LAPD tells residents: Get a dog, door locks & take a YMCA class, ditch your guns
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
July 22, 2013


While many police agencies and city officials are warning residents to arm themselves and lock their doors and load their guns, a wacky anti-gun message from the LAPD encourages people not to have guns, to turn their guns in, and to even get rid of children's toy guns.

The message, posted on their website here, begins

Weapons in the Home
When we talk about violence, we can't ignore weapons. Nine out of ten murders involve a weapon - eight of ten involve a firearm. Most robberies involve the use of a weapon, most frequently a handgun. One in seven teens has reported carrying a weapon - like a bat, club, gun, or knife - at some time to protect himself. Weapons can make violence more deadly and less personal. A gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide three times and the likelihood of suicide five times.
Reduce the risk
Think long and hard about having weapons, especially firearms, in your home. Studies show that a firearm in the home is more than forty times as likely to hurt or kill a family member as to stop a crime.
It then suggests YWCA self defense classes and dogs as protection. In theory, a dog may help protect you in L.A. assuming the police don't shoot it to death in front of you for the innocuous non-crime of filming cops. LAPD then suggests that if people do have guns, they should be completely unloaded and locked up, rendering it competely useless in an emergency situation. The police then encourage everyone to say "please," "thank you" and to "Discourage name-calling and teasing." They encourage folks to "Ask your police department for help in identifying what to report, when, to whom, and how" and recommend gun-buybacks:
"Consider organizing an event that lets people turn in weapons, or even objects that might be mistaken for real weapons, in exchange for books, coupons from local merchants, toys, or simply the satisfaction of making the community safer."
They then imply that kids shouldn't even have toy guns:
"Start a discussion of neighborhood views on weapons in the home, children playing with toy weapons, children and violent entertainment, and how arguments should be settled."
They also have a broad Crime Prevention Section which includes sections such as "Making Peace - Tips on Managing Conflict," "Ten Things Adults Can Do To Stop Violence" and "Street Smarts."

The LAPD ends the page with this advice: "Learn your state and local laws on firearms. Insist that these laws be enforced vigorously but fairly. Support police, prosecutors, judges, and other local officials who enforce laws designed to prevent gun violence."

In June I interviewed a bunch of people at a gun buyback in Southern California who were turning in their guns, as well as the police in charge of the events. Those videos are below. At the bottom of this page is the rest of LAPD's text on their anti-gun page. But first some better advice about why people should keep their guns and be armed:


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CONSIDER THESE POWERFUL QUOTES AGAINST TURNING IN YOUR GUNS
"When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe". Luke 11:21

"A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined" George Washington

"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason, George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380 (Mason is considered the "Father of the United States Bill of Rights.")

"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- (Thomas Jefferson)

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8)

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

"The great object is that every man be armed" and "everyone who is able may have a gun." (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia,...taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg,

"Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men." - St. Augustine

"Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor�s death.... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one�s goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim." St. Thomas Aquinas

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." Patrick Henry

"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not." Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States

"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed" Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824.

"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8

"The ruling class doesn't care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake." -Malcolm Wallop, former U.S. Sen. (R-WY)

"An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject." Anon.

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good" (George Washington)

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined" (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

"Jesus said, 'But now whoever has a purse or a bag, must take it and whoever does not have a sword must sell his cloak and buy one.'" - Luke 22:36

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Look at other ways to protect yourself and your home. Invest in top-grade locks, jamming devices for doors and windows, a dog, or an alarm system. Start or join a Neighborhood Watch. Check with the police, the YMCA/YWCA, or the recreation department about a self-defense class.

If you do choose to own firearms - handguns, rifles, or shotguns - make sure they are safely stored. That means unloaded, trigger-locked, and in a locked gun case or pistol box, with ammunition separately locked. Store keys out of reach of children, away from weapons and ammunition. Check frequently to make sure this storage remains secure.

Obtain training from a certified instructor in firearms safety for everyone in the home. Make sure it's kept current.

Teach your children what to do if they find a firearm or something that might be a weapon - Stop, Don't Touch, Get Away, and Tell a Trusted Adult.

Stop violence

Show children how to settle arguments or solve problems without using words or actions that hurt others. Set the example by the way you handle everyday conflicts in the family, at work, and in the neighborhood. Don't forget that common courtesies like "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" help ease tensions that can lead to violence.

Discourage name-calling and teasing. These can easily get out of hand, moving all too quickly from "just words" to fists, knives, and even firearms. Teach children that bullying is wrong and take their fears about bullies seriously.

Take a hard look at what you, your family, and your friends watch and listen to for entertainment - from action movies and cop shows to video games and music lyrics. How do the characters solve problems? Do they make firearms and other violence appear exciting, funny, or glamorous? Are the real-life consequences of violence for victims and families clear? Talk about what each of you liked and didn't like.

Stick with friends and family who steer clear of violence and drugs. And encourage your children to do the same. Research shows use of alcohol and other drugs is closely linked with violence, including the use of guns and other weapons.

Take action in your community

Be sure you know where and how to report potentially violent situations or concerns about conditions in the neighborhood that could lead to violence. Ask your police department for help in identifying what to report, when, to whom, and how.

Consider organizing an event that lets people turn in weapons, or even objects that might be mistaken for real weapons, in exchange for books, coupons from local merchants, toys, or simply the satisfaction of making the community safer.

Support schools and youth clubs in their efforts to keep guns, knives, and other weapons from menacing the everyday lives of children and teens. Encourage children to report any weapons they know about in or near school to staff or the police.

Look around to see what happens to young people after school hours. Are there supervised programs for younger children? Opportunities for teens and preteens to work with children, get or give help with homework, tackle neighborhood problems, or learn art, music, sports, or computer skills? In many areas, after-school programs are located in schools themselves and called Safe Havens or Beacon Schools.

Start a discussion of neighborhood views on weapons in the home, children playing with toy weapons, children and violent entertainment, and how arguments should be settled.

A PTA meeting, an informal social gathering, or a Neighborhood Watch meeting could provide the opportunity.

Learn your state and local laws on firearms. Insist that these laws be enforced vigorously but fairly. Support police, prosecutors, judges, and other local officials who enforce laws designed to prevent gun violence.

For More Information:

Center to Prevent Handgun Violence 1225 Eye Street, NW, Room 1100 Washington, DC 20005 202-289-7319

National School Safety Center 141 Duesenberg Drive, Ste 11 Westlake Village, CA 91362 805-373-9977