Parkland

We at Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place wish to offer our sympathies and prayers to the victims and their families of the Parkland murderer.


The bodies weren’t even cold when the usual suspects began calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, banning assault rifles, banning all guns, create & pass more gun control legislation, etc. in the effort to “do something” to prevent another tragedy of a school shooting. What is most disturbing is that all these efforts would not have prevented another tragedy, but would attempt to disarm or hinder law-abiding citizens from owning weapons.

More laws will not prevent tragedies from happening. This country has an excess of 300 million firearms, and some (a tiny amount) are unfortunately are in the hands of psychos and criminals. It makes absolutely no sense to pass laws that will affect the law abiding and not the criminals. Indeed, it’s already against the law to murder or rob someone, another law isn’t going to affect them one damn bit.

Restricting the right of a law-abiding citizen from owning a weapon that could one day save that person’s life (or those around them) is the opposite of what the gun-grabbers say they want to do. If it saves one life, they say, then we should ban guns. Then what about the 120 lb woman defending herself against a 250 lb rapist that has murderous intent? Doesn’t she have the right to defend herself with something a bit more lethal than a rape-whistle and a phone? Taking away guns from the law-abiding doesn’t save lives – it creates easy victims.

According to gunfacts.info (which has documented facts, figures, and statistics), firearms prevent 400,000 life-threatening violent crimes, and an estimated 2.5 million crimes each year. That is a staggering amount given that roughly 30,000 firearm related deaths (of which 2/3 are suicides) are recorded each year. The numbers are not in the favor of removing firearms from the citizens of this country.

Quite frankly, there isn’t a compelling argument that any law, regulation, or policy would prevent another mass murder involving a gun. Criminals, terrorists, or the mentally disturbed would find another way to commit chaos and destruction. For instance:

The massacre at Bath, Michigan in 1927 was committed by a disturbed person that claimed 44 lives using a bomb. And let’s not forget the Oklahoma Bombing in 1995 where 168 people were killed by a domestic terrorist using a bomb in a truck.

And if that wasn’t enough – Most, if not all, schools are so called “gun free zones” where even the resource officer (sometimes a police officer) is banned from carrying a weapon. Exactly how does a sign prevent someone from bringing a weapon or bomb onto school grounds and killing people? In every school shooting, it does not. Personally, the person(s) who thought that a sign with a law would keep school shootings from happening did not have an ounce of common sense, and as far as I’m concerned, has the blood of each and every victim on their hands.

In the instances of where there was an armed person (or a person that had access to a weapon) in a place of work or school, the body count was much, much less. Take the following instances:

  • In the Sutherland Church shooting, the killer’s rampage was cut short by another person with a rifle.
  • At the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, an armed volunteer security worker shot and killed an armed maniac who opened fire on parishioners.
  • After killing two people at the Clackamas Shopping Center, a man with a semi-automatic rifle was scared off from committing more murders after a concealed carry permit holder drew his weapon and pointed it at him. The killer retreated to a stairwell and killed himself.

There are more – a fast Internet search will come up with hundreds of instances of where a private citizen stopped a mass-murder and/or defended themselves with a weapon (most of the time, a handgun).

Regardless, government, laws, regulations, policies are useless in combating this type of crime, especially if not followed through. We have been told that if we see something amiss that we are to report it. Sure didn’t work here –

It has been revealed that the Parkland shooter was a disturbed individual. Police had been to his home multiple times, and it was known (at least to the adoptive parents) that he had a weapon. His social media posts revealed that he had weapons and made more than one threatening comment that he was going to become a “professional mass shooter.” This was reported to the FBI, and they did not investigate even though it was their policy to look into such threats.

So how exactly is government going to solve or prevent gun crime, or any other kind of crime or assault?

It can’t.

Every single law that has been passed does not prevent crime – laws only state what penalties are imposed for the crime committed.

With that in mind, here’s what I think we, as a community, should do to keep our children and ourselves safe while they are at school and away from us.

One: Arm the teachers. Despite the screaming of the naysayers (ex. “What if a teacher goes off the deep end and starts shooting kids?”), several school systems have this in place with no incidents. If memory serves me correctly, there are between 14 to 17 school systems that have trained and vetted teachers to conceal carry in the schools to protect the children. We protect banks, politicians, and celebrities with guns, why not the kids?

Two: Provide security for those schools who are unwilling or unable to train teachers to provide active security (or in addition to). I’m sure that the Liberals who scream and holler that “we must protect the children” would agree to use the funds that went to Planned Parenthood (which kills thousands of unborn children each year). I’m also sure that there are a variety of Veterans who would do this at little or no charge to the school systems

Three: Arm the students. On several college campuses, students that have concealed carry permits are allowed to carry on campus. Again, the naysayers scream that kids and guns won’t mix on campus, especially with alcohol around, but again, I have heard no issues with this policy. With the supposed reported up-tick in campus rapes (but who believes the MSM anymore…), young women protecting themselves should result in a lower incident rate of these reports.

Four: Remove all gun-free zones (or target-rich environments), but reserve the right of property holders to ban guns from their places of business providing that they will provide active security for their customers and employees.

Five: Provide gun safety classes in the schools. The Eddie Eagle program from the NRA is an excellent program for younger children. Other classes are available for older children. This should reduce the already low instances of tragedies with youngsters and weapons.

Final Thought:

We, as a society, has changed in the past five decades.

The respect for life has declined as evidenced by the entertainment we watch and the music we listen to. Movies glorify meaningless violence, and the rap culture celebrates cop-killing, gang membership, drugs, and rape. Additionally, abortion has reduced the miracle of life to an inconvenient clump of cells that has as much value as cancer.

Mental health is still an issue, and is a bigger issue no matter what anyone says. The asylums were emptied, and they are among us. Some are to be pitied, while other are to be feared. All are dangers to themselves, and as evidenced by the last several mass murders, are dangers to us as well.

The Parkland murderer had all the signs of a mentally disturbed person with homicidal tendencies. He was reported, nothing was done, and now 17 people are dead & their families are in mourning.

The weapon used is not at fault, but the murderer is responsible for his own actions. The weapon is a tool, and cannot think for itself.

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. Psychos are out there. Criminals are out there. People that just don’t give a damn are out there, and just want to see the world burn at their hands.

We as individuals must take responsibility for our own safety, and the safety of our loved ones. We cannot push this responsibility off to government because government is just as flawed as we are.

We are responsible for ourselves.

Be well and be safe, my friends.

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Last week, President Trump put forth a proposal to address the issue of children of illegal immigrants that were brought into the United States. His proposal included the following:

  • A path to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers” that would last 10-12 years that includes qualifying criteria
  • Full funding for “The Wall” and border security
  • An end to unrestricted Chain Migration
  • An end to the Visa lottery system
  • Enforcement of the E-Verify system
  • Limits to Immigration to include a merit-based system
  • Ending sanctuary cities/states

Of course, Democrats are losing their minds calling it “racist,” “un-American,” and a variety of other things that I care not to repeat here. But let’s really take a look at what is proposed:

A Path to Citizenship: The number of people proposed is staggering, and far more than what the Democrats have insisted be included in any immigration deal. It’s not a done deal – the proposal floats qualifications such as showing merit (i.e., being a productive citizen, law-abiding, not a Welfare recipient, etc.) as well as a waiting period of 10 to 12 years to prove their worthiness (a period of time which is equal to that of people currently applying for citizenship). I’m presuming that the applicants would be registered and legal resident aliens, and would be forbidden to vote in any elections.

In some respects, this makes sense. Anyone that is serious about becoming a citizen of this country should be able to keep their nose clean for a decade, and prove during that time they can be a productive contributor to society. Those that don’t are then weeded out and deported.

On the logistical side, could you imagine the amount of resources that would be needed to round-up and deport just 800,000 people? Staggering, in my opinion. It would rival the most jaded dystopian novel that you could think of.

People who think that President Trump is selling out his Conservative base need to look at these last two points closely. Yes, the kids are here illegally, participants in their parents illegal immigration to this country. Morally, it can be argued (and is), not to penalize the children. It can also be argued that legalizing, although delayed, the Dreamers would increase the Democratic voting base.

I could argue that once the Dreamers (the ones that survive the decade-long vetting process) will have jobs, become productive, and presumably have a better appreciation for self-sufficiency rather than the sit-on-your-butt and receiving handouts mentality that the Democrats seem to promote. At the same time, it frosts me that these children (some of which are now young adults) are still here illegally and we’re talking about making them legal.

The Wall & Security: Once the door has been closed, it needs to be locked and guarded. Going down this path of offering a path to citizenship needs to have a cutoff point. This situation cannot be repeated in 30-some years. That was proven when Ronald Reagan (yes, that Ronald Reagan) signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Here it is 32 years later, and we’re facing the same issues again though non-enforcement of existing laws, and the subverting of various laws by Congress and other state & local governments.

Chain Migration, Visa Lottery, and Merit-Based Immigration: Both of these programs do not benefit the United States. Bringing immigrants into this country that do not contribute is a drain upon the system. Indeed, I have read of several accounts of relatives of legal immigrants being brought into this country and being met by attorneys & social workers whose sole purpose was to assist in signing them up to receive Welfare and other public entitlements. There are also reports of people who came into this country on the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration systems engaging in terrorists activities.

It used to be that to immigrate to the United States, you had to show that you had a skill and that you could contribute to the country. This is a merit-based system that we have gotten away from. It’s time to bring it back.

E-Verify: Once the door is closed, people who have refused to sign up or illegally entered the country should not be able to find work (a reason) to stay. They will then self-deport. Otherwise, that person is taking a job that a legal citizen should have (and another person off the Welfare system). Companies that violate these laws should be penalized and the responsible parties prosecuted.

Ending Sanctuary Cities and States: The current laws of the United States specify that anyone harboring an illegal alien is guilty of a felony. Provide a grace period for the elected officials to reverse their policies. Those that don’t should be prosecuted and imprisoned. It has already been proven that sanctuary cities have higher crime rates and are unsafe for the citizens of that city. By providing aid, comfort, and protection to criminals, these officials are violating their oaths of office to the people who elected them, and should therefore be removed.

The Democrats are not in agreement with much of the above for several reasons (most of them political).

The Democrats want the immigration situation to be a campaign issue that they can use in their attempts to regain control of Congress (and later the White House). They also want to be the ones to have the bragging rights that “they did something” for the Dreamers, and thus “earn” the Dreamers undying political support. Finally, they are making the specious argument that this proposal is “racist.”

I personally think that the Democrats are on the losing end of this issue.

The Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and the White House, and even though they slowly lost control of it all, did not even attempt to bring any type of solution for this issue. The Democrats have been roundly criticized for this.

Strike one…

It wasn’t until President Trump was elected did the Democrats issue a shrill, piercing call to “fix the Dreamer issue.” Ultimately, it led to the disastrous (for the Democrats) 3-day shutdown of the government. Calls from the Dreamers and their supporters labeling the Democrats as traitors has been near deafening.

Strike two…

The Democrats are not bargaining from a position of strength. They need to come to some agreement with President Trump and the Republicans. Otherwise, they will play obstructionist to their heart’s content and vote down any proposal. What will then happen is that President Trump and the Republicans can point to the Democrats and say “We wanted to provide a path to Citizenship for more than what the Democrats wanted, and they turned us down & spit in your eye for good measure!! We now have to follow the laws that Congress previously passed and have to deport you and your families.” The Dreamers and their supporters will not be happy by any stretch of the imagination.

Strike three… The Democrats are out – hopefully, permanently.

At least that’s how I see it. I wonder how this pans out…

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Shutdown!

Last night, the Senate failed to pass a temporary spending bill that would keep the Federal government running. Here’s the immediate aftermath of that action:

The sun still came up.

No one has immediately keeled over & died as a result.

The lights are still on.

The Earth has not fallen into the sun.

In other words, dispite the dire predictions of Schumer, Pelosi, & other members of the WAH!* Party, the world and universe have not come to an end.

Dispite the lack of funding for “non-essential services,” I fully expect that the impact upon the average American to be minimal under the Trump Administration. This would stand in full contrast of the previous Obummer Administration, whose goal was to make it as painful as possible for the citizens so as to blame the Republicans for the inconvenience.

So what’s the issue? Here’s a good synopsis:

““Hostage-taking” is the term that was used in 2013 when Ted Cruz and a few other Republicans blocked government funding to try to force repeal of ObamaCare. You can’t deny people essential government services just because you didn’t get your way on some other policy! Now here we are, five years later, and Democrats are prepared to deny those same services because they haven’t gotten their way on a DREAM amnesty with essentially no strings attached.”  Allapundit @ Townhall.com

So this all comes down to what to do with the children of illegal immigrants who are here illegally, who are not citizens, and who are facing deportation in accordance to the laws of this country.

A question for the WAH! Party – Is this issue something that you want to hang your futures on?

The WAH! Party is in bad shape. They are heavily in debt as a result of the Obummer and Hildebeast campaigns. The apparent acrimony in the election of their co-chairs is still evident in their lack of fundraising. The treatment of Bernie is still rubbing a good portion of the Party members the wrong way. And the message that the co-chairs are sending out is appeals only to the leaches that depend upon the WAH! Party for sustenance – flyover country is not impressed. Last is that after the defeat of the Hildebeast, no one in the party is really positioned to make a run for the Presidency – they all have baggage that would send them to the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

Their solution is to push for the amnesty and full citizenship of the Dreamers. These children and young adults have come from countries where the government rules over the citizens, and the educational systems in this country has leaned toward Socialism for years. Should the Dreamers be granted citizenship with the resulting chain migration continue unabated, the WAH! Party would have a voter base of roughly 900,000+ to build upon. This is their long-term goal – a power play to get a their majority back and lock up the elections for decades to come.

This is the issue that the WAH! Party wants to shut the government down for – getting consessions for people who are essentailly criminals, putting their party ahead of the citizens of this country. Considering who they backed for the last election, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.

If anyone is paying attention, the WAH! Party does not have the American People rights and priveledges as part of their focus. It’s keeping themselves in power, and damned be the consequences to the United States.

Breitbart has this to say about the DREAM Act:

…working and middle-class Americans would be put in further competition for U.S. jobs against up to 3.5 million newly legalized foreign nationals. A recent report found that 1 in 5 illegal aliens given amnesty under the DREAM Act would end up on food stamps and nearly 1 in 7 would end up on Medicaid, further straining the social safety net for America’s poor.

And in the same article, here’s a partial quote (which I’ve seen from other sources) from Senator Dick Durban (D-IL):

“I’m focused on one thing — not that meeting — but on making sure that those who are being protected by DACA and eligible for the DREAM Act have a future in America. I am focused on that full time.”

Enough said.

* WAH! Party – Whiners and Hypocrites Party, formerly known as the Democratic Party.

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Christmas 2017

It is rare that I sit down at the keyboard on a holiday and write something. No fancy graphics, no witty memes, no smart comments – just a sincere, heart-felt wish that all of my family, friends, work-mates, and extended family that they have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New New.

Let us also remember that the reason for this holiday is not to find out who gave or received the biggest or most expensive gift, because that has already been given – God’s Son Jesus. He was born so he could later give the most precious gift of all to Mankind – Eternal Life in Heaven in the presence of God Almighty.

Again, allow me to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas on this most special day.

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End of Year 2017

For some reason, I’m finding it very hard to sit down and write a post at this time of year. Usually, I like to take a look back at the year that is almost complete and review the impressions that it has made upon the country. This year, it’s a mixture of highs and lows. Let me explain.

The election and swearing in of Donald Trump as President of the United States was certainly a high point for several reasons. The big one (at least for me) was the rejection of the American People of the corrupt Democratic candidate as well as a thumb in the eye of the establishment politicians. The stock market has taken off as a result, the economy is up, and jobs (for those people looking for them) are becoming available as companies are becoming more optimistic about the future. In general, the country appears to be breathing a sigh of relief that President Trump is working out better than expected. Unless, of course, you’re a Leftist Democrat…

The Democrats are still bitching and moaning about President Trump’s election, and doing their damnedest to smear and otherwise demean the man. I still think that they are sore losers, and the shenanigans that they are pulling are wearing thin. The first of this smearing is the accusation the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the election.

I’m finding it fascinating that in the months since the allegation was made, not one shred of evidence has been uncovered that directly links the campaign with the Russians. Of course, this means (at least to the Democrats) that there is a link that needs to be found and duly investigated. But since that time, several links to the Democratic Party’s campaign have been found (and recently, with the Green Party as well), but we’re supposed to ignore those. But I’m not surprised in some respects…

The recent discovery of links of Special Council Mueller being politically biased against the President along with several of his investigators is troubling at best. Any sane person would expect that Mueller would recuse himself immediately along with his team of investigators. Failing that, Attorney General Sessions should grow a spine, sack Mueller, and replace him with verified neutral & objective investigators. This is the only way to restore any form of credibility to a politically charged investigation.

The next smear is the continued allegation that President Trump is a sexual predator, pointing back to the leaked tape of what was supposed to be a semi-private comment to a reporter that. Now in my mind, there is a huge difference about talking about an act vs. actually committing that act. To the best of my knowledge, there is no credible evidence that President Trump did anything but talk. However…

There has come to light massive amounts of evidence that many Congresscritters and their supporters, mostly Democrat, having assaulted numerous women and covered it up (some with taxpayer hush money). If we want to go back to President Kennedy, his brother Ted, President Clinton, and Hollywood Mogul and Democratic supporter Harvey Weinstein, then the Democrats have absolutely no moral high ground to point fingers. Those incidents have proof, and are documented. I do expect, that these sorts of attacks will continue upon both President Trump and any Republican candidate since Roy Moore was defeated in Alabama during a special election among charges of sexual impropriety from 30+ years ago.

But let’s not worry about any kind of accountability for real crimes…

Why are people like Felonia von Pantsuit and her husband (with multiple accomplices) not being held accountable for the pay-to-play schemes such as Uranium One scandal, using their foundation as a money-laundering business, real collusion with the Russians, and multiple other felonies such as lying to the FBI, destroying government property, national security violations, & so on? That is what the investigators should be focusing on, not something made up to cast doubt and focus attention elsewhere.

Moving on…

The Republican-controlled Congress failed in their campaign promise of repealing ObamaCare. The best excuse that I can find is that they didn’t expect Trump to win the election, and were caught flat-footed without any legislation ready to go. They certainly didn’t help themselves when proposing a half-assed bill that was sunk by members of their own party. Some of these morons will not be returning to Congress come mid-term elections, and are facing challengers from their own party for their seat. I personally think that they were expecting Felonia von Pantsuit to be elected, and they could position themselves as being the voice of reason against the evil successor to the first Black president, although I have my doubts that they would have a spine or the testicular fortitude to oppose the first woman president…

Now the Republicans are moving forward with a tax-reform bill that has passed the House and Senate, although there appears to be a couple of procedural hiccups as this post is being written. I fully expect the bill to be passed and signed into law by the President. From what I understand from the language that has been analyzed, it’s a mixed bag. Overall, I think it will be good for most Americans. The losers will be in high taxation states such as California and New York. Perhaps those voters need to look at and pay attention to what their state legislators are spending their hard-earned tax money on…

…Such as protection for illegal aliens…

The “cool” thing for cities and states to do to show their independence and disrespect for President Trump & the Federal government is to declare themselves as “sanctuary cities” or in the case of California, a “sanctuary state.” These mayors, governers and other officials are now using taxpayer money to clothe, house, and defend the deportation of people who violated Federal immigration laws (i.e., criminals). These officials tend not to discriminate between hard-core criminals and those just seeking a better life for themselves and their families. In other words, they are favoring criminals over the safety and well being of their citizens.

I can think of no better example of this that the case of Kathryn Steinle who was murdered (in my opinion) in San Francisco (a sanctuary city) by an illegal immigrant with multiple violations (including seven felonies). The immigrant, Garcia Zarate, was arrested and released from custody even though the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a detainer issued against him. Zarate late found a gun, discharged it, and the bullet killed Steinle. Zarate was later aquitted of all murder charges (including involuntary manslaughter). In other words, if San Francisco was not a sanctuary city and complied with the Federal detention order, an American citizen would still be alive.

Other examples can be found throughout the country – illegal immigrants with criminal records being released to later commit crimes of theft, DUI, and murder. All sanctioned by elected officials violating their oaths of office and the laws of this country.

Why, in the name of all that is Holy, do we allow our elected officials to protect criminals?

Folks, I could go on and on about the ills of chain immigration policies, DACA, the identity politics practiced by the Democratic Party, and the Left’s claims of being tolerant only to qualified same-thinking people, and so on, but that is more time that I just do not have for this year.

Instead, I would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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