FW: [9-12-melbourne] An interesting take on gun control.

From: Bob W.
Sent on: Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:39 AM
Excellent article!
BW


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Subject: [9-12-melbourne] An interesting take on gun control.
Date: Wed, 26 Dec[masked]:22:17 -0500

This guy is smarter than most of the govt. (leaders) , local and national, that have been making headlines.  I hope this makes it to all of America, including Washington, which apparently is no longer part of America and the Constitution.


An interesting take on gun control.
 

Obama's Hypocrisy Problem On Guns


I just got done throwing up (again) listening to Obama opine on gun control
in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Let's step back for a moment and look at this issue with a wide-angle lens,
starting with President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, two of the loudest
anti-gun proponents.

Let me first disclose where I'm coming from -- I'm a parent of a teen-age
daughter and have raised her single-handed since she was in diapers.  She
came into this world through an intentional act that I undertook with not
only full acceptance of the potential consequence *but actual planning for
that consequence*.  I would lay down my life for her, as would most
parents.  And in a few years she will go off on her own, yet I believe our
relationship will remain solid through the years. I hope to some day see
the "circle of life" repeat with one or more grandchildren and, I hope, a
worthy partner with whom she chooses to live her life with.

I still remember walking her out to the bus stop that first day of school,
and her marching up into the bus to go to kindergarten.  Just like every
other parent has done in one way or another.

I never gave much thought to the idea that she might be at risk while in
school.  Oh sure, it's always a possibility -- anything is a possibility;
there might be a tornado tomorrow, or lightning could hit you on the way to
get the mail in the afternoon.  But there are some things that you start by
believing, or you'd *never* let your kid walk up those steps onto the bus.
Among them are that the teachers and staff are not creeps; they are there
to help your child learn, not exploit them in some hideous way.  You cede
to those people what is known as *in loco parentis* for a number of hours
in the day, and then you take that responsibility back when your kid comes
home in the afternoon.

If there's a bump in the night and it's a thug intent on attacking my
family, it's my responsibility to deal with it first.  That's who I am as
the head of the household.  *I am the first responder, because my other
alternative is to be the first victim, either along side or right in front
of my daughter.  *And again, while you don't *expect* such an event to
happen, and you arrange your life as best you're able to prevent it, there
is no such thing as a guarantee.

Now please understand one thing very clearly before we continue.

Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama don't have this issue.

*They literally do not care about such things, and they design their life
and their public office so as to be able to not care.  It is an intentional
act they could cast aside should they so choose, but they have not and will
not.*

Mayor Bloomberg has a small cadre of hired hands who are near and with him
literally 24 hours a day.  They are armed, all the time, and they are paid
to worry about these things *so he doesn't have to.*

Likewise, President Obama has a *literal army* of trained, armed
*soldiers*in the form of parts of the military and an entire division
of officers
(The Secret Service) who's job it is, once again, to make this *not his
problem* for both him *and his entire family.*  Michelle and his children *do
not have to concern themselves about these issues* because there are
literally over a thousand others who are paid to take that responsibility
-- up to and including eating a bullet in their place.

Neither of these people is proposing to rely on what they claim
*you*should rely on -- a "law."  A piece of paper, which today doesn't
even get
printed on real paper; it's a ghost in a machine that glows at you in the
dark.

Let me remind you that our founders said, over 200 years ago:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

They did not say that government gave them rights.  They stated that *you
had them, just as they had them, simply by virtue of being human and alive.*
That all persons have them, and that they are unalienable -- unable to be
removed by any man.

If you believe that you have a right to life because your creator endowed
you with that right, and that this right is unalienable and thus cannot be
taken from you (although it can certainly be disrespected!) then it follows
that you have not only the right *but the responsibility* to defend your
life.  That is, you have the right *and the responsibility* to deter to the
best of your ability any other person who would take your life from you.

You may choose to delegate this responsibility to others, as Mayor
Bloomberg and President Obama have, *but your right to life is not inferior
to theirs.*  It is equal.  President Obama has no more right to live than
you do.  You are his equal from the standpoint of what your creator, and
his creator, endowed both of you with.

So we have established that you have the right to live, as does the
President.  And if the President has the right to defend his life with
deadly force, *and indeed the responsibility to do so*, then, should it be
necessary, so do you.

*This debate should end right there.  Up until all of these people in
political office disband their police forces, their Secret Service details,
throw down their own arms, armored cars, body armor and other defensive
means of interdicting assault they have nothing -- not even a
moralargument -- behind them in their demand that you disarm and
become an
intentional victim -- no matter who you are.*

But of course the debate doesn't end there, because the false equivalences
don't begin and end with rank hypocrisy and politicians crapping all over
the documents they swear to uphold.

Worse, we the people keep electing jackasses just like them.  Indeed, in
the last election we had *two* choices for President that were
*both*hostile to your fundamental right to life.

Thus, we are compelled to continue our debate and look at the world around
us.

Unfortunately when we continue our examination that we find that there is
evil in the world.  There are those who disrespect other people's rights.
Some of them may want to kill you.  Everyone who undertakes to murder
believes their reason for doing so is justified.  That they may be
objectively insane doesn't change their view of the world.  Their desire to
see you die is in direct conflict with your right to live.

In that situation one of you will be victorious, and the other will not.

It is your decision, and only justly your decision, how you resolve this
conflict.  You have the right to surrender your life if you so wish, but in
doing so you are making a decision that only you, and nobody else, has the
authority to make.

President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg demand that you cede this decision *to
an insane criminal*.

They are attempting to demand that you not defend your right to life, *although
they will not themselves do what they demand of you and cede their decision
to any person who is insane and would kill them. *

*They in fact spend millions of your taxpayer dollars to prevent the very
victimization they demand you submit to from happening to them.*

There is only one *sane* response to that demand, and it is for you to
insist that these people perform an anatomically-impossible act.

Now let's put this in the context of your children.

When a child is born it is defenseless, hungry and cold.  The newborn baby
is dependent upon its parents for everything, other than oxygen from the
air, that it needs to survive.  It is incapable of feeding itself, it is
incapable of adjusting its environment and bodily covering to deal with
environmental changes such as heat or cold, and it is incapable of
disposing of the waste products from bodily processes in a manner that will
not make itself and others ill.  That child, during the next 18 years,
undergoes growth in both mind and body, to the point where (hopefully) he
or she is capable of discharging those responsibilities alone.

But until that time comes, you are that child's protector.  You are the one
ensconced with the *responsibility* to protect that child's life.

That child's *right to life* is unalienable *but as that child's parent you
are the one charged with defending that right.*

*How dare you refuse to discharge that responsibility!*

Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, along with many others have, thus far
successfully, *demanded that you intentionally refuse to defend your
child's right to life as soon as that child enters a school -- and they
then attempt to compel you, by law, to have that child attend some form of
school!*

*How dare you consent in place of that young person who is too young to do
so!*

*They have the gall to tell you that your children must be unarmed
targets while armed guards stand at the ready next to them on a literal 24
hour a day basis to prevent the same thing from happening to them, while
forcing you to pay for their protection.*

*How dare you accept this premise while they smugly stand with their Secret
Service and Police, armed to the teeth, not even willing to step inside a
hotel without security first checking to make sure there has been no evil
laid in!*

Now I would like it very much if we could find a way to rid the world of
evil.  Simply making all guns disappear, which is incidentally a factual
impossibility, is unfortunately insufficient.  One of the worst
mass-murders committed in the 20th century was undertaken by a man with
less than a gallon of gasoline and two matches; he killed 80 people here in
the United States and is currently in prison for life.  No gun law in the
world could have changed that outcome, for he did not use a gun. Another
nutjob blew up a federal building in Oklahoma; he used fertilizer, diesel
fuel and a truck.  Likewise people have murdered with cars, SUVs, swimming
pools, common household goods used as poisons along with sporting goods,
including baseball bats, golf clubs and even their bare hands.  A
not-insignificant number of murders in China in recent years have been
committed (in schools no less!) by knife-wielding assailants.  Your kitchen
contains more than enough implements of destruction to murder virtually
anyone, especially if taken by surprise.  Harris and Klebold at Columbine
not only used guns, they also attempted to blow up the school with tanks of
ordinary propane; fortunately the detonators failed to work.

I don't see anyone talking about banning outdoor BBQ grills.

Fortunately man is clever and invented a device many years ago that makes
the weak the equal of the strong.  It makes the 90lb woman the equal of the
250lb man who desires to******her.  It makes the 92 year old
wheelchair-ridden
widow<http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-11-09/news/9311090216_1_teenager-bessie-jones-young-man>
able
to stop two teenage thugs who break into her home with felony on their mind.

And it makes an elementary school principal, janitor or teacher able to
stop a rampaging young man.

It's called a gun.

We recently read in the news about a deranged man who stole a gun and shot
up a shopping mall in Oregon.  After shooting a couple of people his gun
jammed.  He un-jammed it and then decided to shoot himself, despite the
fact that the police had not yet arrived.  This puzzled me, as the pattern
in these rampages is that the maniac continues to kill until he either runs
out of ammunition or the police arrive and it is evident that he will be
captured.  Then, as his final act of defiance, he kills himself.  This
insane individual checked out before the cops got there, which is uncommon,
despite having plenty of ammunition remaining -- and no cops yet at the
door.

The media, Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, Joe Lieberman and others didn't talk
about why he shot himself instead of continuing his rampage once he
unjammed his gun.  They tried to keep that quiet on purpose, concealed from
you *because it destroys their justification for demanding that you cede
the most-holy of all rights that you have -- your right to life -- to them.*

You see, a man carrying a *concealed weapon*, an ordinary law-abiding
22-year old citizen, *pulled that weapon and used it to defend himself, his
friend and her baby.*<http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html>

He didn't have a clear shot without the risk of hitting an innocent person
and thus didn't fire.  *He didn't have to.*  The shooter saw him *along
with his gun* and that was enough for him -- he decided to dispatch himself.

That's how it happens 98% of the time, according to the FBI.  98 times in
100 when a citizen uses a firearm in self-defense he or she doesn't have to
shoot anyone.  It's simply enough that the weapon is there in the hands of
a person willing to defend their right to life -- the criminal decides to
terminate his assault.

*The gun, the much-maligned gun, in the hands of a person willing to
discharge their personal responsibility to defend their own life and those
who they love, stops a felony in process more than one million times a year
in the United States -- and 98% of the time that weapon is not discharged.*

*President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, Lieberman, Pelosi, Boxer and more are
all dancing in the blood of those dead children in Newtown and worse, they
are lying to you about the true record that guns have in relationship to
crime in this country and they know it as the counter to their argument
that guns in the hands of citizens would not stop such assaults happened just
days before!*

Now let's look at another argument -- that citizens will shoot "wildly" and
hit innocent people.  The facts say differently -- *citizens in fact shoot
the wrong person only 1/5th as often as police officers!*

This really isn't surprising, when you think about it, and it also isn't an
indictment of the police.  A police officer almost never is at the scene of
a crime when it begins; he is called or otherwise discovers the crime in
process.  As he was not the original intended victim it's not surprising
that he's sometimes not real sure who the bad guy is.

A woman being raped, on the other hand, is quite sure who the rapist is at
the moment he attempts his crime, since his body is attached to the
instrument with which he intends to commit the assault.  Her odds of
engaging the wrong person by accident are vanishingly small.

And this leads to the next problem -- the cops are never there.  *They
can't be*.  When seconds count the police will be along in 5 minutes.
Within those 5 minutes a homicidal maniac can murder *dozens* of people.
The police will then "catch" (or kill) him, *but you will still be dead.*

It therefore is utterly ridiculous for you to rely on the police and insane
for any government official to suggest (or worse, insist) that you do
so; *their
purpose is to show up with a broom and clean up the mess, documenting it
all for prosecutors, juries and judges -- if the assailant is still alive.*

I've already made the case conclusively that our government at both State
and Federal levels are full of hypocrites who insist that you cede to them
your right to life, *while they assiduously protect themselves at your
expense, being unwilling to live with the restrictions they would impose on
you.*

But in truth it gets worse than that.

You see, our government has been running guns.  *Illegally running
guns. *Jaime Avila, in just one of many examples, purchased two rifles
that were
found at the scene of a federal agent shot near the Arizona-Mexico border.
Our government knew Mr. Avila was illegally trafficking weapons to the
Sinaloa drug cartel.  Nonetheless, when his purchases were called into the
BATFE for clearance *the government intentionally approved the transactions
despite knowing they were illegal.  *

Two of those hundreds of weapons came back over the border and were used to
murder Brian Terry.  Hundreds of Mexican citizens have been murdered with
these guns in total -- *guns that our government illegally, intentionally
and maliciously allowed to be delivered to this murderous cartel.*

Mr. Avila's sentence<http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57558767/fast-and-furious-suspect-sentenced/>?
57 months in prison, or just under 6 years.

When?

*Two days before the Newtown Connecticut shootings.*

Media outrage?  Zero.

*Your outrage?*  Did you even know about the sentence?

*Guess who didn't tell you and run that story every 5 minutes on national
TV -- the same media that is trying to ban your firearms!*

An adjunct to the oft-heard argument that we shouldn't allow guns in places
like schools, churches and similar is that civilians can't be trusted to
only shoot when they should, and not when it's unclear if they could injure
or kill an innocent person.

But the record says otherwise, and not only in the incident that occurred
just *days* before Newtown at the Oregon mall.  Witness this incident from
March of this year<http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/sheriff-concealed-weapon-saves-church-from-man-armed-with-shotgun/>
, *one of over a million a year,* when a deranged man claiming he wanted to
see his children (who do not attend there) showed up at a church and kicked
in the door while wielding a shotgun.

He didn't expect to find a parishoner with a pistol pointed at him, who
then held the would-be shooter until the police arrived.  *As in 98% of
these cases the armed citizen in this event did not need to shoot -- by the
mere presence of his firearm he likely prevented the nut with the shotgun
from causing mayhem in the church.*

Arguments over magazine size or type of weapon are distractions.  A man
intent on murder who doesn't have a 30 round magazine will stuff three 10
rounders in his pocket instead.  You can change magazines in less than a
second with a bit of practice; such a restriction burdens no criminal.  Not
only did the alleged assailant in Newtown have a rifle with him that some
people would like to ban *he also stole two pistols*, either of which *alone
* was more than sufficient to commit the mass-murder that occurred.  *In
the instant case banning "assault weapons" would have changed exactly
nothing, **never mind that Connecticut already has an assault weapons
ban*<http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/Chap943.htm>
* and it did not prevent the crime!*

What's worse is that banning weapons based on how they *look* (which is
what so-called "assault weapons" bans do) has nothing to do with the
ability of a firearm to inflict injury.  Semi-automatic firearms, which is
what all of these are, were invented in the 1800s.  They were sold *through
the mail* with no background check or anything else until 1968.  Many of
the most popular firearms, including shotguns such as the Remington
1100, .22LR rifles such as the Ruger 10-22 and many hunting rifles are
semi-automatic.

Indeed, the common AR-15 variants are most-often used for varmints, target
practice and competition.  None of these weapons are "machine guns" or *weapons
of war*, the sale and possession of machine guns (any weapon which can fire
more than one round for each pull of the trigger) have been heavily
regulated (but legal) since the National Firearms Act of 1934.

*AR-15 variants are the most-popular sporting weapon sold in the United
States*; surveys show *more than 3 million Americans own one*.  They're
popular because they're reasonably-priced, reasonably-accurate out of the
box, have a light recoil and thus can be used by women and others of
smaller stature without having your shoulder pounded to a bloody pulp and
the ammunition is reasonably-priced since the cartridge is relatively small
(in fact the bullet is about the same size and mass as a 22LR!)

*These rifles are considered severely-underpowered for many hunting
applications and in fact it is illegal to hunt deer with one in many states
as they are not lethal enough to have a reasonable certainty of humanely
taking the animal in question.  Common hunting rifles are far more deadly
than an AR-15.*

There is in fact nothing particularly special about the AR-15, or for that
matter any other gun.

Now, onto legal constraints as they exist today, and the fallacy that they
could have prevented what occurred last week.

Background checks are already necessary to buy guns but again do nothing to
deter a determined criminal.  In the case of Newtown *the system
worked;*the shooter attempted to buy his weapon at a store and was
turned down.

*He then turned to murder -- of his mother -- to acquire the weapons he
used.*

There is no background check system that would have prevented this
tragedy.  The guns didn't come from a licensed dealer, there was no
circumvention of the system via the so-called "gun show loophole" (or any
other sort of loophole); *the alleged perpetrator in fact murdered the
lawful owner of the weapons in order to acquire them.*

Further, mass-shooting events are almost-never random.  Columbine and the
Aurora theater shooting both are known to have been extensively planned.
In the case of Newtown it is reported that the shooter destroyed his
computer, including the hard disk, before beginning his assault, in
addition to attempting to buy a gun in a store.  *This evidences material
amounts of planning and premeditation, which means he didn't randomly
decide to shoot up a school, he planned to do so and selected that as the
location most-likely to bring him "success" as he defined it in whatever
twisted worldview he held*.  Had he not been able to find someone with guns
he could steal through committing murder (and consider that a cop could
have been his intended target in that regard since they all have guns!) he
could have used any one of a number of other easily-acquired means of
committing murder and mayhem.  This shooter was clearly nuts, but insane
does not mean unable to plan -- that he very-clearly *was* able to do, and
did.

There are, however, three things we could have done, and any of them
*might*have stopped the tragedy from occurring, or at least limited or
prevented
the loss of life.

*The first is to get rid of the so-called "gun free zones"; they are
nothing more than a public advertisement that the persons within them are
unarmed and thus targets for anyone who wants to commit murder.*

There is *already* a strong vetting process for school personnel.  We check
them for criminal records for entirely valid reasons -- nobody wants a
pedophile working for the school in contact with their kids!  *There is no
reason not to allow school districts, if they so choose, to allow those
members of their staff and faculty who desire to acquire the training to
carry concealed to do so while on school property.*  In short removing
the *target
of opportunity* sign from the front door *might* have deterred this
shooter.  If it didn't *the principal and teachers who elected to be
trained would have had a fighting chance.*  And that's all we can ask for,
really, when all the other defenses we try to put up in front of such an
assault fail.

*Second, if you're going to actually "up-armor" the schools, then do it and
mean it.*  Classroom doors must be able to be locked from the inside *and
require a key to open from the outside*.  Sidelights and glass in the doors
must be of shatter-proof material (e.g. wired glass or polycarbonate) so as
to prevent someone from breaking a window and either walking in or reaching
through or unlocking the door.  Doors must be able to withstand a *
reasonable* degree of assault, meaning they should be steel-framed and
steel-cored, bolted to the building. *The point is to deter assault, not
make it impossible.*  At the same time there needs to be a means for
two-way communication to and from the office along with some sort of duress
alarm so in the event of a serious problem the teachers can all be informed
to lock the doors.  Many people want "single-point" entry with a
passthrough from a front office or similar -- this is a nice idea for new
schools, but is entirely unreasonable for existing construction.  In
addition we need to be sensitive to the fact that you still have to deal
with exposures during before and after-school periods (e.g. when buses are
loading and unloading); there's only so much you can *reasonably* do
without turning schools into prisons.  *Our children are not prisoners of
the State and we must not allow them to be treated as if they are.*

*Third, we must improve psychiatric surveillance and impose liability on
those professionals who have a duty to report and fail to do so.*  The
shooter at the Colorado movie theater *could* have been interdicted on this
basis but wasn't.  We don't yet know if that is the case in this incident,
but the public deserves to know.  There is a serious civil liberty concern
here that has to be balanced against public safety, and for this reason the
exact criteria and how we perform that balance *must take place through
public debate*.  There's nothing wrong with being crazy; we all have the
right to be nuts so long as we're not a risk to anyone else.  But when
someone expresses a credible desire to commit mass-murder that sort of
shield *must evaporate.*

In short the answer is not found in gun bans -- no matter what sort of
excuse is offered.  In the instant case *there is no gun ban that would
have changed the outcome.*

But beyond the proved inability to be effective gun bans are nothing more
than an outrageous demand by our political leadership that we submit not
only ourselves but *our children *to slaughter by criminals, promoted by
politicians *dancing in dead childrens' blood and upon their still-warm
corpses*, while they hide behind their armed guards, bullet-proof windows
and armored vehicles.

*No citizen should stand for this crap -- not on an ethical basis, not on a
moral basis, and not on a Constitutional basis.*

Dean Benjamin
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God bless Dean and his family and all like him.






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