End “Gun Free Zones”….They Do Not Work

There was a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas recently, and it happened in a Gun Free Zone. Ten were killed, and another ten were wounded. The shooter, a 17-year-old student from the school, wore a trench coat, in 98 degree weather, which should have triggered a concern. He used two fire arms, owned by his father, that were purchased legally. It is reported that several kinds of explosives were found in and around the school, in a vehicle, and at his home. Plans for the attack were found on his phone, and on his home computer. There were pictures of the shooter wearing a shirt that said, “Born To Kill”. He was known to be obsessed with violent video games.

No matter what we learn about this shooter’s past, I can guarantee, there will be an outcry for gun control, and school safety will take a back seat. The second amendment will again come under attack. Emotions will drown out common sense thinking, and real solutions. Here are some recent comments I read after the attack, that make sense to me.

Rand Paul said that we don’t want signs like “Gun Free Zone” saying we are defenseless. Homicide, crazes, and mentally ill  are not so crazy that  they shoot up the sheriff’s office. He noted that Hollywood hates guns, yet they have armed guards for protection. They produce massive  films that glamorize gun violence. He also said that with the 330 million of Americans it takes a fraction of a fraction of a percent of crazy people to commit these kinds of crimes. It is like finding a needle in a haystack. He said that we need to secures schools, pin point dangerous people, and separate guns from them. He mentioned the phrase “See Something, Say Something”. But he noted that it has been verified that there were 58 opportunities missed or over looked where the Parkland, FL shooter was concerned. He ended by saying that removing guns from law-abiding people was not the answer.

Dennis Bates, a Facebook friend said, “Banks, airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses, and sports stadiums, are all protected by armed security. The president, and members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capital Police officers. Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters, and predators of the world know it, and exploit it.

Andrew Pollack, father of daughter Meadow, a victim of the Parkland shooting, has been very vocal with his views. He thinks schools should have the same security as  airports.  And he thinks the focus should be on safety and not on guns. He believes the second amendment is a good thing, and that the negative attack on the NRA is misguided.

Another great thinker, and friend of mine named Richard, said, “The problem is that the blame for this shooting rests with the shooter. Most of the liberals in the media blame the NRA, some school instructors who are accused of bullying the kid, etc. They are always blaming someone else. Gun control would not have prevented this tragedy. This nut committed a crime, and did something that was wrong. He killed a lot of innocent people. In all of these shooting, the liberals blame society, white privilege, the NRA, and guns. But they don’t blame the criminal, who committed  the crime. Also, officials don’t allow teachers to defend themselves by carrying a gun or have armed officers on Their campus”.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbot said, “The answer to gun violence is not to take guns away. The problem is not guns, it is hearts without God”.

James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, who has studied these shootings, has this to say. “The thing to remember is that these are extremely rare events, and no matter what you come up with to prevent them, the shooter will have a workaround”.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough to keep schools or students safe. Schools need to be secured with officers at every entrance and scattered throughout each campus. Having metal detectors and bullet proof glass seems like a no-brain-er. Teach students the concept of SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING , and RUN, HIDE, FIGHT. Removing guns from innocent people is not the answer.

Home grown terrorist, whose Facebook pages are all about guns and killing people are part of the problem, maybe as dangerous as not having a wall to block illegals.

Mental Health issues need to move to the head of the line. It is sad that it has taken school shootings to get this idea across. This subject needs to be addressed at all levels, Federal, State, County, local, and in each and every home and school. Pretending that it is not the problem, or that it does not exist, is not working.

The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of the individual. Remember, if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

Let us throw away ideas that look more like band-aids. Let’s tackle workable solutions that produce a safe environment for students and our communities. Make schools secure, and focus on finding the dangerous and mentally ill, and keep them from ALL FORMS of destruction, including blocking them from having firearms.

 

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Superwoman….A More Appropriate Name For “Mother”

The ultimate job, that requires the most on the job training, is being a mother. No matter how many books one reads on the subject, or how much advice is given about the task, a mom ends up with a one of a kind bundle of joy. It is her job to figure it out, and guide the child to maturity.

No matter how many other children a mom has been around, hers will be full of surprises. Even if  she has other children, the new one will be unique. She will see differences between her own experiences as a child and this “Jewel in her crown”.

She will have to wear many hats for this unbelievable task. A  mom needs to be loving, understanding, and patient. She gets to be a cheerleader, a nurse, a mediator, and referee. She sometimes has to be firm when teaching boundaries. Teachings at many levels is on going. She may even have to be the breadwinner or co-breadwinner. She has to be a manager of time and money, and is the main one who guides the family unit, hopefully with the help of their father. Her jobs are endless.

No matter the size of her brood, each child will be her favorite, no matter that the kids will never believe this.

She does not give it a thought, that some day after her children are grown, she will wonder where all the time went. When the transition hits her, that her role has changed from active parenting to friend, she will probably be hit with a lot of surprising emotions. Probably pride, when she sees who  her children have become under her guidance. But the empty nest is not always comfortable. Putting one’s self on the front burner may seem a little strange.

This description of motherhood is one reason we celebrate Mother’s Day. We get to say, as a nation, and as individuals, a special THANK YOU.  We get a change to celebrate mothers, present and past, young and old. Families have never been more important to our nations than they are today.  Strong families help make strong communities, that lead to a strong nation. I see families as the path to helping America become great again. Mothers are a huge part of that picture. I hope this special day reminds us of how strong families are badly needed, and mothers can play a huge part in nurturing  strong, educated, and responsible, children, who can become great leaders.

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How the West Fails Children

This young lady hits the truth right between the eyes. Listen up America.

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MOTHERS DAY: Full of Love, Sadness and Complicated Feelings.

I wrote this last in 2017, but when words are full of truth they can be read year after year. I hope Mothers Day is special this year for everyone. After all we all had a mother. Maybe your happiness can just be in remembering events from past moments. Don’t for get women who filled mother’s rolls. Or maybe joy can be felt watching young mothers with their children. As for mothers who are no longer with us, just know that as long as they live in our hearts and minds they are still with us.

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In a room of one thousand moms you would have that many stories times a hundred, that could fill a library, and today on Mothers Day many of those stories are floating around in many heads.  This special day is celebrated in many ways, some with a call, some with flowers or candy, some with a visit or a special outing tailored for that special mom, and the retail world sure hopes you considered their gift certificates and gift cards.  But the real gifts that will be  treasured the most will come from the heart at no cost to  the giver.download (1) I have three sons and each of them have their own place in my heart.  They are unique, therefore  each of our relationships are different.  None out shine the other.  I have a favorite oldest, favorite middle and favorite youngest, simple as that.  One son is with his wife…

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An American Patriot’s Thoughts on Guns

Here is a YouTube video of a true patriot who thinks it is time to stop all the myths about guns, and drop the division in this country. At the Greensboro, North Carolina city council meeting  Mr Mark Robinson is the patriot speaking, with a voice of reason. His comment is a response to the Greensboro mayor, who is presenting a proposal to stop hosting gun shows at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Many in america see the importance of the second amendment. The focus is on the wrong thing when people try to confiscate all guns. Safety, and keeping guns away from those who are mentally unstable, and dangerous, should be the focus.  The rest is a smoke screen, and a ploy to try to get votes, using emotions rather than logic and sound thinking.

Here is a 4:44 minute speech and matches many american’s thoughts and feelings on the subject. It will be here as long as YouTube allows it to stay up.

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Everything You Should Know About Fired FBI James Comey

A gentleman from Western New York did some outstanding research  on Mr. Comey. His name is Denny Bates. Here is what he found.Denny Bates 2

“Take the time to read this..
It explains it all, but be warned. It is far worse than you could have ever imagined.”

“From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A Grand Jury had been impaneled.
Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.
Yet, from 2001 to 2003, none of those “Donations”, to the Clinton Foundation were declared. Now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure that out.

So… who took over this investigation in 2002? Bet you can’t guess.
None other than James Comey.
Guess who was transferred to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS? Your friend and mine, I plead the fifth Lois Lerner.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?

Wait, It gets better.  Well not really. But I am sure this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right? Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2005?
None other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein. And who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.
What do all four casting characters have in common?
They were all briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Now that’s just a coincidence, right?
Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.

Let’s fast forward to 2009, shall we?
James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at his previous employer, Lockheed Martin. By now Hillary Clinton is now running the State Department, on her own personal email server. Then the Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of Hilary.
Like all good public servant’s, always looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision, and approves the sale of 20% of US Uranium to none other than the Russians.
Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t. The people got absolutely nothing out of it.

However, prior to the approval for the sale, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, and gets paid $500.000, for a one hour speech. He then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home.

Ok, no big deal, right? Well, not so fast. The FBI had a mole inside the money laundering, and bribery scheme. Guess who was the FBI Director during this time frame? Yep, Robert Mueller. He even delivered a Sample of Uranium to Moscow in 2009.

But who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland? None other than Rod Rosenstein.
So what happened to the informant? The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him, and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it. Interesting, huh?

How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands, when the FBI has an informant, a mole, providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?

Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?
~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal, and who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division? Lois Lerner was.
Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?

Let’s fast forward to 2015.
Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi, and after the 9 “investigations”, that involved the House, Senate, and the State Department, and Trey Gowdy, who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, discovered that Hillary had run the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw, personal email server.
He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her public service as Secretary of State, which was required by law.
He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.

I will spare you the State Departments cover up, the nostrum they floated, the delay tactics that were employed, and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department. We shall leave it with this… they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.

Now this is amazing. Guess who became FBI Director in 2013? Guess who secured 17 no-bid contracts for his employer, Lockheed Martin, with the State Department, and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed said employer? Yup, James Comey.
Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at the State Department, huh?

Ok, now Comey is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton email Investigation”, after, of course, his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter”, at the Internal Revenue Service, and exonerates her. Nope couldn’t find any crimes there.
Can you guess what happened next?

In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy. They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.
Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, James Comey steps out in front of  the cameras to an awaiting press conference on July 8, 2016, and exonerates Hillary from any wrongdoing.
Can you see the pattern now?

I could go on. Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based on a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein, to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ, and the story continues. FISA abuse, political espionage… pick a crime, any crime. Chances are this group, and a few others, did it.

All the same players.
All compromised and conflicted.
All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.
All connected in one way or another to the Clinton’s, who corrode and corrupt everything they touch.
We probably will never know how many lives they have destroyed over the years?

:Update:
As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, despite numerous accusations of fraud in its 20+ years of operation of being one the largest International Charities, has never been audited by the IRS…

And there you have it my friends.
Every thing you should know about FBI director James  Comey…”Denny Bates 3

As the 40s Railroad tycoon billionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt, better known as the Commodore once said…

“THAT’S A HELL OF A WAY TO RUN A RAIL ROAD.”

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There Are Better Approaches That Could Benefit Education Rather Than Walk-outs

A great current day educator, Jordan Peterson, once said that protests and walk-outs are lazy and ineffective ways to initiate change. Protests create a lot of yelling and acting out, and counter any meaningful exchange of ideas that could bridge any meaningful solution. Seldom does any one side have all of the answers. My focus here is on school walkouts, and protests coming form the field of education. I have included a link about a walk out that resulted in an eleven year old student’s death. He veered away from the group to go to a park while he was a part of a walkout.  Had he been in the classroom instead of on this venture he would be alive today.

A very wise writer named Thomas Sowell, who is  now retired, once said. “One of the painful signs of dumbed-down education is how many people are  unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, report slogans…. anything except reason.”

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I think teachers are dropping the ball where the issue of gun control comes into play. They have a golden opportunity to have a teaching moment that can make a big difference in their students education.

My suggestion would be for them to challenge the students to research the subject of gun control, the statistics attached, what surrounded the many shootings, and what might could have stopped them. They could also  research how “Gun Free Zones” and “Soft Targets”are working out. They could study American History surrounding the second amendment, and how it might have been written differently, and why. They could even research on how amendments can be changed. They could sturdy  the pros and cons of walkouts, and protests, and share their thoughts from their prospective. They could research places like Chicago, who has strict gun restrictions, and see how they rank in safety compared to other places without such laws.  Then they could write their findings in an essay, and share what they learned in their research. The teachers could draw up a list of topics and assign them so many sides of the issues could be covered for the class to benefit from hearing. There could even be an assembly for the entire school to participate in, with the program being  a debate of some top essay writers. How exciting would this be?

An assignment like this would be a good place to teach the students how to dig up real information, rather than media opinions and slants, and to look for facts from multiple, and trusted sources. I think this would be a good place to point out that lots of “News” is more entertainment and less about unbiased facts. They should realize that just because something is written or reported on or published, it might not be factual. Anyone can write anything this day and age. And those who scream the loudest might just be blowing smoke. Introduce them to sources  and news straight from Government websites.

Here is a list of benefits that this assignment would render:
Reading
Learning research skills
Thinking based on facts
Understanding the difference between opinions and facts
Writing
Listening
Learning public speaking skills
Studying American History
Examining sections of how  the government works
Focusing on the constitution
Seeing that issues have many sides
That the Tug-OF-War approach just causes fatigue rather than solutions
Everything they encounter in the media , news or on the internet is not always fact
That it is smart to question and ask questions when learning

I think teachers rob students of a meaningful education when they try to teach them what to think rather than teach them how to learn to think. Teachers political opinions are junk in the classroom unless they own up to their bias on any subject and encourage students to research for themselves. Quality education is on life support. It must change for our country to succeed.

A sad ending to a school walkout.

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