That Junior ROTC program provided heroes.

One topic that needs examination is the obsession about guns. Why are so many fixated on a particular set of hardware to such a degree that they express irrational fears that inhibit them from even allowing that hardware anywhere near them?

Rodney Graves notes that you can make your own M1911 pistol with a $1,700 CAD/CAM machine. The maker community capabilities and technologies make many things possible for ‘ordinary’ humans (see Man Sheds below).

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns by Heather Sher – “They weren’t the first victims of a mass shooting the Florida radiologist had seen—but their wounds were radically different.” A firearm that doesn’t do damage isn’t going to serve well for self defense but don’t tell this radiologist that.

“As a doctor, I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It’s clear to me that AR-15 or other high-velocity weapons, especially when outfitted with a high-capacity magazine, have no place in a civilian’s gun cabinet.

This is not ‘new’ learning. It is the reason why a 22 caliber weapon can be useful for the military and self defense. The doctor wants to ban the AR-15 but not the bullet and that is a tell. A reason the AR-15 is popular is because it can be easily adapted to fire many bullets of varying caliber and style. The radiologist is not only showing ignorance here but also in the handgun trauma. That goes to the treaties that restricted military weapons to certain bullet types that left ‘clean’ wounds while police and home defense rounds have bullets that mushroom on impact and impart more trauma to tissue. That is why the 45 ACP was standard military as bullet size had to make up for other characteristics. A modern self defense bullet for the typical 9 mm pistol is not going to leave the clean wound track the doc said is his usual fare. Another factor that make shotguns and rounds like the 223 is that they tend to get stopped by walls and obstacles making them safer for close quarter use. The debate has been, and still is, ongoing as to best round for particular tasks. This doctor appears to be ignorant and willing to pronounce judgment just from his view out a very narrow window. That is an example of the ‘attitude’ that pollutes the politics.

CNN Refused to Allow Florida Shooting Hero Colton Haab to Ask Questions at Town Hall That Didn’t Fit Their Narrative (VIDEO) by Cassandra Fairbanks – “Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting.”

“The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.

Despite his heroism, the student told the Local 10 News that he was not allowed to ask his prepared questions at the CNN event.

Was CNN scripting questions for their Florida school shooting town hall? By Jazz Shaw – “Personally, I’m leaning more toward there being nothing subversive going on in that town hall and writing it off as miscommunication between the production crew and Colton and his family.”

See also Ace: Trump Holds “Listening Session” With Those Affected by School Shootings – “one kid pushed the #FakeNews claim that someone had purchased an AR-15 in five minutes without an ID — the lie he got from liar Chris Cuomo — and then that same kid called, essentially, for Australian’s gun confiscation plan to be brought to the US.” It is also interesting to note from another story that a photographer was bragging about a shot he got of the impulsive etc. Trump holding a sheet of talking point notes. Any distraction can be used to avoid reality.

There are several stories today about just how far CNN has dropped from any pretense of reporting news (e.g. Heckuva Job Today, CNN at Instapundit). What is interesting is the description of yet another hero from the school’s ROTC program who stepped up and took action to save his fellow students. The story of training, preparedness, and ability to respond as a means to reduce or eliminate tragedy is in front of us but propaganda outlets like CNN and Leftist activists (and ignorant radiologists) have blinded themselves to this reality.

Amazing New Breakthrough to Reduce Mass Shootings by Ann Coulter – “As fun as it is to ridicule the FBI for devoting massive resources to chasing down Hillary Clinton’s oppo research while blowing off repeated, specific warnings about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, we’ve put a lot on the agency’s plate.”

“We’re hauling in nearly 2 million manifestly unvetted Third World immigrants every year, leading to a slew of FBI “Watch Lists” with a million names apiece. … Maybe the FBI brass would still be a bunch of incompetent, PC nincompoops if we weren’t dumping millions of psychotic and terrorist foreigners on the country.

Thanks to our Second Amendment, the United States has fewer mass shootings per capita than many other developed countries, including Norway, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. (And 98 percent of our mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones.”)

But imagine if we could cut our mass shootings in half?

There have been about 34 mass shootings since 2000. Forty-seven percent — 16 — were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e. people who never would have been here but for Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.

And the immigrant mass shootings have been some of the most spectacular ones, such as Fort Hood and San Bernardino.
Once we exclude the immigrant mass shooters, a clearer pattern emerges. The typical American perpetrator is a young man with paranoid schizophrenia — or, as we’re now euphemistically calling it, “autism” — probably exacerbated by pot, a deadly combo platter.

An immigration moratorium and widespread deportations would not only cut mass shootings in half, but it would also free up the FBI’s time to focus on these delusional young men with the terrifying stare, who hear voices no one else hears.

When deportations create more jobs for black workers by Jazz Shaw – “This is a strange story out of Chicago which popped last week and really deserves a closer look by everyone.”

WaPo remembers Billy Graham with a blitz of mean-spirited screeds by Monica Showalter – “The body of the Rev. Billy Graham was not even cold before the Washington Post came out with at least three hostile opinion pieces about the man as its means of remembering the man.”

“To be fair, the pieces aren’t on the same level as what’s being put out by the un-housebroken left: get a load of this one from a bottom-of-the-barrel Teen Vogue columnist. They are not badly written or badly argued, and they all seem fact-based. But they all cherry-pick the negative in order to paint a miserable picture of a multidimensional man who had a vastly beneficial impact at a moment when it would be normal to eulogize him.
To use the man’s death as an opportunity to blast him every which way pretty well contradicts what Will claimed in his piece, that Graham just went with the political flow and challenged nothing. If he did, he wouldn’t be blitzed with so many nasty things coming from the Beltway’s premier paper. Prophets are indeed without honor, and contrary to Will’s claims, Graham must have been some kind of prophet to have drawn a mean-spirited reaction like this.

Why do we hate the NRA? By Michael Graham – “To recap: the NRA is a group of “child murderers” who hand out “blood money” to desperate politicians to buy their support for the Second Amendment and, therefore, it should be “killed.” Have I got that right?”

“I’m double-checking because, as a regular, gun-owning-but-it’s-no big-deal, supports-the-Second-Amendment-but-isn’t-an-NRA-member guy–that sounds nuts.
The NRA didn’t create America’s support for the right to gun ownership and self-defense. It reflects it. Arguing that the NRA “is running our government” is essentially arguing that the voters are running the country.
What the NRA’s opponents hate isn’t the organization. It’s the millions of American voters who support it.

Contrast this with assertions made by E.J. Dionne Jr. – “Those in favor of reforming our firearms laws are scolded as horrific elitists who disrespect a valued way of life.” The dishonesty is breathtaking.

“What is odd is that those with extreme pro-gun views — those pushing for new laws to allow people to carry just about anytime, anywhere — are never called upon to model similar empathy toward children killed, the mourning parents left behind, people in urban neighborhoods suffering from violence, or the majority of Americans who don’t own guns.
No one who belongs to the National Rifle Association is ever told to prove their respect for our way of life. Rarely is it pointed out that the logic of the gun lobby’s position is to create a world in which everyone will need a gun, whether we want one or not.

How can you discuss anything with a person who has such a view of others based on gross misperceptions and expresses such vacuous logic?

Then there’s Unbelievable: 12-Year Old Boy Is Latest SWATting Victim by Dana – “the police haven’t yet located the individual who made the 911 call and threatened to do it again.”

Once upon a time in America, Part Two by Paul Mirengoff – “If anything, partisan hackery is too kind a description of what Rucker and Parker are dishing out here. They are not reporting, they are “resisting.”

Senate Democrats are trying to stall Trump’s nominations by rewriting the history of ‘blue slips’ by Sen. Chuck Grassley – about “inaccurate Democratic talking points and ignores the history of the blue-slip tradition.” How do you work with adamant opposition that displays no integrity?

“My decision to hold a hearing and vote for Brennan is not an example of “ignoring” the blue-slip tradition. It is, in fact, consistent with the blue-slip policies of the vast majority of my predecessors. My decision upholds the long tradition that blue slips are not ideological weapons for obstructing qualified nominees from receiving hearings.

The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation by Victor Davis Hanson – “They are numerous, and none of them are good news for President Trump’s opponents.”

“Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election? If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians. … Steele’s position is far worse than that of the Russians for a variety of reasons.
Mueller’s team has also leveraged a guilty plea from former Trump national-security adviser Michael Flynn for making false statements to FBI investigators. If the Flynn case is now the Mueller standard, then we know that a number of high-ranking officials are vulnerable to such legal exposure.
Mueller is under enormous pressure to find collusion between the Trump team and Russia, or to find that the Trump team obstructed justice by trying to hide such collusion. But neither likely happened. Mueller was appointed at a time of national hysteria, brought on by partisan journalism based on a leaked dossier — itself a product of a discredited British agent working with Russian sources while being paid by the Clinton campaign.

Worse still, the effort to hide the origins and the use of that dossier to obtain court permission to spy on American citizens may be a classic case of obstruction of justice.
Investigating any possible crimes committed by members of the Clinton campaign or the Obama administration apparently is taboo, given the exalted status of both. But every time Mueller seeks to find incidental wrongdoing by those around Trump, he only makes the case stronger that behavior by those involved in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated.

If such matters are not treated in an unbiased manner, we are not a nation of equality under the law, but a banana republic masquerading as a democracy.

Then there’s Exclusive: Not A Single Lawyer Known To Work For Mueller Is A Republican by David Sivak – “Voter registration records indicate that 13 of the attorneys are Democrats and three have no party affiliation.” Feeding the ‘partisan witch hunt’ idea, ya’ think?

“As his team has grown, details about the lawyers hired by Mueller have fueled accusations of political bias on the probe investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

What Constitutes Treason? By Brian C. Joondeph – “Treason” is a term occasionally bandied about but rarely discussed seriously.”

“War, in the days of the Constitution, was muskets and cannons. Two centuries later, war is more sophisticated: electronic surveillance, fabricated evidence, weaponized government agencies.

In other words, it’s exactly what was going on before, during, and after the last presidential election. We’re talking opposition research by one political party, created by and with the assistance of a foreign entity, declared “valid intelligence” by the government of the same party, then presented to a secret court dishonestly, resulting in illegal surveillance of the candidate and campaign of the other political party. These surveillance results were then illegally disseminated to the media, who willingly spread the disinformation far and wide to the entire world.

What was the goal? To subvert the Constitution, the lawful transfer of power from one administration to the next. Having failed, the conspirators then tried to undermine the sovereign, the president, through accusations and investigations, assisted by a foreign enemy.
But for the swamp to be truly drained, for the light of truth and liberty to shine brightly on the Deep State, a reckoning and accounting are necessary. The concept of treason is well ensconced in the U.S. Constitution, even if it is rarely discussed or considered.

As this collusion story plays out, “treason” is a word that needs to be brought back into discussion and applied if necessary and appropriate.

Men’s shed (Wikipedia) – “The slogan for men’s sheds is “Shoulder To Shoulder”, shortened from “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”, adopted after the 2008 Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) conference.”

“Every men’s shed will have its own unique aims and focus on a certain subject. Men’s sheds can be defined into five main categories. These categories are work, clinical, educational, recreational and communal.

For one group, they call it the ham shack. Comparison and contrast of the Men’s shed idea (social) to that of the Man Cave (personal) could be interesting. It is also interesting that the County Senior Services runs something like a Men’s shed, too.

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