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The cautionary tale of American Indians – What happens when only 1 side has the guns

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The cautionary tale of American Indians – What happens when only 1 side has the guns

Seeing as it is Columbus day, I am reminded of the cautionary tale that can be learned from the treatment of the American Indian for some 400 years.  It is a tale of what happens when one side has the guns and the desire to take and control what the other side has.

In this case the European explorers and those who followed them.  For gold, resources and land the conquering Europeans carved out a foothold in this land and spent the next few centuries pushing west to conquer it all.  Sure, they spoke of living in harmony and we have the whole Thanksgiving story but in the end an entire race of people lost 2 continents.

Before we go any further, let me just say that I am not against manifest destiny, Christopher Columbus or the Washington Redskins; the world is made up of winners and losers.  My point is that the story may have been played out a little differently if the Indians had realized what was coming down the pike a little earlier.  It is a lesson today that we would do well to heed.

So what are these lessons.

First and foremost, do not trust “governments” to do the right thing.  From the original settlers to the Colonies to the United States, the governments thereof have continued to promise and sign treaties that just asked for “a little more”.  Until they wanted to get a little more after that.  Before you know it, a continent is lost and you find yourself living on a little reservation that was dictated to you by the same government that took everything else.

This example of going back on their word and the continual drive for more and more by the government is a reflection of the desire of those politicians pushing for gun control.  They speak of “common sense gun control”, “just a little doesn’t infringe”, “we have to be reasonable” etc.  Really?  Funny, because if I recall California started off with “reasonable” gun control yet only by the veto of it’s Governor did it avert the complete banning of nearly every rifle in the state.

Just like the ever pushing drive west for land and gold, so too is it the mindset of gun controllers that they will succeed only when the reach the complete prohibition of firearms for everyone except the government.  The same government that has treats people it wants things from so “fairly”.

What would happen if the gun controllers dream of a disarmed populace were to come to fruition?  Once again we need only look at the treatment of the American Indians to discover that answer.  What would happen is that the ones with the guns would dictate how the ones without would live.  Where they would live, where they could travel etc.

Examples of this:

Trail of Tears:  The Indian Removal Act of 1830 ended up forcing the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes forcibly removed from their homes in the deep south and Florida to the plains of Oklahoma.  How do you forcibly remove over 16,000 indians from their ancestral home?  It’s not by asking nicely.  It’s at the point of a gun.  Side note, up to 6,000 of those forced to relocate died from disease, exposure and starvation along the way.

Massacre at Wounded Knee: In 1890 in South Dakota, the Lakota tribe was undergoing a gun confiscation run by the 7th Cavalry.  When a deaf Lakota named Black Coyote did not want to give up his rifle (respect) a shot reportedly rang out.  The 7th Cavalry responded by opening fire and shooting blindly into the tribe.  The Lakota, who had nearly all their weapons all ready confiscated could do little other than get shot and die.  Final tally of Lakota dead, around 300. approx 90 men and 200 women and children.

Just a telling reminder that if you lose your guns you are easily enough massacred by a government who is willing.

Prohibition on Firearm Sales: There was a federal law making it illegal to sell weapons to “hostile” Indians.  Not only did it not work that well, but it was also one of those gun control laws that was left murky on purpose.  This way you could deny selling a gun to ANY American Indian claiming that they are “hostile”.  It also opens up a “legal” means to confiscate the weapons that they do have.  Just toss the word “hostile” around and you immediately have legal cover.  Funny side note; this prohibition wasn’t abolished until 1979!

This nuance and ambiguity has continued to foster today with gun control measures left vague in order to bolster a larger interpretation than was initially voted on.

I could go on about the some 400 years of raping, pillaging and killing along with the countless broken treaties but that would be just gilding the lily at this point.

What I will say is this, the last tribes that found themselves free were not those willing to fight but rather those who were willing to fight and properly armed.  The will to fight against tyranny is a great thing to have, but bows and arrows will not get the job done against a Gatling gun and Henry Repeaters.

Unfortunately by that time the die was cast and it was too late.  Let that be a reminder that the right to keep and bear arms can be stamped out if left to the machinations of those who hate liberty for too long.

Once gone, like the lands of the Indians, may never be reclaimed.

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Military Style Raid to check the water…what did you think the Federal Gov was going to use that billion bullet stockpile on?

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Military Style Raid to check the water…what did you think the Federal Gov was going to use that billion bullet stockpile on?

Chicken Alaska…no, it’s not some savory culinary dish a la chicken alexander but rather a small gold mining town with a population of 17.

The members of this town were treated to a rather rude awakening when their little slice of the last frontier was descended upon by a cavalcade of Federal and State agencies.  Or more accurately, the Federal Agencies descended while bringing on some token State agencies in order to make it look less like an invasion and subjugation of state sovereignty.

This raid, in which the agencies involved (10) nearly outnumbered the residents of the town (17) is somehow trying to be spun that it was not a raid.

Let me stress one point about the previous sentence.  The number of AGENCIES nearly eclipsed the population of the town, not the number of agents which was likened by a resident as a swarm of ants.

“Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say “POLICE” emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch.

Somehow, invading a town like army ants, armed to the teeth and in body armor doesn’t constitute a “raid”, according to the EPA.  A spokesman for the EPA released a statement saying:

“The ongoing investigation conducted by the AK Environmental Crimes Task Force — consisting of EPA, ADEC, USFWS, ADFG, BLM, Coast Guard, FBI, Alaska State Troopers, NOAA, & US Park Service — did not result in a raid,”

So what was the EPA et al, in their full body armor and superior firepower up to in the sleepy town of Chicken?  Was there some intelligence about eco-terrorists or some other threat to National Security that warranted such a heavy handed military style raid?

Nope.  The EPA wanted to check the water.

According to them the not raid raid was due to the possibility of violations to the Clean Water Act.

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……………………………………………….come on!!!

Oh wait…it gets better.  Since the August 19th not raid raid there has been increasing outrage from both private citizens and the politicians of Alaska, including both US Senators and Gov. Parnell who ordered an investigation yesterday stating:

“this level of intrusion and intimidation of Alaskans is absolutely unacceptable.”

Hear hear Gov. Parnell.  The reaction from the EPA…not only to stonewall the inquiries but also to add new allegations that the not raid raid was in response to rampant drug and human trafficking.  I can tell you that that’s bogus from the start.

You want to know how I know?  Because of all the alphabet soup agencies involved, there is one conspicuously absent in an investigation of rampant drug trafficking.  Namely, the DEA.  Also, is the EPA saying that they didn’t raid a town that they suspected of drug and human trafficking?  Really?

Even the State Troopers weren’t going to back up the EPA’s lies when a spokeswoman for the AK State Troopers stated that they did not advise EPA officials to conduct the raid, adding that no evidence exists to believe those crimes are occurring.

So what can we take away from all of this.

First, all agencies of the Federal Government are becoming militarized.

Second, these formerly non-militarized agencies need bullets and have gotten about 2 billion of them over a ten month period as the federal government continues to stockpile and hoard ammunition.

Third, the Obama administration and the Federal Government don’t care one lick about state sovereignty.

Fourth, if this military style raid is going to happen over water, and then get trumped up with false allegations when some people object, just imagine what will happen when these agencies turn their attention to gun owners.

The possibility that gun owners will be subject to such not raid raids in which the myriad of Fed. Agencies descend up their home on trumped up charges and fishing expeditions is very real.  And of course, if some law abiding citizens or their dogs get killed along the way the Feds can no doubt trump up some more charges because the deceased won’t put up much of a defense.

And THAT is not, “the sky is falling” or conspiracy theory talking.  That is a rational extrapolation of the previous four facts.  I’m not saying it is going to happen, all i’m saying is that it could happen, because it all ready is, just not to gun owners…yet.

 

Insurance for having to use your gun? Ludicrous…but maybe not ridiculous

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Insurance for having to use your gun?  Ludicrous…but maybe not ridiculous

The idea that law abiding gun owners would need insurance to cover the costs of legally using their firearms is ludicrous.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it is unnecessary.

What do I mean?  One need look no further than the George Zimmerman self defense trial.  Zimmerman gets jumped by a gay-bashing homophobe and pummeled into the sidewalk.  He shoots his attacker to save his own life in a clear case of self defense, yet due to political pressure and the complete absconding of fairness is charged with both a crime AND $500,000 (before lawyer fees) in order to defend himself.

I wish that were the only case in which a gun owner, acting responsibly in defense of their own life was being railroaded by malicious prosecution due to anti gun sentiment or political pressure, but it’s not.

In case you haven’t read here about Sung-Ho Hwang, the President-elect of the New Haven Bar Association was arrested simply because he had the GALL to open carry his sidearm.  Doing so in Connecticut is completely legal mind you so long as you have a permit, which Mr. Hwang does.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to fight in order to get out of it.  And fights cost money.

Then we have Darrell Schooler of Fort Worth who shot at a man attacking him who ALSO HAD A GUN.  Schooler said it took less than two seconds to make the decision to fire his weapon, but it took weeks for him to get out of jail while authorities sorted through the details.  Basically, Schooler’s attacker hit his car window three times with his fist and the butt of his gun before Schooler pulled his weapon and fired, shattering the car window. The man was surprised by the flying glass and shot himself in the arm.  Schooler had “gun use” insurance and he was grateful that he did saying:

“This is insurance I thought I’d never have to use. Without it, I’d probably be in jail for something I didn’t do. God was with me that day. If I had leaned an inch-and-a-half to the left, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. That’s how close I came to getting my head blown off.”

Darrell Schooler needing insurance in order not to be bankrupted or incarcerated for simply saving his own life is an affront and attack on common sense and decency.
What’s next?  The need for women to acquire “Dead Rapist” Insurance.  Because killing a person who is trying to rape you is, according to the Brady Campaign, not the answer…it’s better to just lay back and take it.
When being forced to kill someone who is trying to murder or rape you, you shouldn’t have to worry about being victimized by the legal system.  Too sadly though, it seems the legal system in some districts of this country disagree.  And while fundamentally the need to get “gun-use” insurance is ludicrous, it might not be the worst thing to get.
I mean, if DA’s are just going to ignore Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground and Open Carry laws, how much faith can we really have that you won’t be railroaded by the Gun-Hate express?
With ALL that being said, do not in any way take that to mean that I believe in a  state mandated gun liability scheme.  Those are just scams being floated in anti gun states as a further restriction and penalty to law abiding gun owners.  It is no different than a poll tax for voting and a complete infringement upon our right to keep and bear arms.
Side note: Despite the Brady Campaigns full-on disavowment of the meme below, it WAS on their facebook page.  People saw it, people took snapshots of it, took actual cameras and photoed their screens because they knew the cover was lifted off of what the Brady Campaign REALLY feels and that once the Brady campaign realized that THEY were the fringe and out of touch it would quickly be gone.  I’ve decided not to let them off the hook.
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When does your gun collection become an “arsenal”? When the media wants to grab headlines

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When does your gun collection become an “arsenal”? When the media wants to grab headlines

In the Little Havana district of Miami, Luis Bianchi was running late for work while waiting for his 3 year old daughter’s mother to come and take her.  He made the inadvisable choice to leave Analis in front of the television when her mother told Luis that she was on her way and would be there shortly.  Luis, blocked access to his bedroom with a couch (the reason will become apparent) and locked the front door when he left.

Analis was found wandering the halls some time later and a neighbor called police at 6:30pm.

When the police came and escorted the little girl back to her home they investigated the apartment, moved the couch and entered the fathers bedroom to find…AN ARSENAL OF AMMUNITION AND ASSAULT RIFLES….oooooo scary.

Almost every news outlet and paper included the word arsenal.  Most even went on to say the house had a grenade in it.  The grenade was inert thus rendering it a paperweight but instead of doing some actual research they just reported that a grenade was present and making Luis Bianchi sound like Che Guevara.  Actually the liberal press loves Che so maybe not.  Regardless, even after the press found out that the grenade was not active they reported it as a dud and not as inert.

The difference of course is that a dud grenade is one that is still supposed to explode and failed to while an inert grenade is one that had its explosive capabilities removed.  It’s a small difference in reporting that has a huge impact on perception.

Luis Bianchi sees all this on the 11 o’clock news and goes to the police station to sort it all out.  He is arrested…for CHILD NEGLECT.

I suppose that is the correct charge for leaving a 3 year old home alone, though one wonders where the mother, who was “on her way”, ended up.

But my point is that they didn’t charge Mr. Bianchi with ANY gun violations.  This “arsenal”, even if it constituted the word, was still perfectly legal.

Mr. Bianchi made several mistakes; leaving his daughter alone, trusting his ex to be on time (when minutes count your ex is just…well who knows), and not securing the front door well enough to keep his daughter in the apartment.

Yet what the media is crucifying him for is being a gun owner.  I’m not sure how big the couch was that blocked his door (and as such his “arsenal”) from the other room, but if it was big and heavy enough to stop a 3 year old girl from moving it then his weapons were secure from her and as such the whole aspect of the weapons is a non issue.

Which makes this case one about a father who made a ill advised choice believing his ex would be at the apartment shortly and leaving his daughter alone to wait.  If the court rules to take custody away from Luis Bianchi it should be based off of this alone and not because he believes in the 2nd Amendment.

But since he is a gun owner the media will rake him over the coals and try to demonize him in order to sensationalize the entire matter and up their ratings.

Another lesson to gun owners…on top of being safe you have to be smart.  Give the press any opportunity and they will toss you on the pyre in order to make their ratings rise.  Don’t give them the opportunity…and don’t leave a 3 year old at home alone.

I guess having to shoot someone who looks like the President’s pretend son means you face double jeopardy

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I guess having to shoot someone who looks like the President’s pretend son means you face double jeopardy

I wanted the weekend to see where things were going to shake out with the whole Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.  As you may know if you are a regular follower of this blog that I believe that Zimmerman acted within the constraints of the law when he shot an aggressor who was trying to murder him.

Whether the events that led to that moment were of the best choosing, I withhold judgment one way or the other.  But, I do not believe Zimmerman threw the first punch and I do believe that he had one two choices when he was pinned to the ground, either get beaten to death or shoot.

A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges despite the best efforts of a Judge who was completely in the tank for the prosecution as well as pressure from DC in the form of the Department of Justice rallying people against George Zimmerman.

Think about for a moment.  The Department of JUSTICE facilitated mob rule in order to swing public opinion in a trial that was still in process.  Justice may be blind but apparently the DOJ can still see colors.

Which brings us to Obama and his flunkies “respecting the jury’s verdict” by pushing to retry George Zimmerman.  I guess when you don’t like the result and banked a lot of political capital on lynching the Latino kid because the guy assaulting him “looked like your hypothetical son” respect for double jeopardy and the constitution in general takes a hike.

But then again, is anyone surprised at this point that Obama uses the Constitution to wipe his own ass?

Obama and his cabal of race baiting sycophants are mulling whether to try Zimmerman again for the same crime with different wording.  Saying that, even though the jury acquitted him of 2nd Degree murder (the one that specifically means that his acts were imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life) somehow Martin’s civil rights were violated because Zimmerman is a racist.

Double Jeopardy is supposed to protect us from EXACTLY this type of thing.  Because make no mistake, this is simply the powers that be not liking a verdict and wanting to try again until they get the conviction they crave.

Here’s what a petition from the NAACP had to say as they implores the Justice Department to act:

“Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act” 

That cannot be read any other way than to mean, “We didn’t like the outcome, keep trying him again until he’s guilty”.

I mean, this is middle east dictatorship type action here.  At what point does the legal system just completely become a dog and pony show with the outcome predetermined and the only question is how many trials it will take to get there?

Fortunately for Zimmerman, with being found not guilty he at least won’t have to fear a civil suit from the Martin family as the “Stand your ground law” gives him immunity with regards to paying damages through a civil suit. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be bankrupt by a malicious federal civil rights case.

If anyone should be suing and seeking a civil trial it is George Zimmerman.  After watching the circus of a trial that the prosecution presented, in which 80 percent of their witnesses were vouching for Zimmerman, it seems clear that this is a case of malicious prosecution brought on by political pressures and as such Zimmerman should be reimbursed for his legal fees and HIS civil rights being violated.

The taxpayers may all ready be on the hook for his legal fees (thank Obama) but this whole trial was a political farce and Zimmerman was the victim of it.  As such he should seek to have the time that was wasted and the stress that was placed on him justly compensated.

And let’s not forget the NBC selectively altering the 911 tape completely taking what he said out of context to make Zimmerman look like a racist.

Perhaps that is asking too much though.  With a media who all ready had him strung up before he was even arrested, a President who basically said Zimmerman murdered his son, a Justice department who will circumvent justice in order to get their way and a myriad of race baiters who propagate the myth this had anything to do with race…is this still America?

I won’t even get into the hypocrisy of what if Zimmerman was black and Martin was Latino.  See, I would still be on the side of Zimmerman because he was being beaten to death.  The NAACP, Obama, Holder et al would be on his side then because he was black.

Pathetic really.

I guess the caveat here for gun owners is that if you find yourself being beaten to death (or any life or death situation where you have to shoot) and you have to shoot…hope that the perpetrator isn’t black.  In the Obamanation Justice isn’t blind…it sees color just fine, facts and truth be damned.

And I still stand by my theory that if George Zimmerman went by Jorge Mesa, this story is covered by NO ONE.  Thanks race baiting media.

Zimmerman on the tracks to be railroaded – A cautionary tale to gun owners

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Zimmerman on the tracks to be railroaded – A cautionary tale to gun owners

The trial of George Zimmerman has barely begun and one can see the outrageous steps that an overzealous prosecution and complicit judge will go to in order to get a conviction.

Before we get to that though, we must start at the beginning.  I still contend that if George Zimmerman went by his mother’s maiden name and was Jorge Mesa that the nation never would have heard this story.  But when you get someone with a white sounding name shooting a black guy, facts and objectivity be damned for the national media.

The railroading began almost immediately.  Do you recall the pictures that the media was showing of the two?  George’s picture was basically a poor looking mugshot, while his attacker was shown almost as a toddler.  Something like this:

Baby Trayvon and Predator Zimmerman

 

And I guess the media just overlooked for MONTHS the actual damage that Martin did to Zimmerman when he attacked him:

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The first photo shows Zimmerman got smacked around.  If it was ONLY that, an argument can be made that you shouldn’t draw your gun in a fist fight and that he overreacted.  But the second photo is the proof that Zimmerman was on his back getting his head smashed into the concrete.

Perhaps if the media wasn’t thirsty for racial sensationalism, Zimmerman would’ve gotten a fair shake.  But a fair shake was the last thing on the  minds of those at NBC who altered the 911 call Zimmerman made in order to make him sound racist.

With a national news outlet fraudulently trying to sway public opinion against Zimmerman and by the fact that by the time the pictures of his beating saw a national newscast the die was  cast.  Prosecutors had moved forward and the train was picking up steam.  To step back would require political courage…which is apparently lacking in the prosecutors office.

Courage…and ethics as it turns out.  The current prosecutor faces post-trial sanctions due to the failure to turn over photographic and text message evidence that all but obliterates Trayvon Martin’s goody good image.

So Zimmerman gets railroaded first by the media.  Then he gets railroaded by an attention seeking recreant prosecutor with questionable ethics.

Next, we go to the Judge which may be the most damning of all.  When Zimmerman’s defense team tried to enter into evidence Martin’s past drug use and habitual violence the judge barred them, stating that it wasn’t relevant.

A history of violence and both spontaneous outbursts and coordinated attacks of said violence isn’t relevant?  That is akin to saying that if a woman shot and killed her would be rapist, all the past rapes he committed aren’t relevant.

It’s ludicrous. And Judge Nelson is complicit in the railroading of Zimmerman because for a year and a half Zimmerman has been tried in the media and the majority of the press has been about what a good sweet kid Trayvon was.

Anyone on the jury who owns a TV might just be a little swayed by 16 months of canonizing Martin and demonizing Zimmerman.  To add some context to the kind of person Martin was would at least be a semblance of fairness.

But apparently, we live in an age where fairness doesn’t trump agenda’s, egos and political aspirations.

This is a cautionary tale to all those who carry.  When you shoot, be  sure you need to, because even if you are getting your head beat into the ground there might be someone in power who thinks you should just lie there and take it.

The same kind of people who think its better to be raped than shoot your rapist.

But at the end of the day, I still find the old adage true…better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.