Dividing a Nation

I’ll tell you a little secret. Protesting is really a bad thing for us, because protesting is dividing our nation.

I know, people say our nation was founded in protest and that protest has become part of who we are as a people. All true, it’s totally true that our nation was founded in protest, in fact armed revolution, such as our American Revolutionary War could be considered the ultimate protest. And it was that type of ultimate protest that did divide us from England, so certainly I would agree that our nation was founded in and through protest. But.

But that was then and this is now. At that time we had no choice but to protest because we were living under the rule of a king. We had effectively no representation in government. No matter what we wanted, the British Monarchy did what they wanted and we had no choice other than to obey or not obey. Our Founders thankfully did not obey, instead they risked everything when they penned our Declaration of Independence which was the beginning of our nation’s protest.

The result of that protest was the creation of a nation built to work through unity, a nation where we all have representation in our government. We live in the United States of America, a nation where we can effect change in our nation, not via division, protest, civil disobedience and violence, but rather via citizen involvement in a democratic system where every citizen has equal say. Things are changed when people vote for change either directly or through election of local representation.

Nobody need start an armed revolt anymore. Now, anyone who disagrees with how things are going shouldn’t sit on the sidelines with a pouty face dissing our nation’s flag/anthem. Americans who might disagree with the direction that our nation is headed should be standing with hand over heart thanking their creator for delivering them to a nation like the U.S. They should be waving our flag in jubilation and be so freakin’ happy that they live in a place where things can and do change without division and violence. Nobody has to die, but people need to be involved in the whole system up to and including voting.

So if you are feeling like joining the others who are sitting on the sidelines, how about instead, you get off your tantrum ass and start participating. Be a leader, encourage others to take an active positive role in the continued shaping of our nation. We are a democratic republic, use the powers of democracy to change the laws of our republic. That’s how it works. As a wise man once said, “Be the ball.”

Pleading the 2nd

On October 1st another mass shooting occurred.  Just recently another occurred.  In the near future another will certainly occur.

Mass shooting  of theses types are all criminal acts, perpetrated by criminals, and using guns illegally.   It doesn’t matter how or where the guns came from, nor whether they were stolen, purchased illegally, or even legally.  Using guns in for mass shootings is illegal.

Is there nothing that we can do?  Well given the situation, most people targeted by the shooter were either critically injured or died, so I guess that’s what you do in a “gun free zone,”  you roll over and die.  You could also attempt to take out the shooter like unarmed Army Veteran Chris Mintz did.  I’d like to think that his heroic actions saved at least a few people by slowing the shooters actions, but ultimately it is very unlikely that an unarmed person will be able to take out a person with a gun.  So without a gun, what we do is get shot.

The 2nd amendment to our US Constitution assures us that we have the right to both keep and bear arms.  To keep means to own,  and to bear means to carry.   The 2nd Amendment means that citizens not only have the right to own guns and they have the right to carry them around with them.  The 2nd amendment was not included to assure that criminals will have access to guns, it is there to make sure that non-criminals will have access to guns to defend themselves. This was reaffirmed as recently as 2008 by the US Supreme Court,

On June 26, 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the United States Supreme Court issued its first decision since 1939 interpreting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/second-amendment.php

Unfortunately, in last week’s shooting, just like many recent shootings, the rights of people to bear arms in their own defense had sadly been infringed upon.  More sadly their rights were infringed upon by our own government.

The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 requires each state receiving federal funds to have a state law in effect requiring local educational agencies to expel, for at least one year, any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school.

In addition, schools are directed to develop policies requiring referral to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system for any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun-Free_Schools_Act_of_1994

And in the case of this latest shooting, someone at the local level made the decision to infringe upon people right to use a gun in self defense.

Under state law, people in Oregon could carry concealed firearms on college campuses like the one where a gunman killed nine people and wounded several others on Thursday. However, Umpqua Community College has been established as a gun-free zone thanks to a loophole in state law that has made every third-level institution in the state almost entirely gun-free.

http://www.vocativ.com/news/236421/the-complications-of-oregons-guns-on-campus-laws/

Would the outcome have been the same if Umpqua Community College were not a gun free zone?  Well it’s possible that the shooter would have chosen not to bring his evil into the college knowing that he’d have likely been shot without ever getting his sick 15 minutes of fame.  It’s possible that a US Army veteran, trained in the use of guns, would have quickly taken out the shooter and not had to rush unarmed at the shooter.  It’s also likely that in a college of that size several people would have chosen to carry guns onto campus, making it very likely that several of the victims would alive today, not dead.

But there were no guns on campus, except those of the crazy shooter, because our government prohibited them.  Not only prohibited, but essentially paid the schools to take away a peoples right to use a gun to defend themselves and others while on campus.   Sounds like a good old fashioned gangsta threat, “yous guys betta do what I says or else…or else you’re gonna lose funding.”

And for the things keep getting worser and worser crowd, while the critically injured victims are still being treated, and the dead are being buried, our President is siding with the criminals by calling for more infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in our own defense.

The residents were barely given time to begin the grieving process when President Obama decided to openly politicize the event in an effort to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda. In July, Obama lamented that he was not able to do more about gun control stating America, “is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun safety laws.”

westernjournalism.com

And apparently he is also lamenting that he is “powerless to prevent another tragedy.”

WTH Mr. President?  Powerless?

Mr. President, the power to fight back against these tragedies lies in the US Constitution, the same Constitution that you are sworn to uphold.  The power is our right to keep and bear arms so that we may defend ourselves.  C’mon Mr. President just do your job.

Suitcase Clock

Irving’s police chief announced Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against Ahmed Mohamed, the MacArthur High School freshman arrested Monday after he brought what school officials and police described as a “hoax bomb” on campus.

DallasNews

I built an electronic hobby clock when I was about this kids age, but it wasn’t in a suitcase, it was in a tuna can.  My tuna can clock didn’t alarm anyone.  True, that was pre-9/11, quite a different time, but nobody would have arrested me had I chosen a suitcase over a can.

muslim attitudesSo why the alarm now?  Well because now is post 9/11.  Now is in a nation whose Muslim population is made up of people who, to varying degrees, think suicide bombing in defense of Islam is an option.

Now is a time when common sense would say to a Muslim teenager and his parents, don’t build a clock in a suitcase, just don’t.  You likely are as innocent as Bambi, but don’t build a clock in a suitcase because you’re an Arab looking Muslim and your clock looks like a suitcase bomb which everyone has heard of and not a suitcase clock which nobody has ever heard of.  Parent’s use common sense and teach your children the same.

As for the teacher calling this in to authorities, I can certainly understand their position.  For someone who has never built a clock in either a can or a suitcase it’d be pretty tough to pick out the clock from a bomb.  Try it.  I just snipped this from a Google search.  Quick, which is the clock?suitcase clock

And authorities, maybe you were a little harsh, but I won’t blame you a bit after the Marathon Bombings.

I think this whole thing falls back onto the parents.  Them, sending their Arab looking Muslim kid to school with a suitcase clock was about as dumb as me, a white Christian guy, sending my kid to school with a rope to show his friends a knot he learned called a noose, and how to spell a new word that starts with an “N” and ends with a “double ga er.”  Either situation is asking for trouble and should be avoided.

Carly Fiorina for President

It’s quite a peaceful feeling to already know how you will vote in the next presidential election. I’m voting for Carly Fiorina. I’ve watched her in the recent debate, heard her on a few interviews and have decided that she is who I support for President in 2016. Now, knowing that I can just sit back and be entertained by the likes of Donald Trump during the reality show known as the road to the White House.

If you’ve not heard of Carly Fiorina, or not heard that much from her, watch this video from last spring. It’s 30 minutes, but it’s an investment that will pay for itself when for the next year or so you don’t have to pay attention to any campaign show, unless you want to because it’s entertaining.