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The Big Lie About Gun Control in America

If you’re wondering why our great country can’t deal with the huge problem of people being shot by guns, you must start with power and money. Next, we’re not going to look back at fifty or one-hundred years, we will rewind to the decisions made 244 years ago. I’ll keep things simple.

Back then, ours was a young nation without an army. We broke away from the British, but we held a fear they would come back with a big army, conquer us and execute all the rebels who wanted freedom from the king. We needed a way to raise an army with guns and ammo at the drop of a hat. They were called militia, which is defined as a military force gathered from the civilian population during an emergency to supplement a regular army. Militias have been a part of the US since the beginning of our country.

Alexander Hamilton

The leaders of baby America were smart enough to not spend tons of money on an army that would just sit around and wait for a war to break out. On the other hand, they wanted every patriotic person to have a gun and be ready to protect the nation from Brits, Canadians, aggressive Indian Tribes and crazy anti-American anarchists. Over the years our militias have come in handy.

That is why the second amendment is written this way: “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.” Even though the spell checker wants to put a hyphen in “well-regulated,” this passage has never been changed or altered. If you are a regular reader of these pages you might remember that I suggested we add the word, “registered” after the word “bear and before the word “Arms,” but people tell me that will never happen.

Here is a real-life example of just how unregulated we are. This is from the ABC News website today, “On March 3, 2020, Brandon Hole’s mother went to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department seeking help after her son had purchased a shotgun with no bullets, according to new details in an incident report released Monday. The mother told police that her son became angry, struck her in the arm with a closed fist and told her to ‘shut up’ when she had asked what he was going to do with the gun. The mother said her son told her that he was going to point the unloaded gun at police officers so they would shoot him, saying, ‘This is not the life I want to live, I’ll end it my way…’”

Okay, so this guy named Brandon Hole should probably not be allowed to own a gun, right? After the incident with his mother, cops took the unloaded shotgun from the house and placed it in the police properties room. Close call, but wait, not so fast. Hole, who was 18 at the time, became anxious and told the officers, “Please just turn the power strip off on my computer … I don’t want anyone to see what’s on it.”  According to the police report, one of the officers went upstairs to seize the shotgun and observed what through his training and experience indicated was a white supremacy website open on Hole’s computer. So, we have a kid who wants to “commit suicide” at the hands of a cop and is probably dabbling in dark neo-Nazi bullshit. Surely there is no way he can get another gun. Boy, the so-called “red flag” laws really work well.

FedEx building April 15, 2021 Shooting

Police said the shooting lasted less than four minutes and was over by the time they arrived on the scene. Officers found eight people dead, four in the parking lot and four inside the facility But wait, there’s more. Police said two assault rifles which were recovered at the scene of the attack at the FedEx facility were legally purchased by Brandon Hole in July and September of 2020. Hole, 19, was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had worked at FedEx for three months last year.

Last March 2020, Brandon Hole may have been taken away from his house in handcuffs and a weapon confiscated, but he was not classified as mentally unfit to own a gun. How did this happen? Less than six months after he was evaluated, he was able to buy two assault weapons. Why?

What I am about to tell you is the big American lie about gun control. There is none. In the last 45 days there have been more than 45 mass shootings or attacks in this country, and the death count is crazy. Wikipedia has a fucking page titled “List of mass shootings in the United States in 2021.” According to them, “As of March 31, 2021, 126 mass shootings fit the Mass Shooting Tracker project criterion, leaving 148 people dead and 481 injured, for a total of 629 total victims, some including the shooter. Can anyone honestly say we have any sort of a “well-regulated” militia? We have no national gun owner database and no information connecting incidents. If a “red flag person” is not hauled into court before a judge, the details of whatever incident sparked police involvement becomes lost.

With gun show loopholes and shoddy enforcement of waiting periods, we have no reasonable regulations in place. One concern is a mentally unstable person who owns one or more guns. There’s no way to find such people or their guns and ammo. The FBI and CIA have robust databases, but they’re mostly for foreign terrorists and organized crime groups. Our current laws DO NOT PROTECT us from lunatics with guns and maybe they never will, but how about trying something. Between the NRA controlling massive numbers of votes in Congress and the lack of thoughtful procedures and policies of real gun and ammo control, we cannot get away from the flaw from the beginning.

We know who owns cars and who is registered to drive them. We make people wear seat belts and drive on the proper side of the road, but we do not know how many of those folks own guns. There is no way to trace guns, especially home-made “Ghost Guns” with no serial numbers. The liberals cry for gun legislation but they have no idea what to do or even where to begin. Until every gun is registered to an owner, senseless shootings will go on. Again, there is no gun control. It’s all just a big fat LIE. Bang! Bang! WAKE UP AMERICA!

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NEGLECT, THE NRA & NEO-NAZIS

The Complicit President

One of the great miscalculations of the decade came from the gun-suckers at the National Rifle Association during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference. They heavily miscalculated their message and, unfortunately for America, our sitting President is equally tone-deaf. This post may get me on two enemies lists for the price of one, but it seems like there is a wind blowing and the updraft from the heat and sorrow of death is lifting opinions.

The NRA must surely be wondering why their messaging hit such a sour note in Maryland last week. Like most shows, a comedian warmed up the audience so that the star had an audience primed and ready for the headliner. Ms. Dana Loesch said, “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. I’m not saying you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold… And notice I said crying white mothers because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend and you don’t see town halls for them, do you?”

With that statement, Loesch sparked a tweetstorm from people all over the United States. Some might say it was insensitive to make those remarks within 24-hours of the CNN Town Hall with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, but the words were more than obtuse. They were an example of the numbing reality that the NRA’s tactics are not caring, open or helpful. They sensed, for the first time, that people were coming for them in the dead of night with torches. They overreacted.

Their leader, Wayne LaPierre, has a famous slug-line, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” He marched into the room and attempted to present the NRA as a solid front and to reaffirm himself as the puppeteer pulling the strings of Congress and our President. The leader of the NRA misconstrued some of the basic points of his association’s existence. Yes, of course, the National Rifle Association is a registered lobbyist, but they want to be more. And it wasn’t more than seconds before Donald Trump was parroting the points that LaPierre was making on stage at CPAC.

What disturbed many corporate leaders was not only the divisive rhetoric of Dana Loesch, but the highly-charged words of LaPierre. He advanced a political attack that sounded like Germany rhetoric from 1939. And if you think words don’t matter, consider this: Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared by 57 percent in 2017, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. That’s the largest single-year increase in more than two decades. There was an 86 percent rise in vandalism.

Wayne’s world protects 100 million-gun owners by getting money from five million members. There are companies who believe that supporting the NRA is good business. I don’t understand why Delta Airlines, Hertz Rent a Car and other companies thought that offering discounts to NRA members was a good idea. Do they offer discounts to Super PACs or other lobbyist members?

The NRA damaged their brand with those two speeches and, of course, proved the point the high school students were making. With LaPierre saying that the “European Socialists” were controlling the minds of the masses, he was sending a message that anyone who confronts the NRA is politically bad for America. He sounded like a politician running for office.

The speech reeked of Neo-Nazi messaging. And while the CEO of the NRA was defending his cause he had no idea that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter in Parkland, Florida, etched swastikas in his ammunition magazines. Oops!

In 2015, Dylann Roof confessed to murdering nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, one of 40 states not requiring background checks for private gun transactions. In clear sight on the internet, Roof espoused racial hatred. Photographs there showed him posing with emblems associated with white supremacy. He had also been arrested. He beat the system.

When a reformed Neo-Nazi appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes trying to motivate others from getting sucked into the group, Dylann Roof sent him a letter from prison that read: “I know you won’t be, but you really should be ashamed of yourself. Traitor, you’ve really cashed in, haven’t you? I hope you know that you are 100 times worse than the Jews you’ve surrounded yourself with.” No repent there.

And with the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a Unite the Right rally, it was clear that a statement from the President would have helped the situation. Rather than denounce this bullshit, Donald Trump gave a convolved message of “fine people on both sides.” He advanced anti-political correctness rather than calling out Neo-Nazis. He worried about a Robert E. Lee statue more than America.

Donald Trump, through stupidity or complicity, has not created a strong message against the KKK, Nazis, White Nationalist and other terror groups operating in America. The NRA fights any effort to track gun owners, so it’s impossible to know names and locations of the bad guys. And much of Congress shakes in their boots when it comes to the NRA. Nothing happens, and not only is Trump complicit but he has neglected his duty to keep us safe.

The voice of the Florida students and the corporate boycotts will alarm companies who would rather not be involved in politics. This time the NRA veered off course and made a wide turn away from the Second Amendment. With LaPierre critiquing other facets of government and society, he struck a hateful Trumpian tone. CEOs and boards of directors are nervous. Good use of social media this time!

Wayne LaPierre doesn’t have the credibility to talk about leaks in the intelligence community, media bias or universities he claims are spearheading a socialist revolution by emphasizing the teachings of Karl Marx. He added that America was trending toward a “growing socialist state.” Adolf Hitler was against Karl Marx as well and said, “Our adopted term ‘Socialist’ has nothing to do with Marxian Socialism. Marxism is anti-property; true socialism is not.”

The Nazis adopted a new gun law in 1938, allowing Non-Jews to buy rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Handguns were also easy to own, buy, sell or carry. Local officials could even allow people under the age of 18 to buy a gun. Gee, how did that work out? Lots of crazy brown-shirted kids killing Jews.

Saying that anything which challenges their power is somehow connected to European Socialism and Karl Marx, has not only blurred the message of the NRA but has left trouble and blood on their hands.

The NRA has failed to understand America. When people suggest true universal background checks on gun purchases, they aren’t talking about Karl Marx. They are talking about Making America Safe Again. In the bigger picture, the smart people in the United States with knowledge of history are hearing exactly what the NRA is saying, “You cannot fuck with us.” As our President has said, “We will see.”

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