When Israeli school children were massacred in May 1970 on the road to Moshav Avivim, near Israel’s border with Lebanon, it was the handiwork of the Palestinian terrorist group, the PFLP-GC (i.e., the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command). So, of course Israel called for a ban on bazookas and the PFLP-GC. Why? Well, as we know so well in America, when you ban something it magically disappears. Bullshit alert!!

No, the Israelis accepted that they lived in a tough neighborhood and had to be prepared to defend themselves. So, how is that working out? (Hat tip Sally for the photo.)

Wayne LaPiere had it exactly right yesterday–the only way to stop a bad man with a gun is with a gun in the hands of a good woman.

Part of the reason for America’s gun culture is our heritage as a frontier society. If your family roots go back to the 18th and 19th century in America, then a gun was more than some decoration. At least two of my ancestros were killed by

My 5th Great Grandfather, WILLIAM FERRELL (who was born in 1740 in Russell, Virginia) was:

killed and scalped by the Indians at ths own House, his family had been luckily removed to the Fort some time before. I recieved the information form Capt. Kinghead early the 16th who had then just heard of Mr. Ferrell’s murder and seemed very apprehensive more mischief had been done as many in that settlement were living at their own Homes. He further informed me that he should go directly to the spot with a party of men. I directly dispatched a man to the Rich Lands with order to the Sergean there (Capt. Edmiston being absent) to range down and join Capt. Kinghead with about half the men at that station. Yesterday I went ot see how they were situated at that place and likewise to hear from Skaggs’ as I expected another party was coming up that Fork of Sandy Creek. While I was there the Sergeant who had been to join Capt. Kinghead returned with an Account that no more Mischief had been done, that the indians had gone off towards Sandy Creek. Capt. Kinghead haviang followed them that way about ten miles.

My 6th great grandfather was John Stewart, the husband of Daniel Boone’s sister, Hannah. Born in 1745 in Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania:

he was raised on the Yadkin River in old Rowan Co., NC. He was a man of average build, fair complexion and yellow hair and had a lively open countenance. Hannah was in her 18th year when she married him.

John Stewart went on several hunting parties with his brother-in-law, Daniel Boone. In 1769 they were gone for six months hunting and trapping. On December 22 they ran into a hunting party of Shawnee Indians who took their horses and gear. Boone and Stewart immediately began the pursuit of the Shawnees on foot. That night, as the Indians slept, the two Americans crept in among the horses and reclaimed their own, silently walked them out several hundred yards, then mounted and rode furiously away. After riding the night and thinking themselves secure, they stopped to rest only to be set upon by the Shawnees who galloped up whooping and laughing. They tied Boone and Stewart together and marched them north for seven days to Ohio where they finally escaped.

On a later trapping trip in the late winter of 1770, Boone and Stewart divided on either side of the Kentucky river to check their trap lines. Boone returned to their camp but Stewart did not show up. Fearing the worst, Boone crossed the river where he found the remains of a fire and Stewart’s initials carved on the bark of a treee, but no trace of the man himself. It was not until 1775, during the expedition to cut the Wilderness Road, that a skeleton and powder horn with Stewart’s initials were found wedged into the hollow of a sycamore tree. He was probably killed by Indians. Stewart was not only a brother-in-law but Boones best friend.

I share these two vignettes with you to help provide context that weapons were a necessary part of our life in America. If assault weapons had existed at the time you can bet your ass folks would have them. The Israelis, today, carry and use weapons without any social stigma. That is starting to change in this country, at least in those insulated pockets of suburban sanctimony, where they have the luxury of pretending that guns are not necessary for personal security. Owning and operating a gun is a responsibility. When we reach that point that citizens can no longer be trusted to own weapons we will have come to the end of freedom in this country. America was founded on the bedrock principle that its citizens faced a hostile environment and had the absolute right to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.