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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- In a recent article in the New York Post, writer  Michael Shellenberger found, with rising crime and violence in California, guns might be useful things in some situations. Situations other than hunting or target shooting. Situations involving the defense of self, family, and home. From the article:

“I’ve always been anti-gun,” said Debbie Mizrahie of Beverly Hills. “But I am right now in the process of getting myself shooting lessons because I now understand that there may be a need for me to know how to defend myself and my family. We’re living in fear.”

During Black Lives Matter protests last year, Mizrahie told The Post, her neighbor’s home was firebombed with Molotov cocktails.

“My kids were outside and they saw a huge explosion,” she said. “[The neighbor’s] backyard went up in smoke. Trees burned down … But it’s only gotten worse. Beverly Hills has been targeted.”

This has been the standard understanding of the utility of guns for 400 years, from about 1500 to about 1900. Guns increase the ability of individuals to project power, to be able to protect themselves, their families, their homes, their communities, and their nations.

Guns are effective weapons.  Weapons have been integral to human existence in every notable culture. Weapons are the simplest, most obvious, and effective way in which humans rise above animals to the top of the food chain. Our weapons, created by our minds, grant us far more power than our size and muscles warrant. Combined with our ability to cooperate in large groups, they explain how we have dominated the planet.

When everyone has access to effective weapons, there is a rough natural parity of power.  The power is limited to those who can effectively wield the weapons, or command those who do. There is an obvious reason people with political power want the people they rule to be unarmed. If the people who take their orders are the only ones with weapons, their rule is more secure.

When weapons depended on muscle power and skill, those with more muscles and time to develop more skill had the edge.

Guns, as they became less expensive, lighter, and more effective, narrowed the gap created with muscle and skill. Colonel Colt equalized the force available to large and small men, men and women.

The Second Amendment is based on the idea an armed majority can defend itself against armed tyranny.  From the Federalist No. 46:

 Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.

The Republic was created, in part, to protect the rights of minorities against majority tyranny. The Second Amendment makes it possible for minorities to effectively defend themselves. The smallest minority is the individual.

In the United States, private weaponry was instrumental in the founding of the nation and implicit in the philosophical basis of the founding. The Second Amendment was created to protect the right to be armed.

The lie Debbie Mizrahi seems to have swallowed was having guns was more dangerous than not having them. When violence threatened her and hers, the utility of arms became plain.  Before violence became personal, she was willing to ignore the safety of people who lived in areas with more risk than her own.

Gun control is not popular where the dangers of violence are close and immediate. In democracies, restrictions on the ownership and use of weapons are created during times of peace and low crime rates, combined with a ruling class that does not trust the people.  Those restrictions are seldom lifted. The utility of arms for the defense of self, family, community, and nation is ignored or ridiculed.

Gun control is not popular without constant propaganda about the dangers of owning weapons. In democracies where the ruling class no longer trusts the people, those dangers are emphasized, especially for female voters.

In most traditional families, men were the ones with weapons skills and weapons. They protected their families. Men are and have been harder to sell the propaganda that being unarmed makes you safer.

As more and more women became single and single mothers, more and more women are realizing the utility of weapons for defense.

The founders were aware of the dangers of government control of the flow of information. It is why we have First Amendment protections of speech and the press. They did not foresee an ideology that would take over, consolidate, and create an oligopoly of information flow, dedicated to the destruction of the Republic, and a media so fast, global, and pervasive, it could swing elections to its liking and create a tyrannical alliance with like-minded authoritarians in government.

An armed population needs leadership and means of communication to be effective against tyranny. Leadership is coming to the fore in some state governments; means of communication are being developed.

The question is: Will they be created fast enough, and be effective enough, to forestall the implementation of tyranny in the foreseeable future?

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Nothing like a Bitch Slap of Reality for people to become Woke to the Realization that They are Their Own First Responders. When SHTF in the land of Defund the Police, No Bail Release of Criminals, Prosecutors Refusing to Prosecute Criminals for their Crimes and Politicians Lowering or Removing Penalties for Crimes being Committed against Law Abiding Citizens and Businesses. You get the Government You Vote For and All the Consequences that Come with It.


Amen to that!




I still question the votes.


I have a relative whose wife was very anti-gun, “I prefer to live in peace” she said. This past summer riots were close enough to their home that they could smell teargas; the anti-gun stance went out the door…


Funny how that works, ain’t it?


false sense of security melts real fast when reality comes knocking


I’ve heard it many times ; a Liberal is just a Conservative that hasn’t been mugged yet .


My wife wasn’t partial to my owning guns, but if something got after he pets, it always turned to GET THE GUN!!! She finally got brave and went to the range and she got some lessons, didn’t really change her mind but she did learn how to handle them safely, she did learn how to shoot half decent, but still wasn’t a big fan, but her flak about my guns stopped!


A single day in a good class won’t make anyone into an operator or even particularly skilled – but it will make them infinitely more safe and effective than without any training. I imagine if you’re not their she’s now capable of grabbing one of your guns and motivating coyotes or bobcats to leave your pets alone. I’m in similar boat with my wife, though not as far along. Got her to do intro-light at the range. Right after she was ready to take a handgun class – but had reasons to skip each time I tried to get her… Read more »


My wife has a life long Liberal friend that lives in a city that doesn’t recognize my concealed carry permit. We were visiting her and had to drive thru a “ sketchy” neighborhood. She looked at me in a worried, apprehensive way and asked “ do you have your gun ( of course I did ) ? “ I said no , it’s illegal here “ she said “‘oh my God, get outta here , please “
Her Liberal values just got tested.


Good on you for being prepared, for not admitting to breaking the law, and most of all for making your wife’s friend question her own values. Such a wonderful, gentle way to educate that (1) the laws don’t protect her and (2) the laws only disarm the honest. Maybe next time she enters a voting booth, gun control will be negative in her mind instead of a positive.


But, the pistol will remain in their closet unloaded, to be forgotten about. Wife has friends like that, although they would never consider getting a firearm. Like so many of their ilk they are terrified of everything. Still hiding in their condo in fear of the China virus, though they would never call it that. I just can’t understand that fear. To go through life in abject terror is just not my way.


GOOD Op-Ed!!


If the government did it’s job protecting the people, we wouldn’t need firearms for defense, but rather recreation. Guns don’t kill people, it’s tyrants that kill people by allowing lawlessness. People need to wise up and arm up.


Ideally, I think the government should assist the people in international protection. As far as in-country protection, I don’t think it should be that way in a large sense, or else the people will not be ready for the international stage. There are times when I would like to leave my 3 pounds of iron at home, but we are not there yet.



We aren’t there yet because we are currently moving in the opposite direction, and those who could correct the direction of that movement are supporters of the ones at fault, and that support is evidently rendered as appeasement. We are the United States Of America; we should never take a stand of appeasement instead of enforcement of our laws.


She was quoted saying: I’ve always been anti-gun,” said Debbie Mizrahie of Beverly Hills. “But I am right now in the process of getting myself shooting lessons because I now understand that there may be a need for me to know how to defend myself and my family. We’re living in fear.” Hahaha. This is laughable. I work for many of these people and almost all of them have guns. Trouble is they still vote like they are socialist. Fuck her. Unless she votes properly about the 2A, she can’t have a gun…. That goes for all of them. Any… Read more »


Fortune favors the [prepared.


I believe that guns are good for self-defense. I also want to live in peace, but sometimes peace and safety can’t be achieved without a weapon


lefties that live in these protected enclaves didn’t have to worry about security, now that that has changed, they are beginning to see reason. i hope blm and antifa continue to harrass and target the progressives until they see the light.


Within the author’s theme of the individual being the minority is classification is accurate, but not constitutionally. The reason for the second amendment was to protect the majority, that is to say the average American in all of the 13 colonies, from the minority: that is to say the small number of government officials involved in tyranny. This is the concept that is enshrined in the second amendment. Today however the new construct because of the overwhelming tidal wave of socialism in popular culture as a positive, which is created the smash and grab, the follow home and rob, in… Read more »


No GubMINT can guarantee to protect you or your safety. That’s a complete fallacy.

“für Ihre Sicherheit” (it’s for your safety) is the Creed & Battle Cry of Tyrants.

Don’t screw it up America the rest of the planet is watching.


I also want to live in peace, but somethimes only with a gun you can feel safe




Where are we on large capacity shotguns these days. Is the street sweeper type of weapon available now?



you can get a registered street sweeper ,i like the tavor 12 better


fun switch makes 100 to 1 odds even


Only if you’ve got the ammo. Even I (slow and inaccurate as I am) can dump a standard mag WAY too fast. While full auto sounds like a blast (in fun sense) – I’m too cheap to use it for recreation, and don’t have enough ammo to use it for “work”. Hat’s off to those of you who have full auto available, and to those of you able to use it effectively. Now if I had a 50, ammo, and better skills – ability to maintain standoff room is attractive. As others have said – turning cover into concealment since… Read more »


a 50 bmg with a 42 inch barrel and scoped for a mile 308 to 1000 yards 50 ae up close