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How the Kenyan Mall Massacre Can Easily Happen in the US…Thanks Gun Control

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How the Kenyan Mall Massacre Can Easily Happen in the US…Thanks Gun Control

Last week Islamic Terrorists stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya killing at least 68 people.  Four days later, the armed men have continued to hold off police attempts to retake the mall.

These terrorists executed anyone who wasn’t a muslim or couldn’t answer questions about Islam such as what Muhammed’s mother’s name was or couldn’t recite passages from the Koran.

The first thing I could think of is how easily that could happen here.  The second was how did it happened in Kenya in the first place?

The answer is the fallacy of gun control.

A quick run down of gun control measures in Kenya:

  • The Washington DC National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence categorizes the regulation of guns in Kenya as restrictive.
  • The right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law
  • Civilians are not allowed to possess semi-automatic self-loading military assault rifles of 7.62mm or 5.56mm calibre, or of any other calibre from time to time specified by the Minister, or firearms fitted with sound suppressors
  • Private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited
  • Carrying a handgun either openly or concealed while in a public place is prohibited.

With all these gun control laws, how is it that the terrorists were able to enter the “Gun Free Zone” that is Westgate Mall and execute the non-believers?

Because the ones executed were the only ones who were following the law.

The terrorist didn’t care about gun bans or not carrying in public or pretty much any of the nonsense that gun control fosters.

Could a group of armed citizens have stopped the attack completely and saved everyone’s life?  Doubtful, but they could have saved some lives by at least making it difficult for the terrorists or at the very least have died on their feet rather than on their knees.

Could this happen in America?  Absolutely. And rather easily too.

A great number of shopping malls fall under the fallacy of “Gun Free Zones” so the terrorists can target high trafficked areas with little resistance.  This incident also showed how effective a nationwide “assault” weapons ban is, so even if they couldn’t buy their AK-47’s legally here, they could always just swing by Mexico and pick up some that the Obama administration smuggled down.

Speaking of Mexico, the country where money talks and blind eyes are turned, it would be a simple matter for terrorists to arm up with all the automatic weapons they want and simply sneak across the border unchallenged.

Once slipping through our unsecured southern border they would simply stroll over to California (the nearest gun control utopia) and rain bloody murder down upon the disarmed innocent people going about their shopping.

Malls are also great places to hole up in too.  An abundance of food and supplies to wait out a siege, take hostages, defend against assault etc.

Of course, if 20 or 30 terrorists storm a mall in Texas or Arizona they may quickly find themselves outnumbered.  And the great thing about malls that appeal to the terrorists would benefit the US citizens.  Places to hide for an ambush, to bide their time, avenues for escape etc.

When you have to go store to store looking for someone the effectiveness of your rifle is mitigated and the law abiding citizen with the pistol has the advantage at close range.

That is, of course, if he is ALLOWED to have his weapon in the mall.

After all, Colorado used to be a pretty pro gun spot, yet the Aurora movie theater was a “Gun Free” zone and that only stopped the people who didn’t want to murder everyone from carrying a gun.

As gun control is want to do, it is the mass shooters and terrorists best friend.  Either here or abroad the song remains the same.

Gun Control and Gun Free Zones should be as vilified as those they empower to commit these heinous crimes.

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Who loves loopholes when they help HIM? …Obama

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Who loves loopholes when they help HIM? …Obama

Talk about a guy who loves loopholes.  Well, I guess he only loves loopholes when he can exploit them.

While President Obama has droned on ad nauseum about the so called “gun show loophole” and the internet gun sales loophole and anything else he doesn’t like about the 2nd Amendment calling it a loophole, he doesn’t seem to have an issue exploiting a loophole of his own.

No, I’m not talking about how Obama declared that the Individual Mandate of Obamacare wasn’t a tax but is only Constitutional as one.

No, there is one loophole that has come up rather recently that the Obama administration has jumped feet first into and ironically enough it has everything to do with guns and revolution.

While Obama doesn’t believe that US Citizens have the right to keep and bear arms in order to defend themselves against tyranny, he has no problem whatsoever about Muslim countries in the middle east doing just that.

Now, Obama’s support of the Arab spring and its destabilizing effects in the region is hypocritical at best but not a loophole.  The loopholes come into play when he tries to explain away either his actions or inactions.

Obama wants to start arming Syrian Rebels.  These rebels count half of their numbers as Al Qaeda  insurgents.  Loophole…we’re only going to arm the GOOD rebels.  That is just a loophole around logical thought and common sense.

But Obama does take a foray into legal loopholes as well.  The recent coup in Egypt presents a conundrum for the President.  By law, if he declares that a coup took place in Egypt then all foreign aid that we send them must stop.  Yet he wants to continue sending aid there (because you know, things are so peachy keen here with our economy).

It was  a coup.  We know it, they know it, everyone knows it.  Yet in the legal judo that the President and his administration seems to be becoming proficient at his official stance is this:

 “Egypt serves as a stabilizing pillar of regional peace and security and the United States has a national security interest in a stable and successful democratic transition in Egypt.  The law does not require us to make a formal determination as to whether a coup took place, and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination.”

Read it twice if you have to because the gall of this President is pretty astounding.  The Administrations stance is that “we like Egypt, and even though a coup took place if we don’t call it a coup we can still keep doing what we want and you can’t make us call it a coup”.

IT’S A COUP!!!

On July 3, Egyptian armed forces deposed legally elected President Mohammed Morsi and imprisoned him, following massive street protests.  I can imagine if that was done here and Obama found himself in a cell he sure as hell would be calling it a coup.

Yet, due to a loophole the Administration doesn’t have to call it one.

Yet somehow, me legally buying a shotgun from a guy at a gun show is the end of the world.

Didn’t Nixon get in hot water for saying this:

 

I guess if Obama does it it’s not a loophole.

 

Never bring a knife to a stone and beheading fight

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Never bring a knife to a stone and beheading fight

During a Brazillian soccer match in the town of Pius XII, player Linda dos Santos Abreu was ejected from the game by referee Otávio Jordan da Silva de Catanhede. Abreu did not take kindly to his ejection and began to fight with da Silva.

The ensuing fist fight came to an abrupt end when da Silva produced a knife and stabbed Abreu, who would later die en route to the hospital.  This action enraged the friends, family and fans of Abreu who stormed the field and stoned da Silva to death, beheaded him and quartered his body sticking his decapitated head at midfield of the pitch.

This story doesn’t have anything to do with firearms.  I just wanted to illustrate the hypocrisy of countries with strong gun control who like to point to America and say we are a bunch of unsophisticated cowboys who love guns too much.

Yeah…WE’RE the barbarians.

The Pointlessness of Gun Control and Necessity of Gun Rights Illustrated

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In my internet cruising I have come across a great many interesting people and artists from around the world.  One of my favorites is a bi-weekly webcomic written in Germany but which takes place in the US.

The title of the comic is Sandra and Woo.  Its a Calvin and Hobbes type story about a girl and her talking raccoon.  Hi-jinks occur.  The reason I’m bringing this up today is that the author, Oliver Knorzer, has been on a bit of a pro gun rights kick as of late.  I’m not sure if it is by accident or not  but I wanted to share nonetheless.

The first illustrates the futility of gun free zones in an interesting way:

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How simple is that?  Any item, in the hands of someone willing to use it can be turned into a weapon.  Should we have pencil control?  Go back to using safety scissors? Do schools still have shop class?  As I recall, that is a room full of files and saws and picks and pointy things that can be used for nefarious intent.   So maybe, if we want to start dealing with the problems of violence instead of gun grabbing talking points, we can look into why children are ready to snap more today than in the past.  But that is a post for another time.

The second strip that caught my 2nd Amendment tuned eye was about Ruth the meat eating squirrel and a lynx looking for lunch.

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Of course, the animal kingdom would be a lot different if squirrels were really packing heat but the sentiment is an important one.  In no situation can a squirrel defend itself against a lynx.  It’s a quick meal for the lynx.

Too often in the real world a small woman is set upon by a large attacker who wishes to rob, rape and/or kill her.  While whistles and yelling for help are a nice sentiment, sometimes you have to be your own cavalry.

And like Ruth, sometimes you need to put down the animal who wants to make an easy meal out of you.  That’s just life…your life.

If you are interested in reading more Sandra and Woo and finding out what else happens to the gun toting squirrel visit the site:

http://www.sandraandwoo.com/

 

Update Edit: Just re-reading the second comic and it dawned on me just how real to life the lynx’s reaction is.  Criminals are often shocked and dismayed the moment a seemingly defenseless mark turns the tables on them.  In this case the lynx must be an MSNBC watcher in thinking that an armed female protecting her life makes her a “psycho”.

Obama to arm Syrian Rebels while moves to disarm American Citizens

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Obama to arm Syrian Rebels while moves to disarm American Citizens

In case you haven’t heard, Syria is an a bit of an open revolt against its government.  So as to not get into the politics of the Middle East too greatly, regime change might be a good thing, but one can never tell in the terrorist laced hotbed that is the Middle East.

For instance, the Syrian “rebels” have a concentration of Al Qaeda infiltration within their collective ranks.  Is it a high concentration?  Hard to say, but Al Qaeda operatives have been identified as being among the rebels.  One section of rebels have even openly pledged loyalty to Al Qaeda.

With the presence of Al Qaeda among the rebels growing , President Obama has moved to begin arming the Syrian “rebels” with all kinds of guns and ammunition.

Let me repeat that in order to stress the important point…Obama is knowingly and willingly giving military grade weapons to terrorists.

Now, I don’t even want to hear political doublespeak about only arming the “good” rebels because we have a hard enough time differentiating between good and bad native populations in Afghanistan when we have an entire Army on the ground.

But this is only half the story.  While the President is fine with giving military grade heavy weapons to the Syrian Rebels under the auspices of fighting tyranny, he continues to push for and demand that the American people are disarmed of any weapon that could ensure freedom from tyranny.

I wonder how many back ground checks the Obama administration is going to  initiate when handing out machine guns and anti tank rounds to the Syrians?

I guess at the end of the day, in the mind of President Obama, the rights of the Syrians are more important to him than the rights of the American people.

 

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The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc

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This site isn’t just about guns…it’s about liberty.  And sometimes, especially on this day, the anniversary of D-Day, we should take a moment to remember that freedom has rarely been given and has mostly been won.

How is freedom won?  At the point of a sword, at the tip of a spear, at the muzzle of a gun…with brave men and women willing to die for the achievement or preservation of liberty.  Like the boys of Pointe Du Hoc:

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I shiver to think that a mere 70 years since so many gave so much for the liberation of a foreign land, that we find ourselves on the precipice of losing our liberty through apathy and acquiescence.

Corrupt government agencies targeting American citizens to disagree with policy. Over reaching big brother agencies trampling on civil rights.  The executive branch, backed by billionaires, seeking to undermine our last refuge of resistance.

Et cetera et cetera et cetera.

The line must be drawn here…no further.  In honor of those who have come before us in order to ensure our freedom,  strengthened by their courage and heartened by their valor and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

 

Below is the speech delivered on June 6th, 1984 by President Reagan at Pointe Du Hoc.  In my opinion, one of the best speeches ever given by a President.  It’s a bit of a read, but if you have the time, it is well worth it.

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved and the world prayed for its rescue. Here, in Normandy, the rescue began. Here, the Allies stood and fought against tyranny, in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, two hundred and twenty-five Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs.

Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here, and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers at the edge of the cliffs, shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only ninety could still bear arms.

And behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. And these are the heroes who helped end a war. Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem. You are men who in your “lives fought for life and left the vivid air signed with your honor.”

I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking “we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren’t. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.

Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, “Sorry, I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.

There was the impossible valor of the Poles, who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold; and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the horrors of war on this coast. They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.

All of these men were part of a roll call of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore; The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots’ Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet,” and you, the American Rangers.

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead, or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought — or felt in their hearts, though they couldn’t know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4:00 am. In Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying. And in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.

Something else helped the men of D-day; their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer, he told them: “Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we’re about to do.” Also, that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”

These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that shaped the unity of the Allies.

When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together. There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall Plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies. The Marshall Plan led to the Atlantic alliance — a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace.

In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. The Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They’re still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost forty years after the war. Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent. Today, as forty years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose: to protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.

We in America have learned bitter lessons from two world wars. It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We’ve learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent. But we try always to be prepared for peace, prepared to deter aggression, prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms, and yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.

It’s fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II. Twenty million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.

We will pray forever that someday that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.

We’re bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We’re bound by reality. The strength of America’s allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe’s democracies. We were with you then; we’re with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.

Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”

Strengthened by their courage and heartened by their value [valor] and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.

Why do we keep apologizing?

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I, for one, am tired of the constant apologizing that this country’s executive branch keeps doing.   We have apologized for our arrogance, for our dismissive nature and our willingness to engage in violence.  I believe that there is no reason to apologize for having pride in your country, for being willing to lead and to be willing to defend liberty and freedom for those who are in need.

Why this President continues to undermine American exceptionalism by his constant kowtowing to foreign powers and bodies is sickening.  Obama has claimed that America has a moral responsibility to act on arms control (i.e. gun banning) because we used a Nuclear weapon.

But on top of apologizing for the beacon of freedom that America has lit in the world for the past 200+ years, on top of apologizing for our “savage” 2nd Amendment, Obama now apologizes that our First Amendment right has angered foreigners and that it is ostensibly our fault that the US Ambassador to Libya was murdered by an irate gang of Muslim extremists.

What is next Mr. Obama, was 9/11 our fault too?

I grew up in a country that had Ronald Reagan as its Commander in Chief.  A man who used diplomacy through strength.  Who proudly stated to the only other super power on the planet to “TEAR DOWN THIS WALL”.  Reagan never apologized to Gorbachev for the Russians feeling they needed to put up a wall to deny liberty to the East Germans. The concept is as absurd as it is repugnant.  Ronald Reagan believed in this country’s greatness, that it was a shining city on a hill.  He saw the greatness in America and let that greatness shine.  He did not bow and bend his knee to other powers in order to supplicate them.  He instilled in others the Dream that is America and they could see it for all its wonder in their own eyes.

But not Mr. Obama.  He apologizes for American free speech.  In so doing, he absolves the violence and murder of 4 US diplomats at the hands of radicals because obviously we American’s had it coming exercising our rights the way we do.

I am DONE with the apologizing.  I love America and while there may be some things deserving apologies (Tuskegee ExperimentJapanese-American Internmentpoor treatment of Veterans) it should never apologize for what makes it great.  If we start apologizing and capitulating to foreign powers by limiting our First and Second Amendment rights, we are surrendering our sovereignty.

Mr. Obama, if you want to continue to apologize, then you should apologize to the American people for being a disgrace.  You can start with an apology to the families of Border Agent Brian Terry and US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  Then continue on to all the other people who your apologies and excuses have hurt or killed in the past four years.

Some people are saying you are the second coming of Jimmy Carter.  I don’t, I think you are much worse.  I hope my fellow countrymen and women have realized that truth and do not believe that America should crawl to anyone with hat in hand.

We are a proud country filled with patriots Mr. Obama.  We cling to our guns because it is our right.  We cling to our bibles because it is our right.

If you find need to apologize to other countries for those rights I only have to ask:

Mr. Obama, whose side are you really on?