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October 15, 2013

17-year-old Cody Chitwood Faces Felony Weapons Charges for Fishing Tackle

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It’s a situation we see replayed across North America with alarming frequency. So-called “zero tolerance” policies against weapons in “gun-free zones” bring the full weight of the Almighty State down on the unsuspecting head of some “mere citizen” in ways that defy both common sense and rationality.

Such is the case of 17-year-old Cody Chitwod. Cody is, like so many Georgia boys his age, an avid fisherman, and it’s this passion for the outdoors that landed him in very serious trouble.

Cody attends Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Georgia. The school is, in accordance with today’s Nanny State Mentality, a gun-free zone and like all such zones, takes a zero-tolerance stance on “weapons” on school property.

Cody loaded his fishing gear into his car with the intention of going fishing after school. That seems innocent enough, right? A kid wants to go fishing.

Where’s the crime in that?

Timing.

Cody’s planned after-school fishing trip was the same day police showed up at Lassiter High School with drug-sniffing dogs for a “random search” of school property and all vehicles located on it.

The dogs sniffed something in Cody’s car, giving police all the probable cause they required to perform a complete search of his vehicle. Turns out the dogs freaked over the presence of trace amounts of black powder, residue left over from 4th of July fireworks.

No harm there.

It was Cody’s fishing tackle box that caused the over-reaction and felony charges against the young man.

Why?

His fishing tackle box contained a knife for cleaning the fish he caught. The presence of this knife violated the school’s zero tolerance policy. Cody was arrested and charged with a felony weapons offense. If convicted he could face anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

The irony is this young man planned to join the Air Force so he could serve his nation. A felony conviction would be an end to that plan, not to mention a bar to most of the professions to which the young man aspires.

All this because the 17-year-old wanted to go fishing after school. All this because zero-tolerance policies are applied with absolutely zero common sense.

Thankfully some Georgia state legislators agree that zero-tolerance policies must go. Georgia State Representative Ed Setzler (R-Kennesaw) said:

“The public expects the same good common sense they use every day of their lives to apply to the laws of our state, and we as legislators seek nothing less. We’ll inspect the current state of the law, but our school leaders don’t like it, our law enforcement doesn’t like it, and we’re finding out the citizens who understand the current state of the law certainly don’t like it.”

Writer Dave Jolly makes a great point when he writes:

I wonder what they would find in the cars of teachers and other school faculty if they were searched? Have any of them ever put fishing tackle or a toolbox in their car and then took them to school? If so, would they face the same felony weapons charges as a student?

I understand the need to protect students, but how many students are having their lives ruined by something as innocent as throwing their tackle box in the car without thinking about the knife in the bottom used to clean fish? Just like everything else in life, there has to be some common sense used in these situations, but so few educators today exercise any form of common sense that they look more like tyrants that educators.

Hopefully, Chitwood’s attorney will be able to get the felony charges dropped so he can continue on with his life and serve his country.

Indeed. Without applying common sense to situations like Cody’s, all we’re teaching our young people is that everyone is a terrorist-in-waiting.

That is absurd and offensive to anyone with the willingness to use the brain God gave them.

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January 14, 2013

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee – How did this America-hating, anti-gun zealot get elected in Texas?

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Texas, at least in my mind, is the one place where the Liberty mindset still resides in America.

The famous phrase “Don’t Mess With Texas!” is one I’ve heard more times than I can even remember and it instills in me a sense of pride, knowing there is a place on the planet where stupidity can’t take root.

My own memories of Texas back in the late ‘80s are some of the fondest I have, and the people I met there were proud, Liberty-minded folks who would give you the shirt off their backs if that’s what you needed. Those Texans were some of the finest human beings you could ever hope to meet.

Given that experience, when I see a chucklehead spouting off on the evening news that Americans should “just turn in your guns”… the very last place I would think this chucklehead calls home is Texas!

Yet, sadly, that’s precisely the case.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee wants you to turn in your guns

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
wants you to turn in your guns

The chucklehead I’m referring to is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat (I’m shocked!) who somehow managed to get herself elected in the Lone Star State despite her misguided notions of what Texas and Liberty stand for.

I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns,” she said.

Oh no, I’m not going to take your guns. But look at what Dick’s Sporting Goods did … they wanted to be part of the solution and part of America,” she added.

Ah yes, the beauty of “the politics of inclusion” where you’re only included if you agree with Liberal stupidity.

The implication this woman is making is quite clear. If you own guns, you’re no longer “part of America“.

If you’re not offended by that, please check your pulse.

Sheila Jackson Lee clearly has never read the United States Constitution, nor did she comprehend a single word of the Oath of Office she swore… you know… that pesky little statement where she swears to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is offensive to everything America stands for. That she calls Texas home only heightens that offensiveness.

As for Dick’s Sporting Goods, they are not “being part of the solution”, they’re pandering to political correctness.

Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide.”

What Dick’s Sporting Goods is saying by “boldly” stating they will no longer sell “modern sporting rifles” to law-abiding Americans is an insult to any rational human being.

A mentally-ill criminal went on a murderous rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, and Dick’s Sporting Goods solution is to hold every single law-abiding person in America responsible for that crime.

That is insulting. That is offensive.

I will never spend a single penny atDick's Sporting Goods.

I will never spend a single penny at
Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I just added Dick’s Sporting Goods to my list of businesses I will never patronize.

Any company that willingly vilifies hundreds of millions of innocent people for the heinous crimes of one mentally-ill criminal is not a company I want anything to do with.

They will never see a single penny of my hard-earned cash, and I would suggest they never see a penny of yours either.

By straddling both sides of the fence they show themselves for what they are: cowards terrified of their own shadows willing to pander to the very forces that would put them out of business.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

Millions of law-abiding Americans didn’t shoot anyone yesterday.

We didn’t shoot anyone today.

We’re not going to shoot anyone tomorrow, either.

And we’re NOT going to stand idly by while Constitution-haters like Congress-Critter Sheila Jackson Lee and the cowards at Dick’s Sporting Goods try and hold us responsible for the crimes of others.

Deal with it.

Now you can have my handgun

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January 7, 2013

San Antonio – The One Theatre Shooting You’ve Never Heard Of

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A-Mass-Shooting-Stopped-by-a-Good-Guy-with-a-Gun

Does anyone aside from me find it bizarre that the mainstream press utterly ignores shootings where the would-be mass killer is stopped by a good guy with a gun?

The restaurant and theatre shooting in San Antonio, just 2 days after the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut, is basically a ghost story as far as the mainstream media is concerned. Outside of “pro-gun” circles, it’s practically unheard of.

Those of us who comprehend the only thing that stops evil in its tracks is a good guy with a gun, or in the case of the San Antonio theatre shooting, a good girl with a gun, believe this case should be front page news in every newspaper in the nation.

An unidentified woman was on guard at the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex the night of the shooting so when the armed moron, who had just shot his ex-girlfriend in the restaurant next door, entered the theatre to see who else he could shoot, he found his own body riddled with bullets instead.

Needless to say, he didn’t shoot anyone else after that.

Why not?

Because a trained woman with a firearm in hand refused to allow any more innocent bodies drop that night.

No-Handguns-AllowedThat’s also why you won’t hear this story anywhere on the mainstream media… there was no trail of dead bodies for the news cameras to follow; no spilled blood for the newscaster to bathe in while she weeps, wails and whines all while proclaiming “the gun” caused this awful tragedy.

The heroic woman, an off-duty Bexar County police officer, is being honored for her brave and life-saving actions but, as I said, you won’t hear about her or the award she is receiving on the evening news.

A woman stopping a mass shooting isn’t news. Only a high body count that gives a biased news media a platform to advance their anti-gun agenda is news. Only another thoroughly preventable tragedy inside one of their glorious Gun-Free Zones is worthy of the national media’s attention.

This woman and her story should be front-page news across America, but it is not. Sadly, the only people who will ever even know about her and what she did that fateful night in December are the good citizens of San Antonio honoring her, and good folks like me and perhaps you who are reading this article.

The mainstream media will continue to totally ignore this woman and her heroism… all because there is no body count and therefore no story… at least in their sad and pathetic little minds.

You’d think the fact that there was no body count, that a mass murder was avoided, would be proudly trumpeted from the rooftops, yet it is not.

Instead we glorify mass murder and vilify or ignore those who prevent it.

That truly is a national tragedy and a disgrace for the profession of journalism across America.

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January 2, 2013

If the Gun-Banning Crowd is so convinced of their argument, how come you will never see this sign on their homes?

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Gun-Banning-Hypocrites

The gun-banning fanatics insist that if we just banned guns, the world would be a safer place.

Now, let’s set aside the hypocrisy of the folks proposing this, since they have their armed guards and protection details… where you and I just have ourselves and 911 (and perhaps 1911 as well).

How come these prattling yahoos never ever place this sign on their front door?

Could it be they don’t actually believe it themselves?

You’d think that if they truly believed that Gun-Free Zones saved lives, they would proudly proclaim their homes as such at every opportunity.

You’d think they’d insist the school their child attends is a Gun-Free Zone, but that’s just not the way it works…

Like I said… Hypocrites!  Every last one of them.

The Nanny State Ninnies who demand we disarm ourselves will never post this sign on their homes.  I wonder why that might be?

The Nanny State Ninnies who demand we disarm ourselves will never post this sign on their homes.
I wonder why that might be?

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December 27, 2012

Hypocritical Anti-Gunners – Careful What You Wish For

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Anti-Gun-Zealots-Get-a-LOT-more-than-they-bargained-for

Anti-gun zealots got a lot more than they bargained for after publishing the names and home addresses of New York handgun permit holders.

On December 24, 2012, The Journal News got up on it’s high horse and published an article titled “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in in your neighborhood“, which included links to two interactive maps. These online maps contained the names and addresses of thousands handgun permit holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.

red_icon-246x250Needless to say, gun owners and privacy advocates were furious, just as Canadians were back when the Ottawa Citizen pulled a similar stunt here in Canada. The only difference was the Canadian information didn’t contain names and addresses of gun owners, “just” their postal codes along with every firearm they owned.

This time it’s far worse as the names and home addresses of every permit holder in these two counties are displayed on these maps.

Common sense and decency appear to be rare commodities at The Journal News, as evidenced by the self-righteous justification spewed forth by Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.

“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information.”

Janet Hasson is correct legally, if not morally. Under current law, the names and addresses of all license holders is considered public information.

5. Filing of approved applications. The application for any license, if granted, shall be filed by the licensing officer with the clerk of the county of issuance, except that in the city of New York and, in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall designate the place of filing in the appropriate division, bureau or unit of the police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the county clerk is hereby authorized to transfer all records or applications relating to firearms to the licensing authority of that county. The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.

Clearly this law needs to be changed to protect the personal information of license holders.

That said, just because you can do something, does that really mean you should? Just because it’s legal, does that mean it’s the right thing to do?

No-Handguns-Allowed-150x150As long as you’re a gun-hating zealot, the answer is a resounding YES! Anything that can advance the anti-gun agenda is fair game, especially if it endangers the lives of those neanderthal gun owners.

CynDee Royle, editor and vice-president of the paper, said after the article was published,

“We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. People are concerned about who owns guns and how many of them there are in their neighborhoods.”

People willing to jump through all the legal hoops to obtain a handgun permit in New York State are hardly the criminals-in-waiting Royle and Hasson makes them out to be. They are, in fact, the most law-abiding citizens there are.

I think an interactive map publicizing the name and home address of every convicted pedophile would be far more useful to citizens concerned about the safety of their children.

Then, of course, there are the Unintended Consequences.

The problem with what The Journal News did is far greater than it appears on the surface. It’s not just about an invasion of privacy, it’s about the safety and security of every person included on that map, which just happens to include law enforcement as well.

One very upset member of law enforcement wrote under a pseudonym:

My name and address appear on that map and to say the least, I’m pissed. In all my years as a LEO, I listed my telephone using a pseudonym and my vehicles and driver’s license came back to a post office box. Now these idiots have identified my address.

All the cases I worked as a detective involved career criminals and lots and lots of those low-lifes were sent to prison with extended sentences. Hell, they all knew my name as the cop that put them in prison but none were able to find me outside of the detective squad where I worked.

So now I have to be on super high alert wherever I go just in case one of these nit-wits decides to look me up? WTF!!!

Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander too, right? Apparently not, at least as far as The Journal News website is concerned.

When Christopher Fountain posted the name, home address and phone number for the paper’s publisher, Janet Hanson, (3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 105643 (248-) 594-2197) that comment was promptly deleted.

Seems all this talk of “freedom of information” is just a one-way street.

Shocking, I know!

network-blue-150x150As a result of this, Christopher Fountain made a decision.

If posting her name, address and phone number wasn’t okay on the newspaper’s website, he’d post that information on his own blog. He then went a few miles further and posted the names, addresses, phone numbers and anything else he could find out about the employees of The Journal News to his blog.

Suddenly the shoe is on the other foot and the hypocrites at The Journal News are no longer quite so thrilled with all this “access to information”.

Again, I’m shocked.

Below you will find contact information for every person working at The Journal News as it was posted on Christopher Fountain’s blog. I’m reposting it here in the interest of openness and fairness. If it’s okay to publish the names and home addresses of New York State Gun owners, surely it’s okay to do the same for the publishers and staff of the newspaper so willing to hop up on their high, hypocritical horse, right?

White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:

(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)

Janet Hasson, publisher,Journal News

Janet Hasson, publisher,
Journal News

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.

Phone number:

(914) 694-5204

 

Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:

janet-hasson-3-gate-house-rd-mamaroneckUPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-

Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-5954

 

The reporter on the story is

Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527-0832

UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:

EDITOR:

Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.
http://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle

Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388

Work: 914-694-5001
croyle@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/croyle1
https://www.facebook.com/cyndee.royle.7
https://www.facebook.com/CynDeeRoyle
Drives a red convertible:http://s13.postimage.org/k8ffnxuo7/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_red_convertible.jpg
Family photo: http://s7.postimage.org/dkqtytvyj/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_fb_alt_private.jpg

Publisher, Janet Hasson,

3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543

(914) 694-5204

 

Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave

Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

(718) 527-0832

The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:

Robert F. Rodriguez

(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748

Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534

GANNET CEO:

Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954

OTHER STAFF MEMBERS:


–(Junior Editor) Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485

Barbara Livingstone Nackman a Reporter on the municipal beat can be found here:
Barbara L Nackman
279 Farrington Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 332-5185

Swapna Venugopal Also a Reporter and can be found on
http://www.facebook.com/swapna.venugopal.14
306 Quaker Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4607

Mike Risinit
Michael J Risinit
http://www.facebook.com/michael.risinit/info
42 Robinson Ln
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 454-2278

Seth Harrison
http://www.facebook.com/seth.harrison.391
107 Valleyview Rd
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White Plains http://loud.com
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Work: 914-694-5309
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David McKay Wilson
@davidmckay415
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Ed Forbes
Digital Team/Homepage
“Ed Forbes, a @StLawrenceU and @columbiajourn alum, is the Digital Editor at The Journal News and LoHud.com. Westchester resident, N.J. native, Ad’k expat.”
Lives in Mount Kisco, New York
From Randolph, New Jersey
Columbia, St. Lawrence
Work: 914-696-8488
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Gary McGriff
Works at The Journal News
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Studied Marketing at Drexel University
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gtroyano@lohud.com
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Heather Salerno
New York-based journalist, wife and mom
Works at Feature writer for the Journal News
Studied at Georgetown University
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Herb Pinder
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Westchester
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Work: 914-694-5172
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Jill Mercadante
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“Yolo!”

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Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-3523
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Work: 914-696-8570
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Lower Hudson Valley
Work: 914-694-5075
ewjohnson@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/small_bites
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Mary Dolan
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White Plains
Work: 914-694-5230
mdolan@lohud.com
https://twitter.com/featuresed

Mike Meaney
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Work: 914-696-8565
mmeaney@lohud.com

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Rockland County, NY
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Robert F. Rodriguez
Visuals Editor / Photo Editor at The Journal News
Photography, Nights
Studied at NYU
Lives in New York, New York
Married to Stephanie Azzarone
Work: 914-694-5092
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Sports and Operations Editor for the Journal News Media Group.
Studied at Binghamton University
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From Monroe, New York
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Work: 914-696-8527
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Reporter, The Journal News at Gannett
Staff Writer,The Journal News/LoHud.com.
Write about politics, development issues and life in Westchester County, New York
Studied at New York University
Lives in Chappaqua, New York
From Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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svenugop@lohud.com
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Norwalk, Conn
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December 20, 2012

The Real Reasons for Mass Shootings

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When you read today about Adam Lanza having ‘trouble relating’ to fellow students and teachers, ask yourself this question: what is the standard definition of a psychopath?

Here it is:

“a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.”

Sound familiar? It should.

Here’s Lanza as described in the National Post:

“He would have an episode, and she’d have to return or come to the high school and deal with it,” Novia said, describing how the young man would sometimes withdraw completely “from whatever he was supposed to be doing,” whether it was sitting in class or reading a book.”

RiverviewHospital-250x166In other words, Adam Lanza suffered from psychotic episodes and exhibited other characteristics that closely matched the definition of a person with a psychopathic personality.

In the old days, and by this I mean forty years ago, Adam would likely have wound up in an institution like the one pictured here, the Male Chronic Unit of Riverview Mental Hospital in Vancouver.

The reason he didn’t is that since the 1970’s, Progressive do-gooders, educators, lawyers and activists have convinced the public mental patients should be ‘treated’ in the ‘community.’ Governments were only too happy to oblige since this reduced their costs and they were seen to be, yes, ‘progressive.’

Progressives like this idea because they are morally relativistic; they believe all people are the same when it’s clear this is not the case, and especially not the case with people suffering mental illness.

That is one reason the media hasn’t got its head around. Here’s another: Adam’s father, Peter John Lanza, divorced Adam’s mother in 2009, three years ago. That would mean Adam was 17 at the time. We know statistically that children from divorced households are more likely to be involved in crime than children from families with two strong parents.

A study by R.L. Maginnis in 1997 said

“Children from single-parent families are more likely to have behavioral problems because they tend to lack economic security and adequate time with parents.”

Whether Peter John Lanza could have turned Adam around is problematical, but whether he recognized Adam had a problem is not. You can’t live with a dis-associative personality for 17 years and not know about it. Of course, if you aren’t living with that personality, you don’t know about it, do you?

And now a third point; gun-free zones. Progressive educators believe in this concept because they don’t understand that mentally disturbed people don’t care about social engineering.

Signs don’t matter.

Social pressure doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because psychopaths don’t feel social pressure.

The only thing that stops a madman is a man (or woman) with a gun. There have been a number of such cases in the United States but none of them have received any publicity. The reason they haven’t is that this contradicts the liberal talking points that guns cause crime.

I mentioned the Israeli example yesterday; a nation that armed its school teachers and let parents sit in class with fully-automatic weapons to protect their children, but this is also never mentioned by the Main Stream Media. Why would it? They oppose the idea in principle.

On this Sunday, when fewer and fewer people go to church, feel religious or understand Judeo-Christian morality, it’s time we reminded each other that the key to personal safety, school safety and safety in society is a strong sense of morality, a strong belief in family and an understanding that there is evil in the world and always will be.

Everyone has to take personal responsibility for security, their own and certainly that of their children.

Progressives are wrong about human nature, wrong about society, wrong about morality wrong about ‘gun control.’

What we saw in Newtown, CT, shows the cost of being wrong again and again.

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December 19, 2012

God Gets the Blame for Human Depravity and the Mass Murder of Children

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Every time some (lone?) madman wades into a crowd and goes on a killing spree — government-staged or otherwise — the Marxist media pundits smugly ask Christian-leaning gun advocates — and there’s a lot of ministers preaching gun ownership from their pulpits and websites such as Chuck Baldwin, Bradlee Dean, James David Manning and others — “How could God possibly allow this to happen?”, as though God had everything to do with the murders that were outside of human control!

Who are these morons the media hires to hide behind the scenes writing questions for these dimwits on the front lines? I swear, I’d be too embarrassed to ask them; I think I’d write my own script.

Humans — not God — were responsible for the killings.

The reason God gave mankind brains before planting the species on Earth was they could think for themselves; so they would know right from wrong.

Mankind is responsible for its own doings; God just comes along and picks up the pieces when a person loses his way and needs help and asks for guidance in how to be a good person and carry out the tenets of the Golden Rule.

After these tragedies occur where does everybody in the community, regardless of religious beliefs, go for solace? The church.

But interviewers the likes of Fox’s Neil Cavuto, CBS’s Jane Clayson and many anti-Christ, anti-gun presstitutes always try to pull a ‘gotcha’ on the interviewees.

girl_praying-173x250How could you possibly like such an evil God?

Sorry, buds, it didn’t work this time with former pastor Michael Huckabee and it didn’t work 11 years ago with evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham.

I dragged forth the profound words she spoke with CBS’s Jane Clayson shortly after 9-11, I believe it was. And I also believe “God: Food for Thought” (below) may have been brought to my attention by Joe Gingrich.

It is definitely worth another read, which obviously is why I saved it (glad I did; I can’t find it online again); Anne nailed it dead on…but first take a look at Huckabee’s similar present-day responses which shows that the pressitutes just don’t catch on. (I think Huckabee provided an earlier commentary on his own Fox show.)

But what sickens me is all the politicians and bureaucrats yammering about gun-control to the point of eliminating every last gun in the U.S., Canada, Australia, UK and the European countries, as though it’s possible.

Yet nobody in the political, anti-gun arena ever mentions no more government issuing of weapons to 18-year-old youth who serve in the military overseas, killing, killing, killing in foreign countries where innocent babies, children, women, men, elders are rounded up and exterminated or caught in the cross-fire. They are out of sight and thought of back home as valueless “collateral damage”. Wasn’t that the disgusting term coined by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Company? If not coined, he certainly used it liberally.

Our immoral, indecent, body-guarded politicians and gun-grabbers are hypocrites of the first order operating on double standards–if they have any standards at all. And we wonder why the younger generations have morally degenerated when they are using these sleazy adult thugs sitting in high places as their role models.

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Huckabee Says Connecticut School Massacre Occurred Because We ‘Removed God From Our Schools’

By Igor Volsky on Dec 14, 2012

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/14/1339971/huckabee-says-connecticut-school-massacre-occurred-because-we-removed-god-from-our-schools/

Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee attributed today’s deadly massacre in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut to the lack of God and religion in public schools.

Addressing the tragedy on Fox News, Huckabee dismissed calls for stricter gun control and claimed that future violence can be prevented by solving matters of “the heart” and turning to God:

HUCKABEE: Ultimately, you can take away every gun in America and somebody will use a bomb. When somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they’re going to find a way to do it… People will want to pass new laws, but unless you change people’s hearts, they’re our transition to the pastor side. This is a heart issue, it’s not something… laws don’t change this kind of thing.

NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): You know, inevitably people ask after tragedies like this, how could God let this happen?

HUCKABEE: “Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools.

Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?

That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.”

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer offered a similar explanation for the tragedy.

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Mike Huckabee: Absence of God in Schools May Have Led to Conn. School Shooting

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee weighed in on the tragic Connecticut school shooting today in an appearance with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. The former Republican presidential candidate implied that a lack of focus on God in public schools may have played a part in today’s tragedy.

Host Cavuto introduced the topic:

“You know invariably people ask after tragedies like this…How could God let this happen?” asked Cavuto.

Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing,” replied Huckabee. “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, and accountability?” continued Huckabee.

“God wasn’t armed, he didn’t go to the school.”

Huckabee, who was a pastor for 12 years prior to entering the political arena, went on to say that he felt that God would be there to provide “hugs” and “therapy” for the survivors and the victims’ families.

“Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and then we wouldn’t have to call on him, to show up when it’s all ‘said and done’ at the back end,” said Huckabee.

Huckabee is a conservative pro-gun individual so it came as no surprise when the subject matter turned to possible new gun control laws or regulations:

“Ultimately, you can take away every gun in America, and somebody will use a bomb…when somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they will find a way to do it. People will want to pass new laws, but…this is a heart issue, laws don’t change this kind of thing.”…

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God: Food for Thought

In light of the many perversions and jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the CBS Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11).

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said

“I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school … the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.

And we said OK.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when he or she misbehaves because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued (there’s a big difference between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.).

And we said OK.

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents.

And we said OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school.

And we said OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

Then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body.

And we said OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet.

And we said OK, they’re entitled to free speech.

Then the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.” Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

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December 18, 2012

SunTV’s David Menzies – One Class Act

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Sun News morning host David Menzies is often considered a comedian with little serious to say.

Monday morning on his “Menzoid Mornings” segment David Menzies proved otherwise with his incredibly thoughtful and classy commentary on the Friday massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

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December 17, 2012

Ending School Shootings – A Simple 3-Step Plan

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As I wrote the other day in “Gun-Free Zones Kill Kids” there is a very simple way to end school shootings once and for all. We as a people are simply too cowardly to face that reality because it offends our delicate sensibilities.

We think we’re “above” doing what is necessary to protect our children from lunatics who want to kill them.

We shouldn’t be.

As the lunatic left continues their disingenuous weeping and wailing over these dead children (and I say disingenuous because their policy of gun-free zones are what actually guarantees these murders will happen again and again) I’ve been pondering how best to end these tragedies.

The solution is, I believe, really quite simple, and requires just three steps.

First, end Gun-Free Zones. As has been proven repeatedly throughout the past 50 years or more, Gun-Free Zones do NOT protect the victims of these heinous crimes. The only person a Gun-Free Zone protects is the murderer, as he knows with absolute certainty he will face no armed opposition.

So, revoke all legislation that prohibits a person from carrying a firearm in any public place, be it a church, a school, a shopping mall, or any other place where these lunatics prey upon the innocent.

That’s Step 1.

Second, train any teacher who desires it how to use a
You cannot give someone a pistol and expect them to know how to use it in a crisis, so this training is mandatory for any staff member wishing to carry a firearm inside a school. Teachers are generally anti-gun, which is why I would make this training mandatory. Parents would NOT be subjected to this requirement, as any parent willing to do what is necessary to protect their child will already have taken this training themselves. pistol defensively.

These individuals would also be provided the firearm of their choice and an appropriate holster for it upon successful completion of their training.

I would treat churches and shopping malls slightly differently, only because we already have a large number of people who are trained and willing to carry concealed firearms in those places. The only thing stopping them is stupid legislation that disarms those citizens most willing and able to defend themselves and their fellow citizens should the need arise.

If an individual church, store or mall wanted to mandate defensive pistol training for employees that would be their prerogative, of course, but for the patrons of those establishments it would not be required. Those individuals will already have trained themselves appropriately for this responsibility. And it IS a responsibility.

The only reason I differentiate between a school and other public places is because public funds are used to pay for schools and those who work in them. Therefore this defensive pistol training would be required by all school staff who desired it.

That’s Step 2.

Third, and this step is simply a quick and easy means to an end, is to hire discharged military veterans to protect our children.

We have thousands of military veterans returning home who need jobs. As they are already the “shepherds protecting the flock” I imagine they would be happy for the opportunity to continue their mission by protecting our children from madmen with guns.

We’ve already paid for their training so there is no need to do so again. They have already proven they are capable of surviving combat, so taking down a school shooter shouldn’t be any more difficult than what they’ve already been through.

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Their sole responsibility would be to protect the people in their school from violent offenders intent on doing anyone harm. They are NOT be there to police any other issue. They are not there to stop drug dealers, bullying or any other crime being committed on school property… as I said, their sole responsibility is to keep our kids safe from lunatics intent on killing them.

That’s Step 3.

It’s a simple plan. More importantly, it’s an effective plan.

  1. End Gun-Free Zones that only protect the killers
  2. Train and Arm School Employees in the defensive use of firearms, and
  3. Hire discharged Military Veterans for the job of protecting our children.

We as a people simply need to get over ourselves and our ridiculous belief that we can take guns away from evil people, or that we can somehow prevent them from getting guns in the first place.

History has proven repeatedly that we cannot.

Gun-Free Zones only protect the killers, as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting proves so horrifyingly well.

Isn’t it time we took away that protection?

It’s worked for Israeli schools for the past generation… and it will work for us too… but only IF we have the courage to do what is necessary to protect our children from harm.

At the moment… we don’t… and that has to change.

Before the next school massacre.

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December 16, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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Friday’s school shooting is a tragedy of unprecedented proportion. The horror of this mass murder is felt across the world, and I’m hardly alone in expressing my shock and horror at what a single madman did.

Authorities in Connecticut released the names of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Here are the names of the children who were so senselessly murdered:

  • Charlotte Bacon
  • Daniel Barden
  • Olivia Engel
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  • Ana Marquez-Greene
  • Dylan Hockley
  • Madeline Hsu
  • Catherine Hubbard
  • Chase Kowalski
  • Jesse Lewis
  • James Mattioli
  • Grace McDonnell
  • Emilie Parker
  • Jack Pinto
  • Noah Pozner
  • Caroline Previdi
  • Jessica Rekos
  • Avielle Richman
  • Benjamin Wheeler
  • Allison Wyatt

My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with the families of these 20 children. I cannot even begin to fathom the horror they are going through right now. What I can understand is that Christmas will forever be the most horrible time of the year for the rest of their lives.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the adults who were murdered by this lunatic:

The names of the adult victims are:

  • Rachel Davino, 29;
  • Dawn Hocksprung, 47;
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52;
  • Lauren Russeau, 30;
  • Mary Sherlach, 56;
  • Victoria Soto, 27.

May God’s mercy be upon all of these families… and may they all find some solace in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy and horror.

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December 15, 2012

Gun-Free Zones Kill Kids

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Before I go any further, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of every child and adult who was so senselessly murdered yesterday. My most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to every one of those families.

All day Friday the news poured out of Connecticut about the latest tragic and horrifying shooting of kindergarten students and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School by another deranged lunatic with a gun.

The high death toll is horrifying, but it is far from unexpected.

Every mass shooting has the same common denominator: A GUN-FREE ZONE.

What no news station in North America was willing to tell us, naturally, is that this mass shooting had one thing in common with every other mass shooting: the lunatic with a gun went to a place where he KNEW he would face no resistance. Lawmakers saw to it that carrying a defensive firearm was illegal at this school, just like they’ve done to every other school in America.

When you guarantee children are unprotected and their teachers are defenseless, when you ensure the killer has a Gun-Free Zone, of course the death toll is going to be high.

There isn’t anyone who can stop the madman with a gun on the scene… not until police can arrive.

By then, as was tragically proven again yesterday, the madman has already done his worst and then taken his own life so he can’t be held accountable for his heinous actions.

Yet the same tired people trot out the same tired rhetoric they trot out after every mass shooting… yet not a single one of these lame chuckleheads will face up to the truth.

That truth is simple, really. So simple the Israelis have used it since the 1970s to effectively stop terrorist attacks on their schools.

target-250x250They trained and armed their teachers.

Would-be terrorists only attacked an Israeli school once after that program took effect. That’s all that was required for the terrorists to realize their former easy targets were easy no more.

Nobody “wants” to arm teachers. Nobody wants war either, but sometimes it cannot be prevented.

There is a war going on right now, and our children are paying for it with their lives because we are simply too afraid, too cowardly, or maybe just too caught up in “being right” to understand there is a solution to mass shootings.

We’re just not willing to implement that solution.

As long as we insist on burying our collective head in the sand there will be more mass shootings in schools, and more innocent children will die a horrible but totally preventable death.

Gun-Free Zones only protect the killer.

Why is that so hard to comprehend?

This is why Israeli schoolchildren are safe. Armed Teachers prevent madmen with guns. This is the simple truth America refuses to acknowledge.

This is why Israeli schoolchildren are safe. Armed Teachers prevent madmen with guns.
This is the simple truth America refuses to acknowledge.

 

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July 26, 2012

Warren Kinsella is “a fucking idiot” who despises YOUR Rights and Freedoms

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Warren Kinsella, touted as a “Liberal badboy“, showed his true colors a week ago on his blog and again last night on Sun TV.

Warren Kinsella despises your Liberty.  Warren Kinsella despises your Charter Rights.  Warren Kinsella believes you have absolutely no right to defend yourself from a violent attacker, especially if you’re using a handgun to do so.

Warren Kinsella despises you, too, if you have the audacity to believe the first line of defense against violent criminals is you, the person actually present when the violent criminal strikes, and not the police.

A week ago the moronic Kinsella wrote the following:

If you don’t favour a ban on private ownership of handguns, you’re a fucking idiot

Obviously Warren Kinsella can’t comprehend the simple truth that criminals don’t obey laws.  That is why, after all, they’re referred to as criminals.

Warren Kinsella can’t comprehend that it’s already illegal for a person to merely point a firearm at another human being, let alone shoot them with one!

Nope, according to Kinsella, a handgun ban will solve all the world’s problems.

Warren Kinsella is a moron.

He naively believes that if we disarm the good people, namely law-abiding citizens, that the bad people, namely violent criminals who kill people in shopping malls and at block parties, will magically behave like decent human beings.

That’s not gonna happen.

Kinsella refuses to acknowledge proven studies like John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime”, which proves that firearms in civilian hands makes for a safer society.

He believes Ian Thomson of Port Colbourne, Ontario, should have just stood there like a good little Liberal and dialed 9-1-1 while three masked thugs attempted to kill him by burning his house down around him with Molotov cocktails.

It goes without saying that both Ian Thomson and I believe quite differently, and that it’s Warren Kinsella, not a handgun owner, who is the “fucking moron“.

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July 21, 2012

Why every mass shooting has the same common denominator: A GUN-FREE ZONE

The mass shooting at the Aurora, Colorado, Cinemark Theatre on July 20, 2012 is a tragedy.  There is no doubt about that.

It was, however, a preventable tragedy (at least as far as the high body count goes) except for one thing: all of those fine Colorado folks did what law-abiding people always do… they obeyed the rules.

What rule?

The rule issued by Cinemark that said nobody was allowed to carry a firearm on their premises, not even if they were a lawful concealed carry license holder.  Their movie theatre is precisely the kind of “target-rich environment” that spree killers like James Holmes pine for: a gun-free zone.

Colorado is what we in the concealed carry movement call a “Shall Issue” state.  If a citizen applies for a concealed firearms permit and has no criminal record then the state MUST issue that citizen his or her concealed carry permit.  This is a good thing.

The problems we have when faced with spree killers such as this Denver moron are two-fold.

First, no matter how fast the police response is to the shooting (and in this case the police response time was truly remarkable) they cannot get there until bodies are already on the ground.  They are not on the scene at the time all Hell breaks loose.

Second, rules based on a political agenda instead of the safety of human beings ultimately cost lives, as this case proves so terribly.

The anti-gun (and anti-human life) policy of the Cinemark theatre chain only prevents rule-following citizens from carrying firearms.

Their politically based ideological rule that prevents law-abiding citizens from carrying legally-owned firearms inside their premises is, of course, their right.  It is their business and they can make any rule inside that place of business they deem reasonable, even if that rule just cost dozens of people their lives and health.

This “gun-free zone” rule had no effect whatsoever on the murderer willing to kill dozens of people.  These rules never do.  The only thing they do is guarantee a tragically high body count.

You would think that even the most anti-gun fanatic would be able to comprehend this simple truth!   Sadly, they never do and more people will die because of that.

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June 19, 2012

Britain’s Olympic Shooting Hypocrisy

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Britain’s anti-gun fanaticism means they would rather not field anyone in the  Olympic Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol event than allow two serving British soldiers to compete.  Britain’s hypocrisy is obviously at an all-time high leading up to the 2012 Olympics.

Warrant Officer Morgan Cook and Corporal Ian Jack both shot qualifying scores that would have put them on Britain’s Olympic Shooting Team but both men were told there is no place for them at London 2012.

This asinine decision has devastated and infuriated both shooters, and understandably so.

Warrant Officer Cook is currently ranked #1 in the world in the sport.  He is also the British Forces shooting champion, and had a great chance of winning a Gold medal.

“There seems to be a personal as well as a political agenda. You must wonder if there is some sort of prejudice against Army people and pistol shooters in particular,” said Cook.

There is obviously some sort of national shame over the Dunblane school massacre that makes anyone in the shooting sports a pariah.  It’s a shame to see rampant political correctness keeping two deserving shooters out of the 2012 Olympic Games.

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June 17, 2012

Australia’s Olympic Hypocrisy and the Cowardice of Men

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Imagine the scene.  Britain.  The 2012 Olympic Games.  The nation that spawned the documents that guaranteed all subjects of the British Empire such terrible things as Freedom of Speech.  In the wake of what’s happened in Australia this week as the world readies for the Games you could be forgiven for not realizing Australia was part of the great British Empire at one time.

How far that pitiful nation of cowards has fallen… at least if the actions of Australia’s Olympic Committee are anything we should be using to judge an entire nation.

The fuss is all over a picture that Australian Olympic swim team members Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk posted to Facebook after attending a swim meet in California.

Terrible, isn’t it?  Two young men at a gun store holding a few firearms?  What were they thinking?  I mean seriously!  Holding up items that are perfectly legal inside the store that legally sells those items and taking a picture?

Forget sending them home from the Olympics early! Just take them both out back and have the Politically Correct Police shoot them both in the head!!!

Last I checked Australia still believed in Freedom of Speech, but I guess it’s been a while since I checked!  Who knew that taking pictures was such a heinous crime?

Certainly not me, and certainly not Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk. Until they were both called onto the carpet to “explain themselves” to the head of Australia’s Olympic Committee, that is.

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June 14, 2012

Why Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan is a complete and utter moron

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Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan

This is the face of Stupid in Toronto:
Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan

Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan is a complete and utter moron if he thinks that banning the lawful sale of products to law-abiding citizens will have any impact at all on the violent criminals shooting up downtown Toronto.

This isn’t the first time that the moronic Vaughan has focused on the people who are NOT the problem, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time either.  Vaughan hates guns and anyone who doesn’t share his vitriolic hatred of them.

Yes, that means that Adam Vaughan most assuredly hates me.  Trust me, I can live with that.  I’ve been reviled by much better men than this petty little tyrant and survived, so I doubt I’ll be losing any sleep over his despising me tonight either.

Let me be clear about something though, in case any mistake my mocking of the vapid Adam Vaughan as something it is not.

I despise the murderous and stupid people who are shooting up downtown Toronto.  My heart goes out to the families of every innocent person killed or injured by them.

Unlike the class of lunatics on Toronto City Council, Mayor Ford aside of course, I comprehend that if the problem you want to deal with is violent criminals in Toronto then do something about violent crime in Toronto! Don’t go blaming the people that ALWAYS get blamed for gun crime and gun violence… the very people who did not and never will commit those crimes: Canada’s law-abiding firearm owners.

Naturally this thought would never occur to the likes of Adam Vaughan or any of the other pathetic excuses for leaders that haunt Toronto City Hall.  Anyone who lawfully owns firearms is, in their eyes, no better than the idiot who shot and killed two people and wounded many more at the Eatons Center two weeks ago.

That’s where I have a problem.  I and the millions of lawful firearm owners across Canada are not the problem.  We never have been and we never will be.

Violent criminals and gangs are, but will we deal with that problem?  Of course not.  That doesn’t have a great sound-byte, does it? (more…)

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December 6, 2010

Our National Monument to Women’s Victimhood

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I was going to write something about Gamil Gharbi’s insane killing spree that left fourteen promising young women dead in Montreal back in 1989. But after reading my article from 2008, I really didn’t see what I would say today that I could say any better than I wrote then.

Maybe next year I’ll find a new angle… So until then, for those who haven’t read it before, here is Montreal Massacre: Alternate Endings, originally posted on diarmani.com.

 

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Gamil Gharbi single-handledly changed the face of Canadian gun politics. He became the embodiment of everything that man-hating feminists despise. In their horror and fear they lashed out at every Canadian male, and continue to do so today.

Someone said at the time, “The blood of these fourteen women are on the hands of every man”. Complete and utter garbage, but the national media lapped it up.

But what was the real problem in Montreal that fateful December day? Was it a lack of “gun control”? Not according to the Montreal Coroner Teresa Z. Sourour. She said quite clearly the exact opposite, not that anyone in government or the media noticed.

“The issue of firearms control has intentionally not been addressed. With the unlimited ammunition and time that Marc Lépine (Gamil Gharbi) had available to him, he would probably have been able to achieve similar results even with a conventional hunting weapon, which itself is readily accessible.”

Indeed it wasn’t until 2004, a full fifteen years after the event, that we were finally able to get the government to translate her report into English. (Montreal_Dec_6_1989_Coroners_Report.pdf)

Was it the failure of mental health officials? I doubt it. We did not have “thought police” in 1989 (and thankfully do not today either), and until this event, Mr. Gharbi apparently didn’t exhibit much in the way of abnormal psychology.

Was it the failure of police responding to the scene? Ms. Sourour said yes.

I disagree. Sure, they formed a perimeter and sat outside waiting until Gharbi offed himself, but that is not the root cause of the high death toll.

The failure that day was with our manhood. Or more to the point, our lack of one. For thirty years or more, men had been “trained” to be obedient, to do what they’re told, to be more “feminine”, less “manly”.

So they did exactly what the lunatic with the gun said. They abandoned their sisters to a sure and horrific death.

They left the room.

I pray that the faces of those fourteen dead women haunt every single male who did as Gharbi ordered, every single night for the remainder of their spineless lives. They were there when it counted. They could have saved the lives of their fellow students and they chose not to. Shame on them all. They failed the woman, they failed themselves, and they failed Canada.

Let’s imagine, for a moment, two alternative endings to Montreal on December 6, 1989.

Let’s imagine that a single one of those men had the courage to say “No!”

Imagine if he had gathered his thoughts and his courage, and simply stormed Gharbi. Sure, he might have been shot, even killed. But his actions would have showed clear leadership, and surely one or two other men would have joined the battle. Gharbi would have been taken down in the very first classroom, with perhaps three or four wounded or dead.

That’s a far cry from 14 dead & 29 wounded.

But wait! you say, That’s never going to happen! Who in their right mind is going to confront an armed madman in a school shooting?

Nobody!

Are you sure?

Because there are 7 young men at the Thurston High School in Oregon who are living proof you are wrong.

Yes, the young man leading the counter-attack, Jacob Ryker, was shot multiple times. He didn’t let that stop him. He continued on until the man with the gun was disarmed, and he lived to tell about it. Not only that, he was awarded the highest honour in the Boy Scouts of America for his bravery and leadership. (http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/23/us/shootings-in-a-schoolhouse-the-hero-wounded-teen-ager-is-called-a-hero.html)

Now let’s look at another scenario, one that seems to disturb so many Canadians today.

Imagine our laws were different.

Imagine that, instead of doing their best to disarm every Canadian, our government believed in our inherent right to defend ourselves. Imagine they had the common sense and the decency to promote lawful concealed carry for any law-abiding citizen that can meet the same proficiency with firearms and use of force training as our police officers.

It’s not that difficult a threshold.

Had there been a single law-abiding citizen with a concealed handgun in Montreal’s l’Ecole Polytechnique that fateful day in 1989, the outcome would have been different. It would have been swift and effective.

Gharbi pulls his rifle out of his duffel bag and points it at someone. He might even get a shot or two off. Then some man or woman with the foresight (and the training) to carry would have stopped him dead.

We wouldn’t be holding candle-light vigils for fourteen dead women, believing that if we just blame enough men for the tragedy, it won’t happen again. The cold, brutal reality is so completely the opposite.

Look at every school shooting in North America and what do they all have in common? “Gun-Free Zones”. Every school has, as its published policy, no legal firearms permitted.

It didn’t help in Columbine. It didn’t help in Tabor. It didn’t help in Virginia Tech. It didn’t help in Dawson College. And it didn’t help in l’Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. Nor will it help the next time some unbalanced individual with a gun goes on a shooting rampage in the next “gun-free zone”.

The time has come to stop pretending we can light a candle to stop the violence. The time has come to focus on solutions that work.

Guaranteeing the death of our young people is not something we should be proud of, yet that is what we do every time we legislate another “gun-free zone”.

The only people who obey the rules are the law-abiding. People like you and me.

We do not walk into a school or a mall and start shooting people.

Yet we are the very people the state demands be defenseless in the face of evil.

It’s time that changed. It’s time our politicians paid attention to us and the real solution we offer.

It’s time concealed carry was made accessible again.

Yes, I said again.

It wasn’t so long ago that concealed carry was a realistic option in Canada, and obtaining a concealed carry permit wasn’t a big deal.

It’s already legal. The law is on the books. Our bureaucrats simply deny every application that doesn’t meet their “criteria”. (read every application)

Let’s tell our elected politicians we want them to take control of the unelected bureaucracy and make concealed carry accessible to ordinary Canadian Citizens.

Again.

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