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New Mass Shooting, More Gunning for Our 2nd Amendment

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Another day, another mass shooting. This time it happened in a Boulder, CO grocery store. Go, media—do what you do best. Whip us all up into a gun-control, finger-pointing frenzy. Someone says white supremacist. What do you do? Run with it or verify first? You run with it like you mean it.

Why verify anything when you can push your preferred party’s narrative? The plan is to fire away with the intellectually lazy, ideology-driven lie—mass shooters are almost always gun-loving, Second Amendment-worshiping white supremacists.

After hours of hand wringing and keyboard jabbing, you learn the white supremacist is called Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. He’s from Syria and is a Muslim. Hold the presses. Retool the story to … got it. Shift the narrative to racism, but be careful—when it comes to a religion of peace, tread carefully, unless it’s Christianity.

Journalism is dead. Left-leaning writers and editors sacrificed it four years ago. Now they seem to consider it their duty to frame the news to fit ideological preferences—even if it means sacrificing any vestiges of objectivity left over after four years of resistance to Donald Trump.

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Since the Boulder shooting, journalists, pundits and Twitter Leftists have been in full assault mode. According to them, the NRA has more blood on their hands. So does the GOP for resisting the necessary destruction of the Second Amendment. F your thoughts and prayers, you bigots—we need legislation, not God.

Newsflash: Ahmad is the murderer, not the NRA or GOP or white Americans who own guns. We’re all outraged, hurting and saddened by yet another tragic mass shooting. Claiming the moral high ground and blaming the other side is reactionary, thoughtless and despicable.

Assault weapons bans, gun-free zones, closing loopholes in background checks—it’s all on the table. Chipping away at the Second Amendment is the plan. By the way, does anyone seriously think armed criminals care one whit about gun-free zones? The truth is that gun-free zones put people in danger and empower criminals. Why? Because guns aren’t evil—people are.

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Misfires

Let’s talk about assault rifles—or more accurately, semiautomatic rifles that fire one round per trigger pull (just like handguns). I can see how shooting one would be fun at the range. And I once preferred that citizens not match firepower with law enforcement or the National Guard. But now that our military leaders and guardsmen are being used by the party in power, a well-armed citizenry may be necessary to prevent tyranny.

Let’s get real—guns are not the problem. They don’t run down the street shooting people. They’re designed to be used by good people to protect other good people. Should we limit their use? Absolutely. Here’s how:

Let’s make it more dangerous for criminals to use them and less difficult for law-abiding citizens to keep them. Consider Texas. It’s easier for Texans to buy and use guns than for Californians to do so. Which state has a gun control problem? In the Good Ol’ Days when commonsense gun ownership and respect for the Second Amendment prevailed, mass shootings were exceedingly rare. What changed?

We changed. Our culture changed. Our laws changed. Expectations of personal responsibility and accountability were co-opted by nanny-state policies. Do we really think more gun control is the answer? For decades we had little or no gun control and yet suffered a tiny fraction of the gun violence that now plagues our nation. How will more gun control address the root causes of our violence problem?

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Sadly, the problem is within us; it’s within our devolving culture. For example, one side vilifies law enforcement. How can making their jobs to protect and serve us more difficult help curb violence in our streets? We’re all outraged and fed up with the senseless slaughter. Let’s solve the problem together.

No more grandstanding, blame-gaming, finger-pointing and moral high grounding. People are dying. We must do something to stop the slaughter. On that, there’s no disagreement. We simply disagree on how best to do it.

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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America’s Accountability Crisis

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Accountability used to matter and should matter now more than ever. We hear the complaints from average Americans expecting authorities to uphold the rule of law: “It’s a revolving door for criminals; they’re in and out the same day!” “If they don’t have to pay off their student loans, why should I?” “How come some get special treatment?”

Responsible students and their parents paying the bills are wondering why graduation ceremonies are being canceled because of a few hundred irresponsible demonstrators. Responsible students want to fulfill their dream of a college graduation in front of their proud family and friends.

Now, at times violent and destructive anti-Israel demonstrators are demanding amnesty for their actions. In America, demonstrators certainly have the right to take a stand for their views. It’s another matter entirely to attack police officers, destroy university property, or threaten to kill anyone because of their race, religion, or politics. Coming with the right to demonstrate, comes the corresponding responsibility to endure the consequences for their actions.

Thankfully, some university administrators are taking steps to hold students responsible. Even with many liberal faculty criticizing his response, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced that he remains committed to using facial-recognition technology to identify those who carried out violent attacks: “To that end, inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Safety Officer Rick Braziel is leading a law enforcement investigation to identify the perpetrators of the violence and hold them to account. The LAPD has committed a detective to assist in our investigative efforts, and we have also connected with the FBI about possible assistance. We have spoken to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón to solicit his help in ensuring that the instigators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Rhode Island School of Design president, Crystal Williams, had had enough. She confronted the demonstrators on campus requiring them to undergo a “restorative justice process.” They had to return the occupied space to its original condition and have constructive dialogue with the students negatively impacted. If they did not honor her deadline to leave their encampment, those remaining would face expulsion. Faced with strong leadership, the students complied.

Senators Marco Rubio and Representative August Pfluger have written, “The First Amendment guarantees every American the right to free speech, but no one has the right to destroy private property, trespass illegally, or attack innocent people. This is why college administrators are justified in disbanding anti-Israel protests-turned-riots by force. We can and should, however, go one step further: we should deport the non-Americans who have participated in these riots.”

In short, criminal demonstrators should face consequences and not be rewarded with amnesty. But our crisis in accountability goes beyond how we respond to the demonstrations in support of Hamas. When you do any crime, you should be responsible to do the time. The failure to face consequences just encourages more crime. It’s time to end the revolving door for any criminal and return to requiring bail in order to be released. Violators should be charged and know that those charges will remain on their record.

The crisis of accountability goes beyond how we handle crime. Students should be responsible for the loans they incur in securing a degree. They signed the loan; it’s their debt to pay. President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional practice of forgiving student loan debt for some in hopes of securing their vote strikes at the core of our shared values. Why should anyone pay off their debt? In fact, why doesn’t Biden forgive our mortgage debt, our credit card debt, or our medical debts?

Aristotle took a stand for accountability when he wrote, “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” There is a cost to the failure to hold people accountable. That cost is our very freedom.

John Locke observed, “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.”

Society functions because everyone is required to play by the same rules. When rules are not enforced, when criminals are set free instead of being held accountable, and when some citizens are given special treatment, we put our republic in jeopardy. In November, take a stand for accountability. Return Republicans to office with every vote you make.

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