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

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

Once First in the Nation, Massachusetts Students Show Further Decline After Common Core

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Massachusetts students were first in the nation in reading and math performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam – until the state adopted the Common Core standards in 2010 and then updated the same standards this year.  According to a new study released by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute, while Common Core led to tumbling scores on the NAEP in both English and math for Massachusetts students, the 2017 standards update shows students’ performance in English is deteriorating further as math scores remain as they did with the 2010 Common Core.  “These standards rely on process- and skills-based ideas, which brush aside knowledge of Western and English literary traditions,” said Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein, a co-author of Pioneer’s study titled “Mediocrity 2.0: Massachusetts Rebrands Common Core ELA and Math.”

December 19, 2017

INTERNATIONAL CONFIRMATION: America Is Dumbing Down Its Kids

INTERNATIONAL CONFIRMATION: America Is Dumbing Down Its Kids

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An international assessment has confirmed what American parents have been protesting for years about Common Core — students are being dumbed down.

Since Common Core Standards were imposed on the states, reading scores for United States fourth-graders have declined, both for the average score and in comparison with their peers in other nations. Those scores of the lowest-performing students declined the most.

According to the results of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, an assessment given to fourth-graders in schools around the world every five years, the U.S. overall average reading score was lower than the averages for 12 education systems.

December 19, 2017

Religious schools, homeschoolers to get a boost in GOP tax plan, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Pence

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Parents would get new federal tax breaks for sending their children to private or religious schools or teaching them at home if the final Republican tax overhaul bill becomes law.

For that, they can thank Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who offered the original amendment to extend 529 college savings plans to grade school and high school, including costs for homeschooling.Cruz’s amendment was the only one, setting aside manager’s amendments, to be added on either chamber’s floor. It passed as Republicans moved their bill through the Senate in the closing hours of Dec. 1. Cruz got an assist from Vice President Mike Pence, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the amendment after Republicans Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine balked at the measure.

December 19, 2017

American Test Scores Decline… Gee, Wonder Why?

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n 2013 Michael Cohen of Achieve, Inc. (an organization integral to developing and marketing the Common Core national standards) testified in New York that Common Core is a long-term education experiment on our children: “The full effects… won’t be seen until an entire cohort of students, from kindergarten through high school graduation, has been effectively exposed to Common Core teaching.” Four years later we may not be seeing the full effects, but heaven help us when we get there.

The most recent red flag comes from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), an international assessment of the reading skills of representative samples of fourth-graders. As reported by the Washington Post, the 2016 PIRLS results show U.S. students tumbling from fifth in the world to thirteenth. Scores fell by seven points from those achieved by fourth-graders in 2011, the last time scores were released.

Hmm. What could have happened in schools between 2011 and 2016 that might have affected the academic performance of eight-year-olds? A Harvard education professor speculated that the 2009 recession and that old reliable — poverty — could have been the culprits. Education Secretary and on-again off-again Common Core supporter Betsy DeVos couldn’t identify a specific factor but suggested we need to “rethink school.”

December 19, 2017

Rahm Emanuel Declares Chicago A ‘Trump-Free City’

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Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has declared the city a “Trump-free zone,” announcing on late night television that he intends to prevent the president from even stepping foot within the city’s boundaries.  Speaking to Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the mayor said that he’s even given the city a new title. “Our motto: A city he’ll never sleep in. We don’t want him,” Emanuel said.  “Look, Donald Trump is driving forward looking through the rearview mirror, and I’m not going that way because I want my city going that way and I want it to be a Trump-free zone,” he continued.

December 14, 2017

Post-Common Core, U.S. Kids Slide On Another Academic Measure

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International test results released this week show U.S. students losing ground on yet another measure in the Common Core era, reading test results for fourth graders. On the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, a comparison given every five years in 58 countries, U.S. fourth graders dropped from 556 in 2011 to 549 in 2016, out of 1,000 possible points.

December 11, 2017

Schools Ban Textbooks That Don’t Promote LGBT

Government K-8 schools in California recently became the first in America to start demanding pro-homosexual and transgender propaganda in history textbooks, sparking celebrations among those who would indoctrinate children. In fact, history textbooks that refuse to push the party line on the so-called LGBT agenda will be banned from government schools in the state.

The decision to ban books that do not dishonestly celebrate homosexuality and alleged homosexuals, taken this month, was made pursuant to the 2011 “Fair Education Act.” The scheme mandates that history and social studies curricula promote the “accomplishments” of LGBT types, even if claims that a historical person was a homosexual are disputed or outright bogus.

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November 24, 2017

A Rogues Gallery of Right-Hegelians – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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major project of mine for the last three years has been to trace the origin and development of the ideas that led to today’s alt-right activists. They have emerged on the political scene suddenly and with impressive ferocity. Some people just assume that they represent nothing but a melange of hate and racism.

This is too simple. Even the most dumbed-down political movement is built by slaves of defunct philosophers. But which ones? And does the worldview cohere to the point that we can anticipate the patterns and policies of this group?

September 19, 2017

Meeting federal guidelines for student performance

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Georgia hopes to embark on a new education plan that shifts away from the tough test-and-punish regime of the past that some say was unrealistic and unfair but others say held schools accountable for all students, including their worst performers.
On Monday, the state will submit its plan for compliance with the latest updates to the federal education law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act under President Georgia Bush and now as the Every Student Succeeds Act, after it was amended with bipartisan support under President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

September 19, 2017

Former Philly teacher: Unqualified billionaires gaining too much influence on public education | Opinion

ReadWhen President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos, a woman with no degree or experience in education, as U.S. Secretary of Education, defenders of public education organized an unprecedented effort to fight her confirmation. Unfortunately, her stunning display of ignorance about education and the rights of public school students was not enough to stop the Senate from confirming her. But we now know who DeVos is and what her agenda is: advancing the privatization of public education under the guise of “choice.” She is a government official, accountable to the American people. We can call our elected officials when she fails to uphold the rights of all schoolchildren.

 

September 19, 2017

Column: GA’s New Federal Education Plan – Deal vs. Woods | All On Georgia Camden County

Ye who controls testing controls the data. Data equals money and resources – and in some cases – it will determine which schools will be taken over by the state.

Politicians love to hold on to policies that will garner them additional power and further advance their agenda using the bureaucracy. Reminder, No Child Left Behind did not work – and it was an ineffective solution to some very real issues in education. There has been numerous publications documenting the failures of No Child Left Behind, and we are about to head down the same road once again.

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September 19, 2017

After school shooting, sheriff gives Second Amendment defense that would make Founding Fathers proud

After a 15-year-old student opened fire at a high school near Spokane, Washington, earlier this week, the Spokane County Sheriff gave a defense of the Second Amendment that would make the Founding Fathers proud.

What did he say?

During a lengthy press conference on Thursday, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich explained in no uncertain terms that he believes a breakdown in society helped the teenage student execute his rampage, which took the life of one person and injured three others. It wasn’t the gun, the sheriff explained while defending the Second Amendment.

September 19, 2017

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. The system’s creator, Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University, calls it “a way to develop historicity.”

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September 13, 2017

Duke Recruits Men For Program To Fight “Toxic Masculinity”

Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.”   The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”  Read

September 13, 2017

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