October 02, 2015

The NRA Represents My Interests

I do not want to be writing this post. I need to vacuum my apartment. I have two novels and a short story collection to develop. I have friends to send comforting messages to. My wife is coming home from a business trip in a few hours. I need to get things ready for her arrival. But here I am, once again, defending my inalienable, God-given right to self-defense from lies and vicious innuendo delivered with profound emotional drama by the leader of the free world in a blatant attempt to humiliate and degrade a group of honest, law-abiding people whose rights he seeks to curtail. And I thought George Bush had the makings of a tyrant! This man makes Bush's attempts to rule by decree seem clumsy and childish.

Let me start with a couple of extremely important facts the President of the United States went on television and deliberately lied about to the American people. That's right. He lied! He stood in front of the nation's news media and with a straight face told the people false "facts" and imaginary "logic". In order to advance his agenda of taking yet another step down the road to disarming the American people, he lied straight into the camera and through the camera into living rooms all across our nation. He knows these things are not true, and yet, he repeats them every single chance he gets.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report and the CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the three most violent states in the nation in terms of crime, including gun crime, are Maryland, Illinois, and California. These three states also have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The only two places with stricter regulations are Washington D.C. and New York State. So, the simple reality of the situation is that those states which have the longest waiting periods, mandatory background checks at every firearm transfer (closing the so-called, "gun show loophole") and the harshest penalties for illegal possession of a firearm or use of a firearm in commission of a crime, also have the most violent crimes by both gross totals and per capita rates. They also have the most crimes and suicides involving a firearm. The situation is so bad that if you remove those three states from the figures, America jumps from the 26th safest nation in the world to the absolute safest nation in the world by a huge margin. California, Maryland, and Illinois also have the longest history of successive Democratic Party controlled State and local governments. Everybody from the governor down to the dog catcher either is a Democrat or was a Democrat until very recently. The fact is, Democrats and gun control breed crime like a housing project breeds rats. The reason is simple, if enough voters depend on the government to feed their families and pay their bills, then the people cannot remove the controlling party from power because if they do, they will no longer have access to tax credits, subsidies, and supplemental incomes that make it possible for them to survive from month to month. This is true slavery. These three states are a textbook example of a peasant population completely dependent on an established elite who are protected from revolt through an exclusive monopoly on tools of violence.

Oregon is not far behind the top five in terms of gun control laws and a population that depends on government patronage to survive. If it were not for Oregon's many rural communities whose livelihood depends on farming, hunting, and fishing, it probably would have followed California and Washington State down the merry path to tyranny a long time ago. This shooting took place in one of the states that has implemented at the state level every single aspect of the gun control laws the President and his supporters would like to secure at the national level. Oregon already has in place all of the gun control Obama wants to pass and yet Oregon is the place where this shooting has occurred. Did the President mention this simple fact in his passionate call for more "common sense" gun control? Of course not. He ignored the real facts and stated unequivocally, "The states with the least restrictive gun control laws also have the highest rates of gun crime."

He lied. There is no way to sugar coat this. It was a deliberate and intentional lie.

It does not surprise me that the President wants more gun control. He reversed himself on that issue not ten minutes after the results of the November 2008 election were finalized. What disturbs me greatly and prompted me to spend time on this blog post rather than getting done the things that are far more important to me personally is the way he could stand there in front of the nation, and really, the entire world, and lie about the facts. Lying about his position I expect, but facts are facts, you can't mold them and change them and make them up just to suit your position. He knows the facts. He has the facts hand delivered with his morning coffee every single day. Yet, somehow he can stand there with a perfectly straight face and pour out lies and imagination without even blinking an eye or dipping his head. The man truly is a master deceiver. Either that, or he believes his own lies, in which case he is delusional. One or the other must be true. If he can lie like that with the entire world watching him then he is either a grand liar or a delusional maniac. Of the two, I'd much rather believe he is a pathological liar. Delusional and big red buttons is a really bad combination.

I don't know what triggered this shooting. Knowing how our media works, I probably never will know. At least, not until long after the facts of the case are closed and someone has written a book about it. I do know a very strange rumor popped up a few hours after the gunfire died down and the ambulances rolled away. This rumor claimed that "an eyewitness at the scene" had seen the shooter line people up against a wall and demand to know what religion they followed. If they were Christian, he shot them in the head. If they were not, he either shot them in the leg are passed right by them. I have been online a very long time. I know these kind of rumors and conspiracies always flare up after a tragic event. Nonetheless, it began to be repeated by select news services that are more reliable than most when it comes to internet reporting. So I went digging. Unless she has taken it down, the result of my search is the Tweet at the top of the page. This is where the rumor started. A young woman posted a Tweet saying that her Grandmother who was in the room where the shooting took place saw the shooter do these things. Since it would be easy for her to remove the Tweet, I will quote it below.

5:32 AM - 2 Oct 2015

The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were christian. If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn't answer, then they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to my house, and she was in the room. She wasnt shot, but she is very upset. She tried to perform CPR on her friend, but it was too late. I hope nothing like this ever happens again. #UCCShooting

While it is true that this is a secondhand report and eyewitnesses to an event can be mistaken about what they see or hear, I don't think either limitation applies here. This strikes me as an honest retelling of an event in simple, straight-forward language. I believe this is what happened inside that room as the shooting unfolded. I don't know why this man had such a deep hatred of Christianity that he felt compelled to go out and kill unarmed Christians in a local college. I only know that according to at least one eyewitness, that is exactly what happened. For reasons of his own, he loaded up his guns along with a good supply of ammo, drove to a local college, walked into a classroom, and began demanding to know who the Christians were so he could kill them. Anyone reading this blog can certainly understand the possible ramifications of this Tweet. Clearly, this shooting has nothing to do with firearm ownership, legal or otherwise. This was a lone individual with a deep-seated hatred of a particular religion. If he had not had firearms he simply would have whipped up a homemade bomb, mixed up some ammonia and bleach, or used one of the hundreds of other simple ways there are to create and deploy a weapon of mass destruction. Since this shooting took place inside a classroom, either a homemade bomb or a homemade chemical weapon would have had an equally devastating effect and might even have killed more people than he managed with his guns.

In a very real sense. This shooting was not your normal violent crime. This was, in point of fact, an act of domestic terrorism aimed at a particular group of people with the intention of killing as many as possible and striking fear in the others. Likewise, the shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston a short while back should probably also be classified an act of domestic terrorism. Both of these events were targeted attacks on a particular group with the intent of inspiring terror and additional violence. The fact that both attacks targeted Christians is very alarming. Two attacks a few months apart which both target members of the Christian faith might be coincidence, or it might be the beginning of a rising trend of violence directed at Christian Americans. If this is a trend that continues, then the faith of Christians in America is about to be challenged in ways that it has not been since the very founding of our nation. Hopefully, this will remain two isolated events that share a single, horrifying religious coincidence. After all, this is the United States. If you start killing people you're going to wind up killing Christians very quickly. There are scores of millions of Christians in America. We are, literally, everywhere. But if not, if these two shootings turn out to be the beginning of a trend, then it is time for Christian America to take a good, hard look at what they believe and why they believe it. Is your faith a simple magic bauble you use to comfort yourself and twist the universe in ways that favor you or is it something deep and abiding that rests inside your heart and fills your mind? If someone with a gun walks into your school, home, office, or shopping center, points their gun at your head and demands to know your faith, will you panic and sputter out whatever answer comes to mind or will you rest assured that even if he pulls the trigger, all it means is you are finally going home?

My last point today, and as important as any of the others. President Obama and his supporters like to think of the NRA as a faceless, mindless monolith dedicated to subverting the democratic process. Nothing could be further from the truth. The NRA is at least three million and possibly five million voting Americans. I am the NRA, Mr. President. I am one of millions of firearm owners who depend on the NRA to plead our case before Congress and defend our interests in the Supreme Court. The NRA is not some faceless lobby group for the firearms industry. The NRA is me.