In California, we recently passed a law that lets a doctor take away your guns. A mental health professional can ask a judge for a firearms restraining order. So can a cop or a family member. They get to take away your means of self-defense; every gun, bullet and gun part. This new legal power will be abused. Ask any divorce lawyer if you don’t believe me. The law will also be ineffective in stopping crazy people who want to kill. How do we know the new law will not stop the mentally ill? We know because crazy people have told us. Some of the crazy people are evil and they lie. Here is a recent example.
The young murderer who shot up the Arapahoe High School in Colorado planned his attack for months. He wrote about it and called himself a “psychopath” in his secret diary. This murderer was a narcissistic loon! He vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school. The murderer wrote that he wanted to commit “mass murder and be in a place of power where I and I alone are judge, jury and executioner.” That, friends, is called a clue that he’s crazy.
The mental health professionals missed those “clues”. The Arapahoe murderer was a discipline problem at high school and threatened his debate coach. After that incident, the murderer was required to take two mental health evaluations. Both evaluations were within a few months of his attack. The murderer first took a threat assessment from a school psychologist. The second evaluation was by therapists at a private behavioral clinic. The doctors determined he was a low-level threat. Yes, then described him as a threat in their reports. So how did this murderer pass the mental health screening designed to keep us safe from violent predators? In his diary, the murder said, “Let the record show I lied through my teeth (during) the test.” Sociopaths lie. Does that surprise anyone?
The proponents of the new firearms regulations said they will keep us safe.. this time. They promised to only take guns from people who are crazy, criminal, or corrupt. We’ve heard the same promise before. Gun control advocates already passed 23 thousand gun laws. They said that each and every new regulation was the one that would keep us safe.
You and I would have to be insane to believe them. I guess we were. New York proposed a firearms restraining order law similar to the one recently passed in California. Now that is crazy.
The facts are simple. The conclusions are not. The facts are 43 students at a rural Mexican teacher’s college are missing and presumed dead. Searchers found 10 mass graves in the area. They uncovered 28 badly damaged bodies so far. We know the students were stopped by police as they traveled to a remote town. We know the police have close ties to the narcotics gangs. 22 policemen have been held for questioning. The local police chief has fled to avoid questioning. The head of the local drug gang died in a shootout with police. Local sources assume the police gave the students to the local drug gangs for execution.
Protesters demanding an investigation burned down the capital office buildings in Chilpancingo. Chilpancingo is the capital of the Mexican state of Guerrero. You may be familiar with Guerroro since Acapulco is its largest and the best known city.
How does this relate to us in the US? The problem is not a thousand miles south of the border. Everyone in the United States is familiar with the problems of political corruption. In the case of the murdered students, I see a confluence of monopoly power created by bad political decisions.
Drug prohibition put enormous wealth into the hands of corrupt people. Politicians created and maintain that prohibition. Crushing government regulation and corruption smothered honest businesses. The bad business environment drove people into the black market. Politicians created those regulations, and pass more every month. Politicians prohibited the civilian ownership of firearms and their use for self-defense. That left law-abiding citizens as easy victims. Each of those decisions can be reversed in Mexico.
We tried the same political policies in the United States. The difference between Mexico and the US is simply a matter of degree. Think back and you can see our politicians trying to sell us similar decision. We know where these decisions lead.
Drug prohibition creates local monopolies controlled by drug gangs. Government regulations create huge barriers that protect existing companies. The prohibition against armed self-defense creates vulnerable victims who depend on either the police or the drug gangs for protection. That sounds all too familiar.
Those political choices led to this ugly situation in Mexico. It does not explain why we voted for similar choices in the United States. I hope we will learn from 43 Mexican students who wanted to be teachers.
Elections have consequences.
This article first appeared at ClashDaily.com
I’m an average guy who went to an extraordinary event at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. A simple idea brought us from across the country. We want our neighbors to come home safely every night. That is why we work for the right of self-defense and firearm ownership. There are ways to get involved in that effort even if you’re an ordinary guy or gal.
Looking back over several years, an ordinary guy like me had a conversion experience climbing the ladder of commitment. It is a well worn path that many have people have climbed before. In hindsight, I see each conference was a stepping stone.
- Supporters become donors. I met the people I’d only read about or heard on the radio. I saw what the national advocacy groups do for our right of armed self-defense. Now I appreciate all they do and give them money on a regular basis.
- Donors become activists. At least we can take a friend shooting. I got my instructors certificate this year.
- Activists become advocates. I met writers and bloggers at the conference. Now I try to write. Anyone with passion can start a blog.
- Activists become leaders. I talked with the podcasters and public speakers at the conference. Now I podcast. In some small way, an ordinary guy like me helps form public opinion.
All that happened because of the people I met at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. The same thing could happen to you. You get a stack of books every time you go to the Gun Rights Policy Conference. You also get something much more important. The other participants are a major part of your education! Each of them is trying to protect the right of self-defense in their home town. Even at your first conference, you leave with a stack of business cards and cell phone numbers that are invaluable. The people I met at the conference made me think I could do something worthwhile. I thought it was important to try and follow their example.
You might find your passion and your mission. You’ll never know until you go. Whether you start tomorrow or next year, you won’t be alone. Together, we are an army of Davids. The 2015 conference is in Phoenix, Arizona. I hope to see you there.
Some so called feminists on Twitter claimed that women’s self defense enables rape culture. Rather than teaching women to defend themselves, they said we should simply teach men not to rape. We should tell predators “Don’t hurt others” rather than teaching women to be aware, avoid trouble when they can, and to defend themselves when they must. Some so-called feminists went further and claimed that refusing to be a victim “enables rape culture” and so promotes sexual assault. I disagree. Preparation does not cause violence.
Locking your front door does not enable burglary culture
I understand the attraction of utopian fantasies. Claiming you’re against rape by choosing to be vulnerable is a fantasy virtue with strong rewards. It is a Tinkerbelle ideology of crime prevention. It is the perfect meme for our age of hash-tag activism. The so called anti-rape culture clams to stop an attacker if we all think “be nice” real hard. The so called anti-rape culture claims our nice thoughts will somehow stop assault, rape and murder. That style of feel-good activism is enough for some people. The feel-good emotions of the anti-rape fantasy sell on campus and academia. Reality is not that pretty.
The “play nice” fantasy sounds harmless until you look at all the people the fantasy leaves beaten, sexually assaulted and killed. The fantasy fails time after time as it enables domestic abuse. Stopping an abuser takes more than words. Stopping an abuser takes more than a piece of paper. If we look at history, we see that the “play nice” fantasy fails in every gun-free zone where it is tried.
We see gun-free zones disarmed victim zones in our major democrat controlled cities and at our liberal-controlled college campuses. The advocates of disarmament ignore their record of failure and the growing mountain of victims.
They are worse than simply being wrong in their beleifs. Selling vulnerability as a virtue is evil. It is as evil as a medical doctor who sells a false cure to a sick patient.
Wearing safety belts does not enable car crash culture.
These anti-violence quacks see no reason to give up on the failed fantasy as long as the fantasy continues to bring in donations and favorable press reports. In the face of repeated failure, the fantasy saleswomen will claim we didn’t make ourselves vulnerable enough. It is our fault their fantasy ideology failed because we didn’t want peace enough. We didn’t buy enough pink T-shirts with glittery writing of Co-Exist written on them.. and we didn’t donate enough to their liberal disarmament groups. The failure is our fault. The let’s-all-be-a-victim fantasy would work if we simply worked it harder.
I believe in evil. I believe in evil people, evil governments, and evil religions. I believe that evil grows when it is unopposed. Violence IS painful. History shows us that violent people become less violent when they are met with painful violence in return.
Tie-down straps on your bookcases do not enable earthquakes.
Women have the right to arm themselves. Women should protect themselves and those they love. Please. Women stop their stalkers and rapists when they are armed. I give thanks to every armed women who sets a good example for other women to follow.
Self-defense training does not enable assault culture.
To the ideologues carrying the Peace protest banners, put down the cardboard signs and pick up your staff. So armed, go boldly into the night. Go in peace, but go armed and #BeCarrying.
We see a growing contradiction between what we are told about America and what we experience. Government spokesmen now sell us failure as a virtue. The media sells us spin. Together, their news doesn’t match our lives. The divide between their words and our reality grows larger every day. No wonder we don’t believe Obama press releases or the news media. The Middle East isn’t the only place Obama started a war and lied about it.
There is a war against industry. Politicians told us that the tidal wave of environmental regulations that closed our factories and destroyed our jobs was really making us better off. They said we are better off because the landscape is now empty and unspoiled. Ignore those empty factories and our empty wallets.
There is a war against enterprise. We were told that the higher taxes and regulations that killed jobs and raised prices are really making us better off by giving us more leisure time and unemployment benefits. Ignore the people who’ve moved back home to keep a roof over their heads.
There is a war against the family. We’re told that the reluctantly divorced are really better off now that men and women are equally alienated. Ignore the unhappy men, women and children struggling to put their broken lives back together.
There is a war against the US military. We’re told that our failed foreign policy and weakened military actually make us safer. They said we are safer in a violent world because weakness is really strength. Ignore the terrorists crossing our borders.
From race.. to self-defense.. to medical care, the message is the same; we’re told one thing and we see something entirely different. Those are a hard bunch of lies for a press secretary to sell to the American people. Most of us don’t believe the lies anymore despite the pretty commentators and artful speech writers.
We live in a political era of lost government e-mails and lost hope. We voted for the most transparent administration in history. What we got is the most transparently corrupt administration on record.
The truth is the truth. We believe the evidence of our eyes. Men and women discover the truth despite media propaganda. We discovered that liberal ideology doesn’t work. We found out that big government works for big political donors, but not for the little people. We found out that The Emperor has no new ideas. What a surprise.
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people each second Tuesday in November.
Sheriff Bill Gore said he will protect the citizens of San Diego so we have no need to protect ourselves. Somehow Sheriff Gore missed the thousand of crime victims in August. Most victims were unarmed and defenseless. Here are a few examples from a very long list;
An elderly homeowner was robbed of her money and jewelry after two armed men forced their way into her home. The robbery took place in broad daylight.
A convenience store was robbed by a masked gunman. Police believe this is the thief’s second convenience store robbery in the last week.
Two men were finally captured after they shot and murdered a San Diego barbershop owner four months ago.
A known gang member was freed after a mistrial for an attempted violent rape in Balboa Park.
An armed thief robbed a pizza parlor in the Palm City area of San Diego. The thief forced the employees to open the store safe.
Those are a few of the many rapes, assaults and murders in San Diego County last month. These victims were denied the right of self-defense by Sheriff Gore. The Sheriff says he can’t issue concealed carry permits to ordinary citizens while many other California Sheriffs do exactly that. A 3 judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals called Sheriff Gore’s disarmament policy unconstitutional!
The rest of the series on San Diego is here.
We don’t believe the main stream media and we don’t believe President Obama. That is what a recent poll tells us. It turns out the two decisions are related. The American people don’t like liars. Today the media can pick and choose the Obama scandals they want to ignore. There are no shortage of scandals from which to choose. You know it and I know it.
Eight years ago, the MSM reported every time President Bush’s poll numbers went down. One network would even report on the poll results from another network if the poll showed that we didn’t like a republican president. Today, President Obama’s approval rating have fallen so low they match President Bush’s ratings during the Iraq war. This time is different. Now the networks won’t report the polls showing our disapproval of Obama even if the polls were generated by the network, let alone report on the unfavorable polls from other media sources.
Today the media picks and chooses the stories they want to report. The major networks only mentioned our growing disapproval of Obama 9 times, while they mentioned our disapproval of Bush 124 times over a comparable period before the election eight years ago. You can’t excuse the difference by calling the media slanted in their reporting. This isn’t even media bias given the ratio of 14 to one. This discrepancy shows media propaganda designed to improve the performance of the struggling democrat party in the upcoming election. The media will lie to us to get the results they want. That much is clear. There is a backlash from the public.
That blatant propaganda explains the poll numbers showing we don’t trust the news media and here. To my fellow Americans, I say “good for you”. You’ve listened to enough diverse sources of information to figure out when you’re being told a lie. We don’t like lies. We don’t like lies from Washington politicians. We don’t like lies from New York or Los Angeles newsrooms either.