Are You Contributing to Crime by Reading the Newspapers?

Yes, I am making the shocking allegation that you are aiding and abetting crime by simply reading the newspaper, but hear me out.

Let me give the background first. There have been at least eighteen victims of knife crime in London over the period of eight months since January 2008. Newspaper reports indicate that the number of people charged with knife crimes have fallen by 50%, and at the same time the number of teenage murders involving knives have risen dramatically.

A teenager that lives in one of the most dangerous areas in London was quoted as saying “How are the police or the government going to be able to sort this out if we as kids don’t know why this sort of stuff’s going on?” This child is very wise.

The response of the local government is a website called London Against Gun and Knife Crime. Obviously the creators of the website have never heard of the Law of Attraction.

How does this Law of Attraction work? I will give you my understanding of how it works. We think thoughts and these thoughts create waves all around us. The waves resonate with similar waves and then we attract the similar waves to us. The whole process snowball until our thoughts materialize.

Let me give you an example. You read the newspaper. There are articles about crime and bad news and negativity all over the pages. You do not think about this and step back and say “I want love in my life”. You read it all and think “I hope I don’t ever get mugged.”

Imagine a massive ear listening to your thoughts – an unbiased ear. The ear will not hear the word “don’t” because the ear is unbiased and does not judge – we add the judgement. The ear hears “hope” and “mugged”.

Over the next weeks and months you continue to read the newspapers every day, and for some reason all the articles about muggings and violent crimes catch your eye. Every time you read such an article, you think a similar thought, for example “More muggings – I wonder who is next.” The massive ear hears “muggings” and “next”. Or you think “one of these days someone close to me will get mugged” and the massive ear hears “someone” and “me” and “mugged”.

Then the cousin of the sister of the brother-in-law of a friend’s friend gets mugged and you hear about it. Somehow it confirms the thoughts you have had about mugging and you say “I told you so”. The next “logical” thought in your mind is “one of these days I will get mugged”. The massive ear still does not judge – like a robot that is there to simply obey commands and to act. The ear hears “I” and “get mugged”. And the ear puts you in touch with similar waves around you and your own wave of fear and trepidation and anticipation gets stronger – you just “know” it will happen to you one day.

Because your thoughts are so full of avoiding being mugged, that is all you think about. You see potential muggers around every corner and cling to your purse or keep ensuring that everything is still in your pocket. And potential muggers pick up on the waves of fear that emanate from you and get closer to you, because you reflect their reality as well.

And then one day you get mugged.

Do you then say “Oops, time to change my thought processes. Time to raise my thought vibrations and think about unconditional love and peace and things that make me feel good”?

Or do you join the growing chorus of negativity around you and tell everyone in sight of the terrible experience you had, and add momentum to the waves of fear and anxiety around you? And do you, by telling your story and reading more newspapers and watching more TV news to validate your experience, perpetuate the crime around you?

You tell me.

Mother Teresa understood the Law of Attraction. Here is a quote from her: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

Mother Teresa intuitively understood that what you fill your mind with is what you attract to you. And where you have a particular expectation, eventually it will get fulfilled.

How about this explanation for the Law of Attraction: You walk into a restaurant with a friend, order food from the menu, and continue with your conversation. You expect that your order will be delivered, and guess what, it happens. And if the order was delivered promptly by a friendly waiter and the food was delicious, you leave a tip to show your gratitude.

Then you walk out of the restaurant, forget all about the Law of Attraction, and get home safely despite having your mind full of thoughts of muggings and what else, and you forget to say “thank You for bringing me home safely.”

So we manage to get the less important things, like ordering a meal and paying a tip, right, but then we mess up on the big things, like filling our minds with love and peace and gratitude. Let’s try again and let’s this time ensure the massive ear hears only what we want it to hear. And when the massive ear delivers on what we wanted, let’s remember to feel and show gratitude.

Explaining the 10-20-LIFE Law

Under the 10-20-LIFE law, any person who pulls out a gun or fires a gun during any type of crime will be subject to these harsh penalties. The law is laid out as follows:

Any person who commits a felony or attempts to commit a felony and possesses a firearm or another type of destructive device during the offense will be penalized with a minimum of 10 years in prison.

In cases where the person commits, or attempts to commit, a felony and the firearm is discharged, this person will be facing a minimum 20 year prison term.

If a person is injured or killed as a result of the firearm or destructive device, the alleged defendant will be penalized with 25 years to life imprisonment.

The state of Florida takes weapon crimes very seriously, and even a first time offender may face life imprisonment for firing a weapon and injuring another person in the process. The reason that this type of crime is taken so seriously is that a person’s life may be at stake when involved with an alleged offender. If a person pulls a gun on an individual, the victim will be traumatized – if they survive the incident. The victim may need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy if they are shot and wounded, and possibly psychological therapy as well to cope with the incident.

Another offense that is described under this law includes the possession of a firearm by a felon, which mandates a minimum of 3 years imprisonment.

For a person convicted of a crime under the 10-20-LIFE law, they must serve their prison terms consecutively with any other terms of imprisonment imposed by the law.

The results of this law have not only been impressive, but they have also been proven to be successful in diminishing crime rates in the state of Florida. For example, in the first six years that the act was imposed, the violent gun crime rates dropped 30 percent, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. According to their reports, this means that nearly 10,500 fewer people were robbed and 380 less were killed in first few years of the program.

Unfortunately, for those individuals who are wrongfully accused of this type of offense, the law is very unforgiving. Facing ten years, twenty years or even life imprisonment for a crime that you did not commit can be one of the most frightening thoughts, but it does happen. Any person who fails to retain the legal services of a criminal defense attorney may suffer harsh consequences sought by the tough prosecution.

This can happen when an unreliable witness or a malicious action of another person makes an innocent person look guilty. If you have been wrongly accused of a gun-related crime and are currently under investigation by a local authority, you will need to talk to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Only a law firm with experience in this area of the law will be able to defend your rights and help protect your future.

Why Gun Control Has Nothing To Do With the 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment clearly states that citizens of the United States have the right to “keep and bear arms” for “traditionally lawful purposes.” But while the objective of the Second Amendment is noble, this right, as evident in the many cases of murder in both the country’s urban and rural areas, can become abused especially by reckless individuals (and even the mentally unstable).

Just recently, two mass shooting incidents shocked the nation and drew in sympathy from many countries around the world. Whether these shooting incidents can be classified as hate crimes, or that they have other inexplicable reasons, the fact remains that a number of innocent people were brutally killed because of the irresponsible usage of firearms.

Because of this, concerned and law abiding citizens and lawmakers are constantly debating on an antique topic on whether the public should be allowed to carry guns or not. People who don’t support the idea of gun regulations say that these measures are a blatant violation of every American’s constitutional rights. Proponents of this idea, on the other hand, argue that the basic idea of gun control laws is plain and simple, and that is responsible firearm ownership.

Illinois is one of the several states that started implementing gun control restrictions since the 70s. But because these laws are against the Second Amendment, the state has constantly run into legal challenges for these restrictions. And oftentimes, these laws have been overturned and abolished. For instance, sometime in 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the state’s handgun ban because it was deemed illegal and unconstitutional.

But while it’s true that the Second Amendment can just powerfully wipe off all gun control laws in the country, people opposing these laws are missing the point. These gun laws are not an attack on the Second Amendment. They are so much more, and here are what they are set to accomplish.

Gun laws are about regulating the use of firearms in all parts of the country for the sake of public safety. When we say “regulating,” it can have a variety of meanings. For instance, before a person is allowed to purchase a gun, part of a gun control legislation may require that person to undergo proper training. A person can lose control of himself and may resort to destructive means especially when overcome with an intense feeling of anger. So to make sure that irresponsible usage of firearms is prevented, proper training on the handling and usage of guns cannot be overly emphasized.

In addition to that, these gun control laws are meant to make sure that everyone obtains their firearms legally. What with the continuous threat to terrorism, it pays to have a system intended to correct any unauthorized dealings and usage of firearms.

Taking a Look at Gun Control in America

Gun control is a complex issue within the United States. The right of self-protection and preservation is one of our most sacred rights. Our earliest colonists and founding fathers bore arms to win our independence from Britain. Since then, the common man has enjoyed hunting sports and gun hobbies that were previously reserved for the British aristocracy. Yet, at the same time, an alarming number of crimes are being perpetrated by gun-toting rogues, as well as a startling number of gun deaths, whether intentional or accidental.

One issue in the gun control discussion is whether citizens should be able to have “conceal-and-carry” weapons with them at all times. If a citizen wishes to obtain a concealed carry permit, then he or she must first pass a background check, meet eligibility requirements and complete a handgun safety course. Statistics show that crime actually decreases once right-to-carry laws are enacted. Florida passed the law in 1987, when crime was at an all-time high.

In the years to follow, very few incidents involving concealed weapons occurred so the Dade County Police department stopped tracking them. In fact, from 1987 to 1996, the homicide rate dropped 36% (compared to 0.4% nationwide), the firearm homicide rate decreased 37% (compared to a nationwide increase of 15%) and the handgun homicide rate decreased 41% (compared to an increase of 24% nationwide).

Another gun control question is: Are automatic weapons included in our Second Amendment right? Since automatic assault weapons weren’t developed until World War I, the founding forefathers couldn’t have possibly imagined the impact of these guns on society… right? One can only imagine the sort of havoc a gun firing 1,500 rounds per minute could have on the general population.

However, U.S. crime statistics show that the vast majority of incidents are not from automatic weapons but from standard handguns. After the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, the unthinkable happened: crime dropped by 3.6%. Some states kept the ban and saw murder rates drop, on average, 2.4% (although the murder rate actually rose in some states). Of the states that got rid of the ban, murder rates decreased by more than 4% on average.

Gun control laws have ranged the gamut from restrictive to lenient over the years. In 2008, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision in the case of D.C. vs Heller. They interpreted the 2nd Amendment as pertaining to an individual right to bear arms, rather than a collective right. They also noted that, in their estimation, handguns were included in “arms” and that it was lawful for a citizen to have a handgun in his home, so long as the proper permits were secured. Never before has the highest court in the land been so bold to define the law. Yet, they also cautioned, there are still necessary restrictions, as outlined in the 1986 gun regulations.

Is More Gun Control the Answer to Mass Shootings?

William S. Burroughs once said, “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”

Is more gun control really the answer to mass shootings?

I believe that more gun control is NEVER the answer.

It only makes law-abiding citizens more vulnerable to criminals and maniacs like the Aurora, Colorado shooter.

During a recent conversation about the Colorado massacre someone told me that because the shooter had purchased four guns in the last six months should have sent up some red flags to authorities.

Why should there have been a red flag raised because a guy bought four (perfectly legal) guns in six months? I’ve bought several guns and plenty of ammunition in the past six months and I don’t want to go out and kill anyone. I like guns and shooting is a fun sport to participate in.

The truth is that there has only been five mass shootings in the U.S. since 1999 (including Columbine and Virginia Tech). Millions of people own guns in the United States and compared to that very few violent crimes are actually committed with firearms. More people actually commit suicide each year than are killed with guns.

Does Legal Concealed Carry Really Make a Difference?

Legal concealed carry does make a difference and it has proven to save lives many times…

Responsible gun owners don’t fire wildly into crowds like maniacs do. Many lives have been saved as a result of responsible people carrying firearms legally. Those so-called “safer societies” in other countries that have stricter gun control laws also have less freedom than Americans do. Why do you think that everyone wants to come to America? It’s because of the freedoms we have and the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States ensures that we will continue to have those freedoms.

Studies show that states that allow for concealed carry have less violent crime than states that don’t. Washington DC, the state of California, New York City and Chicago Illinois all enforce the strictest control laws in the U.S. and all of them have the highest violent crime and murder rates in the country. The UK has banned private ownership of guns for more than 20 yrs. and their violent crime rates involving knives and blunt instruments have skyrocketed.

People are going to kill people no matter what.

The fact is that an armed citizenry is a free citizenry.

Isn’t it ironic that all of the mass shootings in the U.S. usually happen in places where firearms are prohibited like; Universities, elementary and high schools, banks, churches, movie theatres, and gun-free zones.

Cowards always prey on the innocent where they are most vulnerable.

A good friend and I went to see a movie a few weeks ago and both of us were legally armed and carrying our guns concealed. I know that if something similar to the Aurora, Colorado shooting had happened to us that we would have taken the appropriate action to defend ourselves and protect the lives of the other people around us.

I’m a former U.S. Marine, Infantry Rifleman. I’m an expert marksman and I’m a trained expert with a great number of firearms so I know what I’m talking about. My friend has no military or police training and I would trust him with my life because of his knowledge of firearms and of his character.

If guns kill people then spoons make people fat and pencils make people misspell words.

People kill people… period! It’s been that way since the beginning of time and it started with Cain and Able. The problem is the brokenness of the human condition and our fallen, sinful nature. No amount of legislation is going to change that.