Cherry picking your tragedies…

Ironic, isn’t it? On Friday, April 20, a 19 year old former student at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, walked into the school with a shotgun hidden in a piano case. It was a strangely parallel scenario to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, in which the sheriff pointed fingers at pro-gun advocates, the School Resource Officer (SRO) hid behind his car, and the federal government was alerted and ignored it. However, in this case, the SRO was on scene and apprehended the shooter with a single non life threatening ankle injury.

On April 22, a 29 year old man shot and killed four people in a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. Of course, the media did not cover the former…But they had the latter all over the news. Why? Because the former did not fit the leftist narrative that guns are dangerous, and having guns in the hands of good guys doesn’t matter. Meanwhile, the angry teenagers from the Douglas high school shooting, specifically Emma Gonzalez, jumped right on twitter after the Tennessee shooting. She tweeted,

Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.

Where to begin with this… She is now calling for the confiscation of all semi-automatic weapons. First of all, confiscation? Confiscation? Stepping on the rights of the entirety of America to satisfy their political agenda? David Hogg says that adults “don’t know how to use democracy.” Hey, here’s a news flash, We don’t live in a democracy, we live in a Republic. That means that the Constitution limits the power of a Republic, and keeps chuckleheaded ideas like “lets take all the guns away” from passing by majority rules…Plus, currently, the majority of Americans don’t want to surrender their guns. In their leftist worldview, they think anyone that disagrees with them is beneath contempt, and their vote shouldn’t count. Like dictators in communist countries that “win” elections with landslide votes.

Also, it has been proven that none of her measures work. Gun confiscation is not going to work (and probably foment a civil war), extended background checks is nothing more than a way to list where the guns are, so that they can go and collect them later (as happened in Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany and the like). Buying age does not need to be adjusted. Most mass shootings are performed by people over the age of 21. Finally, magazine sizes do not matter. The shooter in her own school was using 10 round magazines. Plus it has been proven that shooting using 1 30 round magazine, a 20 and a 10 round magazine, or 3 10 round magazines is within seconds to put 30 rounds downrange.

She also tweeted that

The FBI defines a mass shooting as 4 people killed (not including the shooter). Mass shootings occur in churches, in schools, at concerts, in waffle houses – just about anywhere. Except in other countries.

Everything in that statement is true…Well, except for the facts. As it turns out, the US is not even in the top 5 mass shooting of all time. Here is a list of the top 10:

  1.  Egyptian Mosque Attack, 2017, 305+ deaths
  2.  Kenya College Attack, 2015, 148 deaths
  3.  Pakistan School Massacre, 2014, 141 deaths
  4.  Paris Attacks, 2015, 130 deaths
  5.  Norway Attacks, 2011, 67 deaths
  6.  Kenya Shopping Mall Attack, 2013, 67 deaths
  7.  Las Vegas shooting, 2017, 58 deaths
  8.  South Korea Shooting, 1982, 56 deaths
  9.  Orlando Nightclub Shooting, 2016, 49 deaths
  10.  Sousse Beach (Tunisia) Mass Shooting, 2015, 38 deaths

From the “well there’s your problem” department, she used CNN as her source. Personally, I would need independent verification if CNN stated that water was wet. As you see from the list, only two of the top ten mass shootings occurred in the United States. So tell me again, Emma, why is it you want to take guns?

The irony of it is that places that have implemented the same kind of strict gun control is rife with abuse. You either have, as we do in this country, cities that are controlled by democrats, that, even though they have draconian gun laws, have an out-of-control gun violence problem. Places like Chicago, where there are areas where the police fear to tread, like Baltimore, like areas of Los Angeles, and the like. And this is why these stories are not reported by the mainstream media, who has kept the Parkland shooting alive on the news, while ignoring more recent shootings that don’t fit their narrative, and also ignoring the shootings in these liberal controlled cities. David Hogg says that they “have to use their white privilege to highlight their plight to point it out for people in the inner city

The other option is that the police and the government lord it over a disarmed populace. Places from history, like Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia and Communist Venezuela. The police and the strong-arm government use their absolute ownership of all of the firearms, can use them to form a “brute squad” that can take everything of value from the citizens. Is that the type of dystopian future that the left want? That they are trying to brainwash today’s youth into accepting? They brainwashed the last two generations or so into abdicating their parental rights to teach their children right from wrong and instead placing career and entertainment and their own lives ahead of teaching their kids morals and life lessons…Which left a vacuum into which the liberal education system swooped. And the result of the school systems’ indoctrination machine are kids like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who demand that we observe their rights, while requiring us to give up our rights and our guns. So what should we do? Ignore them. They seem to think they know how government works, but in their flawed worldview, they think that they get their own way, and anyone who disagrees with them can be ignored. That’s not the way democratic republic works. So what should we, the American citizen do?

If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain, if, after a while, the law follows his example.

         –Oliver Wendell Holmes

A note to the angry young Floridians

Darlings of the liberal media? Heroes of the Revolution? Or just Spoiled Brats Throwing a Temper Tantrum and Human Shields being used by the left?

All over the liberal media, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting David “Camera” Hogg or Emma Gonzalez, the new faces of the gun control movement. They were “victims” of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas high school in Parkland Florida. I put victims in quotes because to my knowledge, Hogg, and Gonzalez, both seniors, were not even in the same building as the shooter, who was, according to reports, in the Freshman building.

So these children immediately come out, claws bared, fangs out. Were they going after the Broward County Sheriff’s department, who were called to the shooter’s house 39 times since 2010? Were they going after the FBI, who got and ignored multiple calls about the threats that this man was making? No, they decided that in spite of the Constitution, in spite of the fact that one guy who should have not had access to weapons, but should likely have been in prison, but for the laws that were passed on the former president’s watch that made it harder to put people in prison, because he wanted to break the “school to prison pipeline,” Congress should take away all weapons.

Of course, CNN and MSNBC immediately turned them into rock stars, and Hogg ends up on CNN almost daily. And if you happen to disagree with their position, Hogg will hurl F-bombs at you on his twitter feed, he will just be the nastiest person possible. But make a comment about a tweet that he made, like Laura Ingraham did, and he will scurry back to his “You can’t say that, I’m a kid!” bunker. Dare to disagree with him, and the gloves come off. He will loose a tirade on anyone that fails to fall in line with him, but dare to show his errors in the cold light of logic, and you are “picking on” a kid.

And like many snowflakes today, he believes that your rights end where his comfort begins. Marjory Stoneman-Douglas high school decided that starting after spring break, all students will wear ID badges, and have to use transparent backpacks. After railing against Americans’ Second Amendment rights (as well as harassing people for using the First Amendment to defend their Second Amendment right), he threw a temper tantrum saying that transparent backpacks infringed on his First Amendment rights. So carrying a transparent backpack somehow infringes his right to freedom of speech? How does that work? We have to give up our rights when it makes them feel uncomfortable, but he demands his rights in the way he sees fit.

He is doing everything in his power to destroy Laura Ingraham. Just as he tried with Marco Rubio, the NRA, and Dana Loesch. And their biggest sin? To disagree with him. And just like most liberals, that places you beneath contempt in the “barely human” range. So with Laura, he listed her advertisers in his twitter feed, and asked his followers to pressure them to drop advertising from her show, and then when Arby’s didn’t drop their advertising, he posted the email addresses of the members of Arby’s board of directors…Which he subsequently deleted. All the while beating the “you can’t do that, I’m a kid” drum. And why is it that there is a blatant double standard? Apparently Boss Hogg and company are snowflakes that are entirely too delicate to stand anyone opposing their views that doesn’t immediately change their lifestyle to conform to their nutso ideas. Meanwhile, The student Second Amendment supporters like Kyle Kashuv are repeatedly targeted by leftist reporters like CNN contributor Joan Walsh. When called out on it, she tweeted “Good luck handling your stress.” A far less graceful response than Laura Ingraham’s apology to Hogg.

Hopefully, Hogg and company will learn. If he wants to be an advocate, then he needs to hike up his big-boy pants and if he wants to dish it out, he needs to take it. He called her a “bully.” Well, the only bullying I have observed has been his vitriolic attacks on those that dare to disagree with him. Otherwise, he is just a camera hog who thinks himself more important than he is. David, stop waving your tiny little fist, stop screaming at others for simply disagreeing with you, and get an education. There is more to how government works than you watch on House of Cards. Guns will not go away just because you will them to, and other people will not bend to your will just because you say it is so. And as I have said to your elders before, if you want communism, then go ahead and move to Cuba/Venezuela/Russia/etc…Don’t try to drag us down with you. We prefer things the way they are.

 

 

An Open Letter To President Trump and Congress

Dear Mr. Trump and every member of the Senate and House of Representatives:

I have read over, with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and growing anger in my spirit, the text of HR 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. This piece of legislation would do precisely zero to stop the events of February 14, 2018, in which a shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people, wounding 14 others. This is, instead, a gun- and power-grab by certain members inside and outside of our government, bypassing the Constitution. I have written about this before in this venue, but this bill seems to be a distillation of it. The gun-grabbing left is trying to make good on their comment that “the 2nd Amendment only applies to weapons like muskets that existed when the Constitution was penned.”

I know many people feel the need to “do something” in their grief, but doing the wrong thing can compound the problem. Say you are in a fender bender. Running your car over the other driver is inappropriate and will make your predicament far worse. Punishing law abiding citizens and infringing on their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear firearms is the wrong move. Especially when it would, like it’s predecessor, have no appreciable effect on mass shootings. Remember, Columbine happened in the midst of a ban. Instead, you and your colleagues should be questioning why law enforcement failed so completely, and their seeming incompetence to stop a shooter who clearly announced his intentions. Why was the Broward County sheriff’s office was called to the shooter’s house somewhere north of 35 times since 2010, yet never followed up? Why did the FBI fail to investigate the clear and present danger that this person represented, even after getting multiple calls about the shooter, at least one of which included his name and the fact that he “wanted to be a professional school shooter? Or that the day of the shooting, why there were four deputies cowering behind their cars, while victims inside the building were desperately calling 911? Why did the captain arrive on scene and ordered a perimeter set up, to contain the shooter inside of the building where he had hundreds of unarmed victims, instead of sending her armed troops in to neutralize him? Meanwhile, a Parkland police officer on his day off, who was watering the baseball field, heard the sound of gunfire and ran into the building in shorts and a t-shirt, and rescued some of the shooting victims. Thus, the failure seems to reside in the hands of the people who let this shooter, as well as the Texas church shooter slip through the cracks. And yet, you think that we should turn in our arms and trust these very same police forces who dropped the ball so many times at the local and federal level. This shooting was not the fault of the NRA, not Dana Loesch, and certainly not the law-abiding American who has a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It was the fault of the shooter himself, aided and abetted by the police and FBI, and vindicated by the Congress.

Regarding the proposed legislation, HR 5087, it is nothing more than a liberal’s wet dream that hamstrings the 2nd Amendment by banning guns that do things like, oh, shoot bullets. It was obviously drafted by people who have never purchased a weapon, and know very little about them. This is why many of the features they describe, like barrel shrouds and muzzle brakes are cosmetic changes that do not make the weapon deadlier, and the so-called high capacity magazines is also a misnomer. The M-16 and AK-47 have shipped with 30 round magazines for 50 and 60 years respectively, so the 30 round magazine is standard capacity. Besides that, the Florida shooter used 10 round magazines, so this legislation would have done nothing to change the shooting. Of course, murdering 17 people is also against the law, so why pile on more paper of laws that a lawbreaker is going to break anyway? Unless this is not about stopping lawbreakers, but rather a step to disarm the American people.

It has always struck me as a little insulting and a lot disingenuous that these are called “assault” weapons. This is done because of the emotional loading on the term. It sounds enough like the term assault “rifle,” which has an actual military definition. That definition includes the ability to fire fully automatic or in burst mode…Which commercial AR-15s and AK-47s most decidedly do not do. The so-called Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the National Firearms Act of 1934 prevent civilians from having automatic weapons. So politicians have taken to referring to these weapons as “assault weapons” to paint them in a negative light, even though they are no different in function than a semi-automatic pistol or hunting rifle, or shotgun…Which appears to be why this bill attempts to ban all semi-auto weapons.

There are several points that I feel need to be reiterated. Assault is a behavior, not a device. If I were to throw a rock at my neighbor, the rock could be considered an assault weapon. If I got into a road rage incident, wouldn’t my automobile be an assault weapon? The media is telling a false narrative, that fewer guns (since they can never achieve no guns) will stem crime, stop mass shootings (even though over 98% are in so-called gun-free zones). They blithely ignore that while 10,000 to 15,000 murders occur with a gun, 500,000 to 1 million lives are saved by a good guy with a gun.

According to the FBI crime statistics for 2016 (available from https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/tables/table-12), you are 4 times more likely to be stabbed to death (1604 instances) than be killed by rifle, any rifle (374 times). Additionally, in 2018, to date from Jan 1, 2018 to Mar 3, 2018 at 9:34:22 AM (please see http://www.romans322.com/daily-death-rate-statistics.php), there have been 1917 murders by gun (excluding suicides), while drunk driving deaths are at 5640, nearly 3 times the number. I don’t see anyone suggesting banning cars or knives. And compare the 1917 gun murders to the number one cause of death – abortion. There have been 182,197 deaths by abortion in the first three months of this year…95 times the number of lives taken by abortion than by gun. So tell me again, why are we still funding Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars, and considering violating the Constitution for law abiding citizens based on a false narrative?

Finally, you and your colleagues walk around with armed security. Are you that much better than the people you represent that you would take their ability to defend themselves away from them? And please don’t try to sell me a fiction that they do not need such weapons to defend themselves, because nobody will have them. There is no way in creation that you are going to get all of the guns, regardless of what legislation you enact. There are areas of Chicago, Baltimore, DC, Detroit, all major cities where the police won’t even respond. Yet you are going to take the most effective means of defending oneself, one’s family and one’s property away from us. And We the People are to form that “well-regulated militia” to stand against a tyrannical government, which the extreme far left wants to enact. Not the National Guard or the Federal military, which serves the Constitution, but receives orders from government, not the police forces or FBI, which, again, receives orders from government forces, and it appears that the FBI’s internal corruption is being laid bare for all to see, which circles back to the entire point of this letter, that the FBI and the involved sheriff’s department could have prevented this tragic chain of events.

I urge you to think of the people you are representing. I live in a rural area of my county. In the event of a home invasion, a 911 call would be a 20 to 30 minute wait for deputies to get to my house. And Congress and the President expect me to sit around and wait, disarmed, for them to arrive? At that point, In the song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot penned the lyric:

Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?”

When bullets are whipping overhead and the bad people are at the gates, time dialates and everything lasts forever. As a disarmed citizen, with Bad People who forgot to turn in their guns (which you know is the next step) hunkering down and waiting for the police who may or may not get there “in time” is not an option. Remember, police do not carry guns to protect the population, they carry guns to protect themselves. The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm. And honestly, the Second Amendment says that I have a God given right to defend myself, and I am not going to allow you to limit that right.

So I urge you to oppose this bill that clearly violates the Constitution and is sure to have unintended consequences of it’s own that will likely grow into something that you have no control over. And remember, the creating a gun registry, then confiscating weapons was a tactic that has been previously embraced…By Adolf Hitler…Josef Stalin…Pol Pot…the Ayatollah Khomeni in Iran. None of which are known for their  of democracy or respect forhuman rights. This is America, and has a Constitution that guarantees the God-given rights to every one of her citizens. Do not allow the power-mad try to disarm America.

Sincerely,

Mr. President…point your anger in the right direction!

When did President Trump start channeling his predecessor? I left work yesterday, and by the time I got home, there were a couple of articles on the web about how the President was yelling at gun owners and yelling at the NRA that “they need to stop this nonsense.” He was meeting with a bipartisan group who included Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who was grinning like a fiend and doing a happy dance. You remember Sen Feinstein, who said in 1995:

If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… … Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in. I would have done that.

And then I get home from work, and check my news feeds, and what do I find? Two articles which seem to indicate that either we have been backstabbed, President Trump has lost his mind, or he has been replaced by a pod…

During the meeting, Vice President Pence commented about getting a judge to suspend Second Amendment rights for the seriously mentally ill. Mr. Trump said

Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that’s another system, because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures, I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. … To go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.

He also added that NRA leaders needed to “stop this nonsense.”

Excuse me? I don’t think so. Several points have been made of this, the first was Ben Shapiro:

The Constitution guarantees due process. Trump can’t waive it, and to suggest that we simply ignore due process in order to seize guns is both fascistic and idiotic.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) also said:

Strong leaders don’t automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have the Second Amendment and due process of law for a reason.

We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them.

So the president thinks that giving people their Constitutionally-mandated due process would take too long? Longer than, say, the 8 years of constant fail that the Broward County sheriff’s department performed on the Parkland shooter? How about the multiple failures of the FBI to follow up on the Ft. Hood shooter or the Boston Marathon bombers or the Parkland shooter, where they had at least three separate alerts. What about the  years of fail of the US Air Force who failed to notify the FBI that a violent domestic abuser was dishonorably discharged, so that he could be stopped from buying guns. So, Mr. Trump, like the democrats, you need to point that vitriol some other direction than the NRA and legal gun owners. Did you punish Ivanka when Donald, Jr. got out of line? You should save that anger that you are hosing onto the NRA and we legal gun owners for the police forces who seem to routinely drop the ball. These are the same law enforcement officers that you say we should turn in our guns and depend on to protect us? Even after courts say that they aren’t in the business of protecting us? Remember. Police don’t carry guns to protect us, they carry guns to protect themselves.

You did, in my honest opinion, more in a single afternoon to alienate your base than all of the awesome stuff you have done, and all of the campaign promises you have kept. As we said in the Army, one “aw crap” wipes out a hundred “attaboys”.

The final point is that, as Matt Walsh said on his blog, being mentally ill is not a good reason to take firearms. Mental illness is not a crime.The Parkland shooter explicitly threatened to use his guns against other human beings, threatened people with knives, pointed guns at other people, all of which are criminal activity.

The second point is that shrinks have been adding things to their Big Book of mental illness for years. To hear them tell it, having a pulse and breathing regularly is a sign of mental health. So if mental health is a litmus test for being able to exercise your Constitutional rights, then we are in trouble, since the following things have been listed as signs of mental illness:

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling depressed
  • Anxious
  • Distracted
  • Having mood changes
  • Biting your fingernails

Yes, in some weird reality that is a liberal’s wet dream, you could be denied a firearm because you bite your nails.

Mr. Trump, it’s time to stop playing the blame game with people who had nothing to do with the Parkland shooter. Do not alienate your base by hopping into bed with the very people who despise us.

The Perfect Storm of Fail

Another day, another school shooting, and another opportunity for law enforcement to drop the ball, and another chance for the leftist media to sink to new lows and twist the facts in order to push their agenda.

First you have law enforcement, who apparently did a ball drop as big as the New Year’s Eve drop in Times Square. First we found out that the shooter was reported to the FBI multiple times, and they were given information on the shooter’s post on youtube saying that he wanted to be a “professional school shooter.” What’s more, the post (and the call to the FBI) included the perp’s real name. But the FBI has apparently been too busy looking for Russians under the bed and rubles in the couch cushions to remember that the I in FBI stands for Investigation. But this is not new news for the FBI. Similar mountains of evidence for the Ft. Hood shooter and the Boston Marathon bombers existed and were at the fingertips of the FBI but went uninvestigated. Then, it was revealed that local LEOs were called to the shooter’s house 39 times since 2010. All in all, more than enough information to at least be keeping an eye on him before something horrible happened.

So now, on top of the epic failure of law enforcement, the leftist media, entertainers, and policians are attempting to dogpile on the administration and blame President Trump, using lies and whatever else they can get. They are throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. It took exactly 11 minutes for the left-wing media to blame legal gun owners and the NRA (and the shooter was a member of neither group, to my knowledge). They now claim that the shooter was paid and trained by the NRA. First, they tried to run with a 4chan rumor that the shooter was associated with a white supremacist group (most of which are left-leaning anyway). That was debunked by investigators, but the media still tried to use it. Next, the anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety tried to claim that there have been 18 school shootings this year, when in actuality, there have only been 3. (Apparently Everytown for Gun Safety’s solution for “gun safety” is to only have guns in the hands of the same law enforcement that so totally failed prior to this shooting, and their own surrogates, turning our country into a nation of potential victims.) Then they attacked a man who lost his daughter in the shooting because he was wearing a pro Trump t-shirt. Of course, they lambasted and belittled Christian beliefs and prayers for the victims, survivors, and families of the victims. They want to ram their beliefs (transgender, gay rights, you name it) down our throats and force us not only to accept these repulsive views, but embrace them, but are not willing to accept that we have the right to a difference of opinion. Then, there was a woman named Rebecca Griffin, whoever she is, that actually tried to turn the shooting tragedy into a justification for abortion:

Woman puts baby up for adoption, he grows up to be a violent young man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a mass murder. Tell me more about how abortions are wrong.

Ben Shapiro, Editor in Chief of the Daily Wire news website most definitely put paid to her rabid leftist nonsense:

Woman puts baby up for adoption, he turns out to be Steve Jobs. Tell me again how abortions are right.

Every bad person in history was born. Perhaps across-the-board abortion would be your preferred solution?

So down to brass tacks, as they say. The left wants new gun control laws in place to take guns out of the hands of legal gun owners. They admit that a) the perpetrator committed a mass shooting by breaking the laws already on the books, and b) that no law could have stopped this tragedy (or the church shooting, or the Las Vegas shooting, or the Sandy Hook shooting or the Orlando shooting, or any other shooting. So one has to wonder why they want guns out of our hands. The reason is that right thinking conservatives do not want to live in a leftist worker’s paradise. Liberal/progressive/leftist/socialist/communists want the power that comes from being at the top of the heap, but can’t force themselves on an armed populace, so they need to disarm We the People. They can’t do it legally, because of the Second Amendment of the Constitution…So they are trying to nibble at the edges to make the Second Amendment ineffective. Some have actually said that the 2nd Amendment only applies to weapons that were around when it was written, e.g. muskets. They also claim that the 2nd Amendment only gives people the right to hunt. Well, when the 2nd Amendment was written, everybody hunted, because if you didn’t hunt, you didn’t eat. The Second Amendment was penned to give the People a right to defend against a tyrannical government. Liberals will say “oh, that has never happened.” except there is at least one case where it did happen. And that was the Battle of Athens in 1946, when armed citizens stood up to a corrupt government.

This shooting was a tragedy, and we definitely need to pray for not only the victims, survivors and their families, but we also need to pray for the leftists that are attempting to use this tragedy for their own agenda by falsely accusing and making up facts and muddying the water in any way they can. The leftist media, which has become American Pravda and Isvestia, needs to go back to reporting the news instead of pushing the liberal agenda. That is what they are paid for, and that is what people tune in for. Ask CNN, whose ratings are down 30% from one year ago.

Update, 2/23/18: Well, as time goes on, we are finding out more and more unsavory information from the left. American Pravda^H^H^H CNN held a “town hall” to discuss the school shooting. The televised show was scripted, and basically turned the crowd into a rabid mob calling for NRA spokesperson, Dana Loesch to be burned, calling her a murderer, and so forth. Then CNN whipped the crowd up, calling for a ban on AR-15s, as well as a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. Broward County sheriff, Scott Israel tried to blame Loesh and the NRA for the shooting, which she then attacked with facts (like the fact that police had been called to the shooter’s home 39 times since 2010, and that he had asaulted his mother and kids at the school and others, and that he had brought knives to school and threatened people, and that he had been expelled from three different schools), handily debunking his accusations.

Next we find out that CNN is not even trying to report news, as we saw multiple reports of CNN presenters outright lying about the shooting. This includes:

  • Chris Cuomo retweeting a story about a 19 year old buying an AR-15 with no ID and no background check. When the story turned out to be false, he lied about the reason he retweeted it.
  • His partner in crime Alysin Camerotta denied calling (or not correcting someone for calling) Dana Loesch a “child murderer.”
  • Van “Whitelash” Jones lied about the average mass shooter being “under 30, white, and Republican.” Unless I am mistaken, most of the mass shooters and presidential assassins going back to John Wilkes Booth, who were registered, were registered Democrats, Van. Including the baseball shooter last year that nearly killed Rep Steve Scalise last year.
  • CNN “legal analyst” Jeffrey Toobin hyperboled his way into twisting President Trump’s words. The President said we should consider arming some percentage of teachers and staff in schools, that feel comfortable with it and are trained. Toobin’s anti-gun hysteria apparently decided to spin that as Trump wanting to arm every single teacher.

And then we come to the absolute failure of the Broward County Sheriff’s department. First it was reported that the school resource officer was cowering behind his car while this shooter was mowing down unarmed students and teachers. Then it is reported that there were four deputies outside behind their cars. Then we are regaled with a sound bite of Sheriff Scott Israel saying that there is nothing that can be done to stop a gunman who is “killing people” and committing “great carnage.” Well no, not if you have your deputies hiding behind their cars, Scott.

And finally, it comes out that Scott Israel has been accused of all sorts of under the table stuff. Taking campaign funds from a convicted felon and drug dealer, giving jobs to political supporters, allowing employees to work campaign events, and the like. What kind of person did this county elect as sheriff??? And how many children had to pay the price?

A year in…

Good morning and Happy Saturday my friends!
 
A year ago, I was cautiously optimistic, and I’m thankful that my optimism did not bite me in the butt. In that years time I have indeed seen things get better for myself, and for the country as a whole. Things that are a direct result of our president, even though many would have you believe otherwise. You simply can’t discount companies saying their actions are due to the tax plan that was passed, and attribute it to a previous administration. I guess you can, but that’d be disingenuous.
 
I am also quite dismayed by many of the events of the past year by our fellow Americans, our government, and our media organizations.
 
Let’s take that in reverse. The mainstream media has never before been so negative toward a sitting president. Never. The amount of time the big 4 (ABC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN) have negative spin added to their stories is upwards of 95% of the time. Up from between 40% and 60% previously. It’s no longer about reporting the facts and letting the people make up their own minds, it’s about driving narrative by any means possible.
 
Next up is our government. They continue to ignore their duties as representatives of the people. They display blind allegiance to their parties, their pet projects, and those who can help further increase their power. You have representatives who outright say that they are working for non-citizens “full time” while their constituents ask why? Yet they still get voted back into office. How on earth does that happen?
 
That leads me into the actions of my fellow Americans. This is on both sides of the isle. First you have people screaming about things that have not manifested in any way at all. Mass deportations? Didn’t happen. Mass sexual discrimination? How about the opposite happened. Just look at Hollywood. This is the first time they’ve been empowered enough to speak out against the injustices they are seeing. The anti-LGBT movement would see a resurgence? I don’t believe I’ve seen anything there. Racism? Well, I’m seeing it, but not anti-black or anti-immigrant.
 
Then on the other side of the isle, I have seen a disgusting amount of gloating. I’ve seen people encouraging divide and sharing their hatred for their fellow man. Why? I don’t understand it. We’re all in this together.
 
This throws a confusing spin on my outlook over the past year. How can I say things are better when I see so many people trying to divide us from the inside? I think things will balance out over time if people begin to look beyond their echo chamber, but I don’t know that people are willing to do that.
 
In the mean time, I will personally continue to look at the bigger picture where I can, I will support my country and fellow man in any way that I can, and I will continue to be happy about the benefits I’ve seen by having the president we do.
 
Here’s to another prosperous and happy year, and to us all coming together to make this country even that much better!

Universal Reciprocity: My thoughts

Well, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has made it out of committee and is about to be debated on the House floor. A short summary of the bill from congress.gov:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

I am of mixed feelings about this legislation. On one hand, I would love to be able to carry and protect myself and my family where ever I go in this great country. I would love to go and visit my brother or sister in Illinois and be able to concealed carry a firearm. However, another part of me, which understands the intent which the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, with strong states and a weak federal government, disagrees with the federal government overriding the states’ rights. The states have a right to be chuckleheads and restrict their citizens’ gun rights, and their citizens have a solemn right to move to another state which respects their Constitutional rights and leave the state a vast, under-populated wasteland. Just as gun companies moved from restrictive states to ones more friendly to their business.

The pro-reciprocity side believes that a CCW permit should be viewed in the same manner as a driver’s license or a marriage license, that you can drive across state lines, and that you don’t have to remarry when you move to another state. Others, however, believe CCW permits should be more akin to medical or legal licenses. You cannot pass the bar in one state and automatically be allowed to practice law in a different one, nor can you practice medicine in a different state without passing their boards. Given that the former two examples are personal licensing, while the latter two are professional licenses. I would tend to think of a CCW in the former category.

Another problem I have with this bill is that the federal government is coming in and attempting to dictate to the states. In this case, it is a positive thing, at least to many in the country, but the gun-grabbers have done the same thing. The “assault” weapons ban in the Clinton era is a prime example of this. So what other decisions has the Federal government come in and taken away from the states? Well, Roe v Wade took the right to decide about abortion away from the states…And more recently, the supreme court ruleing forced gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states. This strikes me as a violation of both the 9th and 10th Amendments of the Constitution of the United States:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.                                         –Amendment IX

The Ninth Amendment was James Madison’s attempt to ensure that the Bill of Rights was not seen as granting to the people of the United States only the specific rights it addressed. In recent years, some have interpreted it as affirming the existence of such “unenumerated” rights outside those expressly protected by the Bill of Rights.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.                    –Amendment X

The Tenth Amendment helps to define the concept of federalism, the relationship between Federal and state governments. As Federal activity has increased, so too has the problem of reconciling state and national interests as they apply to the Federal powers to tax, to police, and to regulations such as wage and hour laws, disclosure of personal information in recordkeeping systems, and laws related to strip-mining.

So having the Federal government come in and dictate to the states a policy such as this, regardless of how seemingly helpful, still smacks of “Hello, we’re here from the government, and we’re here to help.” which seems to be a harbinger of disaster and government overreach. By all rights, the Second Amendment should be all we need to carry across state lines. This legislation is trying to overcome state government overreach. Some states (Lookin’ at you here, California, New York, etc.) feel that it is their right to restrict citizens’ rights, especially when it comes to firearms. However, the right to protect yourself is a right given by God, and the states or the federal government have no right to take it away or restrict it, and they should not be able to dictate the method with which you can defend yourself and your family. If I have four home invaders, each with Glocks, and I want to defend my family with an AR-15, the government has no right to preemptively tell me what is “too much” firepower.

Aside from the personal protection which I stated above, the other thing is that there is a tendency within the socialist/communist/progressive movement, and including left-leaning republicans and establishment politicians who seem to care more about their careers and lining their pockets than doing the will of the People who elected them. It seems a number of them are trying to take guns out of the hands of the People. They are using the mainstream media to plant a negative image in the mind, where they blame legal gun owners for the actions of criminals like the Texas church shooter or the Las Vegas shooter. (And since the majority of the mass shooters, and pretty much all of the presidential shooters were liberals, who’s to say that these shooters are not being “groomed” for the role?)

At the same time, they claim to want to have “common sense gun laws.” However, their idea of “common sense” is a registry of gun owners or banning certain guns or the like. But they are focusing on a) a vanishingly small part of the deaths in America, as gun deaths are 1/100th of the number one cause of death in this country; and b) people who are generally not causing gun violence in our country.

Another worrisome issue is the patchwork of gun laws around the country. New York has the (so called) SAFE act, California has their own crazy gun laws, as does Massachusetts. So how will people from states that have more sane gun laws be treated? Am I going to have to worry, when in New York, whether the police are going to arrest me for having a 17 round magazine, even if I am only loading it with 10 rounds? It is already a known fact that police in repressive states will target CCW holders traveling through their states simply because they have a CCW. In the article linked above, the guy’s CCW was from Florida, he was traveling to NJ for Christmas and a wedding, and his firearm was locked in his safe in Florida. But that did not stop a police officer from harassing this family, and violating Amendment IV, against unwarranted search and seizure.

So these forces are using the same tactics as Adolf Hitler did in Nazi Germany, Josef Stalin did in Soviet Russia, Pol Pot did in Cambodia, and the like. They propagandized and demonized gun owners, they implemented a registry of gun owners, then they made gun owners turn them in or went and confiscated them. And we should think the progressive left wants to do this for a different reason…why? They have proven time and time again that they don’t care about the People, so why would we think they are on the up-and-up now? Fool me once, shame on you…Fool me twice, shame on me.

So there are good arguments on both sides, and I am still unsure which side I am on, but I am leaning toward the side that does not give the federal government more power.

The fallacy of social “justice”

I have recently been considering Star Trek: Discovery, since I just watched the finale of Star Trek Continues. You could not ask for two more different shows. Star Trek Continues is a show which is much more in the vein of Roddenberry’s vision, while Discovery is nothing more than a social justice warrior’s bully pulpit. In fact, I would posit that Star Trek Discovery (STD) sacrifices storytelling, acceptance of differing viewpoints, and leaving the viewer something to consider and work out in his own mind, in order to push their social agenda. As an example of the acceptance of differing viewpoints, Gene Roddenberry was, it was said, an agnostic. Yet in the TOS episode Bread and Circuses, Septimus and his band of Sun (Son) worshipers (Christians) were the good guys of the episode. And the episode didn’t virtue signal about slaves or slavery.

Meanwhile, STD seems to have taken the Federation into a U-turn. Set 10 years before TOS, it appears that they have decided that the United Federation of Planets have gone imperial and have more in common with the Borg. The war with the Klingons started because the Klingons only wanted to be left alone. The Federation, on the other hand, seems to believe that no one can be truly happy, unless they are part of the giant collective that is the Federation, and you will be happy, even if we have to break your arm twisting it behind your back. And if you want to be left alone, or if you have different viewpoints, well, that is not allowed.

Coming back to planet earth in 2017, the creatives on STD have stated in interviews that they have written the “isolationist, racist, xenophobic” Klingons to represent Trump voters. Can they wear their politics any further out on their sleeves? Well, I guess they could take a knee in protest of injustice or something… Oh wait…

This is the problem with social justice movement. When broaching subjects they don’t agree with or pointing out he illogic of their position, they do the social equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting “that’s racist/sexist/misogynistic/transphobic/etc.” Yet, on subjects which they support, they are all in the faces of those that they think hold opposing views. You know, the way they treat people who just want to be left alone with their beliefs or moral stance, or thoughts on an issue. They don’t want to accept the “you do you, I’ll do me” mentality with respect to their hot-button issue du joure. They feel it is their mission in life to push their controversial views on those that don’t agree with them. Hence, they claim that everything is racist, gay couples target Christian bakers and force them to make wedding cakes, they force their gender fluidity or racial ambiguity upon society, such as forcing the allowance of men to use the womens’ bathrooms and vice versa. In this way not only do you need to accept that they hold those beliefs, but social justice rubs your nose in it, and requires that you agree with those views, otherwise you are labeled as racist or sexist or misogynistic or homophobic or whatever phobia makes you hold an anti-SJW-viewpoint. Even ambivalence is considered a negative trait to the SJW. A transexual penned an article a few month ago, in which it was stated that “if you don’t desire a “woman with a penis” then you are “transphobic.” It’s not that you accept his choices, but that if you don’t desire someone with those traits, it somehow makes you a bad person. So to the SJW, you are not allowed to have your own opinion or preference. You are expected to march along with whatever fuzzy, illogical, hare-brained idea that comes out of their heads. Coed bathrooms, flexible gender, white privilege, whatever.

But on the other hand, if you are a white person or embrace a cultural norm, and you do anything, including eating a burrito or tikka masala, this makes you guilty of “cultural appropriation.” They call out cultural appropriation, without consideration of the intent or personal preference, and label the “appropriator” as racist…even if the person is doing it out of respect or personal preference. And to complete the cycle of illogic, if someone does just the opposite, they are still racist. A SJW once claimed that the Pioneer Woman’s husband as being racist because she mentioned that he preferred spicy hot wings to Asian wings. But the converse, if he liked Asian wings, that would be cultural appropriation. So his crime is being white. And the forces claiming that cultural appropriation is a thing are now claiming that this cultural appropriation is causing tangible  damage, as in theft. So I am damaging a culture because I like Korean food? Please. And the thing is that most cultures believe, like any right-thinking entity, that emulation is the sincerest form of flattery. Most cultures love to share with others. It’s only the SJWs who have attempted to model themselves as the arbiters of fairness, that take offense.

Anything that can be used to belittle or reduce what people have decided is the dominant race or societal norms (like transgender or gay marriage) is good in the eyes of the SJWs. They want nothing more than to upend society. They defy logic and science (males have an X and a Y chromosome, and females have two X chromosomes. And having surgery to mutilate your genitals, or loading your body with estrogen or testosterone to try and overcome the natural tendencies of a body with your gender does not change your gender.

You know, as I read back through this post, it sounds like I am dismissive of the SJWs. Actually I am. Or what SJWs have become. Traditionally, there have been social justice issues that have needed attention, and to a much lesser extent today, there still are. But SJWs in 2017 seem to be “majoring in minors” or finding non-existent problems, which they then use as a club to beat those who disagree with the liberal agenda into submission. Their primary tool is manufactured outrage. And, news flash for that vocal minority that wants to push society in a direction that the majority doesn’t want to go. Our patience is not infinite, and at some point, your platform is going to get too ridiculous, and we are going to start pushing back.

The Participation Trophy Syndrome

I’m going to try here not to turn into one of those onion-on-my-belt get-off-my-lawn curmudgeons, but I have a feeling that it is doomed to failure. I have been watching some of the responses since the church shooting in Texas, and I have to wonder if older generations looked at the younger generations like I am looking at the current generation, or if it has reached a new low. But when I look at this generation, bathed in self-entitlement and living in a bubble of their own concerns. I know that my generation had some issues, but never to the level that we are seeing now, where the attitude seems to be “screw the greater good or what everybody else wants. I want what I want, and if you don’t agree to give it to me, you are my enemy.” This is a source of much of the division today, which is being encouraged by the political elite, who are taking a “divide and conquer” style of leadership, as well as the divisiveness of the mainstream media.

Look at the reactions to the election. People think they should have their own way regardless of what the majority thinks. Hence you see people trying to overthrow President Trump, through riots and a special prosecutor who is obviously in a conflict of interest and on a witch hunt, after a year of investigating; you have opposition members of congress who are floating articles of impeachment, even though there has been no crime committed. I refer to this as Participation Trophy Syndrome. Over the last 30 years or so, if you participated in an activity, just by participating, you received a so-called participation trophy, just so no one felt left out. So what was the fallout of this? Achievement was downplayed at best, or outright discouraged at worst. You were looked down upon for working harder to succeed (e.g. white privilege), or if you were successful, you were expected to share their success with those around you. Those around them were thus not driven to succeed on their own, they felt they could “ride on the coat tails” of the successful. Look at the millenials today, who think that the rich should pay a higher percentage of taxes because they “can afford it,” and fund their free healthcare and free education, so they can get out and earn a lot of money. When I was growing up, this had a name — Socialism.

Let’s look at one of the current hot-button issues, gun control. At the time of this writing, we are a 6 weeks beyond a gunman shooting up a concert in Las Vegas, in what is, to date, the deadliest “mass shooting” in American history, in which 58 people were killed. (Personally, I think that many were trampled, and that a relatively few were actually killed by gunfire, but that is my own opinion, and the police have not stated this, they are too busy changing the basic facts of the shooting…) Then this past Sunday, a lunatic walked into a church with an AR-15 and started shooting, and killed 26 people. Before the crime scene had even been investigated and the bodies removed, people in Hollywood and liberals everywhere were mocking prayer and calling for gun control. Noted secular humanist Wil Wheaton’s savage twitter attack on Speaker Ryan’s call to pray for the families and victims:

The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you worthless sack of shit

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca and other liberals said the same thing, many pointing out the need for “common sense gun control.” Even country artist Tim McGraw spouted off to that effect.

Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot,However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.

Let’s take a look at that. Given the circumstances in which it was framed, the 2nd amendment is common sense gun control. The 2nd amendment was framed by the Founding Fathers in a time when they were fighting against the British, as well as to protect America against a tyrannical government (like the one that the progressive socialists want to see implemented). Everybody had guns, because if you didn’t have a gun, you didn’t hunt, and if you didn’t hunt, you didn’t eat. Historically, actions like the the Battle of Athens in 1946 prove the intent and the efficacy of the 2nd Amendment.

And now, fast forward 70 years. The governor of California wants to see people who don’t believe the way he wants them to about global warming^H^H^H^H climate change to be forced into brainwashing. Senator Dianne Feinstein is lovingly crafting legislation to outlaw every weapon that she and her ilk consider and “assault weapon.” And that is only a stopgap until she can figure out how to take them all from us. News flash, Dianne. Assault is a behavior not a device. Which is to say that anything can be classified as an assault weapon. If I maliciously cut someone with my pocketknife, that knife is an assault weapon. If I use my car to run someone off the road, my car is an assault weapon. If I throw a rock at someone, you guessed it, the rock is the assault weapon. And conversely, none of my guns have ever been fired in anger, so technically, even though I may own semi-automatic, magazine fed rifles and pistols, by definition, they are not assault weapons, since none of them have been used in an assault. So, Timmy, it is all about the Second Amendment. We’d better protect it, or it is going to get stolen from us.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They 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.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

“Crazy uncle Joe” Biden, who apparently is throwing sound bites out there to attempt to position himself to run for president, has come out and said that he would rather have more people die in mass shootings than to have someone use a legally owned so-called “assault weapon.”  Still think it’s not about the second amendment, Tim? Still think the gun control people care one iota about the People beyond extending their power?

Now let’s look at some hard numbers. The anti-gun line up and say how horrible the gun numbers are. I am not taking deaths lightly, so do not get that idea. However, as of 11/11/2017 at 7:52pm EST, 9,897 people have been killed by guns year to date. This includes the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs shootings, but also includes the 604 people who have lost their lives to gun violence in Chicago, which none of the anti-gunners mention, because it is an example of their failed gun legislation attempts. But I digress. In that same time period, 29,114 people have been killed by drunk drivers…Nearly three times the number of murders by gun. But are they considering banning vehicles or “common sense car laws”? Or, let’s talk about the #1 killer in this country. Abortion. 940,407 murders by abortion year to date. That is over 95 times the number of babies murdered than people by gun. When are they going to talk about common sense scalpel control?

There is more to it than this. They think their opinions are superior to opposing views, to the point where they feel justified in committing violent acts against those that hold a different opinon. So if they feel that they don’t want guns, nobody should have them, because they don’t feel comfortable. My personal opinion is that they have impulse control problems and project that onto everyone. But they feel it is perfectly okay to go out and kill their babies, and, well, you’d damned well better support that because that is their opinion, and you are not allowed to have a different one. Or, “You can’t ban cars, because I like my car. (until I don’t — And then you damned well better be willing to get rid of yours because you are destroying my earth, what the science says be damned!)” Or even worse, I am going to preach to you about how you are destroying the environment, and going to use my multi-million dollar jet to come and browbeat you in person about how bad of a person you are to dare to burn fossil fuels.

The fact that the anti-gunners try to label guns as “good” and “bad in Feinstein’s new “assault weapon” ban is simply ridiculous. Consider that the church shooter was using an AR-15, but so did the gentleman who took him down. So is the AR-15 good or bad? I think labeling the tool as good or bad is ridiculous. Akin to labeling phillips-head screwdrivers as evil, while flat-head screwdrivers are good. It’s almost like claiming that Home Depot rental pickup trucks are evil because it was used to kill 8 pedestrians in New York City. What it boils down to is that the tool is not intrinsically good or bad, it is the person wielding it. And in cases when seconds count, and the police are minutes away, it may be a good guy with a gun that saves your bacon.

I’m the RINO…

There are a lot of names that have been used to define the “establishment” politicians of the Republican party. Neocon, and RINO, seem to be the most used. The latter being an abbreviation for “Republican In Name Only”. Of course, these go under the assumption that “republican” and “conservative” are synonymous. To me, that’s simply not the case.

Let me go ahead and define my definition of “Conservative” and “Liberal” before I move on…

As I see it, the terms liberal and conservative refer to the creation and application of laws. Meaning, do you create and apply laws in generous amounts, or are you more discerning in the laws you create, keeping them to the bare minimum? Of course, this is based off my study of history and the early stages of our government.

It would seem as though this has been perverted and construed to mean personal values. In that, you have to believe a certain way to be associated with said party. Some more benign examples could be a “liberal” who likes guns or a “conservative” who is pro gay marriage. More caustic examples would be “blacks and women should only be liberals” and “the conservative party is for old white men”.

Of course, none of that is truly the case. I have many friends that go against those “traditional” roles. Again, I don’t believe they are traditional definitions, but more so modern perversions to fit a narrative.

This leads me to my point about being a “RINO”. I’m conservative, sure, but only within the confines of the definition mentioned previously. The problem is that the republican party continues to get further and further from those values, and while they suggest they have the more modern values of conservatism, they really do little to support those claims.

So, I am a “Republican in name only”. I hope that my vote can help bring the party back into line with my beliefs. I’d like them to represent me, but I don’t know if that will ever happen. It may be that I have to switch parties to one more in line with my beliefs, which I’d prefer to not have to do.

This is the problem with partisan politics and the 2 party system. There is nothing good that comes from it.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. -George Washington

Boy were our founding fathers ahead of their time…