening, but didn’t hear anything.  I got up and peeked out the blinds and saw the mysterious person I will call Creepy Creeperton (in honor of Heather from Rock of Love – it was funny when she said it) standing at the foot of the stairs next to a car that I would only describe as something a pimp would drive.  The stairs lead up to two units (mine and my neighbors).

I backed away from the window and just listened for a minute.  I looked out and the car was there, but Creepy Creeperton was gone.  I walked into the bathroom and then the doorbell rang.  My heart started pounding in my chest and I was jittery.  The dog went wild and I was still nekked.  I found some clothes and just stood in the hall for a bit.  I’m sure nearly an entire minute passed – dog barking the entire time.  I made my way over toward the door and peeked out certain that anyone would leave after that amount of time.  Creepy, who was previously at the foot of the stairs was standing outside my door and saw me look out.  I just looked out dumbfounded. 

Creepy asked if a black man and his mother lived here.  Duh!  Do I look like a black man or his mother?  I said no and that I thought they might live in another building.  Creepy kept trying to talk to me, but I wasn’t about to open the door, and finally Creepy turned and started back down the stairs.  Freaked me out for a lot of reasons, one being that I live in a very inconvenient spot for drop-bys, especially at 1am.  People have to make an attempt, passing several other units and climbing two levels of stairs to get to my place.

Now, I’m going to shamefully admit that my guns were in the closet tucked away in the range bag — unloaded.  The self-defense ammo . . . who knows where I put it.  I fell asleep on the couch a few months ago and the dog ate a box of Speer Gold Dot.  I woke up to find a pile of jacketed hollow points in my lap.  I put them in a plastic ammo box and put them somewhere.  So, I’m not prepared at all.  You would think I would be prepared.  I’ve been having nightmares about bad things happening to me and being unprepared – one of which involved someone breaking down my door in the middle of the night, and the other being abducted by a neighbor — so I should be prepping myself.  But, I’ve apparently taken the head-in-the-sand approach by just not thinking about it and hoping I just never have to worry.

Well, I went to the closet and grabbed the .380, because I was certain I could find the ammo for that gun a lot quicker than for my Glock.  I then went into my den which has become more of a junk/storage room.  I knew it was in there somewhere.  I found it and decided to take a peek out the blinds on the door to see if Creepy and the Pimp Wagon were gone.  I peeked out and dang if Creepy wasn’t standing there staring at me again.  Damn!  Again I was asked if I knew where the people lived.  I said no.  Creepy acted like what I was saying was too hard to understand — but I was determined that door was going to remain closed and locked!  I pointed the other way and moved away from the door.  I loaded the magazine for that gun as quickly as I could with trembling hands – another reason to keep this stuff at the ready.    I stood there behind the couch with a loaded magazine in one hand and a gun in the other.  I’ve shot hundreds of rounds through this firearm, but couldn’t remember what position the safety would be in for safe vs. fire.  Damn!  I ran back to the closet to grab an empty magazine, double checked that it wasn’t loaded, threw it in the gun, double checked the chamber and dry fired.  Up is the ready position . . . don’t forget — UP!  I’m tempted to not use the safety on this gun.  The Glock doesn’t have one and it’s confusing when your mind is a blur.  I sat on the couch for a minute and looked to see if Creepy had driven off in the Pimp Wagon.  It was gone. 

There’s no way I’m going to be able to sleep, at least for a few hours.  So here I sit, in the living room in front of the tv and the computer with my gun.  I’m not clueless enough to think that I could just dial 911 and they would save the day.  If Creepy had tried something, even if I could make a call, the cops never would have made it here in time.  It’s my job to take care of myself and my performance today gave me a D-.  I didn’t say F because I actually have a gun and ammo, but otherwise, I suck.

There are a few things about this that are really pathetic.  First, and most importantly, being unprepared.  What if Creepy had tried to break in?  What would I have done?

Second, I realized that I have a lot of men who claim to be friends, but in reality I don’t have anyone I can call who would actually come sit with me while I freak out.  Instead I’m left here with my gun on the coffee table in tears realizing that there is nobody to ensure my security but myself and that the men I know are shit-heads.

I just heard a clunking outside and it even made the sleeping dog stir.  I hate this.  I’m tempted to call the cops, but sometimes noise is just noise.  I’m not brave enough to look outside again.   One thing’s for certain, my previous post talked about learning to handle a firearm in a tense situation and remaining calm and collected, and I’m glad I signed up for GunSite.  It’s training I really need.

Who Is Excited . . . Me!

I’m going to Gunsite!  I’m a gun nerd, fine, but you’re jealous I just know it.  My mom’s been pestering me to go to a “ladies” shooting class.  So I found one a class I want to take – not one just for the ladies, but cool anyway!   They teach “essential self-defense skils with a handgun” and I will learn “safety, marksmanship, gun-handling, and combat mindset.”  I’m sure my mom thinks I’ll be hanging out with the ladies shooting at the bullseye.  But, if I’m going to keep a gun around for protection, I want to know how to do more than just target shoot.

Heaven forbid I ever have to raise that gun in self-defense, but if I do, I want to be calm and collected and completely in control.  Plus, it’s really bad-ass.  Don’t mess with this chick!  And, if you’re reading this and planning on breaking in and stealing my guns while I’m gone, don’t think about it.  I’m taking them with me.  I’ll be sure to report on how Delta handles the situation.  Having to check luggage is a nuisance.  Having to check guns – in an airport where people are alread uneasy – ought to be interesting!

On a related note, I will get to take some time off work to go shooting out in the desert.  Sounds perfect to me!  I’m getting pooped out and could use some time off.

Let’s Blame the Pilot Cuz it’s Just More Fun!

You’ve heard about the US Airways Pilot who discharged his firearm while in flight.  Original story at CBS.com can be found here.  When I first heard this I was disgusted and thought “great, one more example of irresponsible gun ownership to ruin it for everyone.”  This article talks about the guns in cockpits program and the training required and that investigation will be done.  The one thing I didn’t hear for several days was how and why that gun was discharged, and now that I know, I’m really pissed off at the news people for blatantly omitting one little detail.  The little, yet incredibly significant detail, that was conveniently left out was that the pilot accidentally discharged the gun while trying to insert a padlock through the holster and trigger guard as pilots carrying guns are required to do.  They may be required by the TSA to do this many times in a single flight.

Why this is significant?  NEVER put ANYTHING into the trigger guard of a LOADED GUN!  And, certainly, don’t do it over and over again.  The more you handle a gun, the more opporutnity there is for accidental discharge.  So, while confined in a little cockpit, the pilot must put something through the trigger guard of his loaded gun several times per flight.  The pilots safety group is mad, everyone is mad, and yet, the only one taking any blame in the larger media is the pilot who was doing something completely retarded as required by law.

Here’s a little picture of the holster/lock set.  It is not a joke – I thought it was photoshopped when I first saw it.  It’s not.  This came straight from the website of the company that manufactures the thing.  Even if you don’t use guns, certainly you understand how totally stupid this is the way it’s used by the TSA.  Storage of an empty firearm, sure, but loaded, HELL NO!  On the website of the manufacturer of this holster, in big black letters, says “NOT TO BE USED ON LOADED FIREARMS.”  But the TSA is way smarter.  “Not to be used on loaded firearms – pffft . . . that doesn’t apply to us . . . we’re a government agency.  Pilots, you will stick this hard padlock thing through the trigger guard of your LOADED firearm up to 10 times per flight.  Remember, and this is very important, don’t let the gun go off.  That would be really bad.  Ok, got it?  Good.  Go fly planes!”

It’s infuriating.  Why, why, why wasn’t this small detail reported by the news?  It’s a really critical piece of the story.  It’s very important that it’s reported accurately because it wasn’t necessarily negligence on the part of the pilot, though he is a little responsible since the gun was in his control.  It was negligence on the part of the TSA for mandating rules that are nothing more than dangerous to passengers.  As a freqent airplane passenger, this terrifies me.  Keep your gun holstered and on your belt.  Put it on when you get dressed and take it off when you undress.  Otherwise, don’t, for the love of God, meddle with it repeatedly.  It’s a loaded gun.  Duh!

ACLU, Others Speak out Against DC Safe Home Initiative

Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Safe Home Initiative.  I want a safe home.  Who doesn’t?

The DC Police Department announced recently plans to have officers go house to house asking for permission to search the homes for illegal handguns.  Now, this isn’t searching homes where there is probable cause.   This isn’t searching homes as part of a crime investigation.  This is going door to door searching for illegally owned handguns with no reason.

If this can happen, how far off is it that the government would go door to door searching for other things you aren’t supposed to have.  The only difference between what they’re trying to do and a violation of the 4th Ammendment is attempting to get consent.  The 4th Ammendment orders that searches and seizures “must be supported by probable cause and limited in scope according to specific informaion supplied by a person (usually a peace officer) who has sworn by it.” I believe this specific case would be a violation of that ammendment because the DC police are actually Federal.

Watch the news story from NBC4.com – the local DC NBC station:   http://video.nbc4.com/player/?id=232372 

Read the article on WTOP News – http://www.wtop.com/?nid=695&sid=1372986

The director of the Washington DC chapter of the ACLU called it a “bad diea” and that residents might feel coerced into letting the police into their homes.  “It sends the message to the public that the police ought to be able to search your house anytime for any reason,” Spitzer said. “People will be intimidated. That cheapens civil liberties and privacy for everyone.”   See the article in the Washinton Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031202717.html

The ACLU has created a sign for citizens to place on their windows that say “To the Police: No Consent to Search Our Home.”  View a copy here – also see the flyers the ACLU put out to notify citizens of their rights here.

The National Director of the National Black Police Association declared that he will not allow the police to enter his home.

The DC police say there will be an amnesty for any gun found – meaning anyone found with a gun won’t be charged with that crime.  However, the guns will be taken and investigated to determine if they are related to any crime.  If the gun is associated with a crime, charges will then be filed.   

Not that I condone breaking the law – I don’t.  But, I also think it’s heading down a dark unknown road if we allow the police to simply drop by and look for illegal things in our homes.  The more I ponder these issues, the more I begin to realize that the drafters of the Bill of Rights knew what they were doing.  They had lived through tyrany and oppression by the British and were determined to make sure nothing like that happened in this country again.   

Consider the rights afforded in the Bill of Rights:

1- Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly, etc.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2- Right to Keep and Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.   See my other post: “What is a Militia”

3- Protection from Quartering Troops

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

4- Protection from Unreasonable Search and Seizure 

 The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5- Right of Due Process, Freedom from Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Eminent Domain

No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

6- Right of Trial by Jury, Speedy Trial, Right to Counsel, etc.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

7- Right to Civil Trial by Jury

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

8- Prohibition of Cruel and Unusual Punnishment and Excessive Bail

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9- Protection of Other Rights

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

10- Powers of the States and People

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Why are we so quick to demand that these rights be upheld for criminals and foreiners while not caring too much whether or not one or two go to the wayside for law abiding citizens?  I heard a quote somewhere that said something to the effect of “It’s been difficult for the government in Iraq to create a constitution.  Why don’t we just let them use ours?  It’s been working for over 200 years and we’re not using it anymore.”  Sad and true! 

Both Boston and Philadelphia are planning to conduct similar home searches.

Ballistic Fingerprinting

Interesting information on the Ballistic Fingerprinting computer system named IBIS.