Some Reasonable Thoughts About Guns

20 12 2012

I wanted to post a few well writen logical arguments I have read about why we shouldn’t be in freak out ban-all-guns mode following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas — Ban Gun-Free Zones http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/121712-637367-sandy-hook-tragedy-prevented-at-clackamas.htm

Gun Laws: Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy.

From Virginia Tech to a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., to a school in Newtown, Conn., such mass shootings are usually in venues declaring themselves gun-free zones.

Other mass shootings — from a high school shooting by in Pearl, Miss., to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., which took place before the massacre in Aurora — have been cut short when someone retrieved a gun from a car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter. President Obama, in the middle of genuinely moving remarks, managed to inject a subliminal need for gun control. We can expect to be lectured about gun rights and gun control by an administration that funneled the same type of weapons used at Sandy Hook to Mexican drug cartels in the Fast and Furious scandal.

Opposing view: Eliminate ‘gun-free zone’ regulations http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/12/16/gun-free-zones-larry-pratt/1773473/

In addition to the gunman, blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut (and most other states). They are the ones who made it illegal to defend oneself with a gun in a school when that is the only effective way of resisting a gunman.

What a lethal, false security are the “gun-free zone” laws. Virtually all mass murders in the past 20 years have occurred in gun-free zones. The two people murdered several days earlier in a shopping center in Oregon were also killed in a gun-free zone.

One measure of insanity is repeating the same failure time after time, hoping that the next time the failure will turn out to be a success. Gun-free zones are a lethal insanity. Israel finally came to grips with this in the early 1970s and have decisively stopped these attacks after a busload of children was massacred by Muslim terrorists. When I was there in the late 1990s, if you saw a busload of students, you saw at least one young teacher with a machine gun protecting the groups of students.

The Israelis have decisively stopped these school-related attacks and proved they want to live. Do we?

And this from Ted Nugent – the rocker:

…The ugly and dangerous truth is that we live in an embarrassing, politically correct culture that exalts and rejoices in the bizarre; aggressively promotes an “anything goes” value system; and vilifies, condemns and mocks traditional societal values and customs at every opportunity.

We’ve embraced a culture of contempt that attacks the very institutions that make for a healthy and strong society, and then we’re shocked when it spirals out of control. The only thing I’m shocked about is that anybody is shocked.

More laws and more restrictions won’t fix our culture. The problem we face is much deeper and more insidious. What ails us is a spiritual bankruptcy of cultural values that actually matter. More laws and restrictions can’t cure that.

Until we admit what’s at the heart of the matter, we will continue to put a Band-Aid on gaping wounds and try to convince ourselves we’ve done something meaningful. – end

So,

Let’s talk about gun control while the movie trailer for Jack Reacher (showing Tom Cruise shooting up who-knows-who) is showing on TV during the dinner hour, while half of America sleeps in on Sunday instead of attending church, and while parents let their kids do whatever they heck they want, like the lady in the deli shop I saw this week that let her kid touch every bagel in the lower bin and just talks baby talk to her about putting the bagels down while the kid ignors her. Good parenting there lady; good luck when she’s a teenager.





Decisions

12 11 2012

A very interesting 2012 election breakdown by Rasmussen Reports about WHEN people made up their minds about who to vote for in the election.

70% made their decision more than a month ago. I call this the partisan group. Chances are, in my opinion, these decisions were made according to party line and it doesn’t matter who the candidate is, this group will probably vote down the party lines.

18% decided last month. I think that is the group that was actually in play the entire time. This was probably the group that were moved by advertising or debates.

Then 12% decided whom to vote the week of the election, with a mind-blowing 4% deciding the DAY OF the election. There was a graph I saw from Google analytics that showed on election day, one of the most searched phrases was “who is running for President”. I know all votes count but frankly, I’m not sure I’d want those voters on my side. Since they made up their mind late, I wonder if they know who won?

So the way I see it, it is an 18% game, the fall of an election year.

The report is here.





I’m good on my team – not theirs

7 11 2012

I’m proud to be Republican and to have voted for Mitt. I would have liked to have seen how someone new could address the issues of our day. In the end, the county where I live went for Mitt, as did my family and my friends that are closest to me, and so did 57 million other Americans – proof enough that I am among good company.

I’m not a fan of class warfare, fear mongering, and derisive comments about American citizens. Add in some name calling, woman-minimizing and flat out lying, and Obama just really isn’t my kind of guy.

I should have known we were toast after watching the videos of Obama voters who didn’t know who his running mate was, and the Obama voters who thought he did great in the first debate when they were interviewed hours before the debate even happened. Add in those undercover videos in Obama for America offices where they thought it was cool when asked how to register to vote in two states. With a population like this actually voting it makes it hard for a competing candidate to be successful with substantial arguments.

I’m good on my team – I’d rather not be on theirs.





Liberal Violence

6 11 2012

While we wait for the outcome of the election, let’s revisit some of the acts of “kindness” (sarc) to Romney supporters from liberal loons.

Should Romney win tonight, this may be just a taste of things to come (unfortunately).

Here is a sample:

78-year-old bus driver in New Berlin, Wisconsin tells a 12 year old boy “maybe your mom should have chosen abortion for you” because he had a Romney yard sign in front of his home. She was moved to another route, then later fired thanks to public outcry. Story here.

Teenager Samantha Pawlucy from Pennsylvania had to change SCHOOLS after being bullied by a teacher when she wore a Romney shirt. Story here.

In Alta Loma, outside Los Angeles, 2 cars were keyed with the word Obama and another car’s seats were slashed outside a home with Romney signs on Oct 27. Story here.

A truck with an Obama bumper sticker drove through the parking lot in Racine, WI on Oct 27, dumping nails during a Tea Party rally. Story here.

I really have not seen stories like this towards Obama supporters. That’s not to say conservatives don’t have their share of nuts, but you just don’t see this type of hate from that side.

Hope and change – what ever happened to that?





An Obama Win Means Democrats Lose

5 11 2012

I have a different take on a possible Obama win in tomorrow’s election: it will set the Democrat party back for YEARS.

My thoughts:

The country is divided, more so than in 2008. Obama cannot heal, he can only divide. His entire campaign was based on fear and divisive tactics. His four-year presidency was based on isolation, not integration. He couldn’t even get one democrat to vote for his budget.

An Obama victory, though tough to swallow, would energize the right, not defeat it. Much the same way you saw the birth of the Tea Party movement immediately after Obama’s election, you would see more grassroots, organic energy against him based from frustration that he would do nothing to help heal.

Fast forward to the 2014 mid-term elections – and that is where the shift could take a more permanent turn, similar to what happened in 2010. Republicans might take back the Senate; by then we’ve all fallen off the fiscal cliff; public opinion sours with the completion of multiple tax forms and red tape related to Obamacare and the Benghazi scandal has reached full disclosure, taking with it the impossibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency.  By then, Obama will be more disengaged than ever – bored with the job and more interested in shooting hoops.

Because Obama cannot heal, Republicans will gain and their gains will be more substantial and longer lasting than a second, 4-year Obama presidency. If you are a Democrat and can see this, you are probably terrified of what happens post Obama term two.

I want Romney to win. And if you are a Democrat looking at the long-term picture of your cause(s), you probably should too.





Home stretch Obama tactic: my feelings are hurt

2 11 2012

Grab the tissues people, we’ve got a campaign winner here.

I see the last week strategy of the Obama campaign, after attack after attack after attack – he’s going soft with his feelings.

First was earlier this week with Bill Clinton, who as a stand-in for Obama due to Hurricane Sandy said he talked with Obama earlier that morning and Obama told him that his feelings are hurt. Romney is running an ad saying Jeeps are going to be made in China. This hurts Obama’s feelings because his first new car was a Jeep.

A pro-Obama Facebook page is running a story how Obama is the most disrespected President ever.

And Obama brushed aside a reporter asking questions about Libya this week, saying something to the effect of anyone who would think he misled the public hurts his feelings.

So here comes the play: we are going for the sympathy vote here in the last few days. I guess they think by him saying how his feelings are hurt, independents will say “oh no!” and vote for him to stay another four years in office. Because those independents will surely put aside their own economic challenges; their career stagnation; rising gas prices – you know – those other issues will be put aside because our President needs a hanky to cry in and a vote to let him keep his job.

Remember – our President – those soft feelings – that guy who as a kid pushed a girl down on the playground to avoid being teased himself. Give me a break!





Obama’s green light to terrorists

29 10 2012

Missing from the discussion and moderate reporting of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya is the green light Obama is giving to terrorists.

The attack happened on September 11. To this day (October 28), the President of the United States still says they are “gathering facts”. To me, that says “green light to go” to terrorists.

Because of the President’s bumbling, we are obviously showing that we as a country that we don’t know what we are doing. Did we know the attack was happening? Did we watch it in “real time”? Did we really have armed drones capable of ending the attack but didn’t use them?

It is like we are walking around on the world stage with our fly open.

The intellegence information would have been available to Obama immediately. There is no need to wait ALMOST 7 WEEKS before letting the American people know what happened. By informing the public, you also inform the terrorists that we are on this, and that our country, while attacked, is sharp, united and going to deal with it. By NOT informing the public, you inform the terrorists that we are bumbling fools.

Green light to proceed to terrorists.








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