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…

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.

March for Madness

As I suffered through one of the worst colds that I’ve had for a couple of years this past weekend, I watched a few of the highlights of the March for Our Lives that took place in various cities this past weekend. Supposedly organized by the students from Parkland (we’ll get to that later), they protested, carried signs, and made speeches to restrict a Civil Right that Americans have had before this country was founded.

Yes, these students, thrust into the spotlight and funded by various anti-gun groups, used their 1st Amendment rights to protest the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans.

Alinsky would be proud.

I fully believe that the Bloomberg funded anti-gun groups were just waiting in the wings for another tragedy committed by an unhinged murderer to spring this massive protest across this nation. Funding was in place, the plan was made, and the waiting was over. You and I know that there is no way that today’s high-school students could single-handedly organize and execute such a massive protest without the deep pockets of established anti-gun groups. If I’m wrong, then I would like proof.

But even then, what were they protesting? Many of the marchers were ignorant of what existing laws are on the books, and what they wanted to have changed. Which made for some interesting footage such as:

  • When asked what the definition of an assault rifle was, one protester expressed incredulity at the question and accused the questioner as being stupid even though she couldn’t define the term (if we’re going to go and ban something, let’s agree on the terminology).
  • A protester carried around a sign stated that it was harder to get the poster board for the sign than getting an assault rifle (sorry that the line was long, but you don’t have to fill out paperwork and a background check to buy poster board).
  • Another protester carried a sign stating that her uterus was regulated more than firearms (I’ll let you decide on the level of WTH of that statement).

The highlights of the students wasn’t much better. One of the speakers struck a pose after his speech that was reminiscent of a Black Power or Nazi salute. Another wore the Cuban flag on her sleeve as she delivered her speech. But what was missing was viewpoints from their fellow students that supported firearm ownership, and Black student representatives from Parkland (approximately 25% of the population). Obviously, opposing views or straying from a narrative wasn’t allowed, nor were facts such as:

Fact: The FBI states that in 2016, 374 murders were committed by rifles. However, 1,604 murders were committed using “knives or cutting weapons.” Additionally, 656 murders were committed with hands, fists, or feet.

Fact: Almost all mass-murders in the past 20 years have been committed in a designated “gun-free zone.”

Fact: The NRA does not have blood on it’s hands as they haven’t killed anyone. It nor any of its members has ever been implicated or participated in a mass-murder, nor advocate that criminals or psychopaths should have guns. They are, however, a pain the butt to those who want to deprive any law-abiding American of their civil right to own a weapon.

Fact: People with concealed carry permits commit crimes at a far less rate than police officers.

Fact: No gun-control law that has been proposed or enacted has had any demonstrable positive effect upon crime or the murder rate (think of the gun-free city of Chicago for this one) for the simple fact that criminals do not obey laws.

Fact: After Great Britain essentially banned firearms, home invasions, assaults, robberies, and assaults with knives increased. The problem with knives is so bad that Great Britain is now having “Knife buybacks” in an attempt to reduce “knife violence”. (by the way, knives are a horrible self-defense option – you are at a disadvantage going up against anyone who is bigger, stronger, and more skilled than you would be).

And we can go on and on with one uncomfortable fact after another which destroy each and every argument for gun control.

I like Mike Huckabee’s statement on the protests:

“I salute these students for their passion and their energy, and for their interest in helping to shape public policy. But I would say this to them: Emotion is a terrible substitute for truth.”

Last, I received the following this morning from one of my friends, Mike. It bears reading:

“The more people who are armed, the more dangerous it becomes to be a criminal or a tyrant. If every adult who is capable of bearing arms did so routinely it would be so dangerous that only the bravest and the most disturbed individuals would engage in petty crime and tyranny could find no place to take root. The prohibition of arms is the authorization to even the most cowardly of individuals to engage in intimidation, creates fertile ground for criminal gangs, and cows the honest and honorable into increasingly timid subjects who persistently beg for strongmen to protect them and their families. Which is the siren song that leads to tyranny as no man may be fully trusted with the power to rule others without being corrupted by the temptations, fatigue and impossible responsibility of protecting large numbers of timid and increasingly irresponsible individuals, even if his motivation was pure. Those who deny the right to keep and bear arms to others enslave them to their own will and use their superior might to enforce that will on those who wish otherwise. There is no more clear boundary between a free man and a slave than whether or not they are free to keep and bear arms without the approval, consent or permission of another. Those who deprive others of the Inalienable Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms are engaged in the taking of slaves! The right to keep and bear arms is the seed of Liberty, its absence is the seed of tyranny. You reap what you sow, choose your crop wisely. The rights of the Individual are not subject to the approval, authorization, consent or sanction of others as they are an innate and inseparable aspect of the human being and can only be respected or violated. A free society is based on the mutual respect for the Inalienable rights, person and property of others. The more consistently we do so, the better we will be and the better our world will become and the more freedom will reign. The converse is also true, and the less we respect the Inalienable rights of every Individual human being, the worse we are, the more tyrannical society becomes, the more completely everyone is a prisoner of ever more dire circumstance. Liberty bears sweet fruit which multiplies exponentially the fruits of labor, the joy of life and the wonder of invention where everyone is constantly differentiated by their talents, skills, ethic and character, so long as there is freedom. Whereas tyranny starves, dwindles and brutalizes in an orgy of cannibalistic violence and oppression yielding inexorably towards genocide and a rigid society of moral cowards terrified to differentiate themselves lest they be singled out and devoured by the undifferentiated hungering beasts which surround them, beasts who could have been men if only they were free.

“Heed this warning, for there may be no more, given the advance of censorship and the penultimate power of the state over the Individual. It is a personal choice which You must make, whether freedom shall reign or perish from the earth.

“Please pass this message on to others, make copy and spread it in physical and virtual copy far and wide. There are too many who do not know the difference between liberty and slavery. If we are to abolish slavery in all its forms we must insure that it is easily recognized by those who might otherwise, in ignorance, act to enslave themselves and others. We must succeed in this if we are to abolish tyranny, and be truly free. Take Your part of the responsibility for Your own freedom and see that the enemies of Liberty do not have the ignorant to fill the ranks of their legions. Time is forever running out!

“And furthermore the progressive establishment is a threat to human liberty and therefore it must be abolished!”

That is why this weekend’s protests should be renamed a “March for Madness.”

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.