HR 45: Family Protection a Crime? Where We Are Headed


Read the following article written by Robert A Waters in 2003, and keep one thing in mind: this is a true story. If you don’t think this can happen here, think again. HR 45, the new gun control bill text can be found here:

HR 45 Gun Control Bill

The status of this bill can be tracked here:

HR 45: Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 

If this bill passes, we are definitely on our way to the following scenario as Robert Waters so succinctly points out.

Where We’re Headed

By Robert A. Waters

Reprinted by Barbara H. Peterson, with permission.

You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.

With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.

One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside. As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered.

Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter. “What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask. “Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choir boys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times. But the next day’s headline says it all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.” The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters.

As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.

The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.

A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.

The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.

How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great British Empire?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license.

The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns.

Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns.

Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun control”, demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)

Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals.

Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens. During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released.

Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, “We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.” All of Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t comply. Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens. How did the authorities know who had handguns?

The guns had been registered and licensed. Kinda like cars.

Sound familiar?


“..It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..”
–Samuel Adams

© 2003 Robert A. Waters – All Rights Reserve


7 Responses

  1. If this happens in the United States I will learn to throw knives with amazing accuracy.

  2. the truth is not evident in this article. It is only in the last 30 or so years for Heaven’s sake that policemen carried guns in the UK. Before that guns were a novelty but the US situation with guns made every other country want to control them. The UK did not want to end up like America where you can be killed in your front yard by the neighbour’s little kid who found daddy’s loaded pistol and thought it was so nice and shiney and fun to play with. Americans are too stupid to understand that their society is perverse in the extreme. That guns are rampant and their murder rate is greater per capita than any other supposedly civilized nation in the world. They believe that is something to be proud of. That’s how disgusting they are..

    • By your reasoning we should also ban plastic bags because children can come across them in the kitchen, put them over their heads and suffocate. Instead of coming to a reasonable conclusion such as parental supervision and responsibility, you opt to take away the guns. Shall we take away the bags, and maybe the cars since there are killings on the highways? Maybe we should also ban electricity because children can play with light sockets and might put a fork in one. While we’re at it, let’s ban the fork too. Lumping all Americans in a “stupid” box makes your thought process so much simpler doesn’t it? Too bad it is faulty in the extreme.

  3. You will always remember that AMERICA could have elected but ignored Ron Paul for President

    …If a man comes to your house to take your guns,
    kill that man, for surely as you are disarmed,
    he or those that sent him, will kill you…

  4. Tell the Brit that we kicked their ass twice and then we turned around and saved their hairy fat-asses twice and now that the Royal Crown British Empire conspiracy is unmasked we are going to kick their “ARSES” agin’ !!! Damned Victoria! America forever!

  5. To see what has happened to the Brits since this was passed go here:

    To understand what we must do begin here:

  6. Until Americans stop electing Republicans or Democrats our nation will continue to decline
    The American Colonists didn’t have gun control, now we do, but our government doesn’t have to take our guns to conquer us, they just turn off you electricity, gas, water, telephone, and institute Martial Law, and with in one week, everyone will surrender. When the SWAT team is at your front door ordering you to surrender all weapons, or else, you will do what ever they want, because they will kill you if you don’t. So when are you going to become Patriots and start to save this nation. Don Cordell would have stopped all imports of consumer goods, would have started manufacturing plants to restore production of our retail needs. You had a chance to elect me last November, when we finally get the Supreme Court to look at whether Obama is a legal born citizen and we have a new election to Restore not Change America, then we can be on the road to recovery. How much more treason do you need by our elected officials before you are ready for the peaceful return to our Constitution, and Bill of Rights. We are out gunned, but not out smarted YET.

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