Democrats voting in opposition to background checks. A Presidential temper tantrum on live TV. A Hitler parody video that sums it all up. Priceless!
Dear Benghazi Survivors,
I know that there must be around thirty of you, if you are still alive. I hope that you are all still okay and that those who were injured are healing. I am asking one of you, or perhaps more than that, to come forward and let us all know what really happened in Benghazi.
If you have been threatened to stay quiet, or not reveal who you are, that is understandable. I can’t offer you protection or safety; but I will tell you that if you have been threatened, it will be only a matter of time before you are “taken care of”. You see, you are a loose end.
If you have been offered money to keep quiet, I can tell you that it will eat at your heart. And you probably will not live a happy life, knowing in your mind that you hid the truth for money.
I will tell you that having peace of mind will bring you more joy than money. The only path to obtaining peace within is knowing in your heart that you did the right thing. Avenge the death of Ambassador Stevens and the rest of your friends, coworkers, and brethren by coming forward.
I know that it will be hard to do. It is sometimes not easy to do the right thing, or to tell the truth. It could bring down the Presidency and maybe even alter the next Presidential election. But it will be worth it to your soul because deep down inside of you, there is a desire to come forward. I know it would be for me if I were in your shoes, saw what you saw, and lived what you lived through. I know that I would be scared to do so, but I know that my family would support me. I know that my country would support me. I know that there is a way; you just need to find it. Maybe a Senator or Congressman can help you.
We know that David Ubben is one of you; he was mentioned in the early reports and has been one of you who have been identified publicly. I pray each night that he will heal from his injuries and have the courage to come forward and speak to the events on that night.
I know that Sean Smith’s mother is searching for answers and that she has been told to stop. But like any mother, I know she will not. She deserves answers. If the government won’t give them to her, it only leaves you.
I pray each night for your safety, that no accident will befall upon you, and that you will acknowledge the importance of the truth. Only you can be the bearer of that truth. We all know that it wasn’t a spontaneous protest. We know that you asked for help. We know that you were left to die by those you are protecting.
Please come forward.
I keep waiting for someone who knows what they are doing to investigate, look at the numbers and do some simple math. Since no one has, here is what I have been able to come up with based on “what has been reported thus far”. Most government contracting includes statements like, up to, which means that they can request more of an item over the period of the contract, but not the full amount if they don’t need that many. Most of the purchases are for a five year period, which means that they are not getting it all right away.
Since 2004, the number of Federal Agents has increased by about 30-40% to somewhere around 120,000 agents employed under about 70 Federal Departments. It is estimated that about 90,000 of these are under DHS. These are Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) and include NOAA, SS, FWP, ICE, FPS, ATF, and just about all the alphabet soup entities of the federal government whose primary purpose is enforcement. It is a lot. However, 1.6 Billion rounds divided by 120,000 agents it is still 13,333 rounds per LEO.
Each LEO has to “qualify” at the range with any weapon that they carry on duty, twice a year. The standard qualification includes various shooting positions, magazine changes, and reloads, and hitting targets at various distances. Standard run of the mill street cops carry a side arm, rifle, and shotgun.
One of the departments that were folded into DHS is the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. It was originally under the Treasury Department. It operates four training centers in the United States and at least two outside. A statement by FLETC is that they use around 15 million rounds a year. This ammo is for all Federal Agents under DHS and the LEOs that work for say, the IRS or Social Security. FLETC also provides training for state and local LEOs that are outside of the aforementioned. It is unclear whether the 15 million rounds per year statement includes all of the training centers, or just the main one, in Georgia, a 1600 acre complex with multiple ranges and even a small town to simulate urban warfare, I mean urban LEO scenarios.
So if each of the FLETC locations uses 15 million rounds a year, which is a stretch, and there are at least six that we know of, a conservative estimate for all training using all three weapons, could be as high as 450 million rounds. That leaves approximately 1.2 billion rounds to be distributed to 120,000 LEOs in the field of operation. Or around 10,000 rounds per LEO.
So how much ammo is distributed to each LEO to carry in the field and how much is kept in reserve at each local office? Well we all know that every LEO in the field already has ammo, and each field office already has a stockpile, what are the additional 10,000 rounds per LEO for? That is an additional 2,000 rounds per year over the five year period.
It is still a staggering amount. A typical run of the mill police officer carries a loaded weapon and two magazines on their person, which if it is a high capacity firearm; that is around 45 rounds for the side arm. Probably another 200 rounds exist in the vehicle as immediate resupply. The rifle is usually a short magazine of 20 rounds and there are at least two loaded mags in the vehicle and probably another couple hundred rounds of immediate resupply. The shotgun is going to hold around eight rounds and another six or so with the weapon and another couple of boxes of various type of shotgun ammo, buck shot, slugs, and less lethal rounds in the car, let’s call that a conservative 80 rounds. So the total per officer is going to be around 600 rounds per officer and officer vehicle. That equals a total resupply rate of 3.3 times per year per officer which is a LOT of shooting, given that most LEOs never fire there weapon during their entire career.
Bottom line, the numbers don’t add up anyway you look at them. They simply cannot use that much ammo, nor do they need that much ammo for their normal enforcement activity.
What exactly is nullification? We generally hear the term when a jury decides to nullify a criminal prosecution by acquitting an obviously guilty defendant. Most prominently the O.J. Simpson verdict probably typifies the term. Nullification is now a growing topic in states moving forward legislation for the purpose of nullifying Federal Law and the overreach of Federal Government.
Being the gun packing, Bible clinging extremist that I am, I attended a Day of Resistance Rally to see what it was all about. It was 23 degrees outside with a steady 20mph wind from the northeast, which made for a chilly rally. Snowberms pushed up around the edges of the parking lot provided little protection from the bitter wind, but still, somewhere between 150 and 223 people braved the cold and stood in solidarity for the right to keep and bear arms. The first speaker, the mayor of the town, spoke about nullification. He began by talking about how the states had essentially nullified the national ID law or the federal Real ID law by enacting their own laws. He went on to speak about current State legislation being considered and the principles of state’s rights and the overreach of the Federal Government.
My state representatives recently introduced a law intending to protect citizen’s Second Amendment rights from the Federal Government. The controversy surrounding the legislation (Alaska HB69) was whether State and local law enforcement can arrest and charge Federal agents for enforcing Federal law contrary to State law. Wow, what a mouthful. The liberal left claims that the law is unconstitutional because of the supremacy clause, while the sponsor says they are making a statement and they don’t really care what the federal government thinks.
At this point I wish I had been taught more about the Constitution in high school or was that the plan all along? Is the constitution so complex, and the framework and purpose of our Federal Government so unimportant, that it is not taught in school? Was I not paying attention? Taking the right classes? Why do I know so little about this? I felt liked someone just smacked me with a stupid stick.
While this topic isn’t new, many people do not really understand this concept of nullification. I certainly didn’t. So off to the internet I went and I found some really interesting stuff. First of all, the States individually came together and created the federal government through the Constitution, which was written to LIMIT the power of the Federal Government. Ok, that alone blew my mind. The other main principle that I came away with is that the Federal Government does not really have the power to do what they do. They have basically high jacked principles such as the Commerce Clause to regulate all sorts of things, including firearms.
So how are states nullifying Federal Law and which ones? Probably the best publicized in the non MSM is the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act that provides authority to the Federal Government to indefinitely detain U.S citizens and other unconstitutionalities. Then there is the Privacy Protection Act (anti drones), Obama Care (Oklahoma is doing this), Second Amendment Protection Act (a bunch of states surrounding Colorado are pushing this one), and other states are processing legislation to do a lot of things that is making the central planners unhappy.
The left wing central government politicians are calling all of this 10th Amendment State’s rights nullification talk “craziness”. I found out that State nullification of Federal Government over reach has been happening for a while, since about 1798 in opposition to the Alien and Sedition Act and in the 1850’s to nullify the Fugitive Slave Act.
Who doesn’t remember the Carter years and the national 55 mph speed limits? For those of you under age 40, the Carter Administration imposed a 55 mph national speed limit and any state that did not comply, didn’t receive Federal highway money. States eventually said screw you to that, and now we have liberalized, locally controlled speed limits. Pure craziness it is, but just as the Feds tried to limit the speed at which we traveled, they are attempting to control every aspect of our lives. From education, property, self protection, and health care, it is all at risk. I kid you not, tyranny is upon us. We have but just one election cycle to correct the trend of this tyranny.
To read more about nullification check out my new BFF KrisAnne Hall’s article that inspired this one.
KrisAnne Hall posted this video of her participation in a town hall style forum that was broadcast on a social media channel. I admit that I have never heard of her before last night. I ran across this video on social media and had to find out some bio on her (you know, just what kind of nut is this?) It appears that she just might be a voice in the wilderness that needs to be elevated to higher office.
Why do the progressives want to disarm America? It is about power and control. They seek to prevent man from living free, subjecting man to an existence that serves them rather than serving God. Standing in their way is the Constitution, a pesky little document written a few hundred years ago that tells them that they are not God, but are subjugated to Him. They do not like that one bit.
The Constitution is the pillar of inalienable rights, equally holding up a granite roof of tyrannical evil. If a pillar is damaged or removed, the whole roof will come down on top of the free people. Progressives, Marxists, or whatever you want to call them are vehemently attacking the Constitution from all sides. Have you ever seen such anti-Constitutional rhetoric?
Many people may ask why the freedom to own firearms is so important. What is the relationship between God, Guns, and the Constitution? Government has tried to remove God from every aspect of society. It has won many battles and has infringed on the freedom to worship, wherever and whenever we please. They want to take our guns, take our God, and rid themselves of the Constitutional constraints that keep them from taking our lives.
The government, no matter how tyrannical and oppressive, will never extract faith or love from a person’s soul.
Firearms manufacturers and suppliers are pushing back on the infringement of freedom. This is not a political ploy or a gimmick to increase sales; it is to save them from ultimate demise. They understand that their business depends on buyers, specifically private buyers. They are making the ultimate argument for the Second Amendment: if the people cannot possess the same weaponry as the government, tyranny will ensue. Some have vowed to cease sales to government agencies in states like New York, which just passed extreme restrictions on rifles and magazine capacities.
York Arms announced Thursday that it will cancel orders to any government or law enforcement agency inside New York State. York is located in Buxton Maine and is a manufacture of AR-15 rifle components and suppressors. A host of suppliers and manufacturers posted press releases on their web sites and Facebook pages indicating their new policy of not selling to law enforcement in states, cities, or government jurisdictions that have passed weapons or magazine restrictions, such as New York State.
Grass Roots North Carolina has joined in the fray supporting the manufacturers by posting the email addresses of government and law enforcement sales directors for Smith & Wesson, Glock, and Sig Sauer, encouraging its members to email the three handgun suppliers of the NYPD and ask them to implement similar policies.
The Colorado anti-gun Democrat-controlled House held a voice vote approving legislation to limit magazine capacity to 15 rounds. Town Hall reports that if the legislation passes next week, it could cost the state 600 manufacturing jobs. While some Democrats admit that magazine limitations will do little to stop gun violence, they are moving ahead with an official vote to make a statement. Magpul and Alfred Manufacturing have pledged to relocate if the bill becomes law.
Some of these manufacturers may not be far behind III ARMS’ concept of manufacturing communities in states that are more respectful of citizens’ rights. III Arms announced a few months ago that it was looking to build a walled community in Benewah County, Idaho to eventually house its manufacturing.
Suppliers and manufacturers understand where their bread is being buttered. They will be looking to exit states such as Colorado, California, and New York to name a few. Governments in Idaho, Texas, and Alaska should be sharpening their pencils in order to attract these companies and their jobs.
If the liberals win this battle over our Second Amendment freedom, how many years will it be before they name an elementary school after Adam Lanza? This is the turning point. Our freedom and the Constitution all hang on this debate. If we lose this argument, the rest of our rights will erode at warp speed.
If we lose the debate, the liberal gun grabbers will point to Adam Lanza as the turning point that gave them the public support needed to pass the most restrictive gun control measures ever. He will be their hero. They will name an elementary school after him, just like the school district in Salinas, California named one for Tiburcio Vasquez, who was a notorious California bandit in the late 19th century.
Vasquez only killed about six people and was described, at that time, as California’s most notorious bandit. He was hanged for murder in 1875. Since he robbed and killed in the name of social justice and fought the oppression of a “white” system of laws, he is described by school officials as sort of a hero to the Mexican-American community. Did his crimes revolutionize Southern California? No.
So why am I making this connection? Adam Lanza, unwittingly, has done more for the leftist gun control crowd than any other person could do. Anyone who watched the Presidential debates saw that there was no commitment from either candidate to push for more gun control. Saturday Night Live even humorously reenacted the “no” responses to the gun control question. The sad thing is that this horrific tragedy has been hijacked by the gun control activists. It makes me angry at those who seek to profit politically from the suffering of others, using this horrific event to further their agenda.
While we mourn the Sandy Hook massacre, we should also mourn the moral and ethical decay that lead to such a horrific event. I place the blame squarely at the feet of the progressive politicians, liberal judges, social activists, and political correctness; I do not blame an object that cannot control itself.
We treat society’s issues with kid gloves and tell them their pain is someone else’s fault. Their childhood, their mother, or their father caused them to feel this way. Instead of teaching children that life is not fair, we lie to them and tell them that it is. We tell them that they are special and that society owes them something. We teach them that God doesn’t exist and that we evolved from pond scum. We give their life no purpose or meaning. Then we give them a pill or a bunch of pills to help them cope when their despair and delusions manifest into conditions we call mental health issues.
Instead of having hearings on gun violence, we should be having hearings on mental health. Bring in the professionals and sit them down in front of a panel and have them discuss why it is that their profession is turning so many people with mental health issues into murdering lunatics. Have them answer how they intend to change what they are doing to protect the public, instead of the public having to testify and fight for their right of protection.
Instead of pushing for regulations on objects that keep society free and protected, let’s investigate the liberalized and politically correct mental health system that failed the citizens of Sandy Hook. Let’s investigate the use of all these drugs that have the side effect of suicidal tendencies. Let’s insure that people taking these medications are supervised so they don’t murder themselves or others.
Next, we need to sit down the school administrators and tell them that a paper gun, a finger, or an imaginary grenade thrown to save the world will not harm anyone. It will not incite violence in the kindergarten lunch line. It is just children playing and using their imagination, something that should be encouraged and not stifled. How do you play cops and robbers without even an imaginary gun? How about saving the world from aliens without an imaginary grenade?
Unfortunately, Connecticut has not had time to properly grieve their loss. Yet we must defend our rights while people still mourn. We must respect their loss while pushing back on those who choose to exploit their pain for political gain. It is a fine line to walk, respectful but steadfast. I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but the battle lines have been drawn. We don’t need the CDC to study gun violence; we need them to study mental health and the drugs used in treatment. We need our school officials to exercise common sense and good judgment instead of overreacting, which just confuses everyone who has not had their head filled with anti-gun, anti-American goo.
The liberal progressives’ goal is to abolish the 2nd Amendment. When they say the opposite, they lie, just like President Obama did in the debate. There are also useful idiots who are drinking the gun grabbers’ Kool-Aid and will attempt to come to some sort of compromise, for the good of the citizenry. Make no mistake about it; the progressives intend to abolish all firearm ownership. They intend to accomplish their goal by any means necessary. If they succeed, the government will have total power; and tyranny will ensue.
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