Evil is Among Us

This is a long post – almost an essay. Please find a comfortable position before reading.

All we have to do is look around at the world and it is profoundly evident that evil is in this world. The mass murder in New Zealand is evidence enough, and it will not be the last time either. All we have to do is look to the mass tribal genocides and persecutions of Christians in Africa and other places to know that we live in a world cursed by evil.

While we are fortunate to live in a country largely untouched by such violence, it does happen. The victims vary although the mass murders in our schools, colleges, and places of worship garner the most attention. The response is usually to blame the weapon used, and the “solution” is to ban whatever weapon was used.

This is exactly the wrong response.

A weapon is an inanimate object, incapable of thinking or acting on its own, and therefore cannot influence a person’s actions. For weapons to cause the damage they do, a person must be using the weapon. The cause of the atrocities is therefore the person or persons using the weapons with evil intent.

This is not something that people want to think. To believe that people are capable of such wanton destruction and murder is beyond the Utopia that certain people believe can be had if all weapons can be removed from the earth. It goes against the feeling that a person can be safe if all weapons are gone. They do not or cannot believe that there is evil in this world so horrible that they personally could be harmed.

This is all self-delusion. The belief that one is safe only means that one feels safe. That is a far cry from actually being safe. People want to feel safe even though events around them state that is not true.

I have purposefully left off the names of weapons because a variety of weapons besides firearms that have been used throughout history. For instance:

  • The first recorded murder was committed with a rock.
  • Box cutters (knives) were used to hijack four planes, and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.
  • Bombs have been used to bring down schools (Bath, Michigan) and buildings (Oklahoma City), resulting in multiple deaths
  • Knives are a problem in London, where for the first time knife-related murders exceeded firearm-related deaths in New York in 2018.
  • Two days after Sandy Hook, a man in China attacked and injured over 24 people with a knife.
  • There are videos on YouTube of people being attacked and killed by hands (fists) and feet.
  • This past weekend, there was a video posted of a man attacking an elderly woman on the subway (I understand she lived).
  • We can read ancient history of huge battles that were fought with knives, arrows, and swords of which the numbers are absolutely staggering.

And I could go on with a historical record of man’s inhumanity to man from a purely academic view. But I cannot ignore the personal record and experiences of the people around me. To whit:

I personally know three women who have been sexually assaulted. A coworker’s apartment was broken into & robbed, and he was beaten so badly that he died after a week in the hospital. I have been personally shot at, robbed, and assaulted. For someone to tell me that all my fellow humans are of good nature and harmless because they believe so, I call BS on them.

There is an adage that Good will overcome Evil. That will only happen if Good is prepared and ready to confront Evil with everything they have, and have a bit of luck on their side.

The mass murder in New Zealand shows us exactly what it looks like when Good is unprepared and disarmed by the country they live in. The response of the victims was to huddle in the corners and pray they wouldn’t be killed. That obviously didn’t work as the murderer went around to the corners and killed at leisure. No one had a weapon in which to fight back. The murderer was only stopped when he got careless and was disarmed & held at gunpoint with his own weapon.

Yet this is what the gun-banners want – for us to be helpless in the face of Evil. Their response in the face of evil is to disarm. This is absolute effing insanity.

I’ve read accounts of where elderly people were assaulted and killed in their own homes. I’ve also read accounts where elderly people defended themselves with firearms when their homes were broken into. Same accounts on both parts for women, children (who were responsible beyond their years), and men. The common thread is that people who had little or no means to defend themselves ended up hurt or dead. The common thread is that people who could defend themselves usually survived the encounter with little or no harm, and about half of the assailants were shot, and a quarter of those did not survive the encounter (this last is an observation on my part of news reports – no scientific data to back it up).

It is a human right from time immemorial to defend yourself and your family. To state otherwise is professing that you would much rather be a victim and die. This is a harsh reality that many would rather not think about since we are supposed to be “civilized.” The truth is that evil people take advantage of this “civilization” to take what they want and do what they will. It is only that “civilization” has laws that are enforced by force that rampant evil is kept at bay.

There are those people, who have good intentions, who believe that criminals are products of society, products of their upbringing, endured traumas when they were children, etc. To a certain point, that can be true, but only to a certain point. People have minds, make decisions and choices. They can, if they want to, work to better their circumstances. However, they can also make a choice to turn to Evil to get what they want. Perhaps this is a Utopian view, but I see people like Doctor Ben Carson go from the Detroit ghettos to a successful neurosurgeon, so I know it is possible with dedication and hard work. Others in the same situation have no hope, support, or opportunities, but even people in those circumstances do not choose evil as their way of life. In most circumstances, it is a conscious choice to choose criminality as a way of life.

But I digress somewhat…

The fact is that there are people – criminals, mentally ill, or just plain lost – that can and will cause you and yours harm if given the right set of circumstances and opportunity. This also brings us to this point in time of where our society finds it more comfortable in blaming an inanimate object rather than holding the person committing the crime accountable. There are only so many excuses one can make before realizing that there are truly evil people in the world, those that are far beyond any redemption or moral guidance. This is a harsh reality that there is absolutely no getting around no matter what rainbow you’re under or what unicorn you ride.

So where does that leave the rest of us – the law-abiding, responsible people that make up the majority of society? For that to happen, let’s take a couple of steps back so we can try and have an objective view.

The media and politicians have both asserted that there is a rash of gun violence and mass murders in the United States and the world. In some respects, there is some rational for that, the latest being the murders in New Zealand. But let’s take a look at just the figures in the United States for comparison.

In round numbers, the United States has a population of roughly 330 million people. Gun related deaths run approximately 33,000 per year (give or take). Of those deaths, 2/3rds are suicides. The remaining deaths (11,000 per year) are the results of crimes and accidents, and those have been declining since 1993 per the CDC. These are facts that have been published but not widely distributed by the media.

Also is the assertion that mass murders are common. Per the FBI, 250 active shooter incidents occurred between 2000 and 2017 with 799 fatalities and 1,418 wounded. Obviously, not all of these receive the attention of Sandy Hook, Orlando, or Las Vegas, but they occur nonetheless. And per the graphics, they are on the rise but do not necessarily result in high fatalities.

Also, when looking at the graphics at the FBI site, it confirmed what I had supposed was true about the locations of these shootings – by and large, they were in areas that firearms were restricted or banned. The statistic of 98% of mass shootings occurring in “gun free” zones has been published in various articles over the years. This, in my opinion, is a problem – the law-abiding follow the laws whereas the criminals do not.

The odds of anyone being in a mass shooting are pretty slim. But what about the day to day crime, especially where a person defends themselves with a firearm?

There have been studies conducted by Gary Kleck of Florida State University and John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center on the defensive uses of firearms. Their conclusions is that there are 800,000 to 1,200,000 defensive uses of firearms per year, thus preventing people from being robbed, assaulted, and murdered. Interestingly enough, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted their own survey in 15 states, and as reported in several different publications, implied that over 2,000,000 uses of firearms for defensive purposes per year.

To me, that means 2,000,000 less victims per year…or 2,000,000 more if disarmed.

Gun control advocates have long stated that guns are unnecessary, and that the police will protect the population. To put it bluntly, they are consciously lying through their teeth or have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

The courts have long held that the police are under no obligation to protect citizens from crimes. The last case that I’m aware of that reinforced this ruling is that of Parkland Officer Scott Peterson.

Officer Peterson remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting was going on inside. Officer Peterson and the Sheriff’s Department was sued by the parents of the victims for the wrongful deaths of their children. I understand that the courts eventually dismissed the case citing that there was no obligation of the officer to risk his life to protect the children inside even though that was one of his duties for being posted to the school!

And it continues on…

The politicians of both parties, from time to time, propose new regulations for firearms, anything from “universal background checks” to extreme-protection orders to magazine restrictions. These are touted to reduce crime and gun violence. Wrong.

Criminals obtain their weapons from illegal means (theft, straw purchases, or street buys). Mass murderers obtain their weapons from these sources as well as legal purchases. Any proposal or new law has been proven over and over again that these measures have no effect on the reduction of crime or other instances of gun violence. Laws cannot stop the sale of a stolen firearm, which is where most criminals say they got theirs

The various gun control groups (Mom’s Demand Action, Brady United, Everytown for Gun Safety, etc.) have all stated at one time or another that their ultimate goal is to ban firearms and disarm the private citizens of this country. The Democrat Party candidates for President have almost all stated that the country needs to follow New Zealand’s example in the wake of their mass shooting for gun control, which is to ban and confiscate all guns. They also claim that such measures will reduce crime and mass shootings.

What this means is that the Democratic candidates and the gun control groups would want ban firearms and increase the number of victims from violent crimes. In other words, the Democrats and the gun control people would prefer to sacrifice you and your family to gain control over your safety, self-defense, and life.

That, my friends, is a special kind of evil…

To be continued…

Please Explain

This past week, a mass-murder happened in New Zealand. As it so happens, New Zealand has gun control laws somewhere between the levels of Australia and the United States. But these laws did not stop the horrific murder of 49 people.

I have to ask this question, and thus far, no one that is in favor of banning firearms has been able to definitively answer it…

How exactly does restricting or banning firearms from lawful citizens fight crime or reduce gun-related violence?

I’m waiting…

Potpourri for the Week

Once again, we find ourselves with too little time and too many things to write about, especially in detail. So, here’s a few impressions of the events since the last post:

The junior Representative from NY aka AOC celebrated the decision of Amazon not to locate a second headquarters in NY, calling it a victory for the common worker. She went on to state that the $3 billion that would have been given (!) to Amazon would better be used for infrastructure, teacher’s salaries, and helping the poor (among other things).

As if NY has $3 billion laying around…

AOC supposedly has a degree in economics from a prestigious college that ran her family $250,000. Just shows that 1) money can’t buy intelligence, 2) she must have slept through class, 3) the college was more interested in Socialist brainwashing than practical knowledge, which is evidenced by 4) AOC having to work as a bartender after graduation.

Her parents must be so proud that their money was well spent toward AOC’s education…

NY is hemorrhaging jobs and population due to their tax structure. Amazon didn’t need any more headaches from brainless politicians. Despite the Socialistic leanings of its owner, Amazon is still in the business of making money. Go capitalism!!

Next on the list is the Jussie Smollett fiasco. Sadly, this is the latest of a long line of people suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) attempting to smear the half of the population that voted for Trump. Of course, the media, politicians, and others (self-nominated moral & social justice warriors) jumped on that train supporting Smollett’s allegations until they were proven false. And even then, some people are still saying that Smollett was attacked by MAGA hat-wearing deplorables.

When was the last time that anyone has credibly heard or reported a conservative or MAGA hat wearing person attacking a Liberal spouting off? It’s always been a tolerant spouting Liberal-type person attacking a conservative.

Folks, some friendly advice – grow the **** up (fill in your own 4-letter word), get over yourselves, and move on with your lives. It’s embarrassing…really…

Last on the rant for today is the Democrats in the House ramming through gun-control legislation which do nothing for reducing crime but infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans. The following is from Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin:

The right to bear arms is a constitutional right and it is one that I do not plan to give up any time in the near future. Unfortunately for those of us who are ardent supporters of the Second Amendment, Democrats controlling the House of Representatives have different plans for gun owners.

Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats put forth a bill to turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, is a completely misguided piece of legislation that harms those who lawfully carry and does nothing to stop criminals from accessing firearms.

By requiring background checks for temporary transfers of possession, it would trigger penalties of up to a year in prison and/or a $100,000 fine for simply handing a firearm to another person. Even transferring a firearm to someone during a life-threatening emergency could be deemed a crime by a federal prosecutor or judge if the transfer wasn’t “immediately necessary to prevent…imminent death or great bodily harm.”

H.R. 8 also claims that “universal” background checks will prevent recent gun tragedies, but these checks are nothing more than a sham. Current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. H.R. 8 does nothing to fix the loopholes in the background check system and instead introduces more red tape for gunowners to cut through.

The bill does nothing to keep criminals from gaining access to firearms. A mere 6 percent of career criminals bought their firearms through non-dealers at gun shows and flea markets, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Moreover, 77 percent of criminals in state prisons for firearm crimes got their firearms on the black market, on the street, from a drug dealer, or through theft, according to the Department of Justice.

Unsurprisingly, House Democrats don’t want to hear from conservatives about their take on gun violence. Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a victim of gun violence at a congressional baseball practice in 2017, was not allowed to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R. 8. Whip Scalise himself offers that H.R. 8 would not have prevented his shooting as his shooter purchased his firearms legally in the state of Illinois.

For House Democrats, H.R. 8 is nothing more than a messaging tool and a blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of Americans that is dead on arrival in the Senate. I will continue to be a defender of all Americans’ Second Amendment rights and speak out in opposition to this misguided legislation.

Be Safe, and Be Well.

Power Play – Part 1

Friends, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  Life, work, holidays, etc. all seem to take up the time that I would normally use to write.  Now it’s grabbing what time I have to take a breath or two and organize my thoughts.

Last month, the Democrats were elected to take control of the House next year, and the Republicans retained control of the Senate.  I fear that there will be nothing but chaos and confusion coming out of the House as the Democrats have it in their minds to target the President for nothing more than political persecution.  Also buried in the mess of things the Democrats want to address will be healthcare, gun control, taxes, and immigration. Nothing good will come from the Democrats being in the House.

The Democrats should look at France, and the open rebellion the French have against President Macron over taxes, immigration, and the lack of apparent accountability & empathy the Macron administration has for the citizens.  I read that a gallon of diesel fuel is over $7.00, and 65% of that is taxes. President Macron wants a 6% increase to fund a green agenda. In a country of where people run out of a monthly paycheck in three weeks, there is definitely a disconnect.

The European Union has an immigration problem (this is also part of the issue in France).  The EU governing body (unelected, from what I understand) has dictated immigration quotas for each country.  Migrants/refugees stream in, and countries like Germany & France displace their own citizens & support them with welfare.  This is something that the Democrats also want – unlimited immigrants to this country and support them with tax dollars in the hope that the immigrants will vote Democrat, keeping them in power.

Immigration is always a touchy subject for some people.  For me, immigrants must follow the rule of law to come into our country, whether it’s to work, study, become a citizen, or to seek asylum.  There are standards and laws that must be followed, but the Democrats don’t seem to care. “It’s for the children!” they cry. Cow patties, I say!  It’s about power and control.

Invariably, the question comes up why don’t these people who want to crash through our borders stay in their own countries and fix their country’s problems?  I’ve got a few thoughts on that:

First, many of these countries are dictatorships with failing economies (think Venezuela).  Governments that are oppressive to their people, sometimes brutally. This usually leads to a two-class society – the privileged and poor – without hardly any opportunity to advance.  Survival is now the goal.

Second, gang violence.  There are reports of gangs ruling the streets in conjunction with government approval floating around on the Internet.  If true, another reason to leave especially with the next point –

Third and last on my short list – gun control.  Most if not all of these countries have repressive forms of gun control.  Only the government (dictators) and criminals (gangs) have weapons, and the citizens have no form of self defence against either.  After all, why should you arm people who represent a threat to your power?

All of the above points represent portions of the the Democrat’s agenda – immigrants that will vote to keep the Party in power, tax burdens to support the immigrants to buy their fealty & to impoverish the citizenry (if you’re working to survive, you don’t have time to rebel), and disarm those that would rebel.

The Democrats double down on this power grab by apparent voter fraud.  California’s “ballot harvesting” is probably one of the most egregious forms of fraud I have ever seen.  Having the dead vote and the miraculous appearance of ballots during the aftermath of elections only confirms what I suspect.  The exclamation point is during seven contested elections of where the Republican candidate was leading, the elections were won by the Democratic candidate – this defies the odds and common sense.

And it just doesn’t stop there…

The political parties pass laws that affect the people they represent, but exempt themselves from those very laws.  The prime example of this is the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare. And what laws they do pass that they would fall under, they are not prosecuted.  The prime example of this is the multiple instances of Hillary Clinton’s favoritism to donors of the Clinton Foundation and security breaches with emails.  There is a blatant disregard of laws by the ruling elite, and anyone with half a brain can see the hypocrisy, the lies, and the crimes committed by the politicians who wish to have unfettered rule.

It’s no wonder the people of the United States do not have confidence in their government nor in the political party’s abilities to represent them nor confine themselves to the Constitution.

So where do we go from here?  I hope to address this in Part 2.

Random Thoughts

Friends, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Life, as usual, conspires to keep me from writing as often as I would like. So here are a few thoughts of mine in no particular order.

First and foremost – BUILD THE DAMN WALL ALREADY!!  I’ve seen enough reports from crimes committed by illegal immigrants upon the American population.  Sanctuary cities do nothing but sheild criminals and increase crime (including robbery, rape, and murder).  Anyone who thinks otherwise is complicit in these crimes.

The Muller investigation needs to stop, or at least be redirected toward the truly guilty parties. After a year plus of investigation, no collusion has been found concerning the Trump campaign. But there has been a boatload on the Democrat’s side of the house. And besides, is collusion really a crime, or is it a made up one? Or has this really been a show of political Kabuki theater to smear President Trump? I think we know the answer to that…

The American People do want justice, not the current “get Trump” atmosphere. We will not have confidence in our government until the true criminals and traitors to this country are brought to court. The list that I have is way too long for this post.

The all inclusive Liberals want you to believe that all opinions and viewpoints are welcome, at least if they somewhat agree to the Liberal viewpoint. Stating a Conservative viewpoint has lead to ostracization and even violence. We’ve seen many videos and reports of Liberal intolerance. One of these days, someone will get killed, and then all hell will break loose.

I think of Antifa, and what these masked people are doing. While they state they are anti-Fascist, they certainly employ the same violent tactics as the Nazi Brownshirts or Mussolini’s Blackshirts. What they are doing is in direct opposition of changing this country through the legal channels of debate and elections. Again, one of these days, someone will be killed directly through their actions, and I do wonder if this organization will be held accountable for their actions. I certainly hope that mayors and police chiefs around the country crack down and arrest these people for assault and property damage with fines & jail terms before they get completely out of hand.

The rise of the Socialists in the Democrat Party is of concern to me. Socialism is the direct opposite of the principles that this country is founded upon. It will destroy this country if not stopped. What the Democrats are doing is completely insane.

I was listening to a radio show on my way home from work the other day, and the commentator asked the question, “Why are young, college-age people embracing Socialism? Don’t they know what it is?”

A college counselor called in to the show, with her class present, and asked the question of her class. The answer was stunning and disturbing

The reason that they gave was that Socialism sounded a lot like Social, or Society, and they have been taught that we all need to be more social and respectful of each other. That a movement or system of government would be more encompassing (by name only) instead of the harsher sounding Capitalism (where everyone supposedly screws over everyone else) is very appealing. They didn’t know the details of what Socialism was, but the concept of free education, free health care, and guaranteed jobs (income) was very high on their list. Of course, they had no idea how all the “free” stuff was going to be paid for…

This is what our public education system is turning out. Young adults who have no idea of the history & evolution of the different political systems are, and what the consequences of adopting these systems will eventually result in. Critical thinking and civics has been canned in favor of touchy/feeling crap. No wonder those who can afford it will send their kids to private schools instead of the Liberal Youth Indoctrination Centers that our schools have become.

One last thing on the subject of Socialism before moving on: It seems that most of the people supporting Socialism are thinking that they will be running it, or benefiting from it without much effort on their part. I haven’t heard a single person stating that they would be happy to work for the benefit of others (a la Boxer from “Animal Farm”).

With the midterm elections coming up, I’m looking at the current candidates for the offices at the local, state, and federal positions. I’m what you can describe as a single issue voter. My main issue that I look for in a politician is if they truly support the Second Amendment. Here’s why:

If a politician supports the Second Amendment, they normally support the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a government run by Constitutional principles. They will also have a respect for life (pro-life), legal immigration, and the rule of law. By respecting and supporting the Second Amendment, it provides a foundation on what that politician’s value system is, and is an indicator if he/she will represent the voters in government, or himself. At least that’s my thinking…

That’s all for this post. May everyone be safe and well until the next time.