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Rifles, Weapons & Guns, Oh My!

The Second Amendment is about much more than putting food on the table or providing a ready militia in the event of an attack on the homeland. Our freedom loving founding fathers were very obvious and outspoken in their belief that the citizens’ right to posses the most dangerous personal weapon of that day was absolutely necessary in order to have the means of defense against a tyrannical government. I do not think they believed that the fledgling American Republic was going to morph into a repressive regime in ten or twenty years, no..they were looking into the future as they did with all aspects of our beautiful Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It should come as no surprise that the US government refuses to acknowledge this truth and seems to be determined to assemble a national gun registry and as many limitations on the Second Amendment as possible. Illegal guns are so readily available on the black market that gun control does not meet the common sense test. These mass shooters are almost all suffering from some sort of mental health problem, however, that is a difficult issue to define narrowly enough to keep guns away from those who are dangerous without:

  • Taking the Constitutional rights from those who may have issues that do not make them dangerous to themselves or others, arachnophobia, agoraphobia, mild depression, hypochondria, etc.
  • Some type of mechanism to control the decision process so that it cannot be abused for political, inheritance, revenge or any other nefarious reason.
  • There must be an appeals process with final determination by a court since it involves a God-given right enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

This afternoon when I heard one of the victim’s father speak on Fox, he was most elegantly focused on the simple truth-

  • It isn’t about the gun debate, which will not fix anything.
  • The country will not come together over gun bans or gun limits.
  • We protect our courthouses, our airports, concerts, football games, etc. The schools we send our children to deserve at least as much! The entire country can come together to see that this is done

There is the eternal question that lurks in the background, everyone is aware of it but no one in the media will talk about it or ask. Why do the Democrats attack the Second Amendment at every possible opportunity when they know as well as we do that it will do nothing to help prevent mass shootings. Is it not strange that they ignore things that would actually help in order to propose legislation which would just take guns out of the hands of honest law abiding citizens leaving them helpless and vulnerable to both easily armed criminals and a repressive tyrannical government.


Good Strategy – Bad Analysis

I was very impressed at how quickly the Florida students were organized to campaign for gun control. I believed I had written my final statement on the matter when I posted – JUST ANOTHER GUN BATTLE – after the Las Vegas tragedy. But when I saw these kids being used by the anti-gun lobby, I saw red! How could anyone use minors who have just survived a frightening situation and who are mourning the loss of friends and teachers to further political goals that will not even solve the problem!?!

There are MILLIONS of guns circulating in society and being passed down in families. There are millions more available on the black market. If the gun laws were changed tomorrow, it would not affect anything. It would not make one school safer. It would not make it impossible for any criminal to get a gun. So what is the point?

I heard a student say that it was not a political issue, not a Republican or a Democratic issue. He said it was a life or death issue. That same student said that if in the coming elections you are taking money from the NRA then there is a badge of shame on you. So the evidence that these kids are being emotionally manipulated is fairly obvious, any thoughtful logical person would immediately spot the contradiction in his speech.

I don’t even like the thought of Congress legislating on emotion instead of logic. I want solutions and results. I want no infringement on the Constitution or our liberty, but I want safe schools and I want the most direct path to that objective. If my only objective is the safety of our children and the immediate insurance that what happened in Florida has little to no chance of happening again then I will find a way to harden the schools so that they are not a target:

  • Frequent irregular patrols by local police
  • Armed security on campus – it could be retired military or law enforcement, perhaps an arrangement with the national guard, off duty police or whatever works.
  • A security assessment should be done for each school. For many small schools this would be simple, but exits ought to be controlled and doors should be kept locked. Everyone must know what to do in an emergency. Every backpack should have a simple bullet proof insert that anyone can readily purchase on line. Etc.,etc.,etc.,…
  • In addition to security, The announcement should be made that qualified teachers will be carrying concealed on campus in every school. No one will know which teachers are carrying. Schools will no longer be gun free zones, however, anyone bringing a gun onto school property will face mandatory imprisonment time with no parole.
  • Medical HIPPA privacy regulations should be altered enough to allow any threats to schools or churches to be reported to the authorities.
  • The minimum age to purchase or own a gun should be 21.

There is no further restriction on gun purchasing or “tightening up of the gun laws” that could have prevented the massacre that took place in Parkland, Florida. The FBI was given two tips that they refused to follow up on. This, more than anything else lies at the heart of what went wrong.

One last thing – as long as our society is being attacked from within, it is going to be very difficult to overcome these societal ills. The toxic breakdown of the family leaves its mark on the next generation of children. Bringing in huge numbers of uneducated foreigners who do not speak English and do not even want to assimilate but instead live in isolated enclaves or segregated communities. The last decade of horribly high unemployment and the evils of government dependence have sickened society. The weaponization of the IRS, the FBI, the EPA, the DOJ, etc. as political arms rather than the people’s government has caused a tremendous loss of faith in the government. The lack of trust grows as more corruption is uncovered. Meanwhile, an entire decade of identity politics has emphasized everything but being an American! For many of those who commit violent acts, family is not a safe refuge or a warm and loving environment where traditional “American” values are taught.

This entire rambling post is merely pointing out that we cannot act on our emotions if we hope to solve the problem. We must turn to experts for input and we must use common sense. We must become a more moral people and a more ethical nation. We must once again become God’s people and His house should reclaim its place as the heart of the community. My sympathies go out to these motivated teens who have decided to organize a national campaign to “beg for their lives”. My heart breaks because they had to go through the trauma that brought them to this. But, if they were as non-political and as clever as they think, they would have never turned away such a large portion of the American people by immediately blaming the NRA for the shooting in their school.

Put away the passion and put your thinking caps on!

Maligned and Defamed 

It is a story that isn’t too unusual in our military community, at least not in the beginning…..

This man came from a nice family but they did not have money. When it came time for college, he opted for and had a chance to go to the military academy and did very well graduating second in his class. He was popular with his classmates and well regarded by the faculty. To shorten the story as much as possible, as usually happens at some time during a military career of honor, good character and high principles, a moment of decision came after 36 years of exemplary service to our country. His values, his morals, his beliefs, his priorities were all challenged and he was tested. He was between a rock and a very hard place. He did the only thing that he could honorably do, he resigned his commission and left his beloved United States and the army to travel back to Virginia and defend his state, his home, his family and friends against military invasion. He knew that it was being planned, he knew it was coming because his resignation had been turned in because he had been offered command of the troops scheduled to attack Virginia. This man’s name, of course, was Robert E. Lee.

I know he was not fighting to prolong slavery and that he was not racist for his time since he had quietly freed his slaves ten years earlier. One former slave who stayed with him through the war was named in his will and was left a large sum of money (for that era) for education.  At a much later time this former slave (Rev. William Mack Lee) would author an autobiography in which he would describe Lee in glowing terms. He began preaching before the war and after the war he built at least four large churches and became a well known African American Preacher in Virginia. He had the autobiography printed in order to raise money for his current church. (I think he was in his eighties.)

Robert E. Lee letter dated December 27, 1856:

          I was much pleased the with President’s message. His views of the systematic and progressive efforts of certain people at the North to interfere with and change the domestic institutions of the South are truthfully and faithfully expressed. The consequences of their plans and purposes are also clearly set forth. These people must be aware that their object is both unlawful and foreign to them and to their duty, and that this institution, for which they are irresponsible and non-accountable, can only be changed by them through the agency of a civil and servile war. There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race. 

    So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained.
    General Robert E. Lee, May 1, 1870

    So, we now have people trying to tear down this gentle man’s statue. Most who could not hold a candle to how he lived his life every day yet they think themselves qualified to judge him? How much do they really know about him, other than what the talking points say? Why has it become so easy for fringe elements to tear down monuments?

    This is becoming frightening!

    Freedom of Speech

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    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”~Abraham Lincoln

    You can close down a discussion (free speech) in many ways. 

    You can protest and riot thereby shutting down not only the speaker or event, but in the process one achieves the added impact of destroyed property, terrorized innocent citizens and (they hope) national media coverage. The extreme left on many campuses has done this to great effect.

    You can simply call the person a racist. It does not matter whether or not it is true. In fact, yell the accusation loud enough and you might be able to provoke option number one above 👆! It is a wonderful strategy since it eliminates the need to memorize facts and figures, slower members of the group do not need to “think on their feet” or step outside of talking points and since racism is such an emotional issue it is uniquely difficult to fight even with facts. This also has had a great success rate and is a major reason that the Republican Party has been branded a party of racists when history and honest research proves otherwise.

    Those are two of the radical ways, almost always employed by the more extremist democrats because they do not have a successful argument or any good endings for their ideology. If you “shut someone up”, if you close down an event, if you prevent the dissemination of an idea you are restricting everyone’s freedom. We all have the right and the freedom to listen to, and walk away from, speech and ideas of every sort. 

    No political party, No foreign national (think Soros paying protesters and rioters), No college academic or gang of students, Not even the government has the power to change our absolute rights under the Constitution! Free speech is number one in the Bill of Rights and its placement is an indication of the importance it held in the political discussions of the day. It was important in the discussions held in almost every state during the ratification process. We tend to take it for granted now, but this freedom can be nibbled away, gradually eroded without most citizens even paying attention.

    Protected speech is not comfortable speech. Protected speech is usually different, objectionable to some, offensive to others, it may make you angry or it may make you stop and think. Protected speech is free speech not because it makes you uncomfortable but because the free expression of ideas is part of true Liberty. 

    Each generation is challenged to maintain and preserve our Constitution and Liberty. The circumstances differ and the environment, both social and political, changes. The younger generation has not been grounded in a complete history of this nation and it constantly amazes me how jaded and anti-American they can be. There is much about our history they just are not taught. Depending on the school, what they are actually taught varies from a slanted version of events to skipping over all but the darker parts of our history and then concentrating on those. All nations have them, they should be acknowledged and taught, but only in context with the rest of American History!

    Without a more thorough and balanced approach to US history we will be missing at least one generation of patriotic and knowledgeable Americans to watch the politicians and fight for free speech and our other guaranteed rights. 

    So, will we have our rights and freedoms in twenty years? 

    Give Me Liberty…..

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    For as William Lloyd Garrison opined:
    “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”

    It seems to be of no significance which party wins any election. Regardless of outcome, all of the political debate, the government’s decisions and movements, the ways and means of making decisions, everything that actually makes the government tick is manipulated skillfully by the democrats. The republicans do not fight this manipulation, in fact, the louder the message is which originates with the Democratic Party and their “talking heads” the more likely the Republicans are to give in to the pressure. After seeing this machine in action since election night, it has totally changed my mind about that party and its motives. 

    Although the Democratic Party presents itself as a great representative of the people constantly keeping the government honest and diligently pursuing justice, in truth democrats have shown themselves to be totally corrupt, mindlessly in pursuit of power and deliberately blind to the negative consequences. Furthermore, the democrats have demonstrated repeatedly that they do not care about this country, its Founding Documents, our history or our culture and traditions. 

    Time after time the Democratic Party has openly displayed its character for all to see, putting forth Hillary Clinton for president even when there was enough evidence made public to convict her of numerous federal violations, no republican could have, or ever would have, used the IRS to target democratic organizations in an effort to damage the opposing party, what president has ever just ordered that our borders not be enforced and that illegals be allowed in? There were so many things that Obama did that upset and distressed conservatives, republicans, libertarians, independents and free thinkers. In addition to what I have mentioned already there is “fast and furious”, Clinton’s State Department access for pay scandal, Clinton’s uranium deal with Russia, the lies told about the Iran treaty and hiding all of the secret side deals from the Congress and the people and etc.

    Yet, except for Benghazi, not one investigative committee convened. No hordes of republicans took to the streets burning cars and smashing out building Windows. No republicans formed groups to attack democrats. Obama’s cabinet nominees were approved relatively quickly as were his decidedly liberal Supreme Court Judges. On most legislation, but not all, Republicans either worked with, negotiated with or just gave in to Democrats. Obama’s threatened veto on any potential bill was mighty indeed!

    President Trump seems to be treated differently by the media and certainly by the Democratic Party. A Harvard Professor just finished a study and reported that the way in which the media has gone after Trump, trying to destroy him, is literally unprecedented! Never before has the media machine operated in concert together with such a singular purpose of the personal destruction of a legitimately elected president. He is denigrated, obstructed, laughed at, misrepresented and misquoted. His words are deliberately lifted out of context and twisted out of all relationship to what he originally meant. He is presumed a liar and a cheat while he is working nonstop to make America a better place for her citizens. To add insult to injury, his own party is not being all that helpful in Congress.

    President Trump is making an excellent start on his term. He has signed new trade deals bringing jobs to our shores and has also issued executive orders which get rid of onerous and excessive government regulations and this too means more jobs. He has worked hard to promote American Industry, reform the tax code which will hopefully pass soon, to straighten out the health system and to turn back the tidal wave of illegal immigrants flooding across our southern border. 

    President Trump has certainly shown a talent if not pure genius in foreign affairs. Trump may be unappreciated at home, but our allies absolutely do appreciate him and seem to understand him much better than we do. Isn’t it interesting that the president who our media fawned over constantly managed to damage our relationships with almost every ally. The Saudi Arabians said that they had been waiting for Trump for eight years. The judges (read Democratic Party and liberal) in the two circuits that claim Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration was issued because he was biased against Muslims should feel like total idiots now!

    Always, though, facts will be ignored, buried, covered up or otherwise twisted or changed. The Democratic Party is perfectly willing to lie, threaten, destroy and commit fraud to win elections. How then can we not acknowledge that they have become more of a criminal enterprise than a political party? We cannot allow this continuing manipulation of the dialogue through the media, the persistent changing of the values and the belief systems of our young people through the liberal teachings of academia and the ever increasing rise of liberal intolerance for any other point of view. No one will stop this, no one will save us, no one is responsible for maintaining our freedom but us! In the end, each generation must fight to preserve the Liberty that we all consider our birthright. As the disaster in Venezuela has so brutally demonstrated, tyranny with all of its misery and suffering is never more than a generation away. (I wish I could remember who said that!)

    We should not be watching Trump fight for us on TV. We should do whatever we can do to help!

    In a Perfect World….

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    1. Everyone would realize that what the Constitution actually says is what should control the government, not what a Congressman or government official says the Constitution says.
    2. Nobody would believe anything the media reported without checking on it!
    3. Political party affiliation would be secondary to patriotism.
    4. Every single office, branch and department of the federal government would be audited yearly and this would be available to the public for inspection.
    5. Democrats would not be able to get away with theft, collusion, selling favors to foreign governments, associating with terrorist groups, funding radical orgs that support and encourage rioting and violence, etc.
    6. The opinions of a Senator or House Member are fairly unimportant and all would ignore them.
    7. The House and Senate would have to live by and suffer under the laws that they pass for the rest of us!
    8. The Congress would travel and recess less and work more!!
    9. Congress would not vote themselves ever more money and automatic pay raises and perks!
    10. Everyone would judge Trump fairly without the hype OR the lies and defamation. Just fairly.
    11. There would be at least one ethics course required in every high school, two semesters.
    12. Proper American History would be taught in every school, including the very many black warriors who made a difference in the revolutionary war and every war thereafter. Let’s start comming together by teaching our children that we have much to be proud of together.
    13. People would hear what is actually said, not what they expect to hear.
    14. Judges would never legislate from the bench!
    15. People would never litter.
    16. Every citizen would be a patriot armed with common sense.
    17. Civil discourse and common courtesy would be taught to and expected from everybody.
    18. Cursing would be considered the choice of those with small minds and limited vocabularies.
    19. Only citizens would vote in elections, and they would only vote once.
    20. Facebook and Google, and the other net nasties, would be stopped from collecting data and spying on people.
    21. There would be strict controls on immigration and border control.
    22. Federal agencies would be almost non-existent, there would be no entrenched fourth branch of government.
    23. All foreign leaders, kings, dictators, etc. would at least be sane and reasonable
    24. We would still have a basic respect for life and the property of others.
    25. Why not…….. There would be world peace!

    I know there is more and I wish I knew how to open the list up so anyone could add to it!

      On Lawyers….

      It seems incredible to me, but much of the media and most of the democrats have very little understanding of the legal profession in general. Perhaps it would be a good idea to review.

      Lawyers do not spontaneously write briefs and argue cases because they have personal interest in the subject matter. I realize that is going to be a shock to the media, but attorneys have clients (people who pay them to take care of a particular problem or issue) or they work for an employer (a company or the government). In both instances the lawyer is being paid for his work product, not his personal belief system. His/her knowledge and experience is being utilized exactly as one would a CPA or a Stockbroker. There are, of course, rules of ethics and every lawyer has personal standards.

      The important point that the liberal media needs to understand is that:

      1. Just because a lawyer argues a case does not mean that he agrees with or supports his client or employer.
      2. When an employer tells an attorney to find supporting law, that is not a request for that lawyer’s opinion!
      3. The brilliant arguments and persuasive reasoning in briefs and arguments are NOT from a lawyer’s heart. They are straight from the brain and many many hours of difficult research. They are nothing more than work product.
      4. If a lawyer wins a case it does not mean that he necessarily approves of the outcome, but he was paid to work for that outcome.
      5. A judge does not make law.
      6. A judge does not change a law he does not like or feels is unfair or unreasonable.
      7. A judge takes the law cited by the attorneys and applies that law impartially and without bias to the facts of the case (when not in a jury trial).

      There is almost certainly more than one thing I neglected to mention. I apologize for whatever I left out. I just hope that people stop trying to credit or blame lawyers for work product! We have enough rotten practitioners, we really don’t need for the honest lawyers to be unjustly accused.

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