I wrote this following the October mass shooting in Las Vegas and thought it would be most appropriate to post it here. So much misinformation is being wrongly spread around.

The Patriot’s Editorial:  Gun/Weapon Education Versus Misunderstanding

 I recently read a Facebook post that was asking why do we need semi-automatic and automatic weapons. Well, the first thing we need is some education on the difference between those two types of weapons. Individuals that own and love guns as I do, know and understand the difference. There are three types of weapons and I will explain each one and show how they actually operate and why some are legal to own and others are not.

The three types of weapons/guns/firearms are: the revolver (pistol), the semi-automatic handgun/pistol and rifle and the automatic rifle. There are clear and distinct differences in each one which often goes unknown to those that aren’t informed on their function and use.

1- Revolver: The revolver has been around for several hundred years and is still very popular for those that determine it is their weapon of choice. Remember watching a good western movie and the guns the bad guys, cowboys and sheriffs used? They were revolvers. Instead of using a magazine (clip) to load their bullets in, they used a six chamber cylinder. You fire six rounds (bullets), remove the six spent (used bullets) casings and load six more. A slow process, but for many it is easier to load, unload and shoot than a semi-automatic. For the purpose of this editorial and I can’t stress this enough: one trigger pull fires one bullet. Let that sink in, one trigger pull results in one bullet being fired at a time.

2- Semi-Automatic Handgun: Mechanically, the semi-automatic handgun is more complex than the revolver and uses a magazine/clip to load the bullets in. Once loaded, the magazine (mag) is inserted into the gun, the slide/ejector is pulled back to insert a bullet from the mag into the chamber of the gun, then it is ready to fire. The mag in the vast majority of semi-automatic handguns have a bullet capacity of 7-8 rounds per mag. Since the mag has a rather strong tensioned spring in it to force the next bullet up to be inserted in the chamber, it takes some time to reload. Like the revolver, the semi-automatic handgun requires one trigger pull to fire one bullet. There is absolutely no difference.

3- Semi-Automatic Rifle: Like the semi-automatic handgun, the internal workings of the rifle are somewhat more involved and complex. The loading and operation are the same as the gun. The differences are the size of the bullets (vary) and the mag capacity. Capacities vary depending on the rifle and it’s difficult to go beyond minimum and maximums for those weapons. Semi-auto shotguns for example, can have as few as three in a mag, while other rifles may have 8-10 and can go as high as 25. There are a couple of mag’s that will hold considerably more, but they are a barrel-type and are outrageously expensive. Like the revolver and semi-automatic handgun: one trigger pull, one bullet is fired! (This applies to the much maligned AR-15 assault rifle). What you see as fact (everyone firing a fully automatic weapon) in the Hollywood movies is false and misleading. They are just props that are most likely plastic copies that couldn’t fire a rubber band.

4- Automatic Rifles: Defined, an automatic weapon will continually fire with a single trigger pull. In a word: Illegal, Illegal, Illegal! It is illegal buy or own an automatic weapon in this country, except under very limited and strict control. Automatic weapons are reserved for military and limited law enforcement use only. It is absolutely against the law to convert a semi-automatic rifle to automatic (if you could find the parts to do so). That said, high-end gun collectors and gun shops/firing ranges (for range rental only) with FFL licenses can get a very hard earned and very expensive permit to buy an automatic weapon, but it requires a great deal of paperwork, additional FBI background checks, a tax fee and a hefty checkbook to buy the weapon. I copied this explanation from Google:

Step 1-You must find a dealer with a Class III Federal Firearms License (FFL) as they’re the only ones who may deal in National Firearms Act (NFA) weapons (machine guns, silencers, etc.) and select a weapon that was registered in the NFA registry before 1986 (this only applies for full-auto, silencers and AOW can be brand new)

Step 2-You must make your application to both the federal gov’t and your local chief law enforcement officer, both must approve.

Step 3-Pay the $200 tax stamp

Step 4-Take posession of your weapon.

The largest impediment is that the NFA registry was closed to full-auto in 1986, therefore only Law Enforcement Officers or Class III FFL’s may legally posess a post-86 full auto. Because of this, the price of pre-86 full-autos is very high (typically $10K and up).”

Gun owners have guns for a variety of reasons: collect them, target practice, sport shooting, hunting, personal protection, etc. This country has tens of millions of gun owners and many times more guns, but they aren’t the ones killing people. It’s criminals, gang bangers, the mentally unstable, those looking for payback/revenge and those with a motivated agenda, etc. Less than .05% of the population.

Gun education, gun safety awareness training and respect for your fellow man is the most important thing. Like many of you, I own guns, but I haven’t had to put one of them in ‘timeout’ for firing itself when I didn’t pull the trigger. The gun is an instrument, a tool, just like a screwdriver, not the force that makes it work! Why don’t we blame the car when it runs a red light and plows into another car? The question remains, why do people still blame the gun instead of addressing the real problems? Until we do, it will continue to be the gun’s fault!

February 20, 2018

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The Patriot’s Editorial:  Distasteful Behavior: What’s in a Word or Words?

In this ‘It’s All About Me’ world we live in, people believe they have the right to say whatever comes to mind. That includes: saying/writing anything to hurt, impugn or punish someone they disagree with. After listening to it in ‘ad nauseam’ for the paste couple of years, I thought I would try to make some sense of it.

The first thing that may have come to mind when you began reading this was politics, and rightfully so. But, it goes far beyond politics. In the context of this editorial, the words I’m referring to are those intended to inflict harm and misery to the person(s) being spoken to. The days of sensibility and sensitivity, of guarding words carefully, have long past. We are left with anger, hatred and rage. A projection most of us have been subjected to.

With the introduction of Political Correctness 10-15 years ago, came the self-conceived belief we have the right to lash out at anyone we disagree with. As time moved forward, that need manifested itself to the point, people began to analyze every word and phrase spoken/written in an effort to find something to criticize or find fault with. Always looking for a fight!

Then came Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and other Social networking sites (such as Twitter). That opened up an entirely new arena for endless hatefulness. A hatefulness unparalleled in history. People spend hours trolling through posts looking at comments, hoping to find one they disagree with, so they can pounce on the person that wrote it like a three ton elephant. They make mean, hateful, often profane comments intended to inflict maximum harm to that person. We’ve all seen it and/or been the recipient of it in the past. They lash out regarding any topic, from music, to entertainers, clothing styles…………..the list is endless. In many cases, they appear to be very unhappy people.

One of the most despicable of them all: School Indoctrination. Children are being taught this behavior from pre-school all the way through college. They are being told what to believe and not to accept anything else. If they disagree, they are seriously chastised and often ostracized by their fellow students and teachers. They are taught not to listen to opposing views, thus they do not learn alternative points of view, shouting down anyone who believes differently. When exposed to it, they insist on counseling, emotional support animals, ‘safe spaces’, etc.

The most volatile category, I blame largely on the news media. Politics! We are clearly a nation divided, both politically and socially. Unfortunately, they have been very cleverly bundled into one neat little package. The ‘talking heads’ on TV, go on day after day, night after night, spewing their ideological rhetoric with both hate and venom. They are setting the example and as a result, people who would never have been rudely outspoken in the past are doing so now with great fervor and zeal. It’s one thing to have a political or social position, but it is totally unnecessary to viciously attack those that do not share their position, whether it be the media or individuals. The polarization of this country is being exacerbated by the media and it will not end anytime soon. Therefore, the vicious attacks (media/individuals) will continue, unabated.

Then there are the politicians. They more often than not, distort the truth, lie to support their ideology or view, talk down to us and generally act in a manner unbecoming of anyone in public life. They hatefully put down anyone who disagrees with them, even their voters at Town Hall meetings. They too, are waving the banner of verbal abuse and disgust! In fairness, this does not apply to all of them.

When I was growing up, I remember my mom and dad stressing over and again, ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ To ‘bite your tongue’ instead. It seems many parents are failing to lead their children by example or teach that basic rule of human decency. This adverse behavior will not go away, if anything, it will accelerate in the years to come. The world is full of evil, why unnecessarily inflict more on ourselves?

(The views expressed above are my own. They represent a cross-section of each category, but are not intended to include 100% of the population).


 

January 31, 2018

The Patriot’s Editorial, Challenges of Draining the……What?

What does ‘Draining The Swamp’ actually entail? That seems to be the million dollar question simply because new revelations about the depth and magnitude of problems in Washington seem to grow exponentially by the hour. Trying to make sense of this, and figure out what swamp draining involves, has proven to be a convoluted mess and thus, difficult to sort out. Like the ecosystem, many things are going on at once and all have to be addressed and corrected before all negative ‘cause and effect’ issues are eliminated. So, you can not just fix one thing without fixing something else. The obstacles to ‘Draining the Swamp’ are (but not limited to):

The United States continues to become an even greater embarrassment and subject of ridicule by the rest of the world on a daily basis and it infuriates me. Our government is in chaos! Half of our elected politicians in Washington have gone rogue and taken up the banner of Socialism and One World Governance (New World Order). Most of the other half are rudderless without a spine and only a few are willing to fight for our Constitution, the people and the preservation of the Republic. The proof is the extremely limited amount of news that is grudgingly allowed to filter out of committees, from documents or leaked by unscrupulous politicians/professionals.

Over the past 10-12 years, the implementation of bad, inferior or unjust laws and programs have adversely impacted most every aspect of government; economics, education, environmental and military issues, ethics, financial, healthcare, social issues, etc. Each has multiple layers of problems and must be addressed cautiously and corrected, as necessary.

Like two bullies on the playground, members of Congress butt heads on everything, making it virtually impossible for meaningful corrective laws to be passed. When they finally agree on something, they’ve added numerous other unresolved pet issues (both sides) to ensure they fulfill their ideological and personal wish list. Until they decide to agree on what is good for the people and country, they will continue to disagree on about everything, even crossing a ‘T’.

The two examples immediately above are generally expected to some degree, but this next one is destructive and could ultimately destroy this country. All governments have some level of ‘corruption’ and knowing that, our founding fathers carefully crafted the Constitution to protect against it. Government corruption is the Politically Correct term for corrupt, dishonest men and women. Some are driven by financial, personal and/or political gain, but for many others it is to bolster and promote their personal ideological mission in life. Unfortunately, a combination of these is exactly what we are seeing in Congress, the FBI, the DOJ and by multiple carryover personnel from previous administrations. These people have no problem whatsoever lying, cheating, mishandling/deleting government documents, taking bribes illegally and much more.

Next, we have the media and special interest groups who, for the most part, are totally committed to deriding or destroying those they disagree with politically. They misinform and withhold the truth from millions of Americans in an effort to further support their ideology and that of their ‘Godfathers’ interests who are leading the charge in Washington. The media plays a major role in the indoctrination of the public, by convincing them through misinformation of anything and everything, except the truth. Bashing and finding fault is entertainment to them.

The ‘Swamp extends beyond the federal government. Rogue governors and state legislatures have taken it upon themselves to defy their citizens and federal law, which they appear to be doing with great enthusiasm. Problems compounded by problems, are almost impossible to correct and they know it. In short, they are off the rails and in total defiance of Federal law!

If it is even possible for any one to accomplish at this time, ‘Draining The Swamp’ takes on a new, frightening meaning. It could more accurately be defined as: ‘Draining the Cess Pool’…….. a ‘Cess Pool’ of injustice for the American people! Will this country survive, as we’ve known it?

 

 

January 25, 2018

The Patriot’s Editorial:  Our Country Is Under Siege

Today, marks one of the lowest points in this country’s history. I’m witnessing our Republic be replaced with ‘Absolutism’, our Congress reduced to a mere ravel and our Constitution systematically shredded. To many, a government shutdown doesn’t mean much. Life will go on as usual and they will experience little (if any) ill-affect by it. Much as was the case during the obama years. But for others and for various reasons, they will be impacted deeply. Why does it have to be this way and what good can be gained by it for us as individuals, a people and nation?

Last night, the U.S. Senate took America hostage and their ransom demand was to legalize all illegal aliens that broke our federal laws to enter this country and to ensure our borders are never ever secured. Those illegals are receiving tens of billions of dollars to live here (annually). Where did that money come from and who authorized it? It comes from hardworking American citizens by way of their tax dollars and the Congress who is holding us hostage authorized and funded it. What the government will not tell you is that if all illegals were legalized tomorrow, they would still receive taxpayer funding. Without a secure border and border enforcement, they will continue to come here illegally and in 5-10 years, we will go through this all over again…….most likely, with the same result!

Can the very ‘fabric’ of this country continue to withstand this degree of intense pressure and abuse? When it fully begins to shred, there will be nothing recognizable left.

I faithfully served this country for 24 years (United States Air Force) and never once asked ‘why me’ when I got the call to leave my family to go into harms way to do the tough task. To protect and defend was both an honor and a personal duty. For those of you that served or had a close family member or friend that did, you understand. For those not in that category, it would be difficult for you to ever understand.

God, family and country! All tied together with my personal honor and integrity. It’s the only way I know. I hope it’s enough!

January 20, 2018

 

The Patriot’s Editorial: Is The ‘Drain The Swamp’ Campaign Working?

Much has been said and written about ‘Making America Great Again’ and ‘Draining The Swamp’! Like many of you, I assumed President Trump’s initiative would be limited to eliminating over-reach regulations, passing new laws and changing mindsets. Little did anyone realize the impact those efforts would have peripherally after just one year. The unforeseen consequences we are beginning to witness are surprising a lot of people.

On a near weekly basis, both House and Senate Congressional members are announcing their intent ‘not’ to run for office at the end of their terms or simply announce their immediate retirement. The #MeToo crowd took its toll on members of Congress in edition to wreaking havoc on Hollywood and the media by exposing various levels of sexual misbehavior. But they weren’t limited to just Washington, DC. All across the country, state and local legislators are being exposed for their perversive behavior. I suspect more of them will be called out in the weeks and months ahead. As they say: “stay tuned”!

Additionally, we are seeing much more subtle departure announcements, but the explanations and reasons given are somewhere between obscure to reasonably plausible. Some simply say they are retiring to return to civilian life, others say they have other pursuits, while others just say they are not going to run for re-election. Nevertheless, members of both parties are bailing out and leaving their post. As I watch this unfold, it is apparent some of the longtime old guard (swampers) are leaving jobs they turned into decades long political careers. They are draining the swamp themselves!

No one can predict the future and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to ‘Draining The Swamp’ and the affects it will have. I seriously doubt even President Trump saw this coming. I continue to ask myself why those longstanding members of Congress have decided to retire at this point in time, especially when it looked like they would die in their jobs. Is it the pressure to clean up their personal behavior, because they may finally be held to a higher standard by their constituents or they just got tired and are simply quitting. Although a curious conundrum, the fact it is happening can’t be bad for the American people. Just wondering who will be next!

 

January 14, 2018

Another Politicized Curriculum Revision Means College Board Needs Some Competitors

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History repeats itself. The College Board, which controls much of the curriculum in American high schools through Advanced Placement (AP) courses that can earn college credit, continues its game of leaning as far left as it can before criticism from scholars and parents pulls it back from the brink.  In our last episode, the College Board responded to the uproar over its leftist revised AP U.S. History (APUSH) framework by issuing a new framework that incorporated some of the critiques but retained much of the problematic structure. Now it’s doing the same with AP European History.  The College Board issued its highly revisionist APUSH framework in 2014. It presented American history as a dark, depressing story of conflict and oppression. After months of protests by scholarsstate legislators and education officials, and parents, the College Board finally withdrew the framework and replaced it with one less overtly biased (although commentator Stanley Kurtz noted that problems remained, including retention of the slanted textbooks and teacher training). But the controversy receded from public view.

December 27, 2017

Supremes tell Ninth Circuit to stick it, lift order halting the cancellation of DACA

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It’s become a sadly predictable spectacle: President Trump issues an executive order that’s fully within his authority, but is deeply disliked by liberals. Liberals run to court, seeking an Obama-, Clinton- or Carter-appointed federal judge who is willing to ignore the limits of his or her own authority and issue an order against the Trump action. The result is often months of legal positioning between the Justice Department and the plaintiffs, all just to establish that the president of the United States is legally permitted to govern.

December 27, 2017

ICE confirms that deadly CA fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops, ignoring ICE detainer requests each time

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WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”  Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.

December 27, 2017

The 1995 Law Behind President Trump’s Plan to Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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Every six months for more than two decades, U.S. presidents have had to decide all over again whether to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Since the Clinton administration, they decided each time to keep the embassy where it is, seeking not to throw a wrench into delicate Middle East peace talks. On Tuesday, however, after signing a waiver putting off the move in June, President Donald Trump informed the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas that he’s going to recognize the contested holy city as Israel’s capital and begin the process of moving the embassy there.

December 27, 2017

Victims of the red revolution: The haunting faces of prisoners worked to death in Stalin’s slave camps emerge as 100th anniversary of 1917 Bolshevik takeover approaches

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Trudging through mud in sub-zero temperatures, digging the earth with their bare hands and heaving huge rocks with the most primitive of tools, these horrifying photos have revealed life inside Joseph Stalin’s gulag prisons, where people were worked to death in Soviet labour camps through the mid-1900s. This year marks 100 years since the 1917 Russian Revolution, which led to Vladimir Lenin taking control of the Soviet Union. When Lenin died in 1924, Stalin rose to power and became the state’s authoritarian leader.  Between 1929 and the year of Stalin’s death in 1953, 18million men and women were transported to Soviet slave labour camps in Siberia and other outposts of the Red empire – many of them never to return.

 

December 27, 2017

Did Obama Try to Destroy America?

Read  It just dawned on me that when all the facts are looked at, Obama was working to destroy America.

Here are the facts:

  • He gave 20% of our Uranium to a country (or other countries that they gave it to) that could have turned that against us.
  • He gave $150,000,000,000 to a country that regalarly chants “Death to America” and regularly chants “Death to Israel” our ally.
  • He added more debt to our country than all other presidents combined.
  • He continually made comments and actions that divided the races in our country.
  • He lied about many positions that he took while running (e.g. about immigration and open borders) and then turned around and did the opposite once he was elected.
  • He weakened our military.

December 27, 2017

HILLARY CLINTON CHOOSES RAMADAN OVER CHRISTMAS – GETS ATTACKED BY TRUMP SUPPORTERS

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Let’s all be thankful this woman is not the President of the United States. Crooked Hillary Clinton chooses Ramadan over Christmas.  A basic Twitter search shows you that Hillary Clinton celebrates Ramadan much more than she celebrates Christmas before. You can go back to 2015 to see her last “Merry Christmas” from social media. You can see her talking about Ramadan much more recently. She goes on and on about Ramadan and wishes Muslims ‘a blessed time of reflection and good health’.

Check it out.

December 27, 2017

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