“There has been another mass shooting in America. This time in a community college in Oregon … America will wrap everyone who is grieving with our prayers and our love. But, as I said, just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America, next week or a couple of months from now … Earlier this year I answered a question in an interview by saying, ‘The United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings.’ … Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response, here, at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation and the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this. We’ve talked about this after Columbine, and Blacksburg, after Tuscon, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. And what’s become routine of course is the response of those who oppose any kind of gun legislation. Right now I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. ‘We need more guns,’ they’ll argue. ‘Fewer gun safety laws.’ Does anybody really believe that? … So the notion that gun laws don’t work or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get there guns; it’s not borne out by the evidence. … This is a political choice that we make; to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones, because of our inaction. … So, tonight as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer, uh are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws and to save lives. …”
-Barack Obama, Oct. 01, 2015
There is a pattern to America’s mass shooting murder problem; they most often occur in gun-free zones. Suicidal gun-toting mass murderers view gun-free zones as choice killing grounds, where they can take out the most victims while facing the least resistance. Suicide-minded gun-wielding individuals do not obey gun-free school zone signs, nor are they deterred by warnings of “SEVERE FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL CRIMINAL PENALTIES” written on them.
Obama did not mention the recent Chattanooga, TN shooting, where four unarmed U.S. Marines were killed. Some gun control zealots must have had a great idea for gun safety by disarming U.S. Marines at recruitment stations. Any group of individuals can become potential targets when it is made known that they are in a gun-free zone or are unarmed.
“The United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings.”
This is a true statement. Gun-free zones make no sense. The only way a gun-free zone is effective, is if it can be controlled and secured. The typical college campus or school does not provide gun control metal detector security checkpoints for people entering their zones. People are free to come and go through numerous college campus and school ground entry points and exits. These school zones cannot be secured from a gun-toting mass murderer who can easily just walk in and open fire on unarmed people.
A gun-free zone is effective when screening people for weapons when boarding a commercial airplane. Everyone is checked, no guns come on board the plane, the plane takes off and no one can gain access into the plane once it is in flight.
“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”
It is easy to acquire a gun in America and it always will be. The gun, like the knife, cannot be uninvented. Even if the United States banned all firearms for all of it’s citizens everywhere, mass murderers would still get their hands on guns. There are plenty of guns already out there. Even if the government were able to seize all the guns from the public, it is not that difficult to manufacture a gun. If all guns were seized and gun manufacturing was outlawed, a black market would then arise. Law-abiding citizens would become criminals in such a scenario, for mere manufacture or possession of a gun, and criminals would surely still be able to get their hands on a gun in order to commit crimes and go on senseless killing spree rampages at college campuses and schools.
The U.S. government once tried to stop alcohol consumption by outlawing all manufacture and possession of alcohol during America’s prohibition years. Every otherwise law-abiding person that refused to obey the alcohol prohibition law engaged in “criminal” conduct by consuming and / or manufacturing alcohol during the alcohol prohibition years. The government was unable to stop the manufacture and distribution of alcohol and they will not be able to stop the manufacture and distribution of guns, should they ever pass a national firearms prohibition law.
Yes Barack, people really do believe that. We need to allow professors and teachers, willing to be trained, to carry guns at schools and at universities. We need Marines to be armed at all times when they are in uniform.
Gun control needs to begin to go back to it’s original meaning. Good gun control is to hold your gun firmly, aim, pull steady on the trigger, then fire.
Gun safety needs to go back to it’s original meaning. Safely holster and unholster your firearm and secure it in a safe location.
“So, tonight as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer, uh are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws and to save lives.”
Congress does need to change these laws to save lives. Congress needs to pass legislation that repeals the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1990, or at minimum this act needs to be amended. Congress needs to put a stop to these kill zones and allow lawful gun owners (professors / teachers) to carry firearms on college campuses and at schools. ‘GUN-FREE SCHOOL ZONE’ signs need to be taken down and replaced with signs that read ‘STAFF IS ARMED AND TRAINED’ in order to deter suicidal mass murdering gun-toting assailants.
“That was a gun-free zone in Oregon where they had no guns allowed, no nothing. So the only one that had the gun was the bad guy and everyone was sitting there and there was nothing they could do, not a thing they could do. … Wouldn’t they have been better off if somebody in the room, anybody, you know anybody had a gun to at least help them out? But it was a terrible thing and these gun-free zones are a disaster, because everybody is just a sitting duck.”
-Donald Trump, Oct. 04, 2015
Gun-free school zones do not save lives; they endanger them.
Why school shootings happen: not enough God, not enough guns.
I know a man, who was living in a neighborhood, when a salesman came. The salesman was going door to door selling home security systems. He told the salesman he already had one.
“What’s your security system?” he asked.
The man replied, “God and a loaded gun.”
It wasn’t a matter of either/or, but rather both/and. I suggest we have mass school shootings, because we don’t have enough God on our campuses and we don’t have enough guns.
When tragic school shootings happen, like the one in Florida, everyone sends their “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the victims. But why don’t we pray before these shootings happen instead of waiting until somebody’s dead? Everyone understands that prayer in school is appropriate in the wake of a tragedy like this. But if it’s appropriate after, there’s no reason it’s not appropriate before.
Contrary to what the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and activist judges believe, there is absolutely NO constitutional prohibition against prayer in schools. Schools routinely incorporated prayer into their school days from the Founding until 1963, when activist judges mangled the Constitution and mysteriously materialized a prohibition out of the judicial ether, a prohibition that had remained completely undetected since 1791 when the Bill of Rights was first enacted.
The First Amendment only restricts the federal government: “CONGRESS shall make no law…” The First Amendment was never intended by the Founders to serve as a restraint on states or schools. In fact, the federal government is prohibited by the Founders’ Constitution from messing with prayer at all. The central government and all three of its branches – including the judiciary -is flatly forbidden from “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion in any way. So if a federal court – even the Supreme one – bans religious exercise in public schools, it is prohibiting something the Constitution protects, which means it is the COURT which is violating the Constitution, and not the schools.
In fact, properly speaking, it is impossible for a school, or an administrator, or a teacher, or a student to violate the First Amendment by offering public prayer on campus, for the simple reason that it was not written to restrain them. The Founders intended to leave all matters of religious regulation in the hands of the states.
As Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote (emphasis mine), “Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice, and the state constitutions.” Bottom line, according to the Founders’ Constitution, if a state wants to allow prayer in schools, it is absolutely free to do so. It is time for state governments to start reclaiming that constitutional right whether a federal court likes it or not, since federal courts have no jurisdiction in the matter.
We have spent the last 60 years telling God to get lost from our public schools. It should come as no surprise that he’s not around when we need him.
It’s instructive to compare the number of school shootings prior to 1963 when prayer was permitted in schools and the number after when it wasn’t. According to Wikipedia, the number of school shootings by decade from 1900 until 1970 looks like this: 15, 19, 10, 9, 8, 17 (in the 1960s).
The increase by decade after prayer was removed from schools is almost geometric: 30 (in the 1970s), 39, 62, 60, and 145 (from 2010 to 2018, with the number growing virtually by the month).
The number of deaths from school shootings follows a similarly grisly progression. In the six decades prior to the removal of prayer from schools (1900-1960), there were 62 deaths from school shootings, an average of just over 10 per year. In the six decades since (1960-2017) the number has ratcheted up astronomically to 419 (from 28 in the 1960s to 124 so far in this decade), an average of just under 70 per year.
It has always been a matter of obvious and demonstrable fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all in these school shootings is that when a shooter comes on campus, there is rarely anyone – a teacher or an administrator – who is armed and able to stop him.
Armed school resource officers are simply not enough. There were two of them present on the Florida campus, but the shooter easily evaded them. Who knows how many adults were in a position to stop the shooter but, unarmed, couldn’t do anything but throw their own bodies over students to protect them, as one of the football coaches heroically did in Parkland.
The 2nd Amendment quite conspicuously protects the “right of the PEOPLE” (not just the military or law enforcement) “to keep and bear arms.” It’s there for self-defense, and for the protection of vulnerable people who look to us for protection – our families and our students.
Eighteen states now allow concealed carry on their college campuses or in cars in their parking lots, and an organization called Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) is now training teachers and administrators how to carry safely on high school campuses. According to FASTER, there are a total of 23,000 schools – nearly a third of all public schools – who have armed security on staff. May their tribe rapidly increase.
I remember hearing a story about a guy who was sitting on the roof of his house as the flood waters rose. A neighbor in a motorboat came by, and asked him if wanted a ride. He said, “No, I’m trusting in God to save me.” Then a Coast Guard helicopter came by, and asked if he wanted them to carry him to safety. “No,” he said, “I’m trusting in God to save me.” Shortly after that, a police boat came by and asked him if he wanted to jump in. He said, “No, I’m trusting in God to save me.”
Well, about that time the flood waters reached the roof and he drowned. When he reached heaven, he complained to God, “I trusted you to save me and you didn’t do it.” God’s reply: “What do you mean I didn’t save you? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”
We can’t very well blame God for not coming to our aid if we fail to use the tools (prayer and the Second Amendment) he has graciously given to us.
It’s not guns, it’s Islam
Obama blamed guns, even though there are 1.4 million Florida gun owners who did not commit mass murder over the weekend.
President Obama, as I predicted, did not mention the phrase “Islamic terrorism” once in his brief remarks in the wake of the Muslim massacre at the homosexual nightclub in Orlando.
And just as predictably, he blamed guns, even though there are 1.4 million Florida gun owners who did not commit mass murder over the weekend.
If we step back, take a deep breath, and look at things objectively, there is no other conclusion we can draw other than that Islam is the problem. Islam has been the problem for Christian and Western civilization since 632 A.D., and there is no sign that the problem is getting better instead of worse.
The issue is the very nature of the religion of Muhammad. The problem is not “radical Islam.” The problem is Islam itself. The abiding command of Allah, found in Sura 9:5, is “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” Muslims have been obeying this command religiously since the 7th century, and Omar Mateen was simply the latest in a long line of the devout to kill infidels in the name of their god.
Islam has been the Ebola virus of culture since Satan’s revelation to Muhammad in the cave. There is no known antidote other than the gospel of Jesus Christ. If a Muslim will not take the cure, then he remains a carrier of the virus, a virus which can remain dormant in most Muslims but then can spring to life almost without warning.
When the Ebola epidemic erupted, sound immigration policy in the West blocked immigration from Ebola-ravaged countries. We knew we were blocking immigration to many who were not carriers and represented no threat to public health. But we had no way to identify the carriers from the non-carriers before it was too late. Rational public policy required us to be careful with them all.
A rational, objective, logical, PC-free evaluation of Islam should lead us in the same direction. We can readily stipulate that most Muslims do not represent a jihadist threat to innocent Americans. But we simply have no way of distinguishing the Muslims who do not represent a lethal threat from the ones who do.
Logic dictates that we must be careful with them all. Some voices are demanding we just stop allowing dangerous Muslims into the U.S., which of course is advice with which we all agree. But they can’t tell us how to spot them. There is no Geiger-counter type wand TSA can wave over immigrants from Muslim majority countries which will alert us to the bad guys. Syrian refugees, according to the FBI itself, are impossible to vet, and President Obama is importing 100 of them every single day.
Now of course Omar Mateen did not immigrate. But his parents did, from Afghanistan, a country in which 99% of immigrants believe in sharia law. Sharia law leads directly to homosexuals being thrown off 8-story buildings or gunned down in cold blood at nightspots.
Omar himself, according to a classmate, celebrated the 911 attacks and attended a mosque which featured a guest imam in 2013 who quite explicitly called for the death of homosexuals in the name of Allah and in the name of compassion. In other words, Omar was a carrier.
In order to protect our culture from the toxin of fundamentalist Islam and other Omar Mateens, many are rightly calling for severe restrictions on Muslim immigration, or the elimination of Muslim immigration altogether (my view). The Constitution gives to Congress unilateral authority to set parameters for immigration. Immigration to the United States is not a right, it is a privilege, which can be restricted in any way that is necessary to protect our safety and security.
We do not need to bring Muslim refugees to the United States. There are 57 Muslim nations which follow “the religion of peace.” This means, according to the left, there should be dozens of havens of Muslim tranquility, peace, and serenity around the globe where Muslims fleeing war should be able to find a home. Let’s use the resources of America to help them find one of those Muslim havens. That way, we can both demonstrate compassion and protect America at the same time.
The PC crowd faces a real dilemma, as its second most-favored group (Muslims) has now been graphically revealed to represent a lethal threat to its top most-favored group, homosexuals. (This incident, by the way, reveals one of the most profound differences between Islam and Christianity. Christianity wants homosexuals helped, Islam wants them dead.)
Now the PC crowd certainly won’t call for a suspension of Islamic immigration to protect Western civilization, America, or Christianity. But perhaps they can be persuaded to suspend Islamic immigration to protect homosexuals.
Bottom line: Islam is the problem, immigration restriction is the cure. Let’s hope we find the will to implement the cure before it’s too late.
OBAMA ADVISER VALERIE JARRETT: Children who get shot are “exactly where they are supposed to be.”
On Snapchat, Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett used the app’s “News: Guns in America” category to express her opinion of gun violence in America.
“Too many of our children are killed not for being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jarrett said, “but for being exactly where they are supposed to be.”
Jarrett has served as the Senior Adviser to President Obama since he assumed office on January 20, 2009.
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