Swickard column: Real safety versus political safety

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  “As journalists, because you don’t carry a gun, you sort of become this observer.” Tim Hetherington
            Over the years as a journalist I have been around gun violence without being armed myself. Two observations: crap happens quickly and when you least expect it. No, I was not injured.
            In those journalism years I was involved in one way or another in five shooting with me somewhat in the middle. It was frightening though I agree with Winston Churchill, “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
            Americans are having some bad gun moments at this time because of recent attacks upon defenseless citizens both in the United States and in Europe resulting in many deaths and injuries. It is very much in our national consciousness. People really want to find a way to be safer.
            So we want to talk about these violence issues but we cannot really. Unfortunately, the political people on both sides no longer listen to understand, they only listen to reply. So nothing I say in this column will be heard by the partisans of either side. Sad. Political programs are just people shouting and not listening.
            The topic should be “Gun Free Zones.” That is where these extreme assault problems seem to occur because perpetrators know they will be the only ones with guns until the police arrive. So it is relatively easy for them to kill many people. Those victims have no way to fight back.
            It is not rocket science that when people are defenseless and other people are evil, bad things will always happen to the defenseless people. The rule makers who created Gun Free Zones had to know what would happen. It cannot be a surprise to them.
            You don’t see these same people making Gun Free Zones in Congress. Congress and others in Washington are well protected by people armed and ready to counter evil.
            George Orwell noted, “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” Exactly. The force of evil is balance by the force of good. Guns can be a force of evil or good depending on who uses the guns and why.
            Would we sleep safe in our beds if we could not be protected? No, an evil part of our society would take advantage of our helplessness. The forces of evil must be countered. There is no other way for normal citizens to remain safe. The problem is that citizens may have seconds to live while the police are minutes away.
            Some people even think that the Gun Free Zone sign will make a crazy person say, “Oh, it’s a Gun Free Zone. I have a gun so I can’t go there.” It would seem no one could be that stupid to think that ever could be the result of declaring Gun Free Zones. More likely the evil ones say, “Good, they can’t shoot back.”
            Many of our legislators both nationally and locally live to pass more rules, regulations and laws. So there is a constant push to “Solve” the scourge of gun violence simply by passing the right laws. Top of the list for many politicians is to ban all weapons assuming that with all weapons banned everyone would be safe.
            In reality there seems little connection between reality and these thoughts. The media tries to ignore when guns are used to make a victim safer. Yet that is what happens often when criminals try to pick on more fragile people. The gun gives the smaller and more frail person a fighting chance.
            It is very apparent at public schools that a sign is all that protects them when evil attacks. Better would be a few well trained people in schools, shopping malls, theatres and other public places who could instantly counter an attack.
            It would be lovely if everyone would play nicely and there was no more violence in our world. But it isn’t going to happen. So we must protect ourselves and our loved ones and not let politicians take that protection away while they, themselves are protected by people with guns.


He continues to give us the finger

© 2016 Jim Spence - One of the most reliable voting constituencies of the Democratic Party for many decades has been the gay community. Early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, the myth that the Democratic Party policies would never jeopardize the safety of the gay community came to a horrifying end. It would seem that the despicable political ruse that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have foisted on the American public, has literally bled over into the American gay community. The ruse of course pertains to the threat of radical Islam on America........all of America, including the gay community. It seems that radical Islam, which Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton claim are not a problem........doesn't just hate America, it particularly hates gay America.

It has been an increasingly disturbing world of homeland security that has evolved since the Democrats regained control of that crucial cabinet department in 2009. We should have known this wave of murders was coming. And we should have known it was going to come in waves.

Remember the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks? Democrats were somewhat concerned about homeland safety; but not nearly so much as they were ticked off that George W. Bush saw a huge surge in his popularity in the aftermath of the attacks on America. The danger of radical Islam had to be under-stated by Democrats or else the fact that Bush went after the perpetrators swiftly would be legitimized instead of the result of crass fear mongering. I actually know a well-read retired history professor who reads everything.....the Warren Commission Report, etc. Sometime after the 9-11 Commission Report was released and published, I got around to reading it. And after I read it I asked him what he thought of it. He waved me off saying he had no plans to read it. It was a telling response from a life-long Democrat. When the radical Islamists murdered Americans on 9-11 it benefited Bush politically. Sadly with Democrats everything is political. The whole thing with radical Islam had to be downplayed for the sake of politics.

What sort of security policies have we gotten since Obama took over? We have gotten naive immigration policies that allow killers to come and go as they please from terrorist training states. Yes, we have returned to the dumbest sort of immigration and international travel rules imaginable. Accordingly, the Boston Marathon bombing, the awful mass murders in Orlando, and the killings in San Bernardino were bound to happen. Expect the Obama administration to continue to pretend that radical Islamists are not really the problem and we should let people come and go from dangerous areas in the Middle East as they please.

The responses from Obama and other Democrats to these murders have been and will continue to be absurd. Recall the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. It was planned and financed by Khaled Sheikh Mohammed. That attack killed six people and injured more than one thousand. Nobody blamed the bomb itself. They blamed the perpetrators. Consider Adacia Chambers. This woman was drunk as a skunk last October when she crashed her car into a crowd that was watching a homecoming parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She killed four people and injured many others. Nobody blamed her car. They blamed her.

Predictably, after the San Bernardino attacks, Mr. Obama, the man who has been solely responsible for the U.S. letting its immigration and travel policies guards down, decided to blame the killer’s guns. It was a great irony that off to the side of Obama while he was demonstrating what an idiot he is, were Secret Service bodyguards, protecting Mr. Obama with.......guns.

This is the world we have created by voting for Democrats. Stop.