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It has been a long time since I have posted anything and please accept my apologies for the drought. There certainly has not been a drought of material to discuss! However, as I had mentioned a while back, it became much easier to talk about things on the podcast rather than sit at a computer, writing, after sitting at a computer at work all day. Bottom line is, I just need to find my groove and timing, again.
As I restart my blogging, it seems only natural to briefly ponder what we have witnessed in our world the last 4 months. I know the last things I posted were regarding the complete idiocy and lies of “gun control” after the Newtown tragedy. Unfortunately, this administration can never let a crisis go to waste, so, four months later, we still see them parade the grieving families around to push their socialist agenda of gun control. I have never heard so many absurd, mindless, and baseless cries to do away with the 2nd amendment as I have the last few months. Of course, those cries are always without logic and fact, but they have become even more of a nuisance with more and more of Hollywood standing up and talking out of their back ends (see Jim Carrey and Jay Mohr for starters). Just for fun, Thomas Sowell recently wrote a piece on Townhall.com that made the point of gun control being completely devoid of facts. Read Sowell’s thoughts and do your own research. You can easily see there is not a case for “gun control” other than feeling good about yourself, like you’ve “done something.” In this case, we don’t need to “do something” to pat ourselves on the back and feel good. By politicians “doing something,” my right to defend myself is in jeopardy; therefore, my life is in jeopardy because the politicians choose to act more mindless than a single cell organism. So, this is a situation where we don’t need to force something stupid, but simply understand that evil exists and always will. What we can do is educate ourselves, be prepared to defend ourselves, and deal with the heart issues in which evil resides. If our society was still a God-fearing, moral society, this degeneracy would not be where it is today. I am confident of that. This is simply not a legislative issue and we all know it has nothing to do with crime or guns anyway. It’s all about control.
How’s the economy been lately? Well, the administration would tell us that everything is improving and we’re recovering! However, allow me to offer my standard call of “bullcrap.” You see, while they try to make the blind sheep believe that all is well, we have record numbers of people on food stamps. That’s not the sign of an improving economy, is it? “But wait,” say the liberals, “unemployment went down to 7.6%!” Yes, but not because there are more jobs. That particular number went down because the size of the work force shrunk. We have a record number of people out of the work force . . . over 90 million people! In fact, this is so crappy and we have moved so far “forward” at such a high pace under the Obama regime that, I guess, we’re lapping our own alleged progress. Those figures put us back to 1979 levels! You know, kinda like when everything sucked under Carter? Man, moving “forward” is great, isn’t it? Well, . . . for communists who believe in fake utopias, I guess.
Another crazy thing about our economy recently has seen our Dow at record highs. Yet, we have record numbers of people on food stamps and out of work? Oh, wait, that’s right . . . it’s not really based on anything except the Fed pumping $85 billion per month into the system to falsely prop it up. (Here’s another link on this from Fox Business.) This will come crashing down, folks. This is not sustainable at all.
Besides these big things, we’ve also seen evangelical Christians at the top of a list of groups for our military/government to watch. Similarly, a Powers County, Colorado undersheriff reported that a DHS training seminar taught officers to watch Bible believing Christians carefully. Why would they be considered a threat to the government? Because they believe in America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. They believe in the Bible and take it literally. They disagree with the current direction of the country. Because of these stances of good, Bible believing Christians, this government, apparently, lumps them in with what they call the “sovereign citizen movement.” To my understanding, that is a weird movement of folks who believe they are completely “sovereign,” independent of any government, therefore, are not bound to that government’s laws, taxes, etc. That is nothing like evangelical Christianity.
Of course, just this week, America has been attacked again by some low-life(s) at the Boston marathon and my prayers are with those who lost loved ones and who are injured. I know this kind of thing can always happen because, as previously stated, evil exists. However, can we really say that this administration has made us any safer, or given us better standing in the world? The answer is obvious.
I could go on and on about what’s currently happening (and I will in future posts), but suffice it to say that plenty has transpired since I last posted. Unfortunately, very little of it is good. This country is not necessarily the “shining city on a hill” anymore. We have forsaken our morals, God, and our founding principles. What we endure, now, is simply the consequences of such irresponsibility and defiance toward God. Can we make it better and right this thing? Sure, but it will be a long, hard process. It will take perseverance and resolve like never before. It will require us to encourage each other and stand with each other and shine the light on evil . . . and standing up to evil. We’ve talked about it before and it is clear: we MUST return to God and our founding principles.
I leave you with a moment in our history that probably would never happen today. In David Brog’s book In Defense of Faith, he discusses some of the civil rights movement. He tells of that day in August 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The point is not so much the speech itself as it is in the newspaper reaction the following day. While all the papers praised King and built up what a tremendous and eloquent speech he delivered, one veteran journalist tapped the brakes and spoke a nugget of truth. Writing for the New York Times, James Reston stated that “the first significant test of the Negro march on Washington will come in the churches and synagogues of the country this weekend” (pg. 211). Reston believed one of the major marks of the march was to “demonstrate support for President Kennedy’s landmark civil rights legislation” (pg. 212). However, he also knew that any political success went far beyond politics. Reston went on to say:
It is no good waiting for a political reaction in Congress, for if there is no effective moral reaction out in the country, there will be no effective political reaction here.
This whole movement for equality in American life will have to return to first principles before it will “overcome” anything. And as moral principles preceded and inspired political principles in this country, as the church preceded the Congress, so there will have to be a moral revulsion to the humiliation of the Negro before there can be significant political relief. – from “The First Significant Test of the Freedom March,” New York Times, August 29, 1963
The point? A nation’s politics and leadership is a direct reflection of the moral aptitude of its people. We cannot expect political change for the good until we fix the heart of the country. Only when we become moral, as individuals, will we elect moral leaders and see fruitful results. Returning to the standard of our founding principles and God is our only option of saving this great nation.
Are you still with me?
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It is very easy to lose focus or put our attention on many things that, though important, aren’t the most important thing in the world. This country is in dire need to turn around and return to our foundation of the Constitution and Biblical principles. I am convinced that we will not survive, as a nation, much longer down this path. Our freedoms are threatened. Our bank accounts, income, and jobs are threatened. Our very way of life is on the line. Yet, while these things are VERY important and should not be ignored, it is that time of year to bring something else to the forefront and consider what is the most important.
Each individual. You and where you are spiritually.
Just as our beloved country is in dire need to be saved so is each of us, no exceptions. Whether you believe in God, or not . . . whether you believe Jesus is the son of God, or not . . . . no matter what you believe . . . we are all equals in that. We are sinful and in dire need of a savior. We have no way of being good enough, on our own, of making it into Heaven, so we need a savior. That is what we remember at Christmas: the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the humble form of a baby, to live a perfect, sinless life and be offered as the sacrifice on the cross that would pay the debt of sin. While his love and sacrifice covers everyone, it is an individual thing. Had you been the only person created, He still would have given His life for you. He paid the debt of sin for you and for me so that we can have a right relationship with God and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It all began in that barn that night in Bethlehem. I’ve chosen to accept His gift of life. What do you choose?
To bring it back to the country, if we all turn back to Him, we can revive the life of this great nation. That is what it will take. No government. No government program, no amount of “stimulus money” to be printed . . . nothing, except turning back to Him.
I pray you and your families have a blessed Christmas. That you know Him and, if you don’t know Him, that you seek Him and come to know Him. Now, I leave you with a television clip that would never be allowed to be made these days and it gives us the true Christmas story.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
It seems everyone continues talking about “gun control.” So, I’ll add some more thoughts and a personal story to the mix. For all of you who have followed U.R., you know I am pro gun. For me, “gun control” is basically shot placement. It’s about shooting a tight grouping. For liberals, “gun control” means stripping away people’s right to defend themselves against the always armed criminals and giving criminals free reign. What this type of non-sense does is make citizens subjects . . . subject to the government that wants to disarm them and subject to the merciless criminal one may encounter at any time. I don’t know about you, but I consider myself a citizen, not a subject, of the United States of America and am not subject to anyone but God. To paraphrase Ted Nugent, I do not need a document or anybody to tell me when, where, and how I can protect my own right to live. The government doesn’t defend me from dirtbags. I defend myself. And that’s how it will remain.
As the mindless left continues on, pontificating about how the “culture of violence” must be stopped, or we must end the “gun culture”, or whatever false, moronic phrase one wishes to insert, I must point out the idiocy and hypocrisy of them, once again. Does it matter to anyone that the leftists whine and moan about how tragic it is that those 20 children were killed in Connecticut last weekend, yet they push for abortion on demand? I guess the millions of aborted babies aren’t real or don’t matter. Don’t forget, these same liberals claim to want to have that “discussion” on gun violence and all that surrounds it . . . cool, let’s talk about it. How about we talk about arming Mexican drug cartels and letting all of those guns walk across the border and get used in murders (fast and furious)? How about we talk about this administration running guns into Libya, then we have some of those used on us in Benghazi? Guns aren’t the problem – it’s the good or evil person that uses it and the purpose for which he uses it. Back to the moronic liberals – these same people constantly whine about how gun owners are violent criminals (which is a complete lie), yet THEY are the ones who are violent and hateful. These same people that want to do away with guns (because that will surely end all violence), made multiple calls for NRA leadership and all NRA members to be lined up and shot in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Tweets were seen that said the following:
“All NRA members should be shot!!!! I thank you, that’s one of my own!!” – Sam Tarling
“Someone should shoot this motherf***er NRA President David Keene weighs in on 2012 election – Glenn Beck – Michael Mayer (this one doesn’t even make sense . .. I have no idea what he was trying to tie to Beck)
“Solution: Get every member of the NRA to stand in a circle, aim & shoot!” – Very frustrated Pete
Stay classy, libs.
Here’s the deal, none of this is about stopping any kind of violence. Of their 2 word phrase (gun control), they’ve got one of them correct: control. The left will use any situation to push its agenda at the expense of the situation and those involved. In this case, they want to disarm American citizens. Why? Because then they can have free reign to do what they want without fear of repercussion or uprisings. This is the exact type of government/tyranny that the 2nd Amendment was intended for in the founders’ masterpiece. It is to protect us from tyrannical government should the need arise.
By the way, if you want more information on why we should be even more armed (as if all the crime and tyranny aren’t enough) check out this article on how China is jumping on the bandwagon, calling for Americans to be disarmed. Not only do they want strict gun laws, they twist the truth about crimes to their people, aka propaganda, to push their political agenda and get the reaction they want. How so? Much like the liberals do here . . . by misrepresenting facts such as failing to tell people that most of the crimes committed with a gun are in “gun free zones” or in places with very strict gun laws. Do you think China’s biggest concern is the Connecticut tragedy? (Answer: No.)
I don’t want to dwell on that too much here, so let me switch gears a bit. I know how they can reduce crime and violence. The solution is easy. Reduce crime by going after criminals. Instead of focusing on criminals, they are coming after law abiding citizens and giving criminals free reign. As I said in my last entry, and as logic dictates, what makes a criminal a criminal is the breaking of the law. Any legislation means nothing to criminals – only law abiding citizens. Instead of punishing us and dictating how, where, and when we can protect our own lives, how about going after the dirtbag criminals?! Get the criminals off the street and enforce the laws that are already in the books. That will solve the problem! Done. Now, to another part of this mess . . .
There was a church shooting several years ago, I think it was 1998 or ’99 at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, TX. Some of you may recall that. I don’t remember all the specifics, but suffice it to say, it was a night where a youth rally was going on at the church, a crazy person walked in and started shooting. A friend of mine, Shawn Brown, was a youth minister at this rally. He confronted the shooter and was shot and killed at point blank range. The criminal took the lives of several others that night, too. When I heard the news, I was sad and angry at the same time. At no point did I EVER think that we have a gun problem and that guns need to be taken away. My thought was, “Why did no one at the church have a gun and stop this lunatic?” How different would it have been if a law abiding citizen was armed and could have stopped the maniac as soon as he raised his gun? How many of those lives lost could have been saved had someone been there to stop it. Instead, when the only armed person is a criminal, the unarmed people can only hope they aren’t the ones getting hit.
Does a gun promote violence? No and it is absolutely stupid and irresponsible to say that it does. We’ve gone over this in previous posts. It’s an issue of evil – of what is in a person’s heart. Go read the previous post and click the links. In the meantime, let me share with you what I told someone fairly recently about my own experience. We were talking about carrying a concealed weapon. She, jokingly, stated that her husband might not want her carrying anything in case she loses her temper with an idiot. Again, that was very much in joking and sarcasm. She is not that kind of person and would not “snap” like that. As we laughed, I told her my view and said that it actually helps me be more aware and responsible. Because I am a law abiding citizen and do not want to have any kind of accident that could harm those around me, I am careful about where I go and what I do. I am friendly in my interactions with people and try to avoid being in places and situations that could be harmful. I know that a bad move on my part could cost me my right to carry and defend myself against a crazy person and I don’t want to jeopardize that. So, again, it helps me be more careful, mindful, and responsible while out. I have never had a violent thought because of gun ownership or concealed carry. However, it does give me a little more confidence and peace of mind to know that if the unfortunate happens, I have a chance, at the very least.
Here’s my theory: Most people that are scared of guns and believe that the mere existence of a firearm is the source of violence have never been around any guns. They’ve never learned about them, never used them, never done anything with them. They only hold their views based on presumption, intolerance, politics and complete ignorance. May I challenge any anti-gun liberal who is reading this, find someone you know who is a shooter and allow them to educate you. Spend some time researching facts about crimes, including those that have been stopped by an armed citizen. Learn the use of the gun and, by all means, go to a range and learn how to shoot it. You’ll soon understand the fun of hitting your target and the feel of the gun. If you don’t like it, fine. I have no problem with that, but please try to learn and experience what you can so you can have an objective view. For you gun lovers, perhaps you can find an anti-gun friend or relative to educate. While this anti-gun spirit is so prevalent right now, start having the discussion with people and educate them on how great, fun, and safe guns are (in the hands of law abiding citizens). If possible, take them to the range with you. I am convinced that if you cure the epidemic of ignorance among the left, that might help things a little, too. My dad is not a collector, but he’s always had some around. When I was young, he taught me to shoot and taught me gun safety. I was raised to understand them and to respect them. I knew where they were “hidden” growing up but never had the urge to play with them and do anything stupid, because I respected them. However, if anyone were to break in while I was home alone, I knew what to do. The biggest issue is ignorance. With education and truth comes understanding and liberty.
By the way, a co-worker sent me this graph the other day. It sites 3 official sources, but I don’t know where it originated or who did it. So, I don’t know if it’s 100% accurate. Whatever the case, feel free to verify it if you want. I leave you with this for today. Thanks and go spend some time at the range this weekend!
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Hello everyone! I have not been as regular writing lately, but I’ll admit that it is more of a challenge to write now than it was when I started the blog last spring. When I started this, I was at a job where I was on my feet all day. So, coming home and sitting at the computer was easy. Now, I have a job where I sit at a computer all day It’s great, but when I come home, I don’t always want to continue sitting at a computer. So, it is easier for me to do the research and talk about it rather than write a lot. However, I’ll continue as I am able.
My main point is about the podcast. I have purposefully refrained from badgering everyone to contribute to the continuation of the podcast. I put the fundraiser up and have posted a couple of small reminders here and there, but that’s it. Perhaps I should have done more, but I have trusted that if you really do want the podcast to continue, as I do, maybe the support would come. Well, I am here today saying that, as I type this, there is just about 35 hours left on the fundraiser and I only have one pledge. Simply put, this thing cannot start up again without your support. Unless a miracle happens in the next day or so, it’s not looking good. I’d love to do it, I just cannot make it happen on my own.
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Never let a good crisis go to waste. – Rahm Emanuel
It’s been a couple of days since the Connecticut tragedy and, as usual after such a horrific event, I must interject some truth and common sense. First off, to all of you in the Newtown area, know that we are with you in spirit. We pray for you to be able to work through all of this, by the grace of God. We pray you will look to Him for whatever answers and comfort you need . . . not look to any harmful or false answers. It is heartbreaking and we wish you the best as you try to pick up the pieces.
Being that I have no spouse or children, I can’t quite identify with the level of pain that the good folks in CT are dealing with. It is impossible for me to have the same depth of empathy as those who are parents. So, please understand that I empathize and hurt for everyone up there, but I can’t even begin to know what they are experiencing. My focus in this column is not to dig into the lives of the people up there or try to understand the mind of the killer. Today, I want to provide some perspective and address the absolute irresponsibility and politicizing by this administration as well as the sheer idiocy of the left and the complicit media.
We all know that the left criticizes conservatives and accuses us of knee-jerk reactions and politicizing such atrocities. It is, in fact, the left that does this. As usual, they will do exactly what they accuse conservatives of doing and tell their mindless, sheepish followers what they should say . . . and the stupid sheep follow. Within hours – I think it was about 4.5 hours – of last Friday’s shooting, dictator obama was on tv telling everyone how “inaction” was not an option and that he would take “meaningful actions” to make sure that this kind of thing no longer happens. Before that even occurred, the idiots at MSNBC were already clamoring for massive gun control laws and gun bans. Last night, when I just wanted to watch a little bit of Sunday Night Football, mr. dictator was on tv, again, whining again, on the need for gun control, though he never used that actual term. He, also, put the emphasis on the collective raising our children rather than mentioning any type of individual responsibility, or freedom for that matter.
As much as it seems necessary, I don’t want to beat you down with the exact same thing I have stated before. If you want to know what the founders intended regarding the 2nd amendment, as well as how Britain fares after banning guns, read this past entry. If you want to know more of what I previously said on the subject, check this one out. For today, I’ll keep it a little more simple and take it another direction.
First off, what makes a criminal a criminal? The thing that gives a criminal such a label is the breaking of the law. That is it. So, if criminals are the ones committing violent crimes, what good can it possibly do to pass all kinds of anti-gun legislation? It won’t make one ounce of difference! Well, no it will, too. It will make violent massacres and crimes that much easier because law-abiding citizens will not be able to defend themselves from such dirtbags. Forgive me for any liberals reading this, but I must use facts . . . those pesky things that you ignore: where there are more restrictive gun laws, crime is higher than where the citizens are able to defend themselves. Look at Detroit, D.C., Chicago . . . for crying out loud, look at “gun-free zones” such as schools and any other establishment that prohibits anyone having a firearm on them. That doesn’t do anything except make law-abiding citizens a free buffet to the always armed criminal. Also, for more facts and things to read up on, check out this article from Breitbart.
Another question, if I were sitting next to someone in a room, stood up, picked up my chair and bludgeoned them to death, what would your reaction be? Is it possible that the chair did it? Is there any chance that the chair was evil and caused me to stand up and commit that act? NO, it is NOT possible and I’m sure that anyone . . . even a liberal . . . would blame ME, not the chair. The blame would be all on me for being a violent or crazed lunatic who took an innocent person’s life. If it’s not the chair’s fault in my illustration, why does the left insist on mindlessly blaming an inanimate object in “gun crimes.” A gun is just as much a tool as a chair, or any other object one might use to inflict harm on someone else. Since the left is so convinced that no crime would exist if guns were taken away, I wonder if it matters that the same day this school shooting happened, 22 elementary students in China were injured by a crazy man with a knife. Strangely enough, no one blames the knife or calls for “knife control” or to ban such things.
We do not have a “gun culture” as some misinformed idiots suggest. We have an evil culture. Evil is real. Evil exists and is prevalent in our culture. You can never legislate against evil. That is a moral issue . . . a spiritual issue. No legislation will help, but will undoubtedly make law-abiding citizens in harm’s way of a violent lunatic more probable. So, how do we fix evil? The heart of the citizenry must change. We must return to our foundation and return to God. Bigger government and more legislation NEVER works and that is a proven fact.
We live in a society, now, that has chosen to kick God out of everything. This culture no longer teaches kids right from wrong. Rather, kids are taught that everything is ok, as long as you don’t hurt other people. There is no absolute truth or right or wrong. Kids are wussified into thinking that everybody deserves a prize . . . . even if you’re the slowest person in the race, you’re still treated like you won the race when we all know you didn’t. That has softened people and, I believe, helped foster the overwhelming sense of entitlement we see today. People are so fragile, with no foundation of Truth and no sense of right and wrong. Personal responsibility is not taught, but rather, blaming everything and everyone around oneself. Here’s a fact: every crime is the responsibility of the criminal that does it, not the object or tools used to commit it.
Speaking of responsibility, have you ever noticed that in every crime committed with a gun, the gun is blamed. However, when a law-abiding-citizen stops a criminal with a gun, it is the person that is heralded as the hero . . . not the gun. So, how can an inanimate object be the evil cause of violence in one instance, but merely an inanimate object in another? That’s asinine and the left knows it. I believe that this whole “gun control” charade has nothing to do with actual stopping crimes (since it has proven to fail every time . . . kind of like every other Marxist idea throughout history). I believe, however, it has been part of this administration’s agenda to disarm America and weaken us to make us into a socialist nation. Don’t fall for it, America! It’s bullcrap of the highest order. Don’t be quick to give up freedom for something that the government cannot give . . . safety. We protect ourselves. If you choose to discuss things with your enemy rather than use a gun, that is your decision. More power to you. I choose to be evenly matched. Nothing will change until we get back to God and have a standard of Truth, understanding right and wrong and teaching such things to our kids.
I guarantee this will fix a lot of the problem. Violence will still happen because evil does exist. However, I truly believe we will see a change in the heart of our nation if we return to Truth, a standard of morality, and an understanding of right and wrong.
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Hello, everybody! I hope all is well here in cyberworld. I apologize for no activity lately. I have been on vacation for the past week and I took a vacation from most online activity, as well. The news pretty much drives me absolutely batty most of the time, so I opted to unplug and try to relax, read, and do various other things over the week. This evening, as I decided to find out what I’ve been missing, I saw this story that I have to share with you.
The story, from CNS News, describes Worcester, MA, in a lame attempt at getting citizens’ guns, as offering a free flu shot and a gift card to a local store in return for any “unwanted and unloaded” guns for the police to take. So, let’s think about this . . . a government body is asking citizens to give up their 2nd amendment right, and their ability to defend themselves against the always-armed-criminals. Before continuing, keep in mind the price of guns that are legally purchased. Depending on what the buyer wants, they can range anywhere from $150 to $10,000, as a rough estimate. The gift card amounts offered in Worcester’s effort are as follows:
$25 for long rifles
$50 for handguns
$75 for any semi-auto weapons
Then, I know in my area, I can walk into any CVS or Walgreens, or some place like that, and get a flu shot for $25, or so. Some employers (like mine) offer them for free to anyone who wants one.
So, a best case scenario, the legal citizens that turn in a legal gun to city officials, and give up their right and ability to defend themselves, will get about $100 worth of “goods.” How stupid do these officials think people are? Alas, I’m sure some will give in . . . I would say those that do are probably Obama voters, but, then again, they don’t believe in guns and the 2nd amendment to begin with. Also, in all fairness, the story says this program has existed since 2002. That’s just a very unfair trade.
Don’t know about you, but my freedom is worth a lot more than a worthless gift card and flu shot!
By they way, I have also noticed that no activity has happened on the fundraiser for podcast equipment. Don’t forget about this! If you would like the podcast to continue and can help to that end, I’m ready to jump on it and do it! It can’t happen all on my own, though. If you want to contribute, click here and help out!
For those of you who have read the blog, you may have read what I am re-posting. However, after the tragic Colorado episode this week, I have already seen and heard so many idiotic comments about gun laws, I can’t even stand it! I’ve hit on this already, just a bit, but I figured for all who don’t have a clue (and for those who enjoy truth), I wanted to re-post a fairly thorough entry I did back in March after an Ohio school shooting. Every time some bad apple does something despicable, the whole class gets punished and there’s no reason for it. It never makes sense. I can’t really say anything any different or better than what has already been said. So, if you have interest in the subject, please click the link and read my past entry entitled “Don’t Like Guns? Don’t Buy One, But We All Win If You Leave Mine Alone.”
We must protect our freedoms and not let this pathetic loser give tyranny an excuse, or a foothold.
Feel free to share your thoughts, too!
In case you have not seen or heard, yet, there was a massive shooting at a theater outside of Denver, CO last night. About 30 minutes into the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” some crazy person entered the theater through an emergency exit wearing riot gear and a gas mask and started walking up the aisle, shooting people at random. So far, we know 12 are dead with more injured. If you’d like to read more about this, here is one of many articles.
While this is an ongoing story and much more info will come out about it later, I have a couple of things that are absolute that I will go ahead and declare.
First off, any of you in that area of Colorado, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. This is a tragic event that no one should have to deal with. Now, to my absolutes . . .
1. This, in no way, was caused by the Batman film. I don’t care what’s in the film, or who this criminal identifies with in the film, the film had NOTHING to do with it. As much as some people will want to pin a movie’s influence or control on somebody doing something, the movie is an inanimate object that does not make anyone do anything.
2. The shootings were not caused by the guns used. Just as the movie is an inanimate object, guns are inanimate objects and did not commit a crime here. They were tools used for evil . . . . just like the shoes he wore, his clothes, his riot gear, the smoke bomb he set off, his finger that pulled the trigger, the mode of transportation he used to get to the theater . . . I could go on and on. It was not the guns’ fault they were used that way, they don’t do anything on their own. The only use any gun gets is directed by the person behind it, aiming it, and pulling the trigger and it is that PERSON who is responsible, not inanimate objects.
What we have here is a very troubled and crazy idiot who went on a rampage. My only question is, why is he still breathing? As much as liberals like to shun personal responsibility and blame inanimate objects rather than the crazy criminal, it was nothing and no one’s fault except the idiot that pulled the trigger!
Just thought I’d make that clear before all the ignorant “rhetoric” starts. Now we wait and see what all transpires from this.
Keep those people and their families in your prayers.
By now, I’m sure everyone is aware that many of the D.C. cronies are anti-gun. I’m sure they are aware that the 2nd amendment was not only meant for citizens to protect themselves from criminals, but also, as a last resort, against a tyrannical government. Here’s a video uncovered by Breitbart.com that shows Holder, in 1995, discussing how he wants to “brainswash” people’s views on guns.
I’m going to hope that no one really thinks he’s innocent from the “Fast and Furious Scandal.” The whole thing was a muse to create a perception that, I hope, was a massive backfire. Gun owners, stand strong and stand together. We can never let these tyrants take our freedoms away. (I felt a little like William Wallace just then.) Here’s the video . . .
If you’d like to know my thoughts in a logical lay out, check out my entry on the matter of gun control here.
They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them. – George Mason, co-author of 2nd amendment at Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
Earlier today, I came across another article from someone associated with the Brady Campaign that is complete nonsense. I guess I can give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they mean well, they’re just indescribably stupid when it comes to guns. They wrote this piece reflecting upon the recent Ohio school tragedy. Yes, it was a bad thing and nobody ever wants that kind of atrocity to happen. Yet, they do happen because evil exists, along with crazy people. Is it the guns’ fault? A beautiful, wonderfully crafted instrument for sport, hunting, and self defense . . . did the gun slap itself in the troubled kids’ hands and yank its own trigger? The Brady Campaign would say so. They want to strip this kid, and every other troubled and crazy criminal, of any personal responsibility, and blame it on an inanimate object. I’ve had interactions with people, relatively recently, that tell me they are for banning guns. I assure you, guns are not the enemy. Our gun ownership is the only thing keeping things relatively safe, not to mention holding our freedom under this government a little more securely. You ban guns, or enforce any type of gun control, all you do is make it easier for the criminals who are always armed and never obey the law. Gun control also turns a country’s citizens into slaves to the government. Let’s play the game for a moment, though. If we blame guns for injuring and killing people, they must be banned, of course (according to liberals and anti-gun people), but what else should be banned?
Lynchings used to be somewhat common in part of our dark history. However, I’ve never heard of anyone calling for rope to be banned. Certainly, evil rope must have tied itself into a knot and created itself into a good noose, then jumped around the necks of African-Americans, and the white folk who stood up for them. Rope is evil. Let’s ban it.
Cars kill people every day! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving my car and I have to fight . . . I literally fight it . . . . to keep control of the wheel so my evil car doesn’t careen me into another car or a wall and kill me. The worst, though, is when it tries to throw me into oncoming traffic and kill somebody else with me. So far, I’ve succeeded in beating my car’s urges, but many others have failed and have been killed by their cars. Let’s ban cars.
What about knives? What about ice picks, hammers, nail guns? You know what . . . one day, I had to change a flat on my car. As soon as I opened the trunk the crowbar jumped out and tried pummeling me to a bloody pulp! That heavy piece of steel is so evil and murderous! We must ban all crow bars, tire wrenches, screw drivers . . . anything with metal, really.
Baseball bats? Axes? Box cutters? 2 x 4s? Chains? Water? Water drowns people, but we still take showers and baths every day. Chairs have been used as weapons. Yet, we still like those and sit on them every day.
I guarantee you, place a gun on a table, untouched. Let a good law-abiding citizen, then a crazy person have access to it. The law-abiding citizen will check it, to make sure it is unloaded, then possibly admire it. After that, he’d put it back, or if it the situation is appropriate, he may holster it safely so no crazy person gets a hold of it. Then, same gun on the same table, crazy person sees it . . . he’ll pick it up and shoot you with it. You see, the problem isn’t the tool or object. The problem is the “tool” who is using the object. The person handling it decides if it is used for good or evil. Therefore, the object is neither good nor bad. It is the one who wields each object that is good or bad, using it for whatever intentions he has.
It seems like every time a tragedy happens, people who are against freedom yell for more gun control, as if the inanimate object did something. Why doesn’t anyone hold the idiot criminals responsible? It is their responsibility, not the gun’s or the gun manufacturers’. Every time this happens, though, the 2nd amendment comes under fire and they try to cry their way into acting like citizens don’t have a right to protect themselves. Let’s walk through this, beginning with the 2nd amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Nothing could be more simple. Its detractors would argue that this was only meant for a formal “militia”, not private citizens. That’s not accurate and I’ll explain that briefly in a moment. First, I must go back to the great and, oh so simple, explanation by the always great Ted Nugent. I have heard him say this on a couple of occasions and it goes something like this:
Keep. That means I get to keep and use firearms and you cannot take them away.
Bear. That means I bear them – I have them on me at all times.
To use another of “Uncle Ted’s” phrases, “It’s so simple, it’s stupid.” Yet, the left and the unexposed remain a thorn in all of our sides, threatening freedom for everyone.
From what I can gather, the idea that the founders intended the right to bear arms for a “militia” is accurate in concept, but it’s the definition of militia that gets us to the dividing line. Of course, liberal, gun hating people define militia as an actual federal or state run military group and they believe that there is no need, or right, for private citizens to own guns. My gut says bullcrap. What was the context in which the founders wrote the 2nd amendment and what did they mean?
As we discussed in the “separation of church and state” entry, our founders knew about oppression and they were trying to get away from it! They were all too familiar with government forcing its way into things it shouldn’t be. In the discussions of terminology in the 2nd amendment, they seemed to go back and forth to determine if there should be a state run militia, apart from the federal military? They thought this may help secure every area, despite any intruder or attack they may face. However, they were hesitant to set up such a framework because their experience taught them that any entity controlled by any form of government could backfire on the people. They saw, in Europe, how “central governments are prone to use armies to oppress the people” (Heritage Guide to the Constitution, pg. 319). The bottom line is that they feared that the very thing they expected to protect them would be the very thing that would enslave them. So, long story short, they all agreed on “the people” holding their already exercised right to protect themselves and their families. If there should ever need to be a “militia,” the people would rise up and defend their land.
I’m no expert, but in looking at terminology, I know that in the areas the founders talked about “regulating” commerce, they did not mean “regulating” it as Obama and his cronies do – as in controlling every minute detail. They meant it as a way of making sure inter-state commerce took place – period. I would think that the idea of a “well regulated militia” is the same idea from the founders. If they defined “regulated” that way once, wouldn’t that hold true the next time? So, they just wanted to make it clear that everyone can, and should, arm themselves for protection (and hunting provision). Notice, too, it says the “right of the people”. How the left defines the “people” as militia is beyond me. Does the preamble of the Constitution begin with “We the Militia”? Of course, not, because it was meant for all of the people. The same is true for gun ownership and usage.
Here are a few quotes from our founders that may have been lost among some of our anti-gun folks:
The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defence. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. – Thomas Paine
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. – Thomas Jefferson
A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . . “ – Richard Henry Lee
And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms” – Samuel Adams
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them. – Richard Henry Lee
Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not. – Thomas Jefferson
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? – Patrick Henry
According to The Second Amendment Primer by Les Adams, several statements or columns were written in newspapers in the late 1700s, encouraging the 2nd amendment. I’ll share one. According to this book, an anonymous author, writing under the name “the Republican” wrote in the January 7, 1788 edition of the “Connecticut Courant”:
In countries under arbitrary government, the people oppressed and dispirited neither possess arms nor know how to use them. Tyrants never feel secure until they have disarmed the people. They can rely upon nothing but standing armies of mercenary troops for the support of their power. But the people of this country have arms in their hands; they are not destitute of military knowledge; every citizen is required by law to be a soldier; we are marshaled into companies, regiments, and brigades for the defence of our country. This is a circumstance which increases the power and consequence of the people; and enables them to defend their rights and privileges against every invader.”
So, what happens when the anti-gun people win and try to enforce freedom killing gun laws? Ask the British. In 1996, there was a tragic high school shooting in Dunblane that ended up with 16 students and one teacher dead. That unfortunate disaster led to the 1997 ban of all handguns in England and Wales. I have read in a couple of resources that from 1998 to 2005, after handguns were banned, crimes involving handguns increased by 340%!!! But wait . . . I thought the guns were outlawed?! Right. Outlawed for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and help maintain peace. Unfortunately, the sources cited the same article from London’s Times Daily and I could never find a working link to the original story. You can look and find that figure used, but I have yet to find a working link to the original story. My apologies. I will offer this story from BBC News. It’s not quite as crazy, but you see the trend that, within 2 years after the ban, crimes using handguns already increased by 40%. Watch the following video to hear comments from the British themselves. Gun control doesn’t work for anyone except criminals, people.
Lastly, check this link out from Just Facts. This is a long page and, admittedly, I have not been able to read it all, so I’m not sure where it all goes. However, what interests me are some graphs. Look at the trend of crimes in areas of the States after laws were passed in favor of citizens carrying guns.
To bring this all home, gun laws affect no one except law-abiding citizens. When you strip away our natural, God-given right to defend ourselves and our families, you empower criminals and cripple the nation. The basic right of self preservation is the foundation of all other rights. If government tries to grow so huge that it forces its citizens into slavery by stripping them of their defenses, that can very easily snowball into them taking all other rights. It may seem odd that, throughout this thing, I’ve made it a freedom issue as much as anything else. It is. It’s not just about self defense, hunting, or sport. It is about freedom, in general. Thomas Jefferson seems to have believed that, as an absolute last resort, the armed citizenry can keep the government in check, too. If it grows so far out of control so as to oppress its people, the people can protect themselves from the tyrannical government. Knowing that the citizens are armed holds the government at bay a little more, as well. Why do you think they always want to disarm the public? Once they disarm the people, they can do what they want without worry of a violent response . . . thus, oppression. To give Jefferson’s words on this issue:
What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms, the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is nature’s manure.” – Thomas Jefferson
We must guard this freedom. If you don’t like guns and don’t want to learn about them, fine. That is your choice. Stay away and don’t worry about it. But do NOT try to deprive and rob me of defending myself. I’ll defend myself and those around me if that unfortunate time ever comes around. If I know you’re anti-gun, I won’t bother using it around you. Good luck to you, anti-gun people. Let me know how talking it out goes, or waving a bat at a guy holding a .45.
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