America’s real security

In an incident that is a blow to gun control advocates, the husband of a former CNN news reporter, himself a former reporter, was wounded in a gun battle when an  armed intruder stormed into their New Mexico motel room.  In the gunfight, the robber was killed.  My first reaction was “What is a CNN reporter doing staying in Motel 6?”  Not surprising, almost all of the posted comments were from common-sense folks who wondered why the anti-gun crowd was silent.  Tough to engage in a conversation when any reasonable defense of your position is found wanting. (As you might have guessed, I am pro second amendment).  Without a gun to protect themselves, the anchor and her husband would most likely be dead.  The wounded husband is an everyday, law abiding American who felt the need to carry a legally registered pistol.

Gun control advocates contend that passing laws that would remove guns from the hands of the citizenry would prevent another Columbine, the slaughter at the Church in South Carolina or the killing of an innocent bystander in San Francisco.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  What they do not talk about is how many everyday, law-abiding citizens have protected life and property because they had instant access to a legally owned firearm.

Can we not learn a lesson from Prohibition?  The ban on distilling and selling alcohol drove the market underground and became a boon to organized crime.  The natural outcome of blanket gun bans is to hand the market and ownership of guns to criminals who in turn know they operate in a country with a neutered citizenry,

The horror of these vicious acts is sickening and the very appearance of such evil instills a deep reaction for us to do whatever is necessary to prevent such in the future.  Unfortunately, when emotions run high, all too often logic and reason go out the window.  In a civilized society we must, absolutely must, resist the impulse to  let emotions overcome reason and refrain from passing laws that hack at the leaves of the problem without getting to the root,  We run the danger of taking freedoms from responsible, tax paying, honest Americans who not only respect and manage firearms, but who provide a certain level of national security (As validated by one reason the Japanese chose not to invade our homeland in 1941).

The shooters at Columbine, Hook Elementary and the church in Charleston were sick and the Illegal Alien in San Francisco was a hardened criminal, pure and simple.  I am a strong advocate of doing everything that can be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who suffer from mental illness.  Blanket banning of firearms is not the answer.

Statistics prove that most gun crimes are committed by crooks who obtained their guns illegally,  The shooter in the New Mexico shooting incident was in violation of parole and, although the details of how he obtained possession of a gun have not been revealed, in all likelihood it is stolen.

The emotion and the rhetoric to curb gun violence must be centered on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals while preserving the rights, freedoms, and the ability of everyday Americans to protect themselves. Police protection is not always available at the moment it is needed most.  I have not always agreed with some positions of the NRA but I respect that six million law abiding gun owners, including myself, have a forum and an organized force to stave off unreasonable and misguided attempts to remove our ability to protect ourselves.

Blanket banning of firearms is not the answer.

Idleness and Violence

“I work to stay alive.”  – Bette Davis.    “Get busy living or get busy dying.”    – Stephen King

Talk show pundits, politicians, and bar room philosophers banter around the causes/reasons for the seemingly irrational behavior of thousands of protestors over the recent Grand Jury decision to not indict officer Darrin Wilson.  The facts, as reported by the Ferguson Prosecutor, discredited much of the previously reported account of events leading up to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.  Yet protesters continue to disregard sworn testimony or the discredit of the same.

A new symbol for nationwide protestors, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” continues to be the war cry even though its origin is founded on a lie.  It never happened.  Irrational!!

Our focus on perceived police racism ( sometimes real) as the root of the problem is a distractor.  We hack at the leaves of the cause of disruptive social events such as the Ferguson protests with rubber machete’s when we should be running excavators twenty-four-seven to expose its real roots…roots of poverty, hopelessness, idleness, broken dreams and hate.

The Bette Davis quote is a classic.  Having arrived as an actress at a point in her life where work was no longer a financial necessity, she continued working to “stay alive.”  The Michael Browns of the world and millions like him, including thousands of the “national” Ferguson protestors apparently didn’t and don’t know what it is like to experience the satisfaction of having meaningful work.  Michael Brown would be alive today if, instead of stealing cigarillos,  he was doing homework or resting in preparation for reporting to his job.  Instead, the curse of idleness wrapped its tentacles around a young mans aspirations and dreams, leaving him to roam the streets that fateful night in Ferguson, a young man without hope and without direction.

Who’s to blame?  A question for which there is no easy answer but one thing is for sure.  A national government blinded by ideology ignores facts, history and reality; a pattern destined to undermine the framework of economic expansion and consequently individual opportunity.

For six disruptive years, and before, our Federal Government has had its ladder placed against the wrong wall.  Instead of using rational policy changes to revive a flailing economy, the Obama administration has systematically and ignorantly stifled the engine of opportunity that made America the greatest country in the world.  The small business.   Regulation upon regulation have driven the golden goose to lay eggs of lead. In the midst of an economy whose recovery is anemic at best, the Federal Government needs to stop looking at Capitalism as the enemy and remember what made this country the worlds standard bearer for opportunity.  When that is done, the Michael Browns of the world will be so busy pursuing their dreams there will be no time or motivation to steal cigarillos.