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    The Billings Murders by Chuck Baldwin, July 17, 2009

    Great article by Chuck Baldwin regarding your right to protect yourself.

    Proud to have voted for the Baldwin/Castle ticket for President in 2008.

    Catherine Bleish

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    Date: Jul 17, 2009 11:01 AM
    Subject: The Billings Murders by Chuck Baldwin, July 17, 2009
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    The Billings Murders
    By Chuck Baldwin
    July 17, 2009

    This column is archived at

    By now, most Americans are familiar with the horrific murder of a Pensacola,
    Florida, couple by the name of Byrd and Melanie Billings. They were the
    parents of 17 children, 13 of whom were adopted--most of whom had
    disabilities. This case hits home with me, because they lived in my hometown
    of Pensacola. I did not know them personally, but they were fairly well
    known around town. Byrd was a well-to-do businessman who owned a used car
    business and financial loan service.

    Byrd and Melanie were shot to death in their own home a week ago Thursday.
    So far, eight people have been arrested in the case: seven men and one
    woman. The seven men are each charged with two open counts of murder, and
    the woman is charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Law
    enforcement officials said yesterday that at least one more "person of
    interest" is being sought.

    The Billings murder case was broken open by the fact that their home was
    equipped with a surveillance system, which recorded the vehicle used to
    transport the murderers to the home and probably much of the criminal
    activity inside the house, although the sheriff's office has not released
    the video of what was recorded inside the house. The video of the van led
    police to the suspects. Our State Attorney, Bill Eddins, says that all of
    the perpetrators who actively took part in the shootings are in custody. At
    least five of the men were inside the house when the murders took place; and
    police said the killers were in and out of the house in four minutes.

    In a news conference yesterday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and
    State Attorney Bill Eddins said they have the murder "weapon or weapons."
    They also said that the remaining "person of interest" was supposed to
    disable the surveillance system but did not do so, which is why the system
    was still operational when the crimes occurred. In addition, Morgan and
    Eddins said the motive was robbery, because a small safe was taken from the
    house, but that other motives could also apply to the killings. Federal
    agencies are also assisting with the Billings murders, including the FBI,
    BATFE, and DEA.

    To my way of thinking, this case smacks of much more than a robbery gone
    badly. There were at least eight, and maybe nine, people involved. Maybe
    more. The invasion and killings were perpetrated in less than four minutes,
    by multiple assailants, and with "military precision." The home invasion
    took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time. And at the time of the
    shooting, nine of the Billings children were in the home.

    I believe murder, not robbery, was the motive. Extraordinary planning and
    the number of personnel involved indicate to me that the Billings were
    executed, and that robbery was an afterthought--or was even intended to be a
    ruse to mislead law enforcement. The real reason behind the killings may
    never be known, of course.

    Regardless of the "why" and "how" of the killings, one thing is painfully
    obvious: a violent attack took place against a man and his wife inside their
    own home. And while the circumstances of the Billings case may be
    sensational, the simple fact that a couple was murdered inside their own
    home has become rather commonplace throughout the United States. Nationwide,
    home invasions are skyrocketing.

    Home is the one place where most of us feel safe and protected. Even those
    who have a keen sense of self-defense feel free to let their guard down at
    home. And, sadly, most people do not possess a keen sense of self-defense.
    Most people have the deluded opinion that law enforcement will protect them.
    But even law enforcement professionals will tell you it is not their job to
    protect citizens; it is their job to apprehend and bring those who have
    committed crimes to justice. In other words, after you are dead, the cops
    will try to catch the guys who killed you.

    It is time that people wake up to the fact that the responsibility of
    self-defense rests with each individual citizen. We are all vulnerable to
    attack--even in our homes! For this reason, our federal Constitution and
    most (if not all) State constitutions recognize the Natural Law right of
    people to keep and bear arms.

    Over the past 40-plus years, however, miscreants in Washington, D.C., and in
    our State capitols have been whittling away at the right of the people to
    keep and bear arms. Lawful gun dealers are being harangued and harassed out
    of existence by the BATFE. Law enforcement agencies and State prosecutors
    often side with criminals when they are shot in self-defense by intended
    victims (especially in the Northeast). The media often characterizes lawful
    gun owners as "gun nuts" or "militia members" to try to create the
    impression that they are "dangerous" or "extremist." Public
    education--especially higher education--is often a willing participant in
    helping to demonize gun owners. Even Hollywood often uses its influence to
    sway public opinion against gun owners. All this, coupled with a natural
    lazy tendency of urban living, equates to a careless and defenseless
    society: something both would-be tyrants in government and street criminals

    Fortunately, America's founders were wiser than most of today's generation.
    They understood the relationship between the citizen's right (and
    determination) to keep and bear arms and his or her safety and security.

    For example, Thomas Jefferson said, "No free man shall ever be debarred the
    use of arms." He also said, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . .
    disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes .
    . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the
    assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an
    unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

    Likewise, Thomas Paine said, "[A]rms, like laws, discourage and keep the
    invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as
    property . . . Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived
    of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart
    of man, the weak will become prey to the strong. The history of every age
    and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments
    when they prove themselves."

    The Billings double murder is the latest example of just how vulnerable we
    all are to the violent tendencies of evil people. For this reason (and
    more), every American should (1) resist any and all attempts by government
    to curtail or restrict our legal right to keep and bear arms, and (2)
    purchase, practice with, and always keep our own personal firearms handy.
    Furthermore, we should always live in a heightened "state of alert" (even in
    our own homes), because both our lives and our liberty may depend on it.

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