A top Inside the Beltway firearms expert and policy wonk on Monday told Examiner that the videotaped Islamist beheadings of Americans are a serious wake-up call for all clear-thinking people throughout the world, especially for the people of America, a nation the radical Muslims dubbed the “Great Satan.”
“The murderous, barbaric, and savage actions of the Islamic State (IS) and other Islamist entities reveal the true nature of these groups and their members,” said gun rights expert John M. Snyder, who serves on the boards of advisers for two national police organizations representing more than 100,000 police commanders and officers. “Their activities reflect the wretchedness of their thinking,” he said.
Snyder — an advisory board member for the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens — believes that the global activities of terrorist organizations and so-called “lone-wolves” or “homegrown” jihadists are prima facie evidence of the futility of depending on others to protect Americans and their loved-ones and the increased need for serious self-defense training for each American.
“Snyder knows what every cop understands: police officers are not in a position to be ‘first-responders’ for many Americans. The real first-responders are the American people who are being personally targeted by terrorists, gang members and common criminals,” said former police training officer Lloyd Lorensen.
“Americans must emulate police SWAT team officers, who train, train, train for that one incident in which their abilities will make the difference between life and death.” Lorensen recommended. “That includes regularly spending quality time at the firing range.”
According to Snyder, officials from both political parties say the Islamic terrorists are already here. “Congressional leaders have warn us about the Islamist threat [including] Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, [chairpersons] of the House and the Senate Select Committees on Intelligence.”
“We need personal firearms for self-defense against potential terrorist attacks,” he stressed. “Proposals for different kinds of gun control pale in comparison with this need.”
“Whether they realize it or not, [gun-control proponents] in politics, business, media, entertainment and academe work against the safety of Americans who need firearms for self-defense,” said Snyder, a former editor for NRA publications. “This includes unfortunately some of the most monetarily successful members of our society. Their billionaire bucks undermine self-defense civil rights.” http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/38124634790/pro-gun-advocate-john-m-snyder-sends-out
The gun rights activist points to people such as former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, as well as multi-billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates who fork over huge financial contributions to “gun-grabbing” organizations. “They spend money to destroy freedom,” Snyder sadly notes.
Snyder believes a recent academic study strongly suggests the utter futility of gun control initiatives as crime control or anti-terrorism measures. Professor Mark Gius of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics found that between 1980 and 2009, U.S. “states with more restrictive concealed carry weapon (CCW) laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher’ than those of other states.”
Gius’ analysis also found that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal (assault weapon and large magazine) ban was in effect.” As NRA-ILA noted, “[T]he bans went into effect in September 1994 and expired in September 2004. During the 10 years 1995-2004, the average annual murder rare was 6.2 per 100,000 population.