Gun Control–Part 1

We at Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place offer our condolences to the victims and their families of the Umpqua Community College massacre in Roseburg, Oregon.

This is the first of a series of posts concerning the issue of gun control.

The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights states:

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.

Who or what is the Militia?  In short, it is the People of the United States, who may be called upon to defend their country.  Note that this is NOT the (Federalized) National Guard, which was created by Congress in 1903.  Militias are composed of ordinary people, not professional soldiers.

State Militias (now called Stated Defense Forces) were important to the States as they saw the potential of the Federal government to become a supreme and onerous government.  As the States were considering ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights were debated and voted into the Constitution.  The Preamble to the Bill of Rights says as much:

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

The State Militias were the “insurance policy” of the States against an overbearing and egregious Federal government.  And as such, the People’s right to “keep and bear Arms” as part of a militia was recognized.  Indeed, the Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…

From the historical aspect of self-defense, one does not need to look further than the Bible:

“Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”” – Luke 22:36

Note that a sword has but one purpose, and it isn’t to peel potatoes.  It is a weapon.

The Founders of this country were not ignorant of the Bible nor of English Law or of the historical record concerning weapons and their use for defense of oneself and others.  Having won their independence from a tyrannical government, they took upon themselves to provide a right for people to protect their lives from governments or from people who wished them harm.

[Now I realize that the above is a rather brief introduction into how and why the Second Amendment was included into the Bill of Rights.  However, I hope that this will suffice for the subject at hand.]

So what were the available “arms” that the average citizen had to choose from?  At that time, the same arms that were available to the standing Army and Navy – swords, knives, single-shot muzzle loaded muskets, and if desired, even cannons.  No restrictions were made or proposed on what a private citizen could have – it all depended on what the person wanted to have, could afford, or what purpose the weapon was used for – hunting, self-defense, sport, or as part of the militia or military (soldiers, especially officers, often purchased their own arms).  The bottom line is that the intent was to allow the citizens (the Militia) to be as well armed as the regular military.

This all changed with the National Firearms Act of 1934.  Machine guns, short-barreled shotguns & rifles, suppressors, and various other items such as grenades were banned or restricted.  Up until that time, it was perfectly legal (if impractical) to own a Thompson machine gun without registration and paying a tax.  It should be noted that handguns were included in the original legislation, but was removed.

The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 added more regulations by requiring licenses for gun dealers and manufacturers, and required records of sales.  It also prohibited convicted felons from owning firearms.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 rewrote or reinforced many of the provisions of the above two acts, added restrictions on the transfers of firearms across state lines, and established the Federal Firearms License system for firearm dealers.  More restrictions upon firearm sales and transfers were added, most notably against drug users and those who have been “been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution,” and illegal aliens.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 created the background check needed to purchase firearms, and had a mandated five-day waiting period.  This waiting period was removed with the creation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is maintained by the FBI. 

Through the above Federal legislation and State regulations not mentioned, it is clear that there are laws against illegal ownership of firearms by felons, violent criminals, and those with mental problems.  But that does not mean that criminals and other people wishing to commit crimes will not acquire firearms by other than legal means.

An article in Forbes stated that: “According to surveys DOJ conducted of state prison inmates during 2004 (the most recent year of data available), only two percent who owned a gun at the time of their offense bought it at either a gun show or flea market. About 10 percent said they purchased their gun from a retail shop or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source.”

So where is the reduction in criminals acquiring guns that is directly associated with gun control legislation? 

More in Part 2…

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Miscellaneous Thoughts…

John Boehner announced earlier this week his resignation as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  This means that the House will not vote to remove him, but to find a replacement.  The front runner is California Republican representative Kevin McCarthy, who is the House Majority Leader, who has a conservative rating of 45% from Conservative Review.  Other contenders are Republicans Jim Jordan (92%) from Ohio and Tom Price (70%) from Georgia.

Time will only tell if Boehner’s replacement will do any better in holding Conservative values up against an increasingly lawless President and Progressive/Liberal Democrats.

The Pope made a historic address to Congress this past week.  That address can be found here, and I will let you draw your own conclusions from his speech.

Robert already stole my thoughts on the deception that Islam permits against all other faiths and people.  I can’t add much else to his comments except with the below:

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I simply do not understand the stink that has been raised with the following:


Has our world gone completely insane?  Our teachers are charged with keeping our children safe, and to determine if a threat exists.  When kids bring weapons into the schools (think Columbine here), wouldn’t teachers be on the lookout for potential issues?

Besides, there are several reports that this kid didn’t invent the clock that was found – he only repackaged an existing alarm clock, probably to get attention.  It also doesn’t help his case that this parents are known extremists, and his sister was suspended from school .  But that doesn’t matter – he gets attention, showered with gifts, and an invitation from the President.

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From Investor’s Business Daily:

Turns out that 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas, never invented a clock, and had no reason to bring the suspicious-looking device to school. But everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to President Obama was fooled by what appears to have been a hoax designed to muster sympathy for Muslims accused of terrorism, while putting police on their heels and undermining the “see something, say something” directive for citizen vigilance. Here’s the real story:

  • There was no “school project” or science assignment to justify Mohamed bringing the device to school.
  • Just three weeks into his freshman year, Mohamed was no “science whiz well-known by high school teachers for tinkering.”
  • The “clock” wasn’t made from scratch but just the guts of a mass-manufactured digital clock, complete with AC cord and 9-volt backup battery connection.
  • With its exposed wires and lack of a face, the gutted clock looked like a bomb. It also sounded like a bomb: The alarm was set to go off during English class; the beeping startled the teacher who called police.
  • When police questioned Mohamed, he wasn’t cooperative and was described as “disrespectful.”
  • The police chief said the device was “intended to create a level of alarm; in other words, a hoax bomb.”
  • Mohamed’s Sudanese father — a Muslim political activist involved in previous Muslim grievances — reportedly asked the cops to re-handcuff his son — so his daughter could take the photo that went viral.
  • Mohamed tweeted: “Thank you fellow supporters. We can ban together to stop this racial inequality.”
  • The family’s spokesperson is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a terror-tied group that in 2006 sued US Airways for kicking several Muslim activists off a flight for behaving suspiciously and rattling passengers — a stunt that looks eerily similar.

Looks like the President jumped ahead of the facts – again – before getting the whole story.





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Fourteen Years Earlier…

…terrorists flew four planes into three buildings and a field, killing almost 3,000 people.  A terrible tragedy that provided a wakeup call to the country that there is a movement in the world that will do everything in its power to destroy this country and it’s people.

Shortly after these attacks, President George Bush spoke to the American people and made these remarks during that speech:

“…Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen…

“…the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows.”

It seems that the leadership of this country has learned nothing in the intervening years, instead negotiating with a country that sponsors terrorism across the world and calls for the downfall of this country even during negotiations.  We have also seen an increase in terrorism around the world, and atrocities committed by an Islamic group which goes out of it’s way to publicize executions of Christians and non-believers on social media.  Our leaders response is to yawn and have nothing else to say while giving token support to our allies in the region.

Both Iran and ISIS state that they will not stop until the infidel nations are conquered and their people subjugated or executed.  They call for all Muslims to rise up worldwide to cause havoc and mayhem in the name of their prophet.  The Administration’s response is that we need to sit down, talk with them, and help them understand that their actions are not acceptable.


“Whether we like it or not, I believe that the Islamic terrorists are going to do their damnest to make this into a religious war from whatever it can be called now. They will use the classic good vs. evil argument, an us-vs.-them conflict in the name of a jihad (religious war, for those of you in Rio Linda). They will plot, plan, and execute attacks that will cause large numbers of casualties. And the elitist idiots among us will wring their hands crying, “We don’t understand! We were talking!” Understand this, you Brie-eaters – there are people in the world that want to kill you just for the reason that you exist!! And we still seem to pursue the idiotic mantra of appeasement to those who wish nothing more than to destroy our country and subjugate us to their religion.” – Tom Roland, 2006

Lest we forget –

“If you are unwilling to defend even your own lives, then you are like mice trying to ‘negotiate’ with owls.  You regard their ways as ‘wrong’, they regard you as dinner. – John Farnam

Our government is “negotiating” a deal with Iran to not develop nuclear weapons.  The agreement is fundamentally flawed, giving Iran everything possible to develop those weapons – unfreezing bank accounts (which will go toward funding terrorism and weapons development), a laughable inspection program, and no real consequences.  And somehow, this “deal” is being hailed as a landmark negotiation to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of a state that sponsors terrorism across the planet.

I remember this history lesson from High School (back when schools actually taught something beside social justice and hand holding):

“The Imam and his soldiers would ride into the village and after all resistance had been eliminated, the villagers would be herded into the town square.  The surviving village elders would then be singled out and then told that they and their people would submit and convert to Islam.  They would approach the first elder, and if he refused, would then be beheaded.  And down the line they went until the surviving elder would command the villagers to convert.  It usually didn’t take that many elders getting their heads cut off before Islam added another village to their fold.

“The lesson was simple:  Infidels will convert to Islam or die. Islam requires the faithful to spread their faith, with violence if necessary, and to show no mercy.  And by the way, the Koran commands such actions.” – Tom Roland, 2014 

The Administration’s actions are a recipe for disaster, a step toward capitulation.  If our government so fears the Islamic terrorists, then…

“..we might as well just give up & pledge allegiance to Allah, put the women in burkas, scrap the Constitution & Bill of Rights, and put all of the “undesirables” according to Islamic law (such as Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, homosexuals, Feminists, free-thinkers & other non-Islamics) to death.” – Tom Roland, 2006

And I wonder who is truly insane – our inept Administration or the terrorists that want to destroy the world in order to make it into their version of Heaven?  The Administration has forgotten:

“The American people are now at war, not with a nation, but with an ideology that hates this country and all of it’s citizens. These people live, think, sleep, and eat with the thought of killing us and destroying this country that we live in simply because they do not like us for the freedoms we enjoy (especially the one about freedom to worship). And their reward for doing so is their version of heaven. And knowing all of this, there are those who still believe that these fanatics can be negotiated with.” – Tom Roland, 2006

Our country has been effectively neutered with this Administration and its sycophants in the media, and that puts all of us, including our allies, in grave danger. 

“We must rid ourselves of the foolish notion that we’re being broadminded when we ignore vitriolic loathing of our culture and our lifestyle. Refusing to take action against evil for fear of being guilty of stereotyping has resulted in flag-draped coffins for thirteen of America’s finest. What occurred at Fort Hood is even more stunning because it exposes a weak-willed mentality that has become woven into the fabric of the mightiest military force in the history of the world.

“When we think of political correctness, we usually view it as confined to the Hollywood crowd and other assorted leftists. The fact that it has invaded the ranks of those who defend our freedom, here and around the world, is more than a bit alarming. We must not let the death of those soldiers count for nothing! If this unspeakable horror invokes a new paradigm in our approach to the enemies within, those who lost their lives will rest in peace, knowing that their sacrifice has taught us a lesson that will save countless other lives in the future. On the other hand, if we don’t view this as a wake-up call and take appropriate action, the date of our destruction can’t be far off.” – Bob Wier, American Thinker

Like Rome, Troy, and countless other civilizations and cities, we are being destroyed from within.  Our Administration is doing a bang up job not only domestically, but internationally as well.

While we remember the fallen on this day, we also need to pray for the country, our government, and our People, for we all need it.  Otherwise, we are doomed.

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Lives Do Matter

Let’s get started with a few thoughts and pictures:

I am not a racist.  I do not believe that any one race is superior to another.  I also don’t care what race, sex, gender or religion you are; no one deserves to be discriminated against.  A person also does not deserve any special privileges depending on what race, gender, sexual preference, or religion they may be.  I also do not believe that anyone should enjoy special “privileges” in getting a leg up on any other race or group to equalize a perceived “social injustice.” – Tom Roland, “What Lives Matter?”


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The political agenda of this Administration has been one of division, not unity.  The election of Barack Obama to this nation’s highest office with the expectation of uniting this country from a racial standpoint has been a woeful disappointment.

Every time that there has been an incident of where a white (or white-Hispanic) person or police officer has killed a black person (often while committing a criminal act), the President has rushed to defending said black person without allowing the investigation process to be completed, often indirectly blaming the police officer.  Now when a police officer has been killed (eight within the past week alone), the President has said NOTHING!  When a white person has been killed by a black person or illegal immigrant, the President has also said NOTHING!  When blacks kill blacks in an almost daily occurrence in our large cities like Chicago and Detroit, the President says NOTHING!  Worse, when riots and protests erupt demanding the prosecution and conviction of said police officers or white people, the President says NOTHING!

The result is that the police have been withdrawing from putting themselves on the line.  In cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, crime is up and arrests are down.  Why should police officers put themselves in potentially dangerous situations that could require them to defend themselves?  Let’s remember something:

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The Black Lives Matter crowd and Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam have called for a war against police and white people.  We have seen what appear to be executions of various police officers, and black against white crimes have increased.  What does the President have to say about these obviously racially motivated statements and actions?  NOTHING!!

We do not have a leader in the White House.  This has been proven in both domestic and international issues.  We have a pretender, a person who believes his own hype and ego, and is only in the perks of the office & what havoc he can inflict upon the country. 

America, we chose poorly…

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Unicorns and Rainbows – Part 4

The typical Progressive Liberal confuses me, and quite frankly, I think they are confused as well.  What they say and do are so contradictory to a rational line of thinking leaves me with multiple WTH moments.

This is the fourth and last installment of the series.

The typical Progressive Liberal politician always states their support for the Constitution and the laws of the United States…that is, as long as it is convenient and can be used to fulfill their personal and political agendas.  When the Constitution and the laws of the United States interfere with those same political and personal agendas, then those documents are now “out of date” and are duly ignored.

The same can be said of the Progressive Liberal defense of a person’s personal liberty to live life according to your belief system within the law.  That is true if you are a minority, non-Christian, gay or trans-whatever, on Welfare, or an illegal immigrant.  Otherwise, your treated as crap in the Progressive Liberal world.

The rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are constantly being challenged by the Progressive Liberals in both Congress and Supreme Courts, and being stripped by Executive Order from the President with nary a whimper from the People.  Indeed, there are some that cheer when a right has been infringed for “the public good.”

What has happened to this country?  Has all common sense and decency been cast aside for the political correctness insanity that seems to have invaded every nook and cranny of our lives?

Let’s first take the case of a high-level government employee, accountable to the President of the United States, willingly violated the laws and policies of the office by using an email address hosted on a private server of questionable security instead of the high-security email server provided by the government.  The evolving story of why this person used the private server is ludicrous at best, and is absolutely criminal no matter what excuse is being made – the office demands absolute accountability and high security in all communications.


Next, take the case of the Executive Mandate by the President to not enforce the immigration laws of the United States.  Quite frankly, the immigration laws are not broken except by those people who violate them – it is the enforcement of those laws which is broken.  From the bottom to the top, these laws are being ignored or are being subverted by the various authorities who vowed to uphold them.  If the political will were exerted to enforce the laws from deportation to employment compliance, this issues would be a moot point.

Gay marriage was ruled by the Supreme Court to be legal in all fifty states.  In my opinion, the Federal Government via the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in this matter as marriage is not a Federal matter per the Tenth Amendment:

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.

In other words, it is up to the States to define marriage, not the Federal Government.  The Court and Federal Government have overstepped their bounds.


This past week’s story of a mentally ill, homosexual, racist, black man killing two of his former white co-workers focused on the gun and what could be done to stop gun violence.  Quite unlike the white, young racist who killed several church parishioners and their pastor in Charleston, where the focus was on not only the gun, but being white, the display of the Confederate battle flag, and his racism.  The Progressive Liberal agenda is telling when these two cases are compared side by side, and it just doesn’t make sense unless it is realized that the Progressive Liberal is more concerned about their agenda than the people that agenda affects.


The Progressive Liberal agenda is unrepentant in their opposition to the private ownership of firearms.  If possible, they would use any and all excuse and reason to disarm the People of the United States to “make us safe” when in actuality, the reverse would be true.  People would then be defenseless against the criminals that would surely prey upon them (look at the statistics in Australia and Great Britain for assaults, robberies, and rapes since their gun bans, and they are truly chilling).


However, the Progressive Liberal agenda is in favor of guns being in the hands of the government, which is surprising since the Progressive Liberals decry the use of the lethal police force sometimes used when enforcing laws or when police are protecting themselves or civilians.  But wait, that’s only when used against a “protected class” of people…

This double-standard has been placed front and center over the past several years, leading to the latest in what I would call a racist group – Black Lives Matter – which has been calling for an all-out war against whites and police in social media.  This is nothing new – there have always been groups promoting one race over the other for years – some of them violent, other not.  But what about the thought that if any group or organization that promotes one group of people over another because of heritage or color or skin is racist, then there are a whole lot of groups that would fit into this category.  Consider the following:

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The Progressive Liberal does not want to hear dissent over their seemingly contradictory rhetoric even though they state that they are open minded.  Indeed, personal attacks and public shaming with a smattering of lawsuits follow challenges over their failed arguments in light of facts and other opinions.

“Liberals claim to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover there are other views.” – William F. Buckley

Quite frankly, I’m offended that the Progressive Liberal politician makes the presumptions that they know better how to run my life better than I do, that their opinion trumps mine, and that I’m an entitled person because I work hard & as a result, reasonably successful.  Considering that the majority of the Progressive Liberal politicians haven’t worked a day in their life without sucking up taxpayer dollars for their pay tells me that they haven’t the foggiest idea of what real life is all about.

I am also offended that the Progressive Liberal does not call themselves for what they really are:  They are a rebranded Socialist that have only done so to make themselves palatable to the People of the United States.  The President’s mentor teaches this:


I leave you with these final thoughts for this series of posts:

The Liberal Progressive promote that their way is the best way, the way that will benefit everyone, a path to endless prosperity for all.  We will all live in peace and security under their benevolent, selfless leadership.  All will be as a fantasyland, full of unicorns leaping over rainbows, a virtual heaven on Earth.

Such are the thoughts of dreamers and philosophers who are disconnected from reality, and the self-delusions of the power-hungry.  All that leads down this path is destruction and misery.

The United States of America is unique in history, founded by revolution, providing a system of government that placed power to the people of that country instead of an all-powerful royalty or government.  However, this system is being subverted by powerful politicians and people behind the scenes that only see paths to power.  It is not only the Liberal Progressives that are responsible, but members of both political parties with their backers.  But it is the Liberal Progressives that are leading the charge.

Hope & Change, Fundamentally Transform, Spread the Wealth, and other catch phrases only serve to capture the public’s imagination to move forward to something better, blinding the public that there is nothing wrong with what we already have should our politicians quit acting like hammers looking for nails to pound.  Why must there be change when the change is worse?

The consequences of the changes wrought by the current President’s Administration and the Congressional sessions during his first term are beginning to be felt by many.  None of the people who voted for legislation detrimental to this country will ever be held personally accountable except by being voted out of office.


We the People must take an intense interest in the people that we elect to office and the political process that is used to elect them.  They must constantly be reminded that they work the People that elected them, not their political party.  We the People have an obligation to review the actions of our elected representatives.  Remember –

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