A birth certificate is needed for many activities as the basis of establishing a persons age and identity. Some examples include applying for a social security card, a passport, a drivers license, admission to many schools, admission into the military and when making application for a security clearance. The Constitution of the United States lists two requirements for being President of our nation. The first is that you be at least 35 years old and the second is that you are a natural born citizen. A birth certificate establishes both of those things yet not one of the 50 states or territories requires the document in order to be placed on the ballot for the office. How strange.
Yeah, I know, that’s nothing new, but right now the “press” is buying the pneumonia story hook line and sinker. They are only giving her grief about not announcing it sooner. I think she’s lying again (still?). On Monday the 5th of September she had one of her bigger coughing fits yet. Most of the media is dismissive and even minimizes it while she and her team say that she’s just suffering from allergies. They even intimate she’s allergic to Trump. How cute. They even pummel an NBC reporter for issuing a short but factual piece on the incident. On the 10th she gives a speech where she looks like death warmed over and apparently walks away somewhat abruptly twice. On Monday the 11th she has to leave the remembrance ceremony early because she isn’t feeling well. They don’t take her to a hospital, they go to her daughters apartment. That’s because they know what’s wrong with her. At this point the story is she got overheated on a day in the low 80’s. Later, after arriving at her home were told that she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia for two days. Funny no one had mentioned it before. At the very least they should be apologizing to the NBC reporter because he apparently realized something was up. Or do we not think that a presidential candidate that’s sick is news worthy? The press is widely reporting the pneumonia story as though they think it’s true. I don’t. There’s more going on here and we aren’t being told the whole story. She and her people will not stand on the ground to tell the truth if they can climb a tree to tell a lie.
This week the Texas “campus carry” bill went in to effect. To hear the anguish of some people on the web and most particularly some University of Texas professors, you would think that we were on the precipice of Armageddon. They have brought a lawsuit which claims in that their First Amendment right to teach is being chilled by people that carry firearms, meaning in essence that their First amendment rights are Chilled by the Second Amendment. Perhaps we should counter sue because they are using their First Amendment rights to chill those rights protected by the Second?
At least a couple of hundred people went in to a nightclub in Orlando. Reports have indicated that they were patted down before entering to ensure they were unarmed, but even if that was not the case, Florida law prohibits carrying of firearms in bars. Seems like such a common sense thing to prohibit yet this would have been a dumb thing to do in Paris and it’s positively stupid in the U.S.
Your government cannot protect you. To go into a place that advertises you are unarmed and then provides only the lightest security is foolish beyond belief. As long as there are animals such as the one that attacked this crowd in the world, you are responsible for your safety and protection whether you want to be or not. Putting yourself in a position that advertises you are unarmed and not prepared to protect yourself is tantamount to asking to be attacked.
A person who wants to be trusted the nations highest secrets is under investigation for mishandling classified information. At this point she has not been convicted, but considering the investigation against her it is highly unlikely that she could qualify for even the lowest level security clearance. The person that wants to deny firearms ownership to people based on the mere suspicion of various crimes is herself under investigation for several felonies yet wants control of the nations nuclear arsenal. I guess people don’t see the irony in that.
I’ll start with a little background. I’m 54 years old, fat and a retiree from both the military and civil service. The fact that I was in the military really has no bearing because I wasn’t a combat arms kind of guy. I was just a simple airplane mechanic whose fighting was mostly done with a screw gun and my main enemy was stuck screws. Even though my military experience wasn’t heavy in firearms, I’ve been around them since I was quite young. I shot my first gun around age 10 and was shooting with some regularity by age 12. It was common when I was young to leave the city and go to the small towns where my family grew up. My dad had a small piece of land and we regularly had a shotgun or .22 in the rear window of his pickup when we made those trips. My father was not a handgun kind of guy and even though he carried one at work as a security manager for a large corporation, he would have never considered carrying one otherwise. I probably didn’t shoot my first handgun until after I had graduated and left home.
I guess because I’d never been around them much, I took only a passing interest when states began allowing concealed handgun carry. I think that Georgia passed the first law in about 1976 or so. A few states passed laws in the interim years, but it was about 1988 when Florida past its law that the issue seemed to really get national attention. By this time I’d developed a little interest in handguns and I thought it was gratifying to see states loosen their restrictions one by one. It was also good to see that the dire predictions of blood running in the streets and other such nonsense were not coming true. I was also a bit perturbed by the situation. I’m a staunch supporter of our bill of rights and that goes doubly so for the second amendment. It’s my opinion that the requirement for a permit is an infringement upon those rights. I didn’t apply for a permit for many years after it was possible to get one for that reason. Frankly I didn’t and don’t feel the “need” to carry. Although crime can happen anywhere, I don’t participate in the drug trade, illegal gambling or anything of that nature and I live in an area with a fairly low crime rate. With all of those things in mind, the chance that I would be a victim of crime were and are quite low. I simply don’t think that I have much to fear. On the four or five occasions that I thought it prudent to carry, I did so regardless of the law under the premise that it was better to be judged by twelve than carried by 6.
When the theater shooting happened in Colorado, I began to rethink my position a bit. It is very rare that we go out to a movie, but just a few days after that incident we did. I felt it prudent to put a revolver in my pocket when we went on the basis that there are often copy cat crimes. That doesn’t mean that I was afraid because I wasn’t, I just thought it prudent. As I gave the issue further consideration, I came to the conclusion that although my chances of being present when a violent crime is being committed are very low, they are not nonexistent. I do believe that people should have the right to be armed and that an armed populace is a deterrence to evil. I also have a greater level of familiarity with firearms than most people and thus would be a reasonable candidate to carry regularly. A short time later I set things in motion to obtain a Concealed Handgun License in Texas. We also obtained one for my wife. This was mostly because I was concerned that if I had a firearm in a briefcase and gave it to her to hold that she would technically be a criminal for “possessing” a concealed handgun. That’s the kind of ridiculous situation that our “gun control laws” can breed. As it turns out she now carries her own gun regularly as well.
Concealed carry is not for everyone. It can be uncomfortable and it is often expensive. I have bought guns that I might not otherwise have purchased because they fit the need of concealed carry better than what I owned. There are holsters to buy and it usually takes two or three before a person finds one that they are comfortable with. Sometimes my choice of clothing has to be altered to accommodate carrying. I also go through more ammunition because I find that more practice is called for and I now own a couple of more guns than I did before I carried. The upside is that I do believe there is a deterrent effect from having concealed carriers out there. As I reconsidered my position on concealed carry, I concluded that about one to three percent of the population was all that was armed at any given time. I don’t think that’s quite enough to maximize the deterrent effect. I am not saying that everyone should be armed, but I don’t think we will get the full deterrent until five percent or so of the population is armed at any given time. Just after I started writing this piece, Detroit Police Chief made the news by saying that he thought concealed carry was a deterrent to crime and Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble has made similar comments in regard to terrorism. I frankly have not seen a sensical argument against expanded concealed carry and I read everything I can find on the subject. One thing is certain, gun free zones aren’t, and it ain’t the good guys that have them there.
Many people would now accuse me of suffering from some delusion or another. I assure you that’s not the case. While I’m a long way from believing that having a firearm makes me invincible or that I will prevail in any and all encounters, I do believe that being in possession of a handgun gives me an edge in most violent confrontations. As I read about various violent incidents, I’m left with the opinion that I’d rather have a gun and not need it than need it and not have it. Then again each of my cars are equipped with fire extinguishers, jumper cables flashlights and toolboxes.
Apparently both of those organizations have merged or formed a more formal alliance. I can’t imagine a marriage more made in hell than that one, but none the less it seems to be the case. My guess is that Bloomberg is trying to remove his face from the argument and replace it with that of Shannon Watts. It seems as though voters in most of the country aren’t a fan of Bloomberg butting into their business and this would allow a bit gentler face to be put out front.
This is no real surprise because Moms Demand Action would have had no operating capitol without Bloomberg in the first place. MDA claims membership of about a 120,000 people. That incidentally is about what their Facebook “like” count is. Were these members to have to cough up an annual membership fee of say about $35 a year, that number would shrink to 4 digits real quick. With a membership that would be unwilling to put any real money into their “cause”, a well heeled source of funds is necessary. Without someone like Bloomberg they simply couldn’t exist. If you get down to it, MAIG wouldn’t have much of a membership roster if its membership had to pay fees out of their pocket either. The only thing that perplexes me is why Shannon Watts would allow her organization to be tied together with a bunch of felons. It’s worth noting that several of MAIGs members are not eligible to own firearms because of their past legal transgressions.
While this organization can’t be ignored, I think that they have likely made a mistake. With several well placed anti gun organizations out there already, Bloomberg had several places that he could have put his money. Brady and the others however would have been unlikely to give up much control to him and in this arrangement he gets a puppet. The freedom loving among us, will need to highlight this unholy alliance at every opportunity.
I just read a comment by uncommon_sense at the Truth about Guns Site. He was commenting about the Brady bunch and their comments about how they wanted to counter “the ‘guns everywhere, anytime for anyone’ thing that the that the gun lobby’s doing”. uncommon_sense made the following comment:
Why do we even argue the “merits” of having a firearm in certain locations? The merits of having a firearm in a particular location are just as irrelevant as the merits of having an umbrella or sunglasses in a particular location. If I want to have an umbrella at some place, that decision is mine and only mine. No special interest group or government agency has any legitimate authority to tell me I cannot have an umbrella in some location. The same applies to whether or not I have a firearm in some location.
What we have to do is start telling the civilian disarmament advocates and government that it is none of their business what personal property we manufacture or purchase, period. And it is none of their business what personal property we possess at home or in public, period.
He makes a fine point. I’ve found myself having the same thoughts as I have come face to face with more and more liberal policies. Just a few examples are: what I pay my employees, the benefits contained in my heath insurance policy, whether or not I have health insurance, the benefits I extend to my employees or what I eat and drink. They want to have a say in all of that. I say it’s none of their business.
They claim to be altruistic in their interest and proposals, but there is no altruism there. Taking control of more and more elements of someone else’s life is not altruism, it’s despotism. They begin their despotic ways by having “discussions” on issues. Little by little they erode the resistance until they have obtained the control they desire. As far as I’m concerned the discussions are over. When it comes to most of these issues it’s simply none of their business.
As I write this, we are less than two weeks away from the anniversary of the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Anniversaries are tough for those that have lost someone. My wife and I lost a child several years ago. Just before the one year point we were beginning to come out of a fog and then the anniversary date arrived and the situation becomes emotional all over again. I wouldn’t wish any of that on my worst enemy. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with the families of the people in Connecticut.
I imagine that this situation is made all the harder because it has been made into a political football. The gun control crowd is vowing commemorations and calls for more gun controls on the anniversary. I would much rather let this day pass with a moment of silence and not politicize the event, but I’m in the situation where I either counter the gun controllers arguments, or watch our rights be washed away in a sea of emotionalism. I can’t help but notice that the action that most people are calling for would have made no difference in this case. The main rallying cry is for more background checks, but the purchaser of these firearms passed one. Many people are also asking for bans on the sale of “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines. No one that I’m aware of is seriously suggesting confiscation of those already in circulation, so this action wouldn’t likely be of any help in stopping a future incident. There are millions of semi auto rifles out there, and tens of millions of magazines.
I think the thing that bothers me the most about this is that from the moment this happened, people have been demanding actions without all of the facts. There was supposed to be a report issued by the state police in the spring detailing all of the evidence and findings. That was then put off until the summer. It didn’t happen then either and now I’m not aware of a suggested release date. There have been a couple of preliminary reports issued and in just this past week the news agencies have prevailed in their lawsuit to have the 911 recordings released. To date, there has been little new or useful information. It seems there is political wrangling going on in the state over this issue, but I have to wonder why the delay of what should be a fairly straight forward report. I have seen one comment by an individual that has ties to Newtown, and visited there shortly after the incident. He indicates that the perpetrator of this horrific incident was video taped driving by the High School entrance and left when he saw the police officer that was stationed there. Could that be something that they don’t want released? Is it true and/or are there other things that don’t fit with the view that many of our leaders and activists are pushing forward? I don’t know, but I become suspicious when there is an apparent lack of transparency. We need the facts – all lof them – before we start trying to make policy decisions.