To Hell With the Naysayers—Hawley Is Right About Big Tech

David French and his fellow peacetime conservatives are at it again, wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth as U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) takes a run at curtailing the immense power of Big Tech.

As French channels Neville Chamberlain, the fact is that unless the tech companies are forcefully confronted, now, in the immediate, our self-governing republic will be over in less than a generation and we will be ruled by a tech oligarchy.

French and his types sputter that this is outrageous, that government shouldn’t be involved in curtailing the harmful behavior of private companies. First, we would do well to remember that roughly 20 years ago, Washington, D.C. created this problem by carving out the Section 230 exemption for neutral platforms online. Only a fool would think that the tech companies are neutral platforms today. They have, by their own distinct decisions, become publishers and telecommunications companies: if you are making publishing decisions, if you are deploying broadband, if you are creating and streaming live content, you are a publisher or a telecommunications company, and sometimes both.

As these companies have changed of their own volition, Washington, D.C. has continued to live under the happy fiction that they are still nothing more than neutral platforms. What do policymakers not understand? Why are they so blind? Perhaps re-election campaign money, perhaps organizations like National Review being bought off by tech company donations—who can really say? There are all sorts of reasons why we’re in defiance of common sense, but it doesn’t remove the fact that we are.

Ask yourselves why these companies get to play by one set of rules while publishers and telecommunications companies are forced to play by others? They are in fact the same, though now the tech companies dwarf many of their fellow publishers and telecommunications companies yet still get to play by rules that favor them. This is in defiance of free-market principles: government isn’t supposed to pick winners and losers. It is supposed to create a fair playing field for everyone to compete according to the same rules and regulations so that the consumer benefits. Instead, we see it creating rigged games that allow monopolies to develop.

But this is also about what the internet actually is and who gets to decide what speech or content resides on the internet. Would Google, Facebook, and Amazon exist if there were no internet? Of course not—and I hesitate even to broach the question because it’s an absurd one. They didn’t create the internet; they are in effect, squatters having built on a foundation they did not build and do not own.

In many ways, you could argue no one really owns the internet. It is a public square, a public arena, much like the Agora and Forum of ancient times, only in digital form. So why do squatters on property not their own get to dictate anything on any level on that property? These companies were given a great deal of freedom to grow, to innovate products, and—while the Justice Department’s antitrust division pulled a Rip Van Winkle—become monopolies. To put it mildly, mistakes were made. Those mistakes need to be corrected.

If we do not correct our mistakes, our great rights of speech and assembly, offline and online, are in danger. Someone is going to be the final defender of our natural rights as codified in the Constitution. Do we want un-elected global monopolistic corporations—entities that may or may not consider themselves American companies, ruling you by algorithms? Do we want them limiting the flow of information in the online public arena, manipulating it to benefit themselves and their view of the world? Or do we want duly elected leaders of a constitutional republic defending our rights?

 

Tennessee changes laws for gun permits

(NBC/WSMV) — People in Tennessee can now get a concealed carry permit online instead of taking a course in-person.

In order to get a permit, people have to take a 90-minute online course.

Previously, the state required people to take an eight-hour, hands-on course to receive a concealed carry permit.

Many pro-gun people in Tennessee say they are not a fan of the law.

“I think that, probably, our biggest concern is that people will just take the online class and then not seek out any additional training,” said Shane Kerwin, a fire arms instructor.

State Representative Andy Holt, who sponsored the bill, said the law change is about saving people money and time.

NJ LAWMAKERS APPROVE MANDATORY SMART GUN BILL

A proposal to swap out New Jersey’s long-dormant smart gun law and replace it with one requiring dealers to carry at least one such gun in stock passed the legislature last week.

Introduced in January by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg – who designed the state’s current divisive smart gun mandate – the proposal requires dealers to carry at least one model of smart gun when they become available rather than sell them exclusively. Filed as S101, the measure passed the Assembly 49-23 and the Senate 24-12 with Democrats, who control both chambers, leading the charge. It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy.

The bill scraps most of the state’s 2002 smart gun law which has has been on the books for nearly two decades and replaces it with a requirement that the state Attorney General continue to report to the governor and legislature every six months on the commercial availability of the devices in the country. Once the AG approves a production model, every firearms wholesaler and retailer in the state would be obligated to carry at least one example for sale in their inventory within 60 days and have it on display in their salesroom, with visible signage referencing its features.

Similar legislation, developed in collaboration with national gun control groups like Giffords, was vetoed in 2016 by Republican Gov. Chris Christie who said it, “would have also replaced one unnecessary mandate with another unjustified restriction on firearms sales, this time targeting firearms retailers.”

Murphy, a Democrat who ran for office with the endorsement of anti-gun groups and went on to appoint a former Giffords lawyer as his “gun control czar,” is likely to sign the bill into law. He approved six gun control bills last session alone.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

video

“This is the third tech insider who has bravely stepped forward to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley.  These new documents, supported by undercover video, raise questions of Google’s neutrality and the role they see themselves fulfilling in the 2020 elections.”

I missed downloading this from Veritas’ account on YouTube (owned by Google) before they deleted it. I’ve downloaded the vid from Vimeo and I’m going to upload it on my YouTube account and see how long it lasts there.

Expert: ‘Only Matter of Time Before Illegal Alien Voting is Expanded’

Elected Democrats will soon attempt to expand voting rights in deep blue states for illegal aliens, an election fraud expert says.

Last week, Democrats in New York state approved and signed into law a plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens with the backing of the business lobby. The law allows for the state’s 725,000-strong illegal alien population to be eligible for the same driver’s license that American citizens are afforded.

Already, state officials have said the law will effectively give illegal aliens the ability to vote as New York registers citizens to vote at state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices.

“This is the first step towards the expansion of a number of things that normalize the rights of illegal aliens,” Eggers said.

“It’s only a matter of time before we see the expansion of illegal alien voting in state elections and eventually the Left pushing for illegal alien voting in federal elections,” Eggers continued.

After Years of Warnings, U.S. Finally Investigating Secret Foreign Funding of American Universities

An academic group that helped expose the reach of Chinese-funded propaganda in American universities has a message for academia: We told you so.

The Department of Education’s new investigation into universities for allegedly hiding foreign funding “is sending a powerful signal to colleges and universities: They can no longer expect to ignore the law with impunity,” Rachelle Peterson, policy director of the National Association of Scholars, told The College Fix.

The probes into Georgetown University and Texas A&M concern university assets from governments and companies in China, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to June 13 department letters to the universities obtained by the Associated Press.

The nonprofit Qatar Foundation comprised nearly all the foreign funding reported by Georgetown ($33 million) and all reported by Texas A&M ($6.1 million) last year, according to the AP.

Police looking for burglar who fled home after homeowner shot at him

Mostly a vid.

The homeowner was sleeping in their bedroom when they heard something in another room. The suspect fled the home after the resident shot at him.


Suspect shot in downtown Macon robbery

VICTIM SHOOTS SUSPECT IN ROBBERY ATTEMPT, SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS
A suspect was shot in an attempted robbery in downtown Macon early Sunday, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report.

The incident happened at about 3:49 a.m. on Cherry Street, according to a release. Brett Bledsoe, 30, was walking home from work when he stopped in front of The Rookery restaurant, which was closed, while texting on his cellphone.


JoCo DA says Boost Mobile clerk shot robber in self-defense, no criminal charges for killing

Two weeks? Either the DA is busy with lots of criminal activity, or he’s a slouch.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe this afternoon announced that his office had completed a review of the June 10 shooting death inside the Boost Mobile store near 76th and Metcalf and determined the employee had acted in self defense.

Police identified the man killed in the incident as Deshawn Brim of Raytown. Brim was out of prison on parole for drug charges at the time of the shooting.

In a release to the media this afternoon, Howe said Brim “entered the store armed with a handgun and proceeded to rob the store at gunpoint. At some point, the store clerk, fearing for his life and the life of his co-worker, produced a handgun. The robber was killed in the ensuing gun battle as he attempted to jump over the counter presumably to get at the clerk.”

because the Boost employee acted to preserve his life and that of his co-worker, Howe’s office determined he would not be subject to criminal charges.

“We have determined that this was a valid exercise of self-defense under Kansas
law,” Howe said. “No charges will be filed in connection with this shooting.

Brighton Rabbi Asks Congregation To Bring Guns To Synagogue

BOSTON MASS. (?!) Rabbi Dan Rodkin says thoughts and prayers will not save his congregation from an attack on their house of worship.

Amid a rise in hate crimes against Jewish people across the United States, Shaloh House — the Brighton synagogue the rabbi leads — has been improving safety measures with security cameras, reinforced glass windows, even panic buttons.

“We can’t think, ‘I’m just praying, and God will save me,’ ” Rodkin says. “No, we need to take care of situations ourselves.”
Now, the rabbi is asking his own congregation to bring guns to Shabbat.

And several of Rodkin’s synagogue members — most of them former soldiers and retired cops — are answering his plea, coming armed to daily and holiday services. Others are applying for gun licenses with letters of recommendation from their rabbi.

Rodkin says he will get a gun, too, and wants to organize training for the new gun owners.

Mathematics ties media coverage of gun control to upticks in gun purchases

Maurizio Porfiri is a mechanical, not social engineer.
Those are the type of engineers who have to get facts right, or the airplane won’t fly, or the bridge will collapse under its own weight.

Researchers have shown a causal link between print news media coverage of U.S. gun control policy in the wake of mass shooting events and increases in firearm acquisition(c)Tandon School of Engineering

For the first time, researchers have shown a causal link between print news media coverage of U.S. gun control policy in the wake of mass shooting events and increases in firearm acquisition, particularly in states with the least restrictive gun laws.

The results of a study led by researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in collaboration with faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Northeastern University, are rooted in a data-driven approach that reveals causal relationships, rather than mere correlations. It is the first study to quantify the influence of news media stories on firearm prevalence.

Media Coverage and Firearm Acquisition in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting” was published today in Nature Human Behaviour.

Increases in firearm purchases following mass shootings are well-observed phenomena, likely driven by concerns that these events could lead to more restrictive gun controls. Lead author Maurizio Porfiri, NYU Tandon professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, noted that this is the first study to empirically examine — and confirm — the link between news stories specifically about gun policy and increased acquisition of firearms. However, in one surprising finding, the analysis revealed no causal link between an actual mass shooting and gun purchases. Previous studies had noted a correlation between the two.

The latest study quantified influences among the three variables: mass shooting events, media coverage of gun control policy and regulations, and firearm acquisition. Researchers analyzed 69 mass shootings in the United States between January 1999 and December 2017, gathering data on the number of firearm background checks per month (a proxy measure for gun purchases), along with all print news coverage of firearm control policies that appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post during that same period — more than 9,700 documents.

The increases in firearm background checks were most pronounced in states with the least restrictive gun control policies – including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, and Oregon – and less dramatic in states with stronger restrictions on gun ownership. The team found no significant links between other variables.

“This study provides the critical insight that media coverage appears to mediate the increase in firearm acquisition following mass shootings,” Porfiri said.

Psychologists Can’t Figure Out Why Hardly Anyone Wants To Date A Trans Person

Maybe because they don’t consider them the opposite sex and most people aren’t homosexual? And also that trans are mentally deranged people who normal people would rather interact with as little as possible?

I’ve found that most psychologists are not all that smart. Educated, yes, but that’s the problem.

recent Journal of Social and Personal Relationships study found that nearly 90 percent of survey respondents are not interested in dating transgender people. In a Psychology Today article on the study, coauthor Karen Blair implies these findings demonstrate significant discrimination—or at least an unwillingness to be inclusive—in dating.

However, instead of pointing out the obvious truth that biological cues are foundational for sexual and romantic attraction, the author goes to great lengths to convey sympathy for the exclusion of transgenders in the dating field as if it’s merely a social justice issue. This is yet another avenue progressives are using to encourage others to deny biological reality and normalize abnormal behaviors.

Blair explains that she and a colleague asked 1,000 survey participants, “Would you consider as a potential dating partner (check all that apply):

The results showed “87.5% of the participants who were asked this very question only checked off the cisgender options and excluded transgender and non-binary individuals from their hypothetical dating pool.”

Blair explains how important finding love is to happiness. Hardly anyone would disagree with her there. Then she goes on to say, “If very few people are willing to date trans people, what does this mean for their health and well-being? If trans and non-binary people lack access to one of the most stable sources of social support, this could explain some of the existing health disparities within trans communities.”

Instead of analyzing why this might be the case, or what it might say about the transgender movement, Blair immediately assumes trans people are being actively excluded, even discriminated against. Obviously, her logic goes, nearly 900 people are wrong.

Blair also found that “only a very small minority of cisgender, heterosexual individuals (3.1%) were willing to date a trans person, a much greater percentage of individuals who identified as bisexual or queer provided inclusive responses (55%).” However, Blair still seems puzzled at the responses that indicated “individuals were least likely to express an interest in dating trans women, even if their sexual identity would otherwise indicate an interest in women (i.e., straight men, lesbian women, or queer/bisexual individuals).”

Blair didn’t ask why respondents felt disinclined to date transgenders, Perhaps it was never her intention to extrapolate on the data, but I think it’s important to attempt to do so. This data on dating could hold many clues for why so many people struggle with defending the transgender movement.

Duh: Attraction Is About Sex

 

Justice Gorsuch Joins Liberals To Deal Victory For Criminal Defendants

Does this mean there can’t be a difference in punishment between e.g. “Robbery” and “Armed Robbery”?
Okay. Make it one size fits all and keep the stiffer sentencing.
Here’s what’s interesting though. I think this is another indication that Gorsuch is a very much pro individual civil rights kind of Justice. And that could bode well for how he views liberalized RKBA. It is an individual civil right you know.

Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc to deal victory for criminal defendants Monday, striking down a federal law that punishes gun crimes as unconstitutionally vague.

The law at issue authorizes heightened penalties for individuals who use firearms to a commit a “crime of violence.” In dissent, Justice Brett Kavanaugh warned the decision would undermine public safety.

“Only the people’s elected representatives in Congress have the power to write new federal criminal laws,” Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “And when Congress exercises that power, it has to write statutes that give ordinary people fair warning about what the law demands of them.”

“Vague laws transgress both of those constitutional requirements,” Gorsuch added. “They hand off the legislature’s responsibility for defining criminal behavior to unelected prosecutors and judges, and they leave people with no sure way to know what consequences will attach to their conduct.”

Walmart adds AI-powered cameras to more than 1,000 stores to reduce checkout theft, report says

What? You didn’t know that your every move at a Wal-Mart store, including the parking lot,  is on live video and scrutinized in exacting detail?

Walmart is working to reduce checkout theft in more than 1,000 U.S. stores with the help of cameras powered by artificial intelligence

The retailer began investing in the surveillance program, dubbed Missed Scan Detection, several years ago in an effort to combat shrinkage — loss due to several causes including theft, scanning errors, waste and fraud, a Walmart spokeswoman told Business Insider

“Walmart is making a true investment to ensure the safety of our customers and associates,” Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins told the business site. “Over the last three years, the company has invested over half a billion dollars in an effort to prevent, reduce and deter crime in our stores and parking lots.”

“We are continuously investing in people, programs and technology to keep our stores and communities safe,” she added.

The AI-powered cameras were rolled out to more than 1,000 stores about two years ago and the retail giant has seen positive results since then, according to Jenkins, who said shrinkage has reduced in stores where the cameras have been added.

New York City limits on transporting guns eased in effort to get Supreme Court challenge dismissed

They’re doing this in the hope to cut their losses. SCOTUS just might -we hope- use the case to make a broader ruling on RKBA

WASHINGTON – New York City announced Friday it has amended rules restricting where licensed guns can be taken outside the home, a move intended to prompt the Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge from gun rights groups.

The change, posted on a city website without fanfare, allows gun owners to take their firearms to a home, business or shooting range outside city limits. Until now, the city had limited those with possession licenses to seven shooting ranges inside city limits.

G​​​​​​un owners who sought to take their firearms to second homes or shooting ranges outside the city challenged the rules in federal court, but the rules were upheld last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Supreme Court agreed in January to hear the case next fall.

Gun control groups had urged the city to change its rules in hopes a quick surrender would prompt the justices to drop the case. The city’s police department held a public hearing last month on the proposed changes and announced a final rule Friday that will take effect in 30 days.

Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

We need to endevor to keep what happened from fading away into the mists of memory

Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.

The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.

The archivists have uploaded the photos to Flickr.

The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.

Nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Woman claims man she shot was would-be robber

CINCINNATI — A woman said a man was trying to rob her Saturday morning so she shot him in the stomach, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

This happened around 5 a.m. Saturday morning near 3635 Reading Rd. in Avondale. The investigation into the incident shut down Reading Road between Chalfonte Place and Gholson Avenue.

The alleged, would-be robber was taken to the hospital.


Man killed after entering Northeast El Paso apartment to assault resident

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Police have identified the man killed in a Northeast El Paso shooting on Wednesday as Jason Lindsay, 22.

As KTSM previously reported, the call came in at about 11:30 p.m. at the Sand Stone Ranch Apartments located near the intersection of Sean Haggerty and Gateway South.

Police say Lindsay entered an apartment without consent to assault Jonathan Lauture, 21.

According to a news release, Lauture then shot and killed Lindsay in self-defense.


Vandalia Shooting Determined To Be In Self-Defense

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says a Friday night shooting in Vandalia was in self-defense.
Police responded to a home in the 62,000 block of Cass Avenue in Vandalia around 10 p.m. after getting a call that a man had been shot.

Officers gave first aid to 37-year-old James E. Hodges, Jr. and he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He’s listed in critical but stable condition.

Police say their investigation found a 15-year-old boy had shot Hodges in self-defense and in defense of another. No charges are being sought against the 15-year-old at this time.

Reports on the incident will be sent to the Cass County Prosecutor’s office and the case remains under investigation.


 

and on that previous note:
Sen. Menendez introduces legislation to ban silencers in the US

TRENTON –
Gun silencers like the one used in a recent lethal shooting in Virginia Beach would be banned under new legislation that New Jersey U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is introducing.

Menendez unveiled the legislation Friday alongside Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.

New Jersey already bans silencers. But they are lawful in many other states, including neighboring Pennsylvania. The new measure would open a 90-day buyback window for the estimated 1.5 million registered silencers.

The Madcap Caution of Donald Trump

If he doesn’t stop with the gun control double talk/dealing, he may still win re-election, but it won’t be pretty.

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal.

The episode is another indication of the underlying modesty — not a very Trumpian word — of the administration.

For a while, the Obama doctrine was, “Don’t do stupid stuff.” The Trump team has built out the doctrine to “Privately consider and sometimes openly threaten stupid stuff, but at the end of the day, don’t do it (usually).”

For now, he can plausibly make a reelection pitch that, despite what you might have gathered, he’s been a steward of a country enjoying markedly good times.

Histrionics, Hysteria and Joe Biden. Will the Democratic Party banish its democratic instincts?

Answer = What (small d) democratic instincts is he referring to? They’re a bunch of tyrants in one form or another. But as long as the demoncraps keep this internecine warfare going, the longer they’ll be ineffectual except for shooting themselves in the feet.
Maybe they’ll work their way up to their heads.

 

The same people who think it’s a good idea to maintain an open line to foreign enemies apparently now believe it’s appalling for Biden to have observed collegial norms with fellow Democrats. The author Ta-Nehisi Coates went so far as to call it “a secondary endorsement, as crazy as it sounds, of Jim Crow,” on the theory that Biden’s civility meant making his peace with a racist system.

In fact, Biden made no such peace; all the landmark civil-rights legislation was passed well before he arrived in the Senate in 1973. He simply dealt with the Congress as he found it and looked for opportunities to be constructive and consequential rather than destructive and obnoxious. That is now his brand as a presidential candidate, and it’s what his critics find so objectionable: How dare he try to work with his opponents instead of seeking to shun or annihilate them?

These same critics have also ripped Biden for saying a kind word about Mike Pence and Michigan Republican Fred Upton (the latter for advancing legislation for treatment of pediatric cancer). The goal isn’t simply to discredit Biden as generationally out-of-touch or too politically clubby or insufficiently transformational or otherwise gaffe-prone. It’s to rid the party of compromisers of any sort — that is, to purge the Democratic Party of its democratic instincts.

All of this is evidence of what psychologist Pamela Paresky calls the “apocalyptic” approach to politics that increasingly typifies today’s progressivism. “It is an apocalyptic view, not a liberal one, that rejects redemption and forgiveness in favor of condemnation and excommunication,” she writes in Psychology Today. “It is an apocalyptic perspective, not a liberal one, that sees the world as needing to be destroyed and replaced rather than improved and perfected.”

Democrat-Controlled Gadsden County (FL) Schools To Arm Teachers

Gadsden County, Florida is a Democrat-run, Hillary Clinton-loving, minority majority community in Florida’s rural panhandle…and has decided to follow common sense and arm their teachers.

To put things in perspective, Gadsden County last voted for a Republican in 1972 for Richard Nixon. In 1984, they were the only county in the state to vote against Ronald Reagan and again in 1988 against George H.W. Bush.

Courtesy – Wikipedia

You would think that with Gadsden County being such a Democrat hotbed that they’d follow the party line and oppose arming teachers in the county’s schools. Apparently the Gadsden County School board really does believe in their mission statement — putting children first.

Richard Corcoran, former Speaker of the House and current Florida Department of Education Commissioner gave a statement to WTXL News of Tallahassee.

“Florida’s students and parents have rightfully demanded increased security measures, and this is another example of education leaders responding to the call. There are cowards who prey on our schools, and with each new district who takes advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their students, the State of Florida is sending a message that we are united in protecting our state’s future generations,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.

Moulton: We Should Debate Whether Handgun Ownership Should Be Allowed

Idea – Lead Balloon/ Presidential Campaign – same same

Rep. Seth Moulton (demoncrap, Masshole.), a Demoncrapic presidential candidate, said there should be a debate in the United States about whether ownership of handguns should be permitted during an interview with the New York Times.

The New York Times asked Moulton and other candidates whether anyone would own handguns in an ideal world.

“In an ideal world, we would not have weapons of war on our streets,” Moulton began.

Moulton added that assault rifles should be outlawed.

Moulton’s campaign has failed to gain traction, and he did not qualify for the first Democratic debate in Miami next week.

Dad shoots, kills teen gunman who shot his 15-year-old son

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit police are investigating a shooting on the city’s southwest side. According to police, a teen attempted to rob a 15-year-old and shot him in the process. The father then shot the teen gunman.

The incident happened Thursday evening in the 20400 block of Honorah.

According to a preliminary investigation, a 15-year-old attempted to rob another 15-year-old. The attempted robber then shot the 15-year-old victim.

The father of the victim, a 36-year-old man, then fatally shot the 15-year-old alleged robber.

His son was transported to a local hospital where his condition is unknown.

Will We Protect Our Children in School?

In the long run, we get the results we plan for. We wear a seatbelt when we drive because we won’t have time to put the seatbelt on the second before an accident. We have insurance when we drive so we can financially and medically recover if someone runs into us. Saying that bad things shouldn’t happen isn’t a workable plan. That is why I’m angry at people who say we shouldn’t protect our kids at school.

For the last twenty years we’ve seen mad men murdering our children because the crazy person wanted to get their name in the news. Why has there been even a single mass murder in a church or school after the murders in Columbine two decades ago? Let’s ask the uncomfortable questions while we have time. We can and should save our children, but some people disagree.

Protecting our students sends the wrong message.
Do you vaccinate your kids? Do you take your children to the doctor when they are sick, or do you tell your children that disease is ugly and shouldn’t exist? I think that protecting our children sends the message we love them.

Guns are evil and it’s the gun’s fault.
If we think guns are evil, then why do we protect our politicians and judges with guns? Why do we protect politician’s children with guns? I think we should stop bad people before they hurt our innocent children.

We should protect our children even though some people can’t imagine evil.

I’ve met people who said they could never hurt someone else. Why should our children suffer because a few people don’t want to be bothered with their own defense?

Ordinary people do a good job of stopping the bad guy. When they are present, armed citizens stop or reduce the severity of mass murder attacks 95 percent of the time. We have never seen an armed civilian shoot an innocent victim during a mass murder attack.

Should we leave our students unprotected because of a safety concern
that never happened?

My friend Ed Monk studied public violence. We’ve had up to a hundred people shot if we wait for the police to end the threat. Having an armed defender close enough to hear or see the attack drops the number of victims to single digits. The armed defender saves dozens of lives..or more. We know that works.

“What is an acceptable number of dead and wounded victims to have
while waiting for police to arrive?” -Ed Monk

Despite the fantasy of crazy teachers shooting their kids, we don’t have a reported instance where an armed member of a school security team accidentally shot a student while at work. We haven’t seen it even though armed and trained school staff came to school thousands of times.

We need the armed defenders near the victims when the shooting starts. We can put hundreds of armed-volunteer school staff in place for the price of a single school resource officer.

How should we protect our children?

Plastic “No Guns” signs don’t save lives. Extending “gun-free zones” from the school doors out to 1000 feet from the edge of school property doesn’t save lives. Disarming the honest moms and dads who drop off their kids in the school parking lot doesn’t save lives. Those are the quack-cures of public safety. These false solutions have gotten our kids killed. Maybe they sounded like a good idea at one point, but they failed the test of time.

Our children’s safety is too important to leave to politicians and the press. Let’s do what works.

Liberals’ National Popular Vote Scheme Is Unconstitutional and Dangerous

As of now, fourteen states have passed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), which attempts to eliminate the Electoral College as set forth in the United States Constitution. There have been many good articles written about the legality of interstate compacts to achieve the desired National Popular Vote goals. The author does not need to rehash all of those problems but believes that there are three additional ways that the NPVIC is both unconstitutional and dangerous.

Constitutional Flaw #1: Non-Republican Form of Government

Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution says in part that “[t]he United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” The United States is a constitutional republic, where people elect their senators and representatives at the national level. At the state level, this is copied by every state except for Nebraska, which has a unique unicameral Legislature. A Republican form of government, by its definition, means that people elect representatives to represent them in running the government. This is done so that the people are not encumbered with the daily operations and voting to run the state or federal government.

A fundamental problem with the NPVIC is that it is inherently not a republican form of government for a specific state to select that state’s Electors. Once a state Legislature decides to ask its citizens their preference through a popular vote, there must be a rational basis as to how the vote of the state’s citizens is used to select that state’s electors. It is not rational that the people’s decision could be overruled by the votes of citizens of unrelated states. The following comparison is between two states in the NPVIC who are at the extremes of the Popular Vote Range for the 2016 election…………….

In the 13 presidential elections that the author can remember, he has felt emotions ranging from being thrilled, being happy, being worried, and being disgusted with the results.  Since we live in a great country, where honest Americans can have different views, the author is sure that many people felt differently.  Unfortunately, the fact that someone doesn’t like who wins specific elections is no excuse for trying to dramatically change the genius of our presidential election system.  This paper shows how the NPVIC would not only be unconstitutional in three key ways, but would potentially be dangerous to our nation.