At the risk of continuing the whole gun control debate ad nauseam, I want to put forth what I consider to be the real problem when it comes to violence in America. And I can do it with just one example.
Last week in Loganville, Georgia, there was another shooting with a handgun. But this time, the person pulling the trigger was an armed citizen and the shooting victim was a longtime criminal. Those stories don’t seem to make the national news.
WSB News out of Atlanta reported that Paul Slater, who they say has been arrested at least seven times since 2008, broke into a house where a mother and her two small children were at home.
The report said the mother and her nine-year-old twins retreated to an attic crawl space as Slater used a crowbar to break in. Apparently not content to just steal something and leave, the intruder eventually found the mother and her children in their hiding place. When he opened the door, the woman shot him five times with a .38 revolver. With the intruder down, she then took her children and fled to a neighbor’s house to call police.
Police say Slater managed to get to his car and leave the scene, but soon crashed and was arrested. He was transported to a hospital and listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. Police have charged him with burglary.
It would be easy to say this proves that guns in the hands of private citizens is the answer to crime. At least in this crime a gun was the answer and I salute this brave woman for protecting her home and her children. But let’s address the real problem.
Did you notice that part where news reports said that the perpetrator, Paul Salter, had at least SEVEN previous arrests? So why was he out on the streets committing yet another crime? That’s the real problem in this country, the revolving door that turns this kind of scum loose again and again to prey upon society. How many times do we let a criminal walk before we say enough is enough? Apparently, in Georgia, the number is more than seven.
Pick up any newspaper in the country, turn on any TV news show, or log onto any online news feed and you will find story after story about career criminals who rob, rape, and kill seemingly at will. Not first offenders, but people with long criminal histories that often stretch back to childhood. And yet, we say guns are the problem.
Paul Slater, the repeat criminal in this case, didn’t have a gun but I shudder to think what he might have done to that young mother and her children with his crowbar if she had not been armed and ready to defend herself and her family.
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