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A Message from Dave
THE 2nd AMENDMENT
Liberalism is evil's path - it defies all reality. It rewrites history. It defies logic and it appeals to uncontrolled emotion - arrogance.
One of its conspiracies is gun control. Liberalism disguises itself as freedom taking away all responsibility which is true freedom, for there is no freedom without responsibility. Are you willing to give up all responsibility of self defense, the responsibility for protecting your families and your country from all enemies? If so then you are for gun control. Are you willing to give all responsibility to the government and become a slave? Allowing them to do whatever they want with no one to stop them? Our forefathers were not. That's why we have the 2nd Amendment.
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty," warned Patrick Henry. "Nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
Our Forefathers knew going back to ancient times, that society has recognized the right of free men to arm themselves in defense of their lives, families, home and property. Slaves were often denied that right. Under the laws of William the Conqueror, the difference between free men and slaves was actually defined by ownership of weapons.
"If any person is willing to enfranchise his slave," said the Norman code , "let him...deliver him free arms, to wit, a lance and a sword, thereupon he is a free man.
Black Americans should know this all too well as their ancestors were often denied this right going back to the beginning of our country and the civil war era when there freedom was won.
• After our US Civil War, In the months after the Civil War, the existing southern governments struck at these units with the enactment of "black codes" which either outlawed gun ownership by blacks entirely, or imposed permit systems for them, and permitted the confiscation of firearms owned by blacks.
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The United States Constitution Bill of Rights Amendment II states:
The United States Constitution Bill Of Rights
Freedom of religion, speech, press, and peaceable assembly as well as the right to petition the government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Right to keep and bear arms.
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
Protection from quartering of troops.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, private property.
No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Trial by jury and other rights of the accused.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Right to a trial by jury.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Prohibition of excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Powers of states and people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Liberalism makes use of deception in many ways as it seeks to enslave our country and one common deception is to try and take away our right to bear arms by misrepresenting the meaning of the second amendment so I will present to you our forefathers intent and one true meaning of the second Amendment. I hope you will recognize the importance of it today as when it was written some 200 years ago and not fall into the trap of thinking we have advanced as a civilization beyond our forefathers wisdom.
We will start with the word Militia which came into use around 1530 to describe the population of able bodied men, ages sixteen through sixty who were required to bear arms. When the first colonist arrived in America they brought the Militia with them. Only three years after the Mayflower landed, Plymouth Rock colony enacted a law requiring " that every freeman or other inhabitant of the colony provide for himself and each under him able to bear arms a sufficient musket and other serviceable piece for war...with what speeds may be." As in Britain, authorities in every colony stipulated that "All men between ages of sixteen and sixty were liable for militia service, with some exceptions like clergy."
After winning our Freedom in the War for independence from Britain, Americans began to worry about how to preserve freedom. Many worried that the newly formed American government might become tyrannical one day. Americans split into two camps on this issue.
The Federalists argued that the problem would take care of itself, since the militia - consisting of all able-bodied men, ages 16-60 years - would overthrow any tyranny that arose. "The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword", argued Noah Webster, "Because the whole body of the people is armed..."
The anti-Federalists, however, pointed out that Congress might one day disband the general militia and replaces it with a "select militia, loyal only to the government. When a select militia is formed, the people in general may be disarmed," warned John Smilie at the Pennsylvania convention.
To prevent this from happening, the anti-Federalists demanded a Bill of Rights that would guarantee, among other things, an inalienable right to keep and bear arms. The great object is that everyman be armed...", declared Patrick Henry. "Everyone who is able, may have a gun." Richard Henry Lee concurred: "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." With a population thus armed, Congress would be powerless to disband the militia.
While the Bill of Rights was being debated in the House, Tench Coxe published a defense of the proposed amendments in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette. Unlike today's judges, lawyers, ACLU activist and liberal agenda Coxe showed a clear understanding of the Second Amendment's meaning
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."
To defend against the enemies of freedom, Madison wrote the ninth Amendment to protect against future generations of lawyers, bureaucrats and the liberal agenda to destroy freedom. It states:
"The enumeration in the constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
Simply put, just because the Bill of Rights does not mention a particular right, it should not be assumed that such a right does not exist. The natural or God-given rights of freemen take precedence over written rights. And no natural or God-given right was more widely recognized by the Founders than that of bearing arms in self defense.
The Militia Act of 1792 decreed that "every able bodied white male citizen" was part of the militia (note: the word white was removed in 1867). The Supreme Court later upheld this interpretation when it defined the militia as "all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense" (United States v. Miller 1939) The US Code actually distinguishes between organized militia (National Guard) and the unorganized Militia as "all men eligible for militia service but not formally enrolled." However, the gun control advocates try and twist the meaning of the Militia to push their evil agenda of gun control. The Ninth Amendment as noted makes it clear that gun rights apply to all Americans, whether they are eligible for the formal militia or not.
I think that most would agree that our politicians and bureaucrats have little regard for our rights, and it has become an accepted practice to operate outside the boundaries of our constitution and Bill of Rights to the point where if one quotes and demands his rights he is ignored; it seems that a false set of rights has been enacted to protect criminals, leaving law abiding citizens defenseless. Over the years I am sure you have heard countless stories of citizens arrested for defending themselves, their homes and their property, as well as criminals turning around and suing for injuries sustained in the commission of a crime.
A good example which I was witness to was the LA Riots in 1992. The police were nowhere to be found as gangs followed by looters ravaged the city. I was caught unaware of what was happening as many others were. I looked out a window and saw fires raging all around and looters carrying everything they could: TVs, Sofas shopping carts were filled with everything they could carry. I got on my motorcycle, and as I drove down the street I could feel the heat from the flames against my legs and bellowing out over the sidewalks. It was complete lawlessness with no police to be seen.
Every decision I made was the difference between life and death in the face of a frenzied mob. I had picked the wrong way to go home, which took me deep into the heart of the riot. I wish I'd had a gun, just the comfort of knowing I had it, even if I didn't need to use it. I decided to forget the law and provide for my own safety as I dodged around looters and ran red lights - I knew that if I stopped, I would be in big trouble, as I had witnessed a poor young guy ripped from his car. I got home, armed myself, and got a flash light and some MREs and headed back to the riots where my mother owned a small office building in Korea town which was the only source of income.
I made it to her building which was in a very dangerous location. I went up on the roof and from there I could observe the riots. Gangs would cruise up in vans (probably commandeered) and storm retail shops followed by looters to mask their actions. They were dangerous and armed. I got to see and hear many gun battles between store keepers and gangs, even my own which consisted of me ducking behind a wall until they stopped shooting at me and left. I wanted to shoot back but I knew that if I did, I would some how get arrested even though there were no police around for as far as I could see. I knew that the law protects criminals and I would be prosecuted for defending myself - a reality that many face when taking responsibility for the defense of themselves or their property. The police had retreated to who knows where allowing the violence to spin out of control. Only the arrival of the Federal and National Guard troops three days later put an end to the disturbance.
In the meantime over 50 people had been killed, 4,000 injured, 700 buildings burned down and more than $1 billion worth of personal property destroyed. Those who weathered the storm best were the brave store owners - mostly Koreans who defended their property with shotguns and assault rifles - and I might add they needed the assault rifles to detour the gangs and mobs that rushed their stores. At my location next to a Korean swap meet, I witnessed several assaults repelled by armed Koreans on the roof. I do not think brandishing a hand gun would have served as a deterrent and many more would have been killed or injured if not for the assault weapons brandished by the merchants. The assault weapons were visible from the street and when the attackers realized what they were up against they would retreat and go on to an easier target. The reason I mentioned this is because of the assault weapons ban that seems to be so easily accepted by both parties which is wrong, not to mention unconstitutional in a direct violation of our right to Bear Arms.
When a right can be regulated, then it is not really a right. If the First amendment - Freedom of speech - is regulated, then there is no freedom of speech. A right is a right and cannot be regulated without infringing on that right. This is a principle that holds true for all rights.
"Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe", wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1816. But when the press aligns itself with special interests - such as the antigun lobby - critical information is censored, and liberty itself hangs in the balance. "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be," warned Jefferson.
People always speak to the deception and miss the point: guns in the hands of citizens = self defense.
- Self defense from criminals
- Self defense from foreign invasion
- Self defense from our own government usurping the constitution
The only thing that gun control has to do with crime is to make it easier for the criminal. There are basically two kinds of people opposed to the right to bear arms (the right to self defense): the ignorant and the evil.
The evil know that to conquer and control, they must disarm their opponents. The ignorant are sheep, easily deceived through the use of deceptive tactics to follow along. Do you want to be left defenseless?
Politicians typically think that they are more important than the people they represent - that they're more important than the country. They think in terms of advancing themselves, they think in terms of gaining votes. They compromise things that they know are true and right in order to stay in politics to get elected again and again. No one is more important than the country. But they will deceive people with gun control to gain more power.
The people who want to disarm you know very well you will be defenseless. A military principle applies here: Disarming your enemy through cutting off arms and ammunition takes away their ability to fight and defend themselves. At this point they can only retreat or be conquered. Gun control puts the government in total control leaving the citizens defenseless, not able to defend them selves. And totally dependent on the government for protection that can basically only come after the damage is done. This is what the liberal agenda desires.
Our War for Independence was sparked off by an act of gun control! That's right, just why the British General Thomas Gage dispatched Major John Pitcairn to Concord on the night of April 18, 1775. To seize powder, shot, and arms. On the morning of April the 19th, 50 to 60 Minutemen met them at Lexington. He sure wasn't going there for a picnic or a tea party. Big mistake; he and his men were shot at all the way back to Boston. He started out with about one thousand men, but before he got back to Boston he had lost 273 men.
This Famous event Known as Paul Revere's Ride was immortalized in our history by a poem written by Longfellow in 1860. America was on the verge of Civil War. In light of this, Longfellow created a stirring patriotic legend to remind New Englanders of the patriotism in the stories of the country's founding. He warns at the end of the poem of a coming "hour of darkness and peril and need", implying the break up of the Union, and suggests that the "people will waken and listen to hear" the midnight message again.
Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year
- Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Let's break down the arguments for gun control through the use of logic.
1. They say a gun or weapon is an evil thing.
Answer: It is nothing but an inanimate object it possesses no human attitudes or emotion unless you believe in voodoo magic.
2. Logic tells you a gun is a tool like any other tool. It is no different than a piece of rope. Rope can be used to rescue a person from a burning building or provide a safety line in dangerous situations or it can be used to hang a murderer or unfortunately an innocent person, but it is the person using the rope not the rope.
3. They say if the citizens do not have guns there will be less crime.
Answer: A gun is unable to commit a crime, people commit crimes. How does this lower crime does the gun possess some kind of power? People say money is the root of all evil. Under that logic we should ban all money, but that would not be realistic. But what holds true for money a tool for exchange would hold true for a gun or any other tool.
4. Logic would also tell you that it is impossible to ban all guns. Think about it: guns are very easy to obtain and manufacture in any machine shop, and just like they banned alcohol during prohibition years, by banning guns all you will do is create a greater black market for guns which would mostly supply criminals, not law abiding citizens. So it is not realistic to think you can ban guns. I am not trying to justify through logic that because you can't ban guns we shouldn't. I am saying that it is not possible to ban all guns.
5. When I was a kid and people couldn't afford to buy a gun they would make it, what we called a zip gun by taking a pipe loading it with gun powder and then putting projectiles in it. Glass, metal anything they had. Sort of like the old cannons you saw in the pirate pictures, they would discharge them quite effectively, crude but effective and as you can see pretty much anyone can make a zip gun. My point is it is virtually impossible to ban weapons and the tighter the restrictions the more creative people will get. We have a ban on drugs and we have not even made a dent in drug traffic. There are people always willing to make a buck where there is a demand legally or illegally.
The theory of gun control is that it only works if everyone doesn't have them, but that is not an obtainable goal and will just end up with guns only in the wrong hands.
I cannot think of any logical argument to defend gun control.
I think we have established the fact that banning guns is not a realistic approach to solve crime, and that all it would do is create other problems and I might add worse problems as you will see as we reveal the true motivation of gun control.
You have banned all the guns in a city - pick one: Los Angeles. You are a criminal making your living robbing people or breaking into houses stealing. One city has a ban on guns the other does not. Which city are you going to work in? Logic would tell you to go to the city with a gun ban because you have far less risk and more opportunities.
Who would turn in or register their guns?
Answer: People who respect or are afraid of the law. Not criminals.
A person that would point a gun at someone, rob them and maybe shoot them as well. Would it be logical that they would care about banning or registering their guns? Logic would tell you of course not. Logic would tell you a greater proportion of criminals will have guns to law abiding citizens. Logically speaking that makes it easier for the criminal and increases crime.
What is the real objective of gun control?
It is to ban or make easy to confiscate guns. Why? Because it would leave people defenseless, free for the government or an invading Army to control people and force them to summit to their wishes.
Armed citizens are our best defense of our homeland from an invading Army or our own government turned tyrannical usurping the constitution.
Logic tells us if someone wants to take your defenses away in a world that is growing more dangerous by the moment they must have a reason for disarming citizens. Since we have shown through logic it has nothing to do with crime, what could it be?
Logic tells us there is only one reason to disarm someone and that is to control or conquer them.
A short history of arms rights
• The feudal system as it evolved in Europe, under which armament and military duties were concentrated in the nobility. Citizens were not allowed to own arms
• Under the laws of Alfred the Great, whose reign began in 872 A.D., all English citizens from the nobility to the peasants were obliged to privately purchase weapons and be available for military duty. The right of armament was subject only to narrow limitations.
• The Aftermath of the English civil war of 1642 saw England in temporary control of a military government, which dissolved Parliament and authorized its officers to "search for, and seize all arms" owned by Catholics, opponents of the government, "or any other person whom the commissioners had judged dangerous to the peace of this Commonwealth". (An Act for Settling the Militia," Ordinances and Acts of the Interregnum, Vol. 2 1320 (London, HMSO 1911).
• In 1662, King Charles II a Militia Act was enacted empowering officials "to search for and seize all arms in the custody or possession of any person or persons whom the said lieutenants or any two or more of their deputies shall judge dangerous to the peace of the kingdom". Gunsmiths were ordered to deliver to the government lists of all purchasers.
• Religious persecution via gun control via confiscations were continued under James II, who directed them particularly against the Irish population: "Although the country was infested by predatory bands, a Protestant gentleman could scarcely obtain permission to keep a brace of pistols." (Thomas Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of Charles II, Vol. II at 137 (London, 1856).
• When Hitler came to power, his henchmen burned the Reichstag and blamed it on the Communists - the excuse to suspend all constitutional rights and to disarm all political opposition. Under the gun control laws passed by the liberal Weimar Republic, the Nazis began disarming Jews.
• Then came Reichskristallnacht in 1938, in which the Nazis smashed up businesses and homes with the excuse that the Jews were dangerous and must be disarmed. Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler threatened 20 years in the concentration camp for any Jew caught with a gun.
• The Nazis made only two important changes to the Weapons Law that was in place when they came to power. First, they forbade Jews from owning guns or any other weapon. Second, they exempted members of the Sturmabteilung (SA) and many Nazi party officials from the law's strictures.
Theodore Haas, a Jewish survivor of Dachau concentration camp when asked whether camp inmates ever speculated about whether they might have resisted the Nazis had they been armed, Haas responded: Many, many times. Before Adolph Hitler came to power, there was a black market in firearms, but the German people had been so conditioned to be law abiding, that they would never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people really believed that only hoodlums own guns. What fools we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government, media, and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset...
There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not "brainwashed" about gun ownership and had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis.
• Chicom leader Mao correctly stated that power grows from the barrel of a gun. When the Chinese Cultural Revolution happened the people were disarmed and executed and/or imprisoned as were their families; they are now powerless automatons working for an all powerful China state economy, intent on crippling ours. But to listen to our politicians, they claim the Chinese are our friends and trading partners. Are they? Would they treat us better than their own people who are slaves to their government?
• Tennessee The Battle For Athens - August 1, 1946: Following a heated competition for local offices, veterans in the insurgent GI Non-Partisan League took up arms to prevent a local courthouse ring headed by a state senator linked to a Memphis political boss, from stealing the election. When the Sheriff Deputies absconded to the jail with key ballot boxes, suspicious veterans took action. A small group of veterans broke into the local National Guard Armory, seized weapons and ammunition, and proceeded to the jail to demand the return of the ballot boxes. The deputies refused, and the veterans, now numbering several hundred, opened fire. The ensuing battle lasted several hours and ended only after the dynamiting of the front of the jail. The surrender of the deputies did not end the riot, and the mob was still turning over police cars and burning them hours later. Within days the local election commission swore in the veteran candidates as duly elected.
• Human Rights Watch/Africa reports that 2,800 people gathered in a church were slaughtered by militiamen using automatic rifles, machine guns, grenades, and machetes. As people fled, it took the militia four hours to kill them all." While in Rwanda over 500,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu had been slaughtered...Of course no one in the Church or the 500,000 ever had access to small arms to defend themselves.
• In Liberia's attempts to overtake its West African Neighbors of Monrovia, Sierra Leone and Guinea more then 150,000 unarmed civilians were killed by a much smaller heavily armed Liberian troops.
• The first year results Of Australia's Late 1990's Gun Ban are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent; Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent; Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent...To make the point, shortly thereafter the real Nick "Crocodile" DunDee (who was a trapper in the dangerous outback) was gunned down in a Waco Texas style assault for not turning over his weapon. His crime was wanting to retain his right of self defense.
• NATO, under UN mandate, has disarmed civilians across the Balkan region over the past few years. Even if someone is the member of an oppressed minority in a given region, "self-defense against genocide" is not a valid reason. Beware of the United Nations.
George Washington in his farewell address noted how we should: "Stay out of foreign entanglements." America's Founding Fathers recognized that standing armies were dangerous to liberty because such armies oppressed the population domestically and engaged in wars of imperialist aggression...Our right to keep and bear arms as a part of English and American law antedates not only the Constitution, but also the discovery of firearms That is why the United States originally followed the early British and perpetual Swiss model of republicanism, a militia army, and neutrality. America's Founders were also inspired by Cesare Beccaria's Dei Delitti e delle Pene (1764), which characterized as "false idee di utilit" the laws that prohibit peaceable citizens from carrying arms, which encourage attacks by armed criminals against unarmed victims. America's founders wished to avoid "entangling alliances" in Europe, and the US entered World Wars I and II reluctantly...
Internationally in Switzerland, the only "gun control" law held, was (until about ten years ago) that every man must shoot accurately at 300 meters. Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: "You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?" The soldier replied: "We will shoot twice and go home." Later in 1939, the Nazis heard this message in countless other venues. They knew that they could not execute every Swiss for having a weapon - instead, they knew that countless German soldiers would die from Swiss snipers. The powerful German army could make Switzerland into a wasteland, but the German blood that would be spilled was unacceptably high, and the country would be ungovernable. Some say that is why no one has ever invaded Switzerland let alone the U.S. A well kept secret in the Liberal agenda.
Our National Guard is not the "Militia" referred to in the Second Amendment...Which is even clearer today. Congress has organized the National Guard under its power to "raise and support armies" and not its power to "Provide for the organizing, arming and disciplining the Militia".(H.R.Report No.141,73d Cong.,1st session at 2-5 (1933). This Congress chose to do in the interests of organizing reserve military units which were not limited in deployment by the strictures of our power over the constitutional militia, which can be called forth only "to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions." The modern National Guard was specifically intended to avoid status as the constitutional militia, a distinction recognized by 10 U.S.C. Sec. 311(a). Troubling, is that in every 2nd Amendment court cases filed since 1942, the court interpret the U.S. Citizens right to the Second Amendment as a mere extension of asserting that Militia Clause. . . Again the Courts job is not to interpret a right!
Our courts want to follow this UN Globalism conspiracy to disarm the citizens of the United States, which does not teach the truth of armed citizenry. Instead blames the guns of citizens in states doing everything they can to disarm them leaving only armed authorities and bad guys oppressing law abiding citizens. Nowhere greater does a U.S. citizen feel this impact than in a home in the State of "Kalifornia"
We the people of "Kalifornia," have been all but had Guns confiscated and the Crime and threat to life and liberty have never been greater as the legislature and federal circuits do not view that firearms are not a God given right to any U.S. citizen, let alone a "Kalifornia" native.
According to 2nd Amendment attorney Peter J. Muncus:" Our muskets were technologically the equal to the redcoats'. By the Second Amendment, all ordinary citizens are legally guaranteed the right to maintain technological parity with modern military small arms, regardless of their rate of fire, lethality, power or physical appearances? Otherwise, the Second Amendment loses its effectiveness as a pragmatic check on civil authority turning tyrannical. . ."
Ben Franklin once wryly commented how "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" As the United States. . . and for that matter the world community enters an uncertain 21st century, the lessons of history will either be learned or its mistakes will be repeated: an Armed citizenry is what is both needed and required to keep the enemies from within and outside ones sovereign borders, property or personal space free from destroying liberty. Responsible Individual Fire power is essential to a freeman as is water.
I think that logic tells us that we have to draw a line when it comes to gun control. The founders of our nation understood this that is why we have the 2nd Amendment (self defense) the right to bear arms.
We have to stop speaking to their deception and the divisiveness of gun control advocates and tell the truth this is about self defense on a personal level and the defense of our nation. There should never be any compromise to a right that is right.
You may not want to own a gun Lord knows some people have no business owning a gun but you can take comfort that one day something may happen and some of your neighbors that have guns can come to your aid.
For many years I had the most wonderful neighbor an old women in her eighties and over the years I saw criminals would prey on her with scams stealing her money when she did not even have enough for groceries but she was too proud to say anything so towards the end of the month I would find an excuse to check her refrigerator and I would pick up some groceries under the guise of making me dinner one night. Well back to the point she took great comfort in the fact that she had an armed neighbor that could come to her aid because she knew if something happened there wouldn't be time for the police to react. It worked out good for me because when I was off around the world on military tours she would watch my house.
We are brainwashed everyday to disarm. The Hollywood entertainment business always make these movies showing the heroes trying to resist guns or after he killed the bad guy throwing the gun down when if it wasn't for the gun he would never have saved the day. Like it is some kind of evil thing and you should feel guilty.
You have the news media in full gear deceiving the people at every opportunity. Their twisting and omitting of the facts is shocking: More Guns Less Crime; Less guns means the ratio of law abiding citizens having guns is less to criminals having guns. You can take this as a principle.
In all my years every time you remove the deceptive tactics employed by the enemies of freedom every chart, graph and statistic shows gun control elevates crime every time in a free society no exceptions. This conclusion also is supported by logic as well as facts and reality. Example; the enemies of freedom never use Switzerland as an example of how armed citizens lowers crime and serve as a deterrent, causing Hitler to back away from conquering the Swiss. It is true Hitler could have invaded Switzerland, but concluded the cost would be too great because of the militia of armed citizens. They will tell you about the low crime rate in Japan because of gun bans and gun control. But what they don't tell you is Japan is a police state with no Bill of Rights. The police there search at will and keep files on everyone. They are not a free society.
Zelman suggests that America's traditionally permissive gun laws have so far helped spare us from the sort of bloodshed that runs rampant in other countries. Interested readers can purchase Zelman's book, Death by Gun Control, through the jpfo.org Web site.
In Stalin's Russia, the mere suggestion that you might be a vrag naroda -an enemy of the people -- was enough to get you dragged from your home in the middle of the night and shot in the back of the head. In seventeenth - century Salem, Massachusetts, all it took was for someone to call you a witch.
The Swiss understand as clearly as did Machiavelli that they owe their freedom to their arms. "If weapons are a token of power," goes one Swiss dictum, "then in a democracy they belong in the hands of the people." The Swiss are also fond of saying: "If the government cannot trust the people, the people cannot trust the government."
I will close with Aesop's fable of the Lion and the Woodsman. Used by Abraham Lincoln when he was pressured to disarm the South after the North's victory in the Civil War. He said:
A lion very much in love with a woodsman's daughter. The fair maid referred him to her father and the lion applied for the girl. The father replied: "Your teeth are too long." So the lion went to the dentist and had them extracted. Returning, he asked for his bride. "No," said the woodsman, "your claws are too long." Going back to the dentist he had them drawn. Then he returned to claim his bride, and the woodsman, seeing that he was unarmed, beat out his brains.
"May it not be so with me," asked Lincoln, "if I give up all that is asked?"
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Dear old veteran, may I salute you?
By Patricia Salwei
I approached the entrance to Ft Belvoir's medical facility last year as an old veteran puttered towards me. Easily over 80 years old, stooped and slow, I barely gave him a second glance because right behind him, on his heels, was a full bird colonel. As they approached, I rendered a sharp salute and barked, "Good morning, Sir!" Because they were heal to toe, I began my salute as the old veteran was about two paces from me.
He immediately came to life! Transformed by my greeting, he rose to his full height, returned my salute with pride, and exclaimed, "Good morning captain!" I was startled, but the full bird behind him was flabbergasted. The colonel stopped mid-salute, smiled at me and quietly moved on. As I entered the clinic, the utter beauty of the encounter preoccupied me. What prompted the old man to assume that I was saluting him? Perhaps he just thought, "It's about time!" After all, doesn't a W.W.II vet outrank us all?
I turned my attention to the waiting room taking a moment to survey the veterans there. Service people rushed around, loudspeakers blared, the bell for the prescription window kept ringing. It was a whirl of activity and the older veterans sat quietly on the outside seemingly out of step, patiently waiting to be seen. Nobody was seeing.
My old friend stayed on my mind. I began to pay attention to the military's attitude towards its veterans. Predominately, I witnessed indifference: Impatient soldiers and airmen plowing over little old ladies at the commissary; I noticed my own agitation as an older couple cornered me at the Officer's Club and began reminiscing about their tour in Germany. To our disgrace, I have also witnessed disdain: At Ramstein AB terminal, an airman was condescending and borderline cruel with a deaf veteran flying Space A; An ancient woman wearing a WACS button was shoved aside by a cadet at the Women's Memorial dedication in D.C.; A member of the Color Guard turned away in disgust from a drunk Vietnam vet trying to talk to him before the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Wall.
Have you been to a ceremony at the Wall lately? How about a Veteran's Day Parade in a small town? The crowds are growing faint. Why do we expect the general public to care if we don't? We are getting comfortable again. Not many of us around have been forced to consider making the ultimate sacrifice. Roughly 60% of today's active duty Air Force did not even participate in Desert Storm.
I always lament about the public's disregard for the military. I do not count all the days I stayed in bed instead of going to a ceremony or parade. It was my day to be honored and I deserved to sleep in. It's just like a 28-year-old, whose weapon was "Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Presentation" during the last conflict, to complain about recognition. Sometimes I wonder who is going to come to our parades in 20 years; will anybody look me up in the Women's Memorial Registry?
The answer lies in the present. We will be honored as we honor those who have gone before us. The next generation is watching. It is not my intention to minimize the selfless service of our modern military; my comrades are the greatest people I know (and frankly should be treated better). But, lately I'm wondering if the public's attitude towards the military isn't just a reflection of the active duty military's attitude towards its own veterans.
It's time to ask - do we regard them, do we consider them at all? How does our attitude change when the hero is no longer wearing a uniform? I was proud to wear my uniform. Can I admit that I thought I was cool? There is no denying that there is something about our profession, combined with youth, that feeds the ego a little. We have all seen a young pilot strut into the Officer's Club with his flight suit on. He matters; he takes on the room; he knows he can take on the world. But, one day he will leave his jet for a desk, and eventually he will have to hang up that flight suit. A super hero hanging up his cape. How will we measure his value then? He will no longer look like a pilot, an officer, a colonel. He'll just look like an old man coming out of the clinic with his prescription. But, is he less of a hero? Will anybody remember or care about all the months he spent away from his newborn daughter while making peace a possibility in the Balkans? Probably not.
Our society has a short memory. Maybe it is not for the protected to understand. Rather, it is my hope that when a young lieutenant walks by him they will each see themselves reflected in the other - one's future, the other's past. In that moment, perhaps, the lieutenant will also see the hero, now disguised as an old man, and thank him.
The truth is there are heroes in disguise everywhere. I used to wonder why people would want to chat with me when I was in uniform - telling me about their four years as a radio operator in Korea. So what? I wasn't impressed relative to my own experiences. Now I understand that they were telling me because nobody else cared. Proud of their service, no matter how limited, and still in love with our country, they were trying to stay connected. Their stories were code for: "I understand and appreciate you, can you appreciate me?"
The answer is, yes.
I separated from the Air Force in February. I'm out of the club. Still, I want you to know that I'll attend the parades, visit the memorials, and honor you. All this while my kids and your kids are watching. Then, maybe, someday when I'm an old woman riding the metro, a young airman will take a moment of her time to listen to one of my war stories. I, in turn, will soak in her beauty and strength, and remember.
Today as I reflect on my adventures in the Air Force, I'm thinking of that ancient warrior I collided with at Ft Belvoir. This was something I received from a friend and I thought was worth passing on.
I'm wondering where he is, if he's still alive, if it's too late to thank him. I want to start a campaign in his honor - Salute A Veteran. What a great world this would be if all our elderly veterans wore recognition pins, and we would salute them even if we were out of uniform and saw them coming out of a Seven Eleven.
Yes, this started out as a misunderstanding on my part. But, now I get it. That day was the first time in my life that I really understood what it meant to salute someone.
Dear Veteran, I recognize and hail you! I do understand what I have and what you have given to make it possible.
So I'm wondering if we meet on the street again - may I salute you?
Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako, LTC (Ret) USAR
Prisoners or Slaves - Part II
Christians may soon find themselves in prison for merely professing Christ. The forces of darkness are mounting an insidious attack upon Christians. You can view this attack on the news almost every night. Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you (I John 3:13). We as a society have become tolerant of every form of evil. However, we are increasingly growing intolerant of the profession of Christ and His magnificent efficacious, substitutionary, complete work on the cross. Jesus Christ is the God-Man; the only one qualified to go to the cross and be the propitiation for our sins. The wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). We were born physically alive but spiritually dead in our sin (passed from Adam). This was the opening of last month's article.
There are many reasons a person may find himself in captivity. A terrorist may abduct you; you may become a prisoner of war, or you could find yourself incarcerated for breaking the law. Breaking the law in the future could be the profession of Christ or teaching the Bible because after all, according to the secular humanist and many members of congress Christianity is intolerant, and therefore a hate crime.
Remember the two Texas border patrol agents who were prosecuted for doing their job? They are both in prison. Then there is the story of the Canadian pastor arrested for hate crimes when he read the scripture that declares homosexuality an abomination. There are many examples in scripture of slavery and imprisonment. His own brothers sold Joseph into slavery (Gen 37:18-36); they meant it for evil, God meant it for good. Later, he found himself in prison for rejecting the sexual advances of his employer's wife (Gen 39:7-23). The Egyptians enslaved the Jews for four hundred years. Then there were three invasions of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans, each resulting in captivity. Who can forget Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, prisoners thrown into the fiery furnace (Dan 3:12-22)? Yet God delivered them and they became a great witness for the living God (Dan 3:23-4:3). Daniel was thrown into the lions den and yet God delivered him (Dan 6:16-28). If it is not your time to go, the evil intentions of your captors or the powers of hell cannot harm you. (Isa 41:10) Fear thou not for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Many of the Apostles and disciples of the 1st century were incarcerated for no more than applying their faith. Paul, Peter, and John to name a few, did marvelous work under these unpleasant circumstances. Paul wrote the prison epistles and the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation.
Do you think for one minute something like this could not happen to you? Think again, history repeats itself.
However, if you find yourself in these or any adverse circumstances remember, (Rom 8:28) and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Also, Rom (8:31-39) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up as a substitute for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For your sakes we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Notice that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. We cannot love God unless we know God; we cannot know God unless we know His word. God is revealed only through His word. (Rom 10:17) So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
God has a perfect plan, purpose and will for our lives. We can never fulfill God's plan if we don't know His word. As long as there is breath in your body, you possess the free will necessary to learn and follow God's perfect plan for your life. No matter what your circumstances, God will never leave you or forsake you. (Deut 31:6) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. See also Deut 31: 8, Josh 1:5, I Kings 8:57, and Heb 13:5.
We as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ possess the inerrant, infallible Word of God. If we should find ourselves in some form of captivity, we must do as slaves what we did as free men, and that is to make the word of God a priority in our lives. (II Peter 1:3-4) seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you might become the partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (John 8:31-32) So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed in Him, "if you live in my Word, then you are truly students of mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free." (John 8:36) "And if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." We must know and claim by faith the magnificent promises of the word of God. (Rom 4:21) and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able to perform. Whether we are free or slave should be of no consequence to us. God is always taking care of us, no matter what our status. (I Cor 7:22) For he who was called in the Lord a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave. Your circumstances may change but the love of Christ will never change.
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"This is a long ways from being over. I don't know what the trend is. I think this is a key moment in determining Afghanistan's future."
- Navy Vice Adm. and Navy SEAL Eric T. Olson, who in early May was nominated by president Bush to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command
"We will continue to pursue and interdict Taliban fighters who threaten the Government of Afghanistan. Taliban fighters have two choices; stop fighting and reconcile with the Government of Afghanistan, or face elimination by ANA and Coalition forces."
- Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force- 82 spokesperson.
"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
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"... who are the militia, if they be not the people of this country...? I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers."
- George Mason Elliot, Debates at 425-426
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
- Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787
"Citizenship ought to be reserved for those who carry arms."
Long Beach Green Beret dies in Afghanistan
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Joshua R. Whitaker of Long Beach had always talked about joining the military, according to his family.
When he finally did, he quickly decided he wanted to be part of its elite Special Forces unit known as the Green Berets.
"We were worried, but we knew there was no stopping him," said his uncle, Robb Whitaker. "He was very, very happy. He felt he finally found his calling."
In March, the 23-year-old engineer sergeant was deployed to Afghanistan - his first mission since completing his Special Forces training. On Tuesday, Whitaker died in action near Qalat, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered in a firefight.
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Army Special Operations adds dozens of names to memorial wall
This year, the brass bell rang 37 times - one toll for each of the Special Operations soldiers who died in arms over the past year in what their commander said "will probably become our nation's longest war."
Then it rang for five Korean war soldiers.
The service, held as the Army's elite troops paused to remember their fallen comrades, served as a somber reminder that the names added Thursday to a copper-plated memorial wall at Fort Bragg will surely be soon joined by others.
In fact, four fallen soldiers since the March 31 cutoff will be added next year.
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Cody rolls out welcome for elite soldiers
Annual celebration attracts members from every branch of military service
To the enemy, Special Operations Forces are often invisible, carrying out clandestine missions in hostile territory before disappearing without a trace.
But they will have a high profile in Cody this weekend as the community welcomes nearly 100 special operators as part of the fourth annual Honor Our Special Operations Forces Weekend.
In what has become a major event on Memorial Day weekend, the town will host military brass like Gen. Bryan Brown, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and other dignitaries, including Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
"But the real guests of honor are the Special Operations Forces as a group," said Buck Wilkerson, a Cody resident and SOF veteran who is helping to organize the event.
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SEAL tapped to head SOCom, add fourth star
Would be the first Navy SEAL officer to achieve the rank of full admiral
Defense Secretary Robert Gates nominated Vice Adm. Eric Olson on Thursday to replace retiring Army Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown as head of U.S. Special Operations Command.
Olson currently serves as SOCom's deputy commander.
If approved by the Senate, Olson would become the first Navy admiral to head the elite command since its inception in 1987. The admiral would be only the second non-Army general officer to lead SOCom. Air Force Gen. Charles Holland was SOCom commander from 2000 to 2003.
Olson is a 1973 Naval Academy graduate and served as a Navy SEAL in several overseas tours. He led Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif., from 1999 until he became SOCom deputy in 2003. He would be the first Navy SEAL officer to achieve the rank of full admiral.
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Iraqi Special Operations Forces Detain Suspected JAM Commander In Baghdad Raid
Iraqi Special Operations Forces apprehended a Jaysh al-Mahdi Special Groups commander during an early morning raid in Kadamiyah, a central suburb of Baghdad May 30. The target of this operation is alleged to be responsible for providing financial, logistical, and political support for multiple insurgent groups and terrorist organizations.
The individual is also suspected of managing operations to murder and intimidate local Iraqis and ordering several attacks on Coalition Forces. The alleged commander is also suspected of overseeing the training of insurgent recruits on terrorist methods including the construction and detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices and Explosively Formed Projectiles.
Acting on tips from the local population, Iraqi forces raided a house where the suspect was believed to be residing and detained him without incident.
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No shortage of targets for U.S. special forces in Iraq
Every night in Iraq, U.S. Special Operations forces carry out as many as a dozen raids aimed at terrorist leaders allied with Al Qaeda, other insurgent fighters and militia targets. Their after-action reports are the first thing that General David Petraeus, the senior U.S. commander in Baghdad, reads the next day.
The missions also are closely watched by senior policy makers in Washington, who differ on whether the small number of elite units should focus on capturing and killing leaders of the group that calls itself Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and foreign fighters in Iraq, or whether the greater threat comes from the Sunni-based Iraqi insurgency or Shiite militias.
In the shadows of the troop increase ordered by President George W. Bush, Special Operations forces conduct 6 to 12 missions every night across the country. A vast majority - 80 percent to 90 percent - are aimed at Qaeda-allied targets, while the rest attack other extremist elements, say senior military officers in Baghdad and Pentagon officials.
"We are focused on those elements that are causing the most problems and going after a very specific target set," one officer in Iraq said. "We are working very hard to go after the rogue elements or extremists of any flavor."
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Special forces deploy in Afghanistan
Australia's special forces task group is now fully deployed inside Afghanistan and intent on making life uncomfortable for Taliban insurgents, defence head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston says.
But Air Chief Marshal Houston declined to give a Senate estimates committee hearing many details of their planned activities.
He said the insurgents had proved adept at use of the internet.
"We have announced the deployment of the special operations task group but I won't be saying too much about the way they conduct their operations because as we have seen, the Taliban have a great capacity for gaining information," he said.
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From ODs to ACUs, Vietnam to OIF
"What were they called? BDUs? Yeah, I missed that entire era," said Chief Warrant Officer George Grayhek, intelligence electronic warfare officer for 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th MI Brigade.
"My wife said I could have two years in the sandbox with the Soldiers and I want the two years," he said, but he knew it would not be easy.
Grayhek, a Washington state native, first served in the Army from 1959 to 1979, then retired as a chief warrant officer. He returned to duty in 2006.
Sgt. 1st Class Verlon Land, intelligence electronic warfare foreman with 502nd MI Bn., works with Grayhek on a daily basis and has a lot of respect and admiration for the chief's reunion with the Army.
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Heads Roll in Los Angeles
When the illegals aliens, undocumented workers and the non-taxpaying segment of society can force elected officials to bow to their demands, what message does that send?
Don't say "it can't happen here", it already has!
On Friday, word circulated through the Los Angeles Police Department that a protest rally was being planned for the following day in MacArthur Park, the scene of last Tuesdays May Day melee. A colleague asked me if I would be interested in adjusting my schedule and working crowd control at the rally. I declined The rally turned out to be a spectacular dud, as it happened, attracting far more cops and reporters than protesters, but staying clear of it was nonetheless the wiser course. In fact, for however many days, months, or years I have left in my police career, I plan on staying as far away as possible from MacArthur Park. There was no violence there on Saturday, but its a dead certainty that there will one day be another confrontation between cops and immigration protesters like the one that occurred on May Day, and when that day comes some unfortunate cop will have to have his head lopped off before the LAPD brass will allow us to even raise our voices about it.
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9/11 Mastermind Confesses in Guantanamo
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a chilling string of other terror plots during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript released Wednesday by the Pentagon.
"I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z," Mohammed said in a statement read during the session, which was held last Saturday.
The transcripts also refer to a claim by Mohammed that he was tortured by the CIA, although he said he was not under duress at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo when he confessed to his role in the attacks.
In a section of the statement that was blacked out, he confessed to the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, The Associated Press has learned. Pearl was abducted in January 2002 in Pakistan while researching a story on Islamic militancy. Mohammed has long been a suspect in the killing.
Using his own words, the extraordinary transcript connects Mohammed to dozens of the worst terror plots attempted or carried out in the last 15 years-and to others that have not occurred. All told, thousands have died in operations he directed.
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If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk, and spoons made Rosie O' Donnell fat!
There are a myriad of statisticians claiming that the figures here attached are not scientific enough.
However, few if any are actually arguing with the raw numbers.
Since our Constitution protects our right to carry and have weapons (Australia's never did) these figures are simply interesting fodder.
All clear thinking people can understand that disarming the law abiding citizen simply encourages the law breaker or a despotic government.
We, as gun owners, should never attach our rights to crime statistics. The fact is....whether crime goes up or down is immaterial to a Constitutional right.
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent; assaults are up 9.6 percent; armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
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Letter To Islam
"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11. 2001?
Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?
Did nearly three thousand men, woman and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?
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Home invasion gone wrong for criminals.
Home invasion gone wrong for criminals.
Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez 23 and Enrico Garza 26, probably believed they would easily overpower a home alone 11 year old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two story home.
It seems the two crooks never learned two things, they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay shooting champion since she was nine. Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.
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Combat in the Guelma region
I have just found a report sent to the Ministry of Defense in April 1958 by Lt. Colonel Jeanpierre of the first REP Corps. This report highlights the lessons learned from four months of intense fighting on the Tunisian border (Bataille des Frontires) that took place from January to the end of May 1958. Enemy losses amounted to 1528 killed, 23 prisoners, around 512 weapons recuperated including 26 machine guns, 13 automatic rifles, several rocket launchers and mortars. This man was my commanding officer for five years and I reported to him directly as part of the intelligence group. Jeanpierre was the only Corps leader killed on active service when his helicopter was hit by machine gun fire in pursuit of an enemy column on 29 May, 1958. He was the first chief to establish a doctrine on the use of helicopters, considered the only valid and costeffective modern engine in subversive warfare where success is due to a) intelligence b) the use of crack troops and c) the shock of rapid deployment. The alternative is a slow, discreet deployment under cover of darkness with units converging on the objective from different directions, taking the enemy by surprise and cutting off any retreat.
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Andy Rooney said on "60 Minutes" a few weeks back:
I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers.
The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.
Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens... Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door
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The state of Michigan threatened local beavers with a $10,000 per day fine for failing to remove their dam.
This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania.
The guy's response is hilarious, but make sure you read the State's letter, here, first before you get to the response letter.
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Save Your Heart
Dr Michael Colgan
When the first confirmed case of atherosclerosis was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. James Herrick in 1912, the disease was so rare most physicians could not find a single case. Seventy-seven years later, the same journal reported 60 million cases across America . We did it all to ourselves! The leading cause of death in America is cardiovascular disease, responsible for some 40% of deaths. The next leading cause of death is cancer at only 24%. Let's look at the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease...
The more risk factors you have, the higher your chances are of having heart disease. Combine these factors with the blood test indicators below and you could be on borrowed time.
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Mouse-holing is a technique or tactic used in urban warfare (also known as Fighting in Built-Up Areas (FIBUA). Specifically, it is the act of creating small passages through walls between adjoining rooms or buildings, either by manually breaking or tunneling a hole in the wall, or by use of explosive devices like satchel charges.
This tactic is first noted in World War II military manuals. It was notably used by Canadian soldiers with great success during the Battle of Ortona. The tactic was also used successfully by Soviet forces in the Battle of Stalingrad, who were able to constantly infiltrate areas to the German rear that were supposedly cleared. Without question, it has made its greatest rennassance in Iraq.
In urban warfare any one in a fire fight knows that open streets quickly become death traps to advancing infantry, as they present open areas where soldiers are easily caught in enfilade, and can be raked by machine-gun and sniper fire from hidden positions. It is therefore paramount that troops avoid open streets, and clear urban areas building by building, while exposing themselves to enemy fire as little as possible.
The technique allows combatants to move around urban battlefields under cover, preventing them from having to expose themselves to enemy fire or observation. The passages are normally just large enough to accommodate the passage of soldiers in single file; large unrestricted holes offering no resistance to potential enemies while also compromising the structural integrity of the buildings they are moving through. They are akin to underground tunnels used in more rural battlefields, and similarly, can also allow forces to infiltrate behind enemy lines providing significant tactical advantages to the fight. In some cases, mouse holes may be camouflaged with articles of furniture, especially when they are created as an aid to defending an area or when clandestine infiltration is the purpose. When used in defensive positions, mouse holes often join and combine with underground tunnels. (Thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse-holing)
Shall We SCAR-H or M14?
SCAR (Special operations forces Combat Assault Rifle) has begun field testing with American commandoes. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) did not want to wait for the U.S. Army to finish work on their similar XM-8 rifle. SOCOM has the money, and authority to develop their own weapons. In this case, SOCOM wanted a weapon that did everything the XM-8 did, and a little more. Some 22 months ago, SOCOM asked rifle manufacturers to submit proposals, and FN (a Belgian firm) came up with the best ideas. One advantage FN has was it's ability to quickly implement requests for design changes. FN's rapid prototyping shop was often able to turn out a new part in hours. This, and FNs long history of good weapons design, gave them the edge.
There are two basic models of the weapon. The 5.56mm SCAR-L weighs 7.7 pounds (empty), while the 7.62mm SCAR-H weighs 8.5 pounds (empty). A 30 round 5.56mm magazine weighs a little under a pound, while a 20 round magazine of 7.62mm ammo weighs a little over a pound. Special sights can weigh a pound or two, so a fully loaded SCAR won't weigh much more than ten pounds. FN also came up with a grenade launcher for SCAR.
Both models operate the same way, and have many interchangeable parts. SCAR-L is basically a replacement for the M4, which was designed (with a shorter barrel) as a "close combat" version of the M16.
The SCAR-H will replace the M14, a 1950s era 7.62mm weapon (a replacement for the World War II M1) that is still favored for long range and sniper work.
The current SCAR design is the result of much feedback from the field. For example, the rate of fire was lowered to 600 RPM (rounds per minute) from the 800 typical with the M14 and M16. This makes SCAR easier to hold on target when firing full auto.
SCAR-H can be quickly converted to fire AK-47 ammo (the 7.62x39 round) with a changeout of the barrel and receiver. This also makes it easy for SOCOM to adopt the new 6.8mm round. Both models can be fitted with a longer and heavier sniper barrel. SCAR is built to be more rugged than the M-16. The barrel is good for some 36,000 rounds, twice as many as the M-16. Barrels may be switched by users without special tools. Both models of SCAR take all the special sights and other accessories SOCOM troops favor. SCAR is meant to be easily modified and personalized for each user. It's expected that SOCOM experience with SCAR will influence the next generation of U.S. Army and Marine Corps small arms.