Is it wrong when elected leaders, or even people on Facebook, use tragedy to make a political point? Or should we use facts?
Yesterday, President Obama used the Charleston church massacre to make another pitch for gun control legislation.
“Now is the time for mourning and for healing, but let’s be clear.
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
I was immediately subjected to Tweets and Facebook posts from people agreeing and disagreeing with the president.
Several countries have a higher rate of gun deaths than the U.S., though they may not be considered “advanced countries.”
In wake of the South Carolina tragedy, what I haven’t seen reported is this: Gun homicide deaths are near all-time lows in the U.S. The homicide rate now is as low as in the 1960s and much lower than the 1990s.
1. The Pearl High School shooting
Oct. 1, 1997
Luke Woodham fatally stabbed and bludgeoned his mother and went on to kill two students and injure seven others at his high school. Woodham was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, a U.S. Army Reserve commander, who detained Woodham by using a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he kept in his truck, until authorities could show up.
Myrick stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school.
2. The Parker Middle School dance shooting
April 24, 1998
Andrew Wurst showed up to his middle school dance with his .25-caliber pistol. He fired it, killing a teacher, wounding a second one, and injuring two students. The 14-year-old’s shoot-out lasted about 20 minutes. It was ended when James Strand, the owner of the banquet hall the dance was happening in, confronted Wurst with his personal shotgun. He ordered Wurst to drop his weapon and held the teenager in place for 11 minutes before finally getting him to drop the weapon and lie on the ground, and then searched him for other weapons.
In the 26th chapter of the book of Matthew, we learn a lot about the final days and hours of Jesus’ life.
MATTHEW 26 : 1-5
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, (4) and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. (5) “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
Look at Matthew 26:5 again. “Or there may be a riot among the people.” – Even in the days of Jesus, government knew to fear the people.
MATTHEW 26 : 14-16
(14) Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests (15) and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. (16) From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
It took 30 pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus to his captors. 30 pieces of silver. What do we trade our values for today? What price tag do we put on our integrity?
JESUS IN GETHSEMANE (MATTHEW 26 : 36-39):
(36) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” (37) He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (38) Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
(39) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Here Jesus knows what he is about to face and is praying to God that “if there is another way possible, please let us use that route… But don’t do as I wish, do as You wish.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is attempting to reclassify and ban the most common ammunition for the most popular rifle sold in the United States as “armor piercing,” in what appears to be a spiteful attempt by the Obama administration to cripple the supply of ammunition to AR-15 firearms that the President has long sought to ban.
M855 ammunition is very popular as a practice and target round for AR-15 shooters, and is used in some kinds of hunting.
Yesterday we discussed one way to strip the ATF of the power to ban common rifle ammunition that they are dishonestly attempting to reclassify as pistol ammunition, which is to make a simple change to the definition that the ATF is abusing.
Some very sharp people have noted that we might not even need to go that far, as the M855 doesn’t meet either part of the two-part definition that the ATF is perverting.
18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) provides:
(B) The term “armor piercing ammunition” means—
(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium; or
(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
Let’s look at a picture of a cutaway M855 bullet. There are several variants of M855 bullets with slightly different steel insert base shapes, but they all follow this same basic design.
There are two parts to the definition that ATF is perverting in application to the M855, the first part being, “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium…”
You’ll note that the definition requires the projectile or projectile core to be “constructed entirely” of one or a combination of hardened metal alloys. But as out cutaway clearly shows, the M855’s prjectile is constructed of a lead core (darker, denser metal in the rear) and a steel insert in the front of the bullet (lighter colored, lighter weight metal in the front). The M855 fails to meet the criteria to be classified as armor-piercing under part one of this two part definition.
As if anyone needed further proof that gun control extremists are complete idiots, once again, they show their cards.
When these people can’t even get the terminology correct, it shows that they have zero to little understanding of the inanimate objects they are trying to ban from society.
Nevermind they don’t bother looking at crime stats and defensive uses of firearms.
Forget the fact criminals never obey gun control laws.
Just throw out the window that these people create more victims while enabling criminals. They just don’t stop.
From Bearing Arms:
A small group of Democrat lawmakers and anti-liberty activists are still attempting to exploit the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary to push for more restrictions on your liberty:
Newtown activists on Thursday helped introduce the first gun safety bill in this Congress, officially kicking off the gun control debate on Capitol Hill.
The bill would ban large capacity ammunition clips for everyone but military members and law enforcement officers. It was introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, in the House and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in the Senate.
The bill’s proponents characterized the legislation as a needed safety measure, like seat belts or airbags, that would save lives, not only those threatened by a mass murderer, but also police who are often outgunned by criminals.
Eight states, including Connecticut and the District of Columbia, ban high-capacity magazine clips. But congressional Republicans have resisted efforts for a federal ban, and for any new federal gun restrictions.
Dave Stowe, vice chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance and the Newtown Foundation, insisted there should be bipartisan support for the bill, saying, “What I see is an issue that does not take sides.”
Yes, the group actually called them “magazine clips” in their press release, and the clueless Northeastern media regurgitated the term and the group’s falsified claims without a bit of fact-checking or introspection.
Magazines and clips are, of course, two completely different things.
What these people want to do is turn millions of law-abiding citizens who own firearms that have ‘magazines’ with a larger capacity than 10 rounds, into criminals.
Since these people are clearly freaking clueless about firearms, it proves they are only about gun control and not safety.
How do these simpletons know how many cartridges it may take for someone to defend themselves?
Will it take 1 or will it take 12? Oops, if you are defending yourself from multiple attackers or a meth-crazed lunatic, you are SOL … oh .. and possibly dead.
Once again the gun control extremists in Congress prove they are nothing but brain dead hacks who aren’t interested in gun violence but gun control.
The CEO, Jim Clifton has a piece: “The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment — Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.
“Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is ‘down’ to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market. None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right.”
This guy is telling us something — this is striking — you as members of the audience of this program have known for 15 years what the U-6 and the U-3 unemployment numbers are. The U-3 number is what’s reported. And what he’s talking about, the U-6 number, does count people who’ve given up and are no longer working. The number that’s released, this 5.6% number, does not count the millions of people who were unable to find a job in four years and have given up looking. This guy thinks he is issuing breaking news. And, sadly, to a bunch of low-information voters, he is.
So when he says the big lie, 5.6 unemployment, all he’s talking about is the U-6 versus the U-3 number. These are categories, capital U, letter U, 3, it’s just a category, U-6 is another one. But the unemployment number every month that’s reported is U-3. They do not count, as unemployed, people no longer looking. The U-6 number is the real — and that’s up at around 12% right now. And his point, that’s the big lie. The big lie is that real unemployment is closer to 12% than 5.6. Now, you in this audience have known this, for, gosh, how many years? The CEO of Gallup decides to publish it today as though it’s breaking news. And I’m sure to some people it is, sadly.
Narratives can’t change facts.
A team has to be good to get to the Super Bowl, but the winner has to play a great game to win. That’s the way it is in any professional sport. But the difference between good and great is often the difference between executing the little differences a little better than your opponent.
If you do not win in professional sports, you do not reap the rewards or spoils of victory such as big salaries, product endorsements or lucrative speaking fees.
In most other endeavors in life, success is achieved by perfecting the basics, mastering the details between good and great, and outperforming your competition. You are then rewarded based on specific metrics and goals.
In politics, there are no metrics and goals other than getting elected. Elected officials do not impose metrics and goals on themselves by which to be held accountable. It’s just a never ending series of promises and political claims of success, which are subjective at best. And if they win at getting elected, but lose at doing the job for which they were elected, they get paid anyway.
I’m talking about members of Congress and the presidency.
It takes a great leader in the White House to achieve good results in Congress. We have not had such a leader in decades. That’s why we are living in a political nightmare. We go from bad to worse instead of from good to great.
In President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20, he claimed that “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”
Oh really! Here are a few facts by which we can measure his tenure as president:
- Annual Gross Domestic Product growth has been about 2 percent per year, which is less than half of the economy’s capacity for growth.
- The lowest labor participation rate in decades, which means a real unemployment rate of more than 10 percent instead of the widely reported 5.6 percent.
- Americans who have joined the food stamp program since 2009: 13 million
- Americans who have fallen into poverty since 2009: 5.5 million
- Decline in median household income since Obama became president: $2,484
- Number of Americans who will no longer have employer-sponsored health insurance thanks to ObamaCare: 7 Million
- Increase in family health premiums under Obama: $4,154
- The United States of America has no foreign policy strategy.