First, here is a quick word about the California fires:
President Trump is correct. These fires are a direct result of modern-day environmentalism. These burning forests are in relatively dry climates; they are made up of flammable pine trees like Douglas firs; and the forests are not being cleared, thinned or otherwise ‘managed’. The trees, both alive and dead, build up a huge amount of fuel to burn.
For no cost to taxpayers loggers could make a profit thinning these forests and “managing” them and reducing the fire risk. A very scientific and accurate management plan can be drawn up for every forest.
But loggers are banned from most California forests by ‘green’ policies.
In areas of chaparral the problem is worse. Chaparral is the shrub that is burning ferociously on the outskirts of Los Angeles where the movie stars live. Chaparral is an open, dense shrub growth that can reach 10 feet tall or more and is defined on Wikipedia like this:
Chaparral is a shrubland or heathland plant community found primarily in the US state of California and in the northern portion of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. … Mature chaparral (stands that have survived for greater intervals between fires) is characterized by nearly impenetrable, dense thickets (except the more open chaparral of the desert). These plants are highly flammable during the late summer and autumn months when conditions are characteristically hot and dry.
Where you see whole mountainsides of chaparral, there is potential disaster. This chaparral burns like tinder if it catches fire either accidentally, by arson or by lightning. If there is dry chaparral near a house, the owner can face really bad things.
But the people in California continue to live in areas with chaparral. Gee, wouldn’t you think that California ‘greenies’ would stay away from such areas naturally?
Now here is today’s main commentary:
Mass Shootings come from the Democrat Left
The murders at the Thousand Oaks bar in California by a deranged Marine veteran, and the Las Vegas massacre of October 2017 have one common link – the targets were conservative “country” music fans.
This is alarming news and it is no surprise. It is a culmination of decades of negative coverage in the Fake News media of rural white Americans and of those people who like ‘country’ music, who are virtually all white and generally conservative.
These Americans are relentlessly portrayed as racists and ingrates and thus they become easy target for lunatics. President Trump’s supporters are often called brainless, toothless hillbillies.
It is time to call out this blatant racism by the media as the time has come to call out the same media for their incessantly violent TV shows and films.
The unsolved nature of the Las Vegas massacre adds to the mystery. We will never know how those killings were prepared for and carried out, but someone surely does.
Here are the reasons that we are seeing all of these mass gun killings like the high-school murders in Florida and Texas last Winter and Spring; like the synagogue murders in Pittsburgh before the election; and like the recent Thousand Oaks bar murders in California. All of these reasons emanate from the Democrat left:
Liberals and Democrats have a “solution” to every problem and that “solution” is always a piece of government legislation.
For instance they claim that we are going to end poverty by signing a government bill to give away more taxpayer money. Or that we are going to save the earth by signing a bill to subsidize windmills and solar panels and electric cars. Or that we are going to create millions of jobs with taxpayer handouts.
Democrats then take all the credit for “solving” the problem even though their “solution” never works for the overall good but only benefits small groups of people like the ones who make profits selling and installing solar panels.
Now Democrats are insisting that we can solve the crisis of gun violence by signing tougher gun-control measures into law even though the National Rifle Association reports more than 20,000 laws already on the books.
But if it were so easy to make the world better through government action then communist nations with total control over all of their people would be able to solve every problem from violence to poverty and would have ideal societies, as they claim they can in theory.
Unfortunately we know that every problem is vastly worse in communist nations including mass violence from the governments themselves.
Now consider the situation in America with guns to see the truth:
*Chicago has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation but also has one of the highest rates of violence using guns – virtually all illegal – almost exclusively in its poor black neighborhoods where the people vote 99% for the Democrat agenda which favors strict gun control.
*Crime rates, including with guns, are vastly lower in small-town and rural areas where the white citizens are conservative, where they own many legal guns and where they support the 2nd Amendment because they understand what it means.
*Americans have been migrating by the tens of millions over the last 50 years to states like Texas which have some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. These Americans have been fleeing liberal cities and states with tough gun laws. This proves that there is no connection whatsoever between gun restrictions and personal well-being. In fact the reverse appears to be true.
*Illegal immigrants, and legal immigrants too, continue to pour into the United States by the millions despite the fact that we are the only nation in the world with a 2nd Amendment specifically protecting gun ownership.
Ironically the people who welcome hordes of illegal immigrants are the same Democrats who are warning us that our nation is far too dangerous because of the 2nd Amendment.
Shouldn’t they be warning immigrants to stay away from our ‘dangerous’ nation?
Yes. It gets worse. The same liberals then seek to totally cover up the tidal wave of crime committed by illegal immigrants including gun crimes, rape, drug dealing, assault and murder.
So let’s look at some numbers:
*We often hear the canard that “Europe is peaceful” and that the United States is violent because of guns.
Yet between 1900 and 1950 a total of 100 million Europeans died in war and genocide in World War I, World War II, the Russian communist genocide by dictator Stalin, the Albanian Christian genocide by the muslim Turks, Hitler’s war and genocide on his countrymen and neighbors, and other incidents of mass murder and civil war.
The whole European continent was heavily damaged twice over and the lives of hundreds of millions of survivors were disrupted or outright ruined in the two world wars.
And we know that mass murderers like Hitler and Stalin did not allow their citizens to freely own guns. No chance.
*In the same period of 1900 to 1950 the number of Americans killed in domestic war and genocide was zero. Our nation was not destroyed twice over. And thus Nikitas3.com will take America over Europe any day, along with our freedoms and our 2nd Amendment.
It is our strong Constitution along with the private ownership of guns granted in that Constitution that stops the government from dominating the people and killing them by the tens of millions. Adolph Hitler had no such brakes on his power. Neither did communist Stalin or communist Mao Tse Tung in China under whose rule a reported 60 million Chinese were murdered directly or indirectly by the government.
*When you hear about 38,658 gun deaths in 2016 in the US it is important to remember that 22,938 were suicides by gun.
*Many of the non-suicide gun deaths (15,720 total) represent good people using guns to kill bad people, which is a good thing (see facts further down). These events are never reported by the Fake News media.
*Many thousands of the victims who are murdered with guns – perhaps as many as half – are evil people involved in illegal and destructive activity like drug dealing. Their deaths should not necessarily be mourned.
*Most gun murders are committed by evil people and criminals using illegally obtained guns. Many of these criminals are well known to police and the courts, but are allowed to roam free despite extensive criminal histories, including violence. This comes out of the 1960s soft-on-crime attitude from the political left. Therefore our liberal justice system is to blame for many thousands of gun killings every year.
*No National Rifle Association members that Nikitas3.com knows of have committed crimes using guns.
*We have a 2nd Amendment since one of the most fundamental of the “God given” rights we have under ‘natural law’ is the right to defend yourself.
You may think that this is just common sense but throughout history most people have had few ways to defend themselves if attacked by another person, or worse, by their government. Guns give you a very effective way to defend yourself, particularly if your government turns against you.
Think of it this way: If a burglar is deciding whether to break into House A or House B, and House A has a car in the driveway with a National Rifle Association bumper sticker and House B has a car with an Audubon Society bumper sticker, obviously the criminal will choose House B.
If the people of Germany had been armed, Hitler may have been stopped.
On the other hand, anti-gun liberals never want us to know about the huge number of crimes prevented by the brandishing or use of a gun. Forbes.com reports:
The numbers of defensive gun uses (DGUs) each year is controversial. But one study ordered by the CDC and conducted by The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council reported that, “Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence”:
Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
Another study estimates there are 1,029,615 DGUs per year “for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere” excluding “military service, police work, or work as a security guard,” (within the range of the National Academies’ paper), yielding an estimate of 162,000 cases per year where someone “almost certainly would have been killed” if they “had not used a gun for protection.”
So if the 15,720 non-suicide gun deaths in 2016 are compared against 162,000 lives saved by guns, then gun ownership is a massive plus by a factor of more than 10. This is a figure you will never see in the Fake News media.
The Daily Caller reports:
Defensive gun use (DGU) happens more regularly in the United States than gun crimes, according to data the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) never publicized.
Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck has been arguing that point for a quarter of a century, saying that his own research led him to believe that DGU was far more prevalent than gun-control advocates claim.
The CDC’s data, collected a few years after Kleck’s survey, appears to corroborate his findings, Reason.com reported. The question asked in the CDC survey addressed the use or threatened use of a firearm to deter a crime. “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”
Kleck, upon reviewing the CDC’s data, noted just how close it came to mirroring his own.
The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.
Again, if there are millions more crimes, and possibly murders, stopped by guns than committed using guns then guns make society safer not more dangerous.
Now let’s look at the ways we can reduce all crime, including gun violence. All of these tactics are opposed by gun-control liberals:
*Enforce existing laws: This is the easiest, cheapest and most effective solution to fighting crime and violence. There is no need for debate or for new laws. Unfortunately many existing laws, including gun background check laws, are not enforced or applied properly.
For instance, the Parkland high school murderer was well known to law enforcement officials but they did nothing about him. This allowed him to buy a rifle legally. This laxity comes out of decades of rhetorical and legal assaults on the police from the Democrats and the media such that police are often afraid to act or are too politically-correct to act. Consider this recent case from AI.com:
The man suspected of killing four people in a half-naked shooting rampage inside a Waffle House outside of Nashville … was arrested by Secret Service last summer for being in a restricted area near the White House, investigators revealed in a Sunday news conference.
The suspect, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, had “wanted to set up a meeting” with President Trump when he was arrested in July 2017, investigators added. They did not give further specifics.
State police in Illinois, where Reinking lived until last fall, revoked his state firearms card at the request of the FBI and the four guns were taken from him, authorities said.
Great. This should have happened. But then look at this:
Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said the guns were returned to (Reinking’s) father, who told authorities Sunday he had given the weapons to his son.
The problem here is obvious. These guns should have been seized and held, not given to his father as if Reinking were some type of child in need of supervision. Or his father should never have given them to his son.
This is another example of a family member failing to act, or police not taking the law seriously as they did not do with the Florida high school murderer, who was well-known as a lunatic. Ditto the Columbine high school killers and the Virginia Tech murderer and many others.
*Stop prosecuting people who use guns to kill in self-defense: This is a liberal tactic to scare legitimate gun owners away from using their weapons. Many people are afraid to use their guns against criminals for fear of ending up in court. We must always give the benefit of the doubt to the legal and legitimate gun owner.
*Improve the economy: We all know that violence increases with poverty and also with idleness. So one of the best solutions to violence is to give jobs to poor people who live in violent neighborhoods.
The highest rate of violence in the US is in poor black neighborhoods with high rates of welfare dependency and thus idleness. The people there simply don’t have anything to do all day and they often descend into violence. This brings to mind the old adage that “an idle mind is the devil’s playground” or “idle hands do the devil’s work”.
President Trump is doing everything he can to create jobs. Good. Black unemployment has plummeted under Trump.
*Bring back the death penalty nationwide and use it: Criminals no longer fear the law. They know that they will at worst spend time in a comfortable prison and at best be released by a liberal judge.
*Stop treating every whacko as if he is perfectly normal: This is part of political correctness. For instance the Virginia Tech murderer of 2007 was well-known as a lunatic on the college campus, but nobody did anything about it. 32 innocent people died as a result.
The Parkland, Florida high school shooter was well known as crazy to his fellow classmates, to school officials and to law enforcement. But nobody did anything about him. This is typical today; we are not supposed to question strange behavior since most of it comes naturally from the left.
*Curb media violence: It is time to highlight and curb the endless violence in Hollywood films, TV shows and internet presentations. These forums incite violence in the real world. Democrats say that this isn’t true, that these are “just movies”. That is utterly false. Hollywood should be held to direct account for much of the violence in America.
*Reduce and seek to eliminate abortion: The act of abortion hardens the human heart to killing. Abortion kills the most innocent among us. When certain people see this casual killing it makes them more likely to take another life and think nothing of it.
*Bring God back into our lives: God means life and love. God is good. Without Him there is only darkness.