About the author: Luis Batres

Luis A. Batres is an international attorney living in Miami. He obtained his law degree from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala and later received his Masters Degree in Comparative Law from the University of Miami. Self described as a firm believer in libertarian principles of limited government and the U.S Constitution. His interests include history, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and the defense of individual freedoms.

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  • MATTHEW

    WHOA! GOOD STUFF!

  • Marge

    Great advice and great information.

  • http://twitter.com/Ed1Ranger Ed@RangerSelfDefense

    Wow! Glad I found this site, where a tough woman writes about the real issues. The government wants to take your guns so they can control you and steal everything you own. Many major gun confiscations are followed by genocides of the citizens. Beware and eternally vigilant. The government wants your guns! Repeal all un-Constitutional laws and support the 2nd Amendment.

  • Andrew

    If an armed society is a polite society, then the U.S. would be the most polite in the industrialized world. The U.S. is rife with guns, yet our crime rate, especially violent crime rate, is the highest in the industrialized world. And criminals know FULL WELL how many guns are out there, but this doesn’t seem to stop them. Your argument is a complete fail. Furthermore, Kleck’s research is widely discredited, and no scientist on the planet agrees with his 2.5 million extrapolation which is HIGHLY flawed. Even more baffling is that some of his survey participants indicated MULTIPLE defensive acts during the time period in-question, which is highly suggestive that these were misinterpreted as defensive acts, or actually criminal acts on the part of the participants. However, he was citing these essentially as self-defense successes. You also fail to cite the multiple, multiple, multiple other studies which find the risks of having a gun in the home (suicide, domestic violence, accidents) FAR outweigh any supposed benefits (self-defense is apparently the only one). The science is not on your side, and hasn’t been for some time. Knowing this, the NRA actually bullied Congress to stop funding any studies that might attempt to study these issues. The NRA is not exactly a fan of science or public health, it seems.

    Non-scientists should not cite scientific research unless they understand it fully, and you do not understand it. You’re entitled to your opinion, but opinions based on misinformation should not be taken very seriously.

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