Shutting down . . .

Well, having accomplished what I set out to do with this blog, I think it is time to shut it down.

The reason I’m doing this now it simple:  I had 90 days to renew my domain registration when they informed me that WordPress has decided to force a 2-stage authentication process that requires a form of verification that I literally can’t provide – a cell phone number.  Since I do not have a cell phone, and wouldn’t tie it to my blog even if I did, it is time to quit WordPress.  Besides, I’ve done what I set out to do with  this blog, by laying personal claim to ideas that were hugely influential in the outcome of the 2016 election for the USA.  Everything else was gravy.

So, I’m transferring all of my files and blog posts to my original blog at:  http://mr-spock.livejournal.com/ and asking that if you want to continue to follow my journey of self discovery, you’ll bookmark that page or subscribe to it.  I’ve been blogging on that page since 2004.

Thank you, one and all, for making this page feel like a resounding success.

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Big, scary numbers – not really…

I’m calling the BBC out on this one.

A few days ago, they posted an article online titled, “Obama considers unilateral action on US gun violence“. You can find it here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35211294

What I want to call them out on is that the graphic at the bottom of the article makes the US look completely out of control on guns – and I’ll admit it looks very scary. Which I’m sure it is supposed to. What the BBC isn’t telling you is that they are reporting ALL forms of gun-related death, including suicide, drugs, gangs, criminal misuse of guns, legal self-defense, and police killing people caught committing crimes who resist arrest. NONE of those will be altered significantly by any unilateral action President Obama can take. Not even one.

What the anti-gun crowd consistently ignores is this one unalterable truth: criminals do not care what the laws are.

Obama Admin Confirms They Will Undermine Congress and Pass GUN CONTROL by Executive Action VERY SOON

Obama may have been elected as the US President, but the job he really wanted was DICTATOR. One question – if he does try this, is there anyone in the US House of Representatives with the guts to file Impeachment charges? Or can they get a bill to block funding, with enough votes to override a veto?

Source: Obama Admin Confirms They Will Undermine Congress and Pass GUN CONTROL by Executive Action VERY SOON

Washington Post on gun violence …

Kudos to my wife for sending me the link to this article.  THANKS!

Here is something I thought was news-worthy.  Not the statistics reported, though if you’re paying attention, you probably already new them.  No, the thing that is news worthy is that the Washington Post published the article.

For the benefit of readers overseas, there is a political divide over gun rights in the United States.  The liberal faction absolutely hates guns, and those who own them, and works tirelessly to eliminate them from our country.  The conservative faction sees guns as a matter of personal defense, and the last line of defense against the abuse of power by our elected leaders.  Finally, in all honesty, there are the criminals who do not follow any laws, know they will always be able to get/make guns, and unrepentantly do as they please wherever they feel safe from resistance.

The Washington Post is a mostly liberal news publication based in the Washington, DC, area.

So, with that background, you can see why it is worth noticing that the Washington Post ran an article with the headline, “Gun Violence Declining, Except In Gun-Free Zones”.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/12/04/washington-post-gun-violence-declining-except-gun-free-zones/

But, it is also pretty easy to see where the BBC’s opinions fall –

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35031293

Donald Trump on the 2nd Amendment …

I’m not really paying much attention to politics at the moment – most of it is more “political theater” than actual governance.

However, someone recently pointed this out to me, and after reading it, I thought it worthy of sharing. It is the official website of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, speaking specifically about the 2nd Amendment.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/second-amendment-rights

UN Small Arms Treaty . . .

Negotiations are underway in Mexico, even as you read this, to use the UN Small Arms Treaty as a vehicle to give President Obama all the gun-control powers he’s been craving.

If you care about this, please sign a petition aimed at your Congress officials, to pressure them to fight against it.

https://nagr.org/2015/StopObamaUNGunBan2c.aspx?pid=1b

Privately owned firearms . . .

In the wake of so many recent reports about illegal immigrants (even one who had previously been deported, and was now living in a “sanctuary city”) killing people, I thought a look at the other extreme would be in order.

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The drunken thug hollered threats at the parishioner as she stepped out of her church in Boulder, CO on the evening of July 30.

Police say Heriberto Haro-Luna, inebriated and out of control, confronted his estranged wife in the church parking lot, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to slit her throat.

As this confrontation exploded, an employee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church was walking to his car –- with his concealed handgun.

Haro-Luna rapidly put the woman in a choke-hold and viciously stabbed her.

As she gasped her final prayers, the church employee drew his handgun and sprang into action. The assailant fled and was quickly apprehended by police.

Thanks to the quick action of the armed church employee (he has not yet been identified), the 41-year old woman is expected to make a full recovery.

Sadly, this kind of attack is not an isolated incident.

Less than two months ago, the infamous massacre at a Charleston, SC Bible study left nine people dead and even more injured.

No one was able to effectively stop the shooter as he unloaded round after round into the defenseless people.

You see, South Carolina law forbids guns in places of worship without express consent from the church’s owner.

The Emanuel AME Church opted to be a “gun-free zone.”

The pastor, Clementa Pinckney, also served as a SC State Senator and was a staunch supporter of gun control, regularly opposing concealed carry and self-defense legislation.

In 2011, Pinckney voted against a bill that would’ve allowed gun owners to bring their guns to church.

So on the evening of June 17, 2015, when the crazed shooter brought his gun to the Bible study illegally and opened fire, the law-abiding parishioners were sitting ducks. Tragically, Senator Pinckney was among the slain victims.

Yet, after this senseless shooting, anti-gun talking heads on every major media outlet parroted rhetoric about how gun control could’ve prevented this.

The only thing that could’ve prevented the Charleston, SC massacre would’ve been a good guy with a gun in that church.

And as disheartening as these “gun free zone” shootings are, I am very glad to report that similar incidents are stopped by armed citizens on a regular basis, saving hundreds of lives.

Take the incident in Texas, where a pro-gun pastor proved he’s nobody’s victim.

On July 28 of this year, a would-be robber kicked down the door of the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, TX with Pastor Benny Holmes inside.

Holmes had a gun, so he was able to defend himself and hold the intruder until police arrived.

It isn’t just pastors who have been known to save the day, though.

In Boiling Springs, SC, a shotgun-wielding man interrupted Sunday service by kicking in the door of the pro-gun Southside Freewill Baptist Church.

Stepping into the church, the intruder brandished his shotgun and took aim at the pastor, only to be met by a parishioner’s handgun pointed right back at him.

Upon seeing the churchgoer’s handgun, the intruder froze.

This brief moment allowed several members of the congregation to seize the thug’s shotgun, disarming him and preventing a potential tragedy.

And of course, one of the best examples of a shooting stopped in mid-course by an armed citizen happened a few years ago at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

On December 9, 2007, Jeanne Assam ended what could have become one of the worst mass shootings in American history, saving possibly hundreds of lives.

The church was the second stop for Matthew Murray, a madman on a murderous rampage through local worship centers.

First, Murray went to the Youth With a Mission office, a training center for international missionaries, in Denver, CO – a city so harsh on guns, even open carry isn’t legal.

Entering the YWAM office, he asked to stay the night and after being declined, the 24-year old opened fire with a handgun, killing two people before slipping out the door.

12 hours and 65 miles later, Murray struck again, this time at Colorado Spring’s New Life Church.

As soon as he reached the parking lot, Murray opened fire, killing two teenage girls and wounding three others.

Stepping past his five victims, Murray moved towards the church, shooting out the glass doors, then walked down the hallway towards the congregation with over 1,000 rounds on his person, along with 3 firearms and a grenade.

Thankfully Jeanne Assam, a member of the congregation, was carrying her handgun that day and had volunteered to serve as church security. As Murray entered the building, Assam returned fire, stopping him in his tracks and saving the lives of the 7,000 people worshipping inside.

Police and officials later confirmed that the death toll would almost certainly have been in the hundreds without Ms. Assam’s brave actions.

Time and time again, law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights have saved countless lives and helped serve justice – often without a single shot being fired.

Stories like these are proof that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens save lives.

Yet, after every mass shooting, the gun control zealots bombard the media with their message that stricter gun laws are the answer.

But if the gun-grabbers had their way and the law-abiding were disarmed by so-called “gun free” zones, there would’ve been nothing between the madmen and their victims.

I shudder to think about what would’ve become of so many innocent churchgoers had law-abiding citizens been stripped of their firearms.

After all, if someone is willing to break God’s law and commit murder in a house of worship, why would they obey state or federal laws not to have a gun?

You and I know that logic just doesn’t add up.