CNN and it’s anti-gun fellow travelers worked hard to set up a scenario where guns rights would be impacted by spooked politicians (including Trump apparently). Thankfully, a week later we are now seeing a different TRUTHFUL narrative come out. It seems the people who want to take our guns in exchange for the “security of government” are unable to provide ANY security at all!
If there is a lesson here it is that once again Reagan was right. The most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
So after a week, let’s get to it.
One- Let us all believe this is not about sensible gun laws. This is about gun confiscation.
Two- Let us all believe the reason for the desire for gun confiscation by politicians is not about safety but about being able to further abuse citizens who will have no ultimate recourse. Which is why the founding fathers created the Second amendment in the first place- for the “just in case” moment. They knew the weakness of the humans in charge, and the potential for abuse. And we have certainly witnessed it through a number of administrations, the last one being the most weaponized. We know it, they know it, etc.
Three- The Main Stream Media is not longer filled with journalist, just activists and advocates, and that is not by accident.
Four- the Left, who wants to disarm you so they can abuse you, is playing a long game. Eric Holder explains this in 1995. He couches it within “gun safety” but make no mistake, the long game is to get the next generation of voters to hate guns and allow the politicians to take them from other citizens.
This guy was Obama’s AG and sent ATF bought weapons to Mexico in order to have the cartels use them in criminal activity. When that happened, he wanted Feinstein’s bill to be passed as a way to stop the illegal trafficking of guns- which the ATF was doing- by outlawing lawful ownership of guns. When confronted with his out of control political plan, which got over two hundred Mexicans and a couple of our guys killed, he refused to cooperate with Congress- with the support of Obama’s “scandal free administration” ( I know, I giggle every time I hear it!)- and was cited by Congress for contempt. And he didn’t care.
Remember, these types of people run our government. They are dangerous ideologues. And they want to do more harm now using the Parkland shooting as an excuse.
However, time has allowed the facts to come out. I won’t bother repeating them here, but will spend more time on the actual law enforcement response and the media’s attempt to look the other way.
There has been a movement, and a horrible nickname given, over the SRO’s refusal to go to the sound of the gun. He was wrong. He may have been cowardly. But I will hold my fire on whether he is a coward. And I’ll tell you why. He was 33yrs on the job, close to retirement, put in that school as a glad-handing SRO that handles the hugely political school board operation. That guy is not an alpha male anymore. He may have been at one time- a hard charging, hit the door first, kind of guy. But that guy wouldn’t be THIS guy. People change.
That said, initially it appears he should have run in. Why? It is the training all police receive today. It used to be you waited just long enough for some backup and THEN you went in to seek out and kill the shooter. More people meant the chances of you getting killed by the shooter and NOT killing him were reduced. In my training, which I had for ten years, we were told up front this technique would almost guarantee one of us would be shot or killed. It was an acceptable trade off. The shooter shoots one of us, we all shoot back, we kill him.
Today, it is a case of getting onto the shooter as quickly as possible and make him change his plan from a killing spree to defending himself in a gunfight. It gets him off of his plan to kill unarmed people and onto police who are shooting back. If he sees the cop coming, there’s a good chance that cop is killed, but the trade off is the shooter now has to worry about the police and it slows his killing down.
For anyone to say “I’d run in!” without ever being shot at or shot someone before is wrong. I have former colleagues, who when they say it I believe them, and I believe the bad guy is as dead in that second as he will be when they find him. They are that good at what they do.
But those kind of cops are the exception to the rule. Police work is a blue collar job. Most of the older cops are blue collar guys- your neighbors and your friends. Thinking of your buddies, which one of them would you really trust to go in a firefight with a rifle carrying nutjob? It’s an honest question I ask you to think about. Those kinds of guy and gals are also in uniform. David French puts it in perspective and sums up the issue about gun control and our security being handed over to government better than most.
We can and should state this moral truth while remaining deeply humble and self-aware. There is a world of difference between stating, “That cop should have intervened” and puffing out your chest and declaring, “I would have done better.” You can imagine the kind of person you want to be, and you can dream of being a hero, but many imaginary warriors have turned tail at the sound of the guns. Simply put, you don’t truly know how you’ll respond to a crisis until you’ve been in a crisis.
In other words, we can understand his failure even if we cannot justify that failure. To fail to understand is to fail to grapple with fallen humanity. To justify it is to surrender to that fallen nature and normalize cowardice.
Failure is not inevitable. Courage is possible. Killers with assault rifles? Cops have taken them on before. Just ask the Capitol Police who engaged the man who tried to massacre congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Va. An AR-15 does not render a man bulletproof. There were unarmed students and teachers inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who exhibited greater courage than did the armed officer who had promised to protect them.
The gun-control debate is growing truly twisted if it becomes necessary to excuse cowardice to advance public policy. It is entirely acceptable for law-abiding gun-owning Americans to demand that the government do its job before considering sweeping new restrictions that will primarily impact people who’ve done nothing wrong. Part of law enforcement’s job is to follow up on specific tips and warnings. Part of its job is to ask specific men and women in uniform to lay down their lives to protect the public.
Yes, men may be cowards. No, none of us know how we would respond to a crisis until we face that ultimate test. But none of the events in Parkland have taught me to trust others to protect my family. And certainly none of the events in Parkland have built my trust in government. I may not be a hero when the chips are down, but if I have a weapon in that fateful moment, at least I have the chance.
Worse, it now appears the single deputy was not alone. In fact, the police officers were the first to go in. Why? I have no earthly clue! Even if you think the bad guy is gone, you have to respond to the INJURED kids and apply basic first aid!! So what the heck were they thinking????! Trust me, you will find some very bad command decisions being made over the radio and computer that will shed light on this colossal fuck up.
Over at the Daily Caller one OFF DUTY police officer tells his story. Listen closely because this is how it is done. Which makes you wonder what the Broward SO was thinking. When the FIOA hits and the actual radio traffic and the computer traffic and the personnel records get out, this is going to get even uglier. We know now FOUR deputies stood down while the police went in.
Remember, all of this was KNOWN to the Sheriff, who then went on TV peacocking around like he was somebody special, blaming gun owners and the NRA for what will end up to be HIS FREAKING FAULT! Just like his buddy Hillary.
A Sheriff in Florida is a powerful and very political position. Unlike other states, a county Sheriff is the top law enforcement officer in that county. So having someone in the position that is willing to lie in a situation like this should be a reason for his immediate removal. There is a trending twitter effort to do just that. Now Broward is a corrupt democrat county. So doing the right thing for the right reasons is foreign to them.
Broward county has a series of problems over there unlike other places. One of them is the school board refusing to arrest offenders inside schools. The SRO is more a political hack than a cop when working inside that system and it takes a special type of mentality to look the other way when a crime is committed because the principal wants to keep his/her numbers down! That is the same deputy who also didn’t run in, but did manage to get an award for top SRO in 2014.
Lastly, when the county education policy is intentionally constructed to ignore criminal behavior in schools, the Sheriff and School superintendent cannot rely on “law-and-order-minded” school police officers to carry out the heavily nuanced policy. The county officials need the people closest to the work, the officers, to be able to think quickly on their feet to safeguard their prized district-wide statistics.
2013 – Broward announced broad changes designed to mitigate the use of harsh punishments for minor misbehavior at the beginning of this school year. While other districts have amended their discipline codes, prohibited arrests in some circumstances, and developed alternatives to suspension, Broward was able to do all these things at once with the cooperation of a group that included a member of the local NAACP, a school board member, a public defender, a local sheriff, a state prosecutor, and several others. In early November, The Miami Herald reported that suspensions were already down 40 percent and arrests were down 66 percent. (2013 article link)
A Broward County SRO must carry a political hat and be able to intercept behavior, modify his/her action based on a specific policy need, falsify documents, hide evidence, manipulate records and engage inside the system with an understanding of the unwritten goals.
Broward County school law enforcement are given political instructions, and carrying out political objectives. They are not given law-enforcement instructions.
The school officers are the primary foot soldiers carrying out county political policy. Physical security of school students is not their role, they don’t have time for that. The Broward County SRO is in place to protect the school system “policy” and ensure students are not arrested for criminal conduct.
If Broward were a real county and not a corrupt cesspool of democrats, Scott Israel would be forced to resign in shame and a total overhaul would be done. Of course, the same thing would happen at the FBI tip line department, but don’t hold your breath. (Although with Trump, he HATES failure, so maybe someone gets transferred….to Fairbanks!)
On the media front, it is easy for CNN to lie about the facts, then lie and attack a kid who caught them trying to manipulate the questions in their “townhall” ambush event that promoted Scott Israel. Even though CNN yelled at anyone who questioned the motive in manipulating the student victims, …because they were victims.., and called the questioners “monsters!”. So I guess one “victim” is more precious than another in CCN’s eyes. CNN gave a spotlight to the Sheriff of a department which allowed innocent kids to be murdered by a kid they should have locked up or put away MONTHS ago! One poster on a website wondered if CNN wanted to hold another townhall now…
But even George Orwell couldn’t make this crap up!
Lastly, and this is important, as a Constitutionalist and and former law enforcement officer with friends from all political areas, I worry about the continued push for gun control. Not only because it is an attempt to take away a right, but because how people will react.
In my opinion one act that occurred in 2004 made Europe’s elites and Hollywood celebrities totally change how they handle a critical threat. That event was the murder of Theo Van Gogh. Van Gogh made a film critical of Islam. An assassin, a Muslim named Mohammed Bouyeri, was thought to be part of a terror group, walked up and shot him then stabbed him, then cut his throat. Message delivered, if you will.
It doesn’t matter if Theo was right, because Mohammed was offended and then Mohammed killed Theo who offended him by telling the truth about Islam. Here is the outtake about the actual murder. The killer pinned a note to Van Gogh, a warning for anyone who crosses the Muslims.
Bouyeri shot van Gogh eight times with a handgun, and also wounded two bystanders. Wounded, van Gogh ran to the other side of the road and fell to the ground on the cycle lane. According to eyewitnesses, van Gogh’s last words were: “Mercy, mercy! We can talk about it, can’t we?”
Bouyeri then walked up to van Gogh, who was still lying down, and calmly shot him several more times at close range. Bouyeri then cut van Gogh’s throat and tried to decapitate him with a large knife, after which he stabbed the knife deep into van Gogh’s chest, reaching his spinal cord. He then attached a note to the body with a smaller knife before fleeing. Van Gogh died on the spot.
The written note contained a warning to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, consisting of five pages which make mention of the Jewish political actors in Ali’s party, as well as other parties in Dutch politics.
From that point on, I noticed people bending over backward to appease the people who would kill them in a blink of an eye. One place bucked that deal, Charlie Hebdo magazine. And the Muslims came in and reminded them of the rule. Since then MORE appeasement by political leaders and celebrities.
How does that affect the Left’s desire to ban guns in America? Because if they try it they will make outlaws out of about a hundred million people. That isn’t going to go over well for them because the numbers are off. Here they are as best as I can remember;
- There are 320 million people in the country.
- There are over 100 million gun owners
- There are over three hundred million guns
- There are 5 to 10 million AR15s in circulation.
- There are approximately twelve BILLION rounds of ammo in the country.
- Billions of rounds of ammo are produced every year.
- There are less than a million law enforcement officers in the country.
- There are about 1.2 million soldiers under arms and about 800k in reserves.
Even if every swinging dick with a gun from the DEA to the FBI to the Department of Education decided to pull together and “seize guns” as the Left wants, the numbers are not in their favor! Worse, if the government tried to seize guns using the military, which it won’t, the soldiers would not go along. No Johnny Private in the army is going to shoot his grandpa over a model 700 ’06 rifle!
So what is the plan? It’s simple for the democrats- train up kids to hate guns, flip Congress, get Trump to blink, move up the age to buy a rifle to 21, then 25, then never, etc.
It’s a long game and Trump should see it coming.
Right now, the Left is trying an end run by using states to do the dirty work like in California, New York and Connecticut, and that works because of the good graces of the people in those states. Already we are seeing abuses by the police and government in New York. Right now the abused seek redress through the court system as they should. But when the judges stop listening things will go from bad to worse. As it is said people who have no voice to be heard will resort to other means.
I read a quote by John Kennedy.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
He may be talking about another subject, but his reference to human nature spans all conflicts. Another person who made the same point but in a different way was Johnny Joey Jones on Tucker Carlson. And he’s not wrong either. Watch the whole clip. But the key statement starts about the 4:17 mark.
This is my fear. Last spring a “crazy” from the Left tried to assassinate Republican lawmakers at a ball park over some policies differences. (Poor Rand Paul, he’s been attacked TWICE for being a decent principled guy!) How do people on the Left think they are immune to the same thing if their policy and wild rhetoric triggers (pardon the pun) some crazy in the gun side to act out? Or how can some celebrity thinks he or she can demonize MILLIONS of decent people without someone deciding to act out?
Right now we see random violence on the Left in the form of Antifa and BLM.
How many “Theo Van Goghs” will it take before the Left leaders and supporters realize that two can play at the game of “whack the other guy to shut him/her up”? I keep opening up headlines on the Net every day worried if this is the day someone on the other side of this debate acts out. It will lead to a tit for tat response and things will go south quickly.
We are better than that as a people, but as individuals… . You squeeze any group of people hard enough and long enough, one of them his going to pop.
My advice, is to lower the heat. Be more reasonable. Understand the other side. Realize some things are just too precious to demonize.
Oh, and to reduce the threat to schools simply arm the teachers and make sure your SROs are alpha males, not near retirement.
And one more thing- FIRE Israel. He lied to you- a lot. He doesn’t deserve to wear the badge.