Gun Defense Laws
This article is written by former Police Officer Kara Borshuk on Gun Defense Laws in the United States of America and Canada. There is a lot of misinformation out there! And some very BAD advice too! Therefore it is extremely import for martial artists to get a handle on this knowledge from experienced sources.
So on with real FACTS about Gun Defense Laws.
Gun Defense Laws - Facts
Most of these Stats are based on United States Laws.. but know that Guns and Weapons are as easy to get as a pack of smokes for the right price.
In the United States the Second Amendment is freedom's most valuable, most cherished, most irreplaceable idea. History proves it. When you ignore the right of good people to own firearms to protect their freedom, you become the enablers of future tyrants whose regimes will destroy millions and millions of defenseless lives.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), an organization originally established in 1871 to train hunters and marksmen on gun use and safety, has transformed into one of the most effective political lobbies in modern American history.
The group advocates for gun rights. Resisting any encroachment on what it deems to be an inalienable right to unhindered, unregulated gun ownership. To advance its mission, the NRA deploys a disinformation campaign reliant on fear mongering and the systematic dis-accreditation of opposition voices in order to secure its position as a powerful lobbyist for the gun industry.
When it comes to Gun Defense Laws the NRA has masterfully constructed a narrative based on gun rights propaganda, evoking images of a society devoid of rule of law and under constant threat of attack from an unidentified but ever-present enemy.
By deploying a carefully crafted campaign of misinformation, deception, and confusion, the NRA has both undermined legitimate arguments for common-sense gun law reform and made it substantially more difficult for its emotive, provocative propaganda to be countered with fact and reason. In this way, the NRA's tactics are deceitful not only because they falsely allege to protect American freedoms but also because they mirror fundamentally un-American sources.
The propaganda machine of the NRA is similar to that of authoritarian and undemocratic political regimes around the world. These regimes deploy disinformation campaigns to secure control over public discourse in their nations. Thus enabling autocrats to maintain a vice grip over information and ensure their power is unchecked and unquestioned.
The coordinated attacks, which took place in three Sri Lankan cities and killed more than 300 people, were designed to foment religious strife in a country that has been slowly recovering from a quarter-century-long civil war. On the 10-year path to peace and stability, there have been occasional flareups of religious violence.
Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million. In the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
10-Lies about Gun Control Debate
There is no connection between mass gun ownership and gun deaths. It seems obvious that a country flooded with guns will have higher rates of gun deaths than countries with few of these weapons.
We don't need stronger gun regulation because gun violence is declining. This lie is fun because of the way it depends on careful framing. Gun violence, defined as crimes committed with guns, has been declining for decades.
We didn't have this problem "in my day" because people loved Jesus and didn't play violent video games. Video games have nothing to do with the increase of violent acts of society today.. School shootings are as old as school. Young Matthew Ward murdered his teacher in front of the class in Louisville in 1853.
The Second Amendment blocks gun regulation. Americans happily place curbs on our rights to religious freedom, blocking people from committing acts of violence, fraud or abuse in the name of faith. Free speech is limited by laws banning libel or incitement.
Americans have a constitutionally protected right to obtain an abortion, yet many of the same people advocating Second Amendment absolutism suddenly lose interest in the constitution when the subject turns to reproductive rights.
As a general rule, people tend to cite constitutional protections when they don't want to debate the merits of an issue. Gun advocates are passionate about civil liberties until those liberties become inconvenient.
The solution to gun violence is more gun ownership. This lie would be too bizarre to earn column space, but politicians are actually using it build policy, putting guns in places like schools, churches and bars.
There is no empirical basis for the claim, but it is sometimes accompanied by one misleading data point.
Chicago has tight gun restrictions and mass gun violence. Ergo, gun laws don't work. Chicago's seemingly intractable problem with gun violence is one of America's fondest fascinations. It's also a myth. Chicago has more gun murders than other large cities like New York and Los Angeles, thanks mostly to its long, unsecured border with North Alabamastan (sometimes called Alabama). However, Chicago's murder rate still rate as high as many with loose gun restrictions.
We should enforce existing gun laws before imposing new ones. Calls for more determined enforcement of existing gun laws are the most darkly cynical lie in the debate over guns. Our gun laws are carefully crafted to be unenforceable.
One law stands out as the most critical obstacle to enforcement of gun restrictions. A minor provision of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act bans states or federal agencies from building gun registries.
Six states already possessed some form of registry, thus were exempted, but further efforts to break the enforcement of gun regulations made it difficult for them to leverage that information in any useful way.
We need guns to protect ourselves from the government. Claims of a Second Amendment right to overthrow the government may be false, but they get us very close to understanding the honest motives behind the gun lobby.
Until 2008, no federal court had ever recognized an individual constitutional right to own a firearm.
No legislation can curb gun deaths in the US. Americans now have more guns in circulation than citizens. No credible regulatory scheme, no matter how smart or ambitious, is likely to bring the rate of gun deaths in America in line with global standards anytime soon. Whatever we achieve politically in the near term can only be a down-payment on a better world for our children.
Americans oppose tighter gun regulation. When presented with concrete proposals to regulate guns, majorities of Americans almost always favor them.
Best DEFENSE against Guns
Nobody wants to be the victim of an attack. It's not like we walk to our cars after work hoping to get mugged in a dark alleyway, but unfortunately, many of us grow up hearing that we're constantly in danger of being victimized.
But have you ever stopped to think what you'd actually do if you found yourself in a threatening situation? Do you know how to defend yourself?
Are you prepared to counter an attack?
Attackers aren't always the creeper in the parking lot or the weird guy hanging out in a dark alley. In fact, more than 80% of all rape victims know their assailant beforehand. Most attacks happen when you're the least prepared to counter them.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to fight back, a good self-defense weapon can come in handy. However, carrying a self-defense weapon, whether it be a gun, knife, taser, or any other option, is only one aspect of defending yourself from an attacker, and the truth is, your defense weapon is completely useless if you aren't prepared to use it, especially against someone you don't expect.
With a proper plan in place, you can avoid becoming a victim. Here's a quick list of things you can do to prepare yourself to counter an attack:
- Know your weapon. You need to get to know your carry item as if it were an extension of yourself. Different safety mechanisms can be tricky to operate and will slow you down if you don't know how to operate them. Things like switching off a safeguard, pressing the right button, or uncapping pepper spray are all things you should practice beforehand.
- Have quick access. You want your weapon in hand when you need it. Fumbling through your purse or pockets during an attack will only help the attacker. Keep your weapon easily accessible. If it's in your purse, put it in a place where it won't get buried or hold it in your hand as you walk to your car at night.
- Pay attention. The best plans include avoiding dangerous people and locations. Being aware of your surroundings and keeping your distance from potential threats will reduce your chances of being attacked. Knowing the nearest exit or place to run can help you escape as well.
Gun Defense Laws - Survival
When it comes to gun defense laws whichever self-defense item you choose to carry, remember that the goal of self-defense is never to win a fight; it is to survive and escape without injury.
The best defense is always to avoid dangerous people and places. You don't need to be a tactically trained Navy Seal to know how to defend yourself, but you should sit down and have a game plan in case you face an attack. Practice and get to know your weapon, give yourself the best chance to escape unharmed.
Whether it be the US, Canada, Europe, Laws on Defense [Right to Self Defense] are pretty much global. Currently the UK is an exception. The UK applies "common law" to the self defense act. This makes things a little more complicated there.
Self Defense Canada
Self-defense in Canada is commonly misunderstood. Many people, including our mainstream media, believe Canadians have no right to defend themselves, no matter the circumstances.
They are wrong. The defense of person is the oldest natural right, a right that all living creatures possess.
Virtually everyone, even misguided celebrity elites that believe humans only have the right to be victims, believe this obvious truth.
Importantly, as a society we openly recognize this fact and provide defensive tools to those who may need protection as they carry out the state's business, such as our police. (Remember this next time someone says handguns were only made to kill people. They were not. They were made to defend people.)
So without question, we have a natural right to defend our fragile bodies, and those of our loved ones too. If need arises, we will intuitively and unquestionably do so regardless of what statutes say. But what does it say?
Gun Defense Laws in Canada
Here then, are the three things you absolutely must know about self-defense laws and therefore gun defense laws in Canada.
Number One: Defending yourself, contrary to popular belief, is NOT against Canadian law. The Criminal Code of Canada very specifically allows self-defense and defense of property.
Number Two: Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position where you must defend yourself with deadly force, you will be arrested and charged with a crime. Crown prosecutors seemingly don't like Canadians doing what is required to stay alive so you absolutely will go to trial on whatever charges are laid against you.
Number Three: Unless you've done something terribly wrong, the odds of you being convicted are on your side. The CSSA has dealt with many of these types of cases over the years, and in only one case was the individual convicted.
Therefore you absolutely must understand the law and your responsibility under it once you engage the individual or individuals attempting to do harm to you and/or your loved ones.
There are things you cannot do or you will certainly go to prison. Your use of force must be "reasonable" in the totality of the circumstances and that reasonableness will be decided by a judge months or even years after the fact.
Criminal Code of Canada
Here, from the Criminal Code of Canada Section 34, is the self-defense provision in view:
34 (1) A person is not guilty of an offence if
(a) they believe on reasonable grounds that force is being used against them or another person or that a threat of force is being made against them or another person;
(b) the act that constitutes the offence is committed for the purpose of defending or protecting themselves or the other person from that use or threat of force; and
(c) the act committed is reasonable in the circumstances.
As you can see, the law is very clear. Canadians are NOT restricted from defending themselves.
34 (2) In determining whether the act committed is reasonable in the circumstances, the court shall consider the relevant circumstances of the person, the other parties and the act, including, but not limited to, the following factors:
(a) the nature of the force or threat;
(b) the extent to which the use of force was imminent and whether there were other means available to respond to the potential use of force;
(c) the person's role in the incident;
(d) whether any party to the incident used or threatened to use a weapon;
(e) the size, age, gender and physical capabilities of the parties to the incident;
(f) the nature, duration and history of any relationship between the parties to the incident, including any prior use or threat of force and the nature of that force or threat;
(f.1) any history of interaction or communication between the parties to the incident;
(g) the nature and proportionality of the person's response to the use or threat of force; and
(h) whether the act committed was in response to a use or threat of force that the person knew was lawful.
Best Defenses to know about Guns
When an assailant is within arms-reach, it is easier to disarm them than an attacker with a handgun. And in-home defensive situations are always at close range. And the power of a shotgun requires an operator capable of withstanding the significant recoil.
For Novice shooters and if you've ever handled a shotgun the first time you pulled the trigger on a shotgun and felt that recoil. I still remember the bruise on my shoulder because I didn't seat the butt-stock of the weapon properly.
It takes time and skill to handle a shotgun..
Handguns on the other hand being more versatile are more dangerous to combat.. as I've stressed in my first article weapons and knife defense.. there are no winners or losers when it comes to escaping an attacker with weapon.
His/her main motive is to kill, hurt with dangerous results.
YOUR MAIN GOAL IS SURVIVAL
In a knife attack, no matter the approach, know you are at risk of being cut. With anyone trained in knife attacks, you are in vulnerable situation before you realize it.
Best defense is to stay calm, don't tense muscles & no sudden movements, engage in conversation to distract. Giving opportunity to react to the attack.
As an example if perpetrator is requesting monies, let them know you have to move to get, thus they are expecting movement on your part. Thus giving the opportunity to react. Always assume they carry more than one weapon and possibly more than one perpetrator.
When it comes to a Gun, there's no racing the bullet. And looking down a barrel of a gun is no fun.
Examining your surroundings execute proper tactical disarmament, be sure your training techniques are reputable to street fighting scenarios..
Caliber doesn't matter much, .380 ACP to .45 ACP and everything in between will stop anyone 2/3 of the time within 2 rounds.
The knockdown power that comes with higher-caliber pistols is complimented by their ease-of-use. By understanding weapons and guns gives you survival chance. In the event of of confrontation being able to move quickly means the difference between life and death.
It's always better to presume that you will be fighting a trained fighter/weapons perpetrator. The problem with that assumption is that not everyone attacks the way that someone will attack you.
The Perpetrator is NOT going to passively stand there while you attempt to disarm him
What few people realize is that a wild perpetrators have intent He/she previously orchestrated the plan ahead of time, their intent is to rob or murder to get away. They want to commit the crime intended leaving no witnesses and leave as quickly as possible.
Even more dangerous because the attacker is unpredictable, his defensive moves can hurt you badly you will either get mauled, if not killed.
Fights are never static and his ability to move is his ability to hurt you. Your best defence first and foremost is distract by conversing with the perpetrator, and observing any window of opportunity to react effectively.
You can successfully fight an armed attacker
This is a lie.. you cannot "fight" an armed opponent. You can survive against one! You might even be able to successfully put him down before he causes you any major damage.
However whatever you do, it must be fast, effective and brutal. If it isn't, then you will not stop him before he causes you major damage.
Stats on Crime rates
The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the world in 2016. While people complain about the violence in the own countries often times they have little to no idea of how bad it can get!
Here is a LINK to an article on the top 50 worse cities in the world for crime!
In conclusion an attacker, with any idea of what he or she is doing, whether it be a knife or gun will overwhelm you with a hail of cuts or shoot with one deadly bullet.
And with knife, they will start at the nearest body part and end in a vital target. Within a second you may lose your fingers!
And also have severed tendons of your arms, and be finished with a stab to your eye, or throat, or trunk.
Therefore get as much knowledge as you can prepare yourself on techniques of weapons fighting is to your benefit. Observe prison inmates and knife experts practice knife fighting.
See what really works and what doesn't against a knife attack! Stay safe and use proper judgments when leaving yourself vulnerable in the streets. Please feel free to leave a comment here.
The above article on Gun Defense Laws was written by former police officer Kara Borshuk.
You can find more information can be found on here profile linked here.
Kara is a was with the Detroit Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and with the Windsor Police department.
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