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

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

Flashback: Lib Mom Aghast as Huge Guy in Lakers Jersey Walks Into Ladies’ Room

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A self-described ” “very progressive” mom got a rude awakening that changed her views about the “bathroom debate” and decided to share her story regardless of what the backlash would be. This is a reality check like no other.  Kristen Quintrall Lavin runs a blog called, “The Get Real Mom,” in which she exposes the harsh realities of what she calls, “momming.” However, on a recent trip to Disneyland with her young son, Lavin, she was exposed to another harsh reality — the reality of bathroom stalking, which made her question her progressive views on the bathroom debate.  Lavin commented on her blog that she has seen and supported “transgender” women — men identifying as women — using women’s public restrooms prior to the incident happening at Disneyland. “Transgenders who certainly felt comfortable in the women’s room and probably frightened to go into the men’s. At these times, I smiled … I peed … and life went on.”

December 27, 2017

NFL HELL: Sea of Empty Seats Plague Stadiums Across League In Week 15 (PHOTOS)

NFL HELL: Sea of Empty Seats Plague Stadiums Across League In Week 15 (PHOTOS)

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NFL stadium attendance continues to suffer as the backlash from players protesting the National Anthem extends into week 15. Fans from across the league are sharing photos showing stadiums plagued by empty seats this Sunday. The NFL has been on the losing end of the culture war since players from around the league began kneeling during the National Anthem. Started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the ill-placed form of protest has led to failing stadium attendance, lackluster ratings and the scorn of the most powerful in the world — President Donald Trump.

December 19, 2017

ANALYSIS ‘I was no different than a slave trader’: Former Planned Parenthood worker says abortion was pushed on minorities

In 2016, The American Feminist published an article profiling former abortion workers. One worker, named Rhyan, worked at Planned Parenthood for four months, but quit because she became disgusted with the constant pressure put on her to sell abortions. She also saw that patients at Planned Parenthood were treated differently depending on their race.

Originally hired as an appointment scheduler, she quickly discovered her real job was talking as many women into abortions as possible. The American Feminist article states:

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November 24, 2017

WHY THE HELL WASN’T HE IN JAIL

ReadEl Paso police arrested Devin Kelley on June 7, 2012, at a Greyhound bus station a stone’s throw from the U.S.-Mexico border after he escaped the Peak Behavioral Health Services facility about 12 miles away in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to the police report…. Sunland Park officers told their Texas colleagues that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms” onto Holloman Air Force Base and that Kelley “was attempting to carry out death threats that [he] had made on his military chain of command,” the report states.

 

November 8, 2017

EUROPE’S SUPERCHARGED ANTIFA COMING TO AMERICA

The masked left-wing extremists known as “antifa” are notorious in the United States. But it’s nothing compared to what already exists in Europe.

“Welcome To Hell” read the antifa banners during the G20 riots in Hamburg over the summer. Antifa groups in Europe are better organized and funded than their American counterparts and are far more willing to resort to violence. Indeed, antifa groups proudly air footage of their violent activities.

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November 7, 2017

ANTIFA is not fighting for freedom, but for Communist Revolution

In the immediate aftermath of the Charlottesville violence, several prominent figures—including CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic—equated left-wing “Antifa” activists with the thousands of Allied soldiers who stormed Normandy’s beaches to invade Adolph Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” on D-Day.

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November 6, 2017

Antifa Says Violence is Necessary to Their Cause

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Antifa and their apologists are advocating for the use of violence to achieve their goals such as repression of free speech and free assembly — just like their forefather Adolf Hitler did. It’s funny how liberals say that violence is not the answer until it’s their violence, then it becomes absolutely essential.

According to The Hill:

Mike Isaacson, who is one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C., an antifa organization in Washington said:

“The justification [of the use of violence] is that Nazi ideology at its very core is founded on violence and on wielding power by any means.”

September 19, 2017

Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement – CNN

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(CNN)On the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Keval Bhatt hunted through a closet in his parents’ Virginia home for the darkest clothes he could find.

The 19-year-old didn’t own much in black, the color he knew his fellow protesters would wear head to toe on the streets of Washington that day.
As Bhatt drove into the city for his first-ever protest, he hesitated.

September 19, 2017

Are You a Narcissist? 6 Sure Signs of Narcissism

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Narcissistic folks who are fun, good at things, and appear in public to be compassionate and generous often look like they would be as desirable friends and even as marriage partners. They can be very enjoyable to hang out with. At the same time, are they also good partners when it comes to talking through differences of opinion? Or is there something about how they communicate in a relationship that makes narcissistic folks provocative?

September 19, 2017

ESPN APOLOGIZES AFTER JEMELE HILL CALLS TRUMP A ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill may find herself in hot water with the network after she called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter.  “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she wrote Monday. “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”

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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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