Dec 3, 201208:59 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
A Christmas message for self-defense: Where ’tis better to give than receive
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A great week for Wisconsin football, pro and college. Huge redemption for Badger coach Bret Bielema Saturday; losing six assistant coaches and going down to your third-string quarterback can take its toll. But can he afford to lose three straight Rose Bowls?
Let’s go to the Bo Pelini cam. Now there is a very angry man who can’t seem to win the big ones.
Any time you beat the Vikings and the Bears lose (thanks to former Badger Russell Wilson), it’s a good weekend. I got to think the ViQueens are still paying the price for their gamble on Brett Favre instead of building for the future, as the Packers have done. Badger and Packers; there’s nothing like peaking at the right time, which is what we’re doing here at the Blaska Policy Research Factory and Tanning Salon (thanks to a recent merger).
Sell stupid someplace else
What is the most stupid thing you encounter on a daily basis? For me, it’s those “No Firearms on These Premises” signs. Like an armed robber is going to turn away when confronted with words on a window. “Dang, here I was a-gonna rob me some smokes!”
It is well noted that the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was posted against firearms. That didn’t stop a madman from killing 12 and wounding another 58 at a midnight showing of the Batman movie last summer.
What if just one patron had fired back? I have been asking that question for a few years now. Good to see confirmed liberal Jeffrey Goldberg asking same in the December 2012 edition of The Atlantic magazine.
“If someone is shooting at you, it is better to shoot back than to cower and pray,” he writes.
Duck and cower
Which is, essentially, the instructions our gun-banning colleges and universities give their students (think Virginia Tech) when confronted with an armed madman. In fact, Goldberg reports, violent crime at Colorado State University has declined in the nine years since concealed carry was allowed. I should note that the university’s governing board voted to reinstate the ban two years ago but the local sheriff announced he would refuse to enforce it.
From the October 1938 Outdoor Life magazine
About those gun-free signs, Goldberg writes:
Publicly describing your property as gun-free is analogous to posting a notice on your front door saying your home has no burglar alarm.
There is no proof to support the idea that concealed-carry permit holders create more violence in society than would otherwise occur; they may, in fact, reduce it.
Today, the number of concealed-carry permits is the highest it’s ever been, at 8 million, and the homicide rate is the lowest it’s been in four decades – less than half what it was 20 years ago.
The NRA is ... powerful in good part because so many Americans are predisposed to agree with its basic message.
The author notes that the greatest increase in concealed-carry permit holders in the state of Texas are African-American women.
The Atlantic article is entitled “The case for more guns (and more gun control).” The more gun control Goldberg seeks is requiring background checks on gun buyers at gun shows.