You Cannot Legislate Evil Away…

With the recent murder of 27 innocent people in Texas, the typical cry for more gun laws has started.

It doesn’t seem to matter that the psychopath broke multiple laws to get his firearm, and the government made errors in following its own laws and policies. But the cry for just one more law is still being raised.

What about the real cause of this and other mass murders, the lack of morals and values based on good verse evil. As a man of faith, I believe in the good in men. I believe each person has a possible bright future, they only need find it. I also believe that evil walks among us and that is why the good and righteous must be prepared to defend themselves or those unable to defend themselves from that evil.

Laws cannot legislate evil away. Evil will always find a way as long as man is around. But what can we do to lessen the impact of evil when it shows itself? We can be prepared to take action. When a murderer uses a car, or a bomb, our a knife to kill, there is no cry for more laws to control those things. Why not? Why only when a gun is used? I think it’s because a gun is a form of self-reliance, self-preservation, and the ability to fight back. And I truly think there are those that don’t want you to be able to do those things. Because if you can protect yourself, and defend yourself, you don’t really need those that want you defenseless.

Our country has slowly devolved into gratuitous violence, normalizing death and violence. The graphic nature of much of our entertainment lends to desensitize people to real suffering and pain. Most people have watched movie or tv killings so much when the real thing happens it has little impact. Our kids get higher scores for headshots and killing innocents in games. Is it any wonder that they have no problem murdering innocents in a church?

Now I don’t mean all are affected, but the susceptible ones, those that are a little easier to sway, fall for the evil that bombards us daily.

So to all you getting calling for more gun laws maybe you really need to look at fatherless families, violence in our entertainment, economic growth and development, mental health treatment, and following the laws we currently have.

Oh, and I am sure that the fact the murderer was shot by a citizen with a gun makes the argument for fewer guns a little more difficult. Had he been unable to have that rifle, the murders could have been much worse.

So let’s start a real discussion to lessen the carnage and suffering, let’s talk about what is acceptable to our society, let’s talk about self-responsibility, let’s talk about enforcing the laws we currently have better.

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FBI Crime Stats Demonstrate How Politicians Manipulate Tragedies to Fit Legislative Agenda – Fail to Address Real Problem

With the release of the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics for 2016, it is once again obvious how our media, social networks, and legislators fall for the knee-jerk reaction to crimes that have very little impact on the grand scheme of things.

There has been a big push since the Las Vegas mass murder to ban certain parts of rifles. There have also been the typical legislative reactions to “ban assault rifles” and other such items. All of these sentiments are completely based on emotion — not facts.

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Be aware of your surroundings on Nov 4th, 2017, and Carry Your Self-Defense Firearm!

As some of you already know, but many do not, Antifa (I refer to them as Anti-everything) is planning a nationwide demonstration on Nov. 4th, 2017. They are calling for all good anarchist to demonstrate in “in cities and towns across the country continuing day after day and night after night—not stopping—until our DEMAND is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!” I find it rather funny that the lawfully elected President of the USA is being threatened with removal from office (the innuendo be by force) by the same group of people that can’t tie their shoes without a YouTube video on how to.

So what will you be doing before and during Nov. 4th? Well, I plan on going about my business as I usually do. I always carry a self-defense firearm, so that is nothing new. I may add an additional magazine to my carry, just as a precaution. I also always have a long gun nearby, and that will not change. So other than that I plan on going fishing that day I hope. I will be avoiding any large public gatherings. I also will not be going into any major metropolitan areas. I don’t like large crowds.

But if you have to visit one of those types of places, or are unfortunate enough to get caught up in one of the demonstrations while driving through town, you need to know the laws of your state on self-defense! Of course, you should know those anyway, it’s just plain common sense to know what you can and cannot do to defend yourself and your loved ones and friends.

I wrote an article a while back about the demonstrations because of the election of President Trump. You can find that here: “Protesters be Warned”. It speaks of the laws in Florida but has a good overall view of these issues and refers people to their own states use of force statutes or laws.

With a recent article in the media about there being 3 million Americans carrying a self-defense firearm daily, and about 9 million doing it at least once a month, I think that with an added threat out there that this call to violence by Anti-America is, that number will increase. If you are a concealed firearms license holder and take your responsibilities seriously like you should then you will be making sure to refresh your memory on these types of things.

To Antifa, you may wish to consider following the laws on peaceful protest. Everyone has the right to peacefully protest, as guaranteed by the US Constitution. But what you do not have the right to do is break laws, damage people’s property, detain people against their will by blocking roads and traffic, threatening people, and of course unlawful violence. Just remember that the same people that wanted change in the US from the same old government we had for the last 8 years and elected President Trump, the same millions that carry a self-defense firearm daily do not take kindly to being threatened or having someone try and bash them with a protest sign, throw rocks or bottles at them all while minding our own business. We carry self-defense firearms for just that reason, self-defense. To Antifa, I say enjoy yourself at your peaceful protest, have fun, exercise your right, but turn that into a violent one, and you may have bitten off a bit more than you can chew.

But look at the United Kingdom! It bans most guns and they have…..growing gun and knife crime?

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the argument from the anti-firearms crowd “Look at the United Kingdom! They banned guns and have less crime!” And I am sure that very few of the people who say that have really researched what they are saying and just repeating what they have heard in some chat or tweet or post on one of the social networks. That, of course, is the case most of the time with these people, they do not research before making themselves look very foolish when talking with someone that has.

If you try a little bit of research (I think some people have not heard of Google) you would quickly find that all is not as quiet in the UK as some would have you believe. Crime, especially violent crime, including gun and knife crime (they classify that because it’s such a problem) is on the rise, and not just gradually, but rising at a rate that would alarm anyone that pays any attention.

According to law enforcement reporting (like our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) here in the “states”), there has been a 13% increase in all police-recorded offenses across England and Wales, and even greater rise for violent offenses including knife crime, sexual offenses, and violence against the person crimes. Alarmingly there is a 27% rise in gun crime to 6,696 offenses, a 26% increase in knife crime to 36,998 offenses, robberies up 25% to 64,499, sexual offenses up 19% to 129,700, and stalking and harassment up 36% to 243,086 reported incidents. If we had a 27% rise in gun crime, we woudl be having a fit in the US, just like they are in the UK. But remember gun possession in the UK is highly regulated, some even refer to it as a ban of private possession, and they have a 27% rise in gun crime? Where are the criminals getting the guns then? Same place our criminals in the states do, the black market, illegally.

And since they do not allow law-abiding citizens to carry or own firearms except under very strict conditions, knives become the weapon of choice. Criminals will find a way. A 26% rise in knife crime? And along with that sex offenses are up 19%!

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Those type of number, if they happened here in the US would be cause for great alarm, and rightfully so. But remember that many of the anti-firearms and anti-rights crowds hold the UK up as a shining example of what the US can be if we just outlaw firearms from private citizens. Really? That is what you want for the US? Double-digit violent crime increases and worse yet, law-abiding citizens being unable to defend themselves against it, which would just compound the issue and cause more victims.

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So to all of you anti-firearms and anti-rights types, you may not want to hold other countries crime stats up against the US numbers. Remember that the US has most of the free worlds privately owned firearms, and yet we are not the leading country in firearms deaths per capita.

If more guns mean more gun deaths, then explain how we have bought more and more firearms in the US yet our firearms homicide rate has gone down by over 45%!

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So it is obvious that some other countries that have restrictive gun laws and less ownership have higher and increasing firearm murder rates, while here in the US we enjoy our freedom, our Constitutional Rights, and yet continue to have decreasing firearm murder rates even though we have so many firearms. Sorry anti-firearms groups, you have no factual base to stand on and rely only on emotional outburst because of crimes that are made news by the anti-firearms media. Those of us who actually research and check our news before believing it know better, and the truth.

 

2016 Murder by Weapon Shows how Misdirected Legislators, Media and Celebraties are…

With the release of the FBI 2016 Uniform Crime Statistics, it is once again very obvious how our media, social networks, and legislators all fall for the knee-jerk reactions to crimes that while yes very newsworthy, in the real world of crime and causation have very little effect on the grand scheme of things.

There has been a big push since the Las Vegas mass murder to ban certain parts of rifles. Also, there have been the typical legislative reactions to “ban assault rifles” and other such bills. All of these are completely based on emotion and not on facts and a real look at the numbers and what is and is not really causing the murders we see in the news.

First, lets look at the numbers from the FBI Violent Crime Report for 2016. If any reporter, legislator or other people interested in the real issues and causes would bother to research just a few minutes, they would find that those nasty, deadly, horrific assault rifles actually caused very few of the murders in the country. In fact, they rank second from the bottom as far as weapons used, only slightly ahead of shotguns.

2016 murder by weapon chart

Weapons like hands and feet, knives and other weapons (bats, sticks, others) kill far more people. Rifles were listed as the weapon used in 374 murders, while hands and feet killed 656! Knives and other cutting weapons killed 428% MORE people than rifles. And even hands and feet killed 174% more than rifles.

 

So let me ask why all the hysteria about banning rifle parts and assault rifles themselves when they are so far down the list of weapons used to kill people? Because the media and many of our political parties have an agenda. That agenda is to use any tragedy they can to further their agenda to remove the rights of the American people to own and possess/carry a self-defense firearm or own any firearm they so choose.

When we look at the numbers realistically we also need to look at the real causes of many of the murders in the US. Look at the offenders, are they gang-related, are they known to the victim, are they repeat offenders that have shown the propensity for violence? I think the answer to these and other questions we should be asking would be very interesting to people. But they will only be interesting and helpful if people were willing to listen to facts and not emotional appeals based on nothing more than misleading news headlines and fake anger at things that have very little impact on real crime.

Until people are willing to admit that our media, celebrities, and political figures are very uninformed and are not news sources we will not be able to have meaningful discussions on violent crime and what the real causes are.

To start you off here is a link to the breakdown of murder offenders by age and race. Think about this while viewing these numbers, what is the demographic make up the US, and what percentage of murders are committed by what groups, and against who? Is one group of offenders committing a disproportionate number of the murders? If so why? Are gangs, economic status, repeat offenders, and education things that have a bearing on these crimes? What about offenders arrested for other violent crimes? Here is a breakdown of those. Again apply the same thought process.

Until we can have an open, honest, and in-depth look at these and other issues that cause crime, we will not be able to legislate away the crime.

 

 

 

Who Runs Our Media and it’s Agenda? Not People who Support Your Rights…

When people read the news or listen to the news on TV they forget or do not realize (or worse do not want to admit to themselves) that they are hearing and reading only what the news wants them to know. Our press is no longer “investigative” or unbiased like it may have been years ago. Our media these days (with the exception of some independent internet sites) push agendas and ideas that they want the public to think and believe.
 
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What if I told you that the media, for the most part, get their headlines and stories from a few very specific sources and they are required to word the news in a very specific way. You ask how can I prove this? Simply look at the images of a news feed. Notice how all of them word the headlines in very similar style to make sure that people read and see the word “murder insurance”. How more obvious could they be? You know that all of these “news” sources did not arrive at this wording on their own. Don’t you think this is designed to make people think that the NRA is bad and they are offering insurance that will help people get away with murder? Don’t fool yourself, that is exactly the idea the media is pushing.
 
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People need to realize you no longer are being given just facts or news, you are being fed an agenda, one determined by the owners and keepers of the media. Read between the lines, read from all sources and sides. Like most stories, there are three sides, the left, the right and the real story somewhere in the middle.
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Do not let the media direct your thoughts and ideas, that is just what they are trying to do.

I am Afraid for my Country and the Younger Generation.

I am afraid for my country and the younger generation.

We were a country of laws and people who are known for being self-sufficient, self-reliant, strong and inventive. We led the world in inventions and creativeness. We are known the world over for being a “free” country. Why do you think the US has so many people trying to come here to live?

But now all I see and hear on our media, and on the internet, social media platforms and more are calls for a reduction of that freedom. We have been doing just fine for decades. Murder has been going down by double digits.(Check the DOJ Statistics), we have seen a reduction in all types of violent crime. Why is that? I am sure there are many reasons. But none of those reasons is because we have reduced peoples rights.

Now people are having an emotional reaction to the murder in Las Vegas. I understand completely. Having held people as they die and take their last breath, I know death. Having investigated fatal car crashes for years as a LEO, I had to tell more than one family of the death of their loved one. I know the pain and anguish these types of things cause. No one wants to see or have to experience any more of them. But therein lies the issue.

You cannot regulate or legislate murder or evil away. You can’t stop these shootings from happening. They happen and will continue to happen regardless of laws or limits we place on inanimate objects. Because when you think you have figured out how to stop the next mass killing, the killers use a car, or truck or plane. We had 59 people killed, murdered by guns. Not in Las Vegas but in Chicago in the month of Sept. Yet we heard nothing on the national level about that. Why because it does not play into the emotional attack that people need to try and take away your rights “for the good of all”.

Think about this statement for a minute, “You cannot make people safer by taking away the things that make them safe.” Regulating firearms any more than they are, or limiting any of the currently available firearms. In fact, there is only one thing that will deter or prevent the next murderer from attacking a target. If you knew of a pending attack. And could not stop it but only make it less likely to succeed or reduce the number of casualties what would you do? Provide more armed security? More law enforcement presence? Why? because they carry firearms. And the only way to stop an armed attacker is by an armed response. Why in the world do you think cops carry firearms? Because it’s a deterrent and needed to respond to armed attackers. Pretty simple. So what makes anyone with half a brain think that taking any firearms away from the law-abiding citizens of this great country will make them safer?

When there is any threat to the safety of our people in this country how do we make them safer? We post armed security or LE. While it would not have stopped the Las Vegas Murderer because of the positioning and location were chosen.

Here is my recommendation to reduce the number of mass murders involving firearms, and you have not heard it anywhere else yet. Instead of making it harder to purchase firearms by law-abiding citizens, make it easier. Allow people to carry a firearm concealed or openly if they choose, nationwide. Gun free zones? Outlaw them, except for certain specific places. Create a National Carry law that allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed or openly nationwide. Instead of outlawing things that will not affect criminals one single bit, allow law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families. For once realize that the vast majority of people in this country are good decent law-abiding people, and we should not let the very few cause us to regulate the rights of the majority.

God Bless the United States and its people.