Lessons to be Learned From Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Beating

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on August 17, 2009 at 12:01 am
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As reported, Milwaukee, WI Mayor Tom Barrett was leaving the WI state fair on Saturday night when he heard a woman scream for help.  Barrett began calling 911, at which point the suspect turned on Barrett and began beating him with a metal pipe.  The suspect then fled, and Barrett was taken to a local hospital.  Barrett was listed in stable condition at the hospital, and police are seeking the suspect.  The woman was unharmed.  My thoughts are below:

I would like to start by offering my best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mayor Barrett.  His willingness to come to the aid of a stranger, and endanger his life in doing so, should be commended.

However, as this case shows, heroic intentions are not enough to stop a criminal.  Criminals, who by definition don’t care about the law, are quite willing to illegally carry and use deadly weapons, such as metal pipes, guns, bats, knives, etc.  Laws that restrict the carrying of guns for self defense just ensure that law abiding victims and Good Samaritans (like Mayor Barrett) are defenseless against the still-armed criminals.  Indeed, even when criminals don’t happen to be armed, they still tend to be able to overpower those unarmed victims and Good Samaritans.  That is because criminals tend to be strong young males, who intentionally target physically weaker victims.  Even if Mayor Barrett had been able to complete his 911 call, it is unlikely that calling the police would have really helped.  Under even the best circumstances, the police are likely minutes away, while a violent criminal can complete their attack in seconds.  On top of that, the sad fact is that the police often fail to respond in a timely fashion, due to negligence or a lack of resources.

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When citizens are armed, they are in the best position possible to defend themselves and other innocent people.  This armed citizen stopped a bank robber.  This armed Idaho woman defended her young children from 2 home invading prison escapees.  This armed man saved the life of a store owner from attack by a violent armed robber.  This armed homeowner saved 3 people from armed home invaders.  This armed college student saved 9 other people from rape and murder at the hands of armed home invaders.  I could go on giving more examples, but the point should be clear: armed self defense is a crime victim’s (and a Good Samaritan’s) best chance at surviving a violent attack.

Wisconsin and Illinois are the only 2 states without any provision to allow law abiding people to carry a gun for self defense.  It seems to me that it is time for the residents of those to states to take a long hard look at whether they want to keep those victim-disarming laws on the books.

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  • http://www.wisconsinpatriots.com Gene German

    Mayor Barrett had the option to carry a gun for self defense. He just did not do it.

    Since sometime in the early 1600's it has always been lawful to carry a weapon for self defense. It was in 1872, the legislature decided to force people to openly carry their weapons by making it illegal to carry them concealed.

    Last April, Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen issued a memo to remind District Attorneys that open carry is still lawful.

    The fact of the matter is although people have a choice to carry a gun or not, most people are not capable of using it to defend themselves. Possessing a gun does not prepare one to use it any more than owning a piano makes one a musician.

    If we take anything away from this unfortunate incident, it should be that a criminal will use an alternative weapon such as a pipe, if a gun is not available to them. We know that criminal behavior is unaffected by gun control laws.