Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, III

One of the proposals currently being considered, by the Right and the Left….is the notion of “Universal Background Checks” [UBC]. One of the misconceptions used in this argument, is that there is some sort of loophole in the law, often referred to by the ignorant, as a “gun show loophole”. There is nothing of the sort. People attending gun shows wishing to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, undergoes the same NICS process as they would a gun show. Those wishing to conduct a purchase from another private citizen selling at the show, does so without NICS, just as they would were they to conduct a transaction with their neighbor.

In no other transaction, do we attempt to require government regulation of the transfer of a lawful item. But back to UBCs….

When we propose legislation, we require an enforcement mechanism. In other words, if you fail to abide in accordance with the law, there is a consequence. With UBCs however, there is no enforcement mechanism, because the State has no means to be apprised if a Citizen has violated the law.

For example, if UBC is statute law, and I sell my firearm to my neighbor without taking him/her to an FFL dealer…..how does the State know? If my neighbor proceeds to use said purchased firearm in the commission of a crime, and is apprehended……unless he/she confesses to the lawful transaction…..how does the State know that the law was violated.

The obvious answer is, that without a mandatory registration of ALL firearms, there is no enforcement mechanism for UBCs.

If you think there is righteous pushback on UBC…..wait until the gun control cabal tries to proffer registration…..


Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time, II

“I turned 18 the day after [the shooting],” [Parkland Student Sam] Zeif said, through tears. “Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war. An AR.” – Mediaite

This illustrates how we’ve failed our kids education. Young Sam doesn’t realize that every class of firearm ever invented, is a “weapon of war”. Revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, bolt action rifles, black powder muskets….you get the idea. These were all designed as “weapons of war”. I would argue that there has never been a class of firearm designed to be a “civilian” gun.

Bellows of “weapons of war”, complete with feigned angst and sad face, are nothing more than appeals to emotion. Young Sam also hasn’t been educated that we shouldn’t legislate based on emotion, or falsehoods. Young Sam owes it to himself and his generation, to educate himself.

This has made the rounds on the gun blogs, but it’s worth posting again:

If you don’t know what a 4473, Form 4, or 922(r) is, do not know what the dates 1934, 1968, 1986, 1994 and 2004 mean, cannot explain the difference between shall-issue and may-issue, or a 03 SOT versus an 02 SOT, then you are not prepared to articulate any useful opinion on the state of gun law in this country and you should do your homework before speaking.

Pushing Back, Against One Lie at a Time

Standard sloganeering for the gun control cabal, regarding semi-automatic rifles…especially the oft-demonized, scary, evil AR series rifle…..is that the platform is “not used for hunting”.

From the BATF just over a year ago:

Since the sunset of the Assault Weapons ban in 2004, the use of AR-15s, AK-style, and similar rifles now commonly referred to as “modern sporting rifles” has increased exponentially in sport shooting. These firearm types are now standard for hunting activities. ATF could re-examine its 20-year-old study to bring it up to date with the sport shooting landscape of today, which is vastly different that it was years ago.

A remark making the rounds on gun rights sites, sums up a recommendation for the gun control crowd:

If you don’t know what a 4473, Form 4, or 922(r) is, do not know what the dates 1934, 1968, 1986, 1994 and 2004 mean, cannot explain the difference between shall-issue and may-issue, or a 03 SOT versus an 02 SOT, then you are not prepared to articulate any useful opinion on the state of gun law in this country and you should do your homework before speaking.

The “Defeat” of ISIS

Simple question, especially for the Trump supporters who seem to think his Administration had some significant effect on the defeat of ISIS is Iraq:

What is the genesis for people thinking that we’ve been conducting ground combat operations in Iraq, to buttress the claim that the current POTUS ‘allowed’ them to obtain victory?

I know A LOT of Iraqi’s and Kurd’s who have some things to say about these nakedly partisan claims.

Again, dancing in the pool of blood…..

I wish I had the time and wherewithal to post an original comment better than the fine authors at the ironically named Gun Free Zone. But I don’t……..so a partial repost, and many thanks to GFZ [bolding mine]:

We all know Gun Free Zones do not work. It has been established since Columbine.

So we addressed the Florida Legislature. Let parents and teachers be armed and with concealed weapons permits to enter schools. They said no.

We asked them to allow selected volunteer teachers to receive training and be armed. They said no again.

Back when the Sandy Hook shooting happened, only one-third of Schools in the US had armed security. Today? Still two-thirds of schools do not have a School Resource Officer. The NRA proposed to allow retired police and military to have guns and secure our schools. Good guys to stop bad guys: They laughed at them, at us.

The same people who denied extra protection for our schools are desperately seeking a TV camera to express their outrage at the shooting, even though they were the ones that allowed a known dangerous 19-year-old walking in a school and shoot kids unopposed.

Again unopposed, Nick Cruz (former student who had threatened students, had a prohibition to come into the school and teachers were warned about him) came inside Stoneman Douglass High School , murdered 17 students, shot a pack-load more  and walked out again. Nobody stopped him, nobody even could do a thing because legally, they were not allowed to stop a murdering bastard.

Get ready. We will get the usual NRA-hating press with the shit talks about the AR 15 and the usual tap dancing in blood by the Gun Control Groups. But make no mistake: this spilled blood, this lives that were cut short by somebody they were warned about, the fault for all this lands squarely on the heads of the Florida Legislators and the Legislators in D.C. that could have done something but did not. They could have allowed real security in our schools, but they refused to trust the most Law Abiding section of the US population.

A Military Parade??

Reports are surfacing of POTUS directing the DoD to plan for a military parade later this year, allegedly inspired perhaps by Bastille Day celebrations.

When our Veterans Administration is underfunded and so many other economic issues to be paid for, what is the value added to yet again, adulate the military? Beyond the commercial benefits and discounts, Veterans and Independence Day extravaganza’s, hiring preferences and other State recognition of service, and the politically correct displays at nearly every sporting event….what is the value added of conducting this set of garish display?

It’s a politically correct appeal to emotion, directed by a man who likewise displays his authoritarian bent at every turn.

Let’s hope saner minds in the DoD can dissuade desires for this type of event.

Misguided Memo’s

The cable news and political party’s(not to be redundant) are all abuzz over the Nunes memo, and how each side can use this political prop to is selfish advantage……..while ignoring the more important aspect, that Congress and the Administration have renewed and expanded the authorities to conduct the very activities that they’re posturing over.

Once again, the American people lose.

Another Deployment in the Books

I sit here once again, in the land of milk and honey, and in that most ubiqituous symbol of American commercialism – Starbucks [I might have said Walmart, but that’s really more a Chinese symbol….]; and reflect on where Iraq is at present.

An enemy, at once both foreign and domestic, has largely been vanquished, and the Iraqi’s held their own theater of “mission accomplished” in the form of a parade, that from the rooftop of our SCIF, we could make out some of the assembled forces readying themselves to march past the Prime Minister. Yet, just as in 2011 as coalition forces withdrew as mandated by the 2008 agreement between the Bush and Maliki governments….the Shi’a factions hold no small amount of power, this time in the official form of the Popular Mobilization Forces, integrated into the Iraqi Security Forces apparatus.

Yep, the same Shi’a blocs that were and remain Iranian-backed; who did and still aspire, attack U.S. forces within Iraq. To put a fine point on the last sentence, Shi’a Militia elements killed one U.S Solider and critically wounded another on October 1st, 2017.

While domestic political theater still revolves around blaming Bush for invading Iraq without a definitive plan for occupation, or blaming Obama for adhering to the 2008 withdrawal agreement……the American polity is largely unaware of the drivers of Iraqi politics, and how that effects it’s security….and contributes to the rise of radical Islamic terror groups.

Make no mistake….though ISIS has lost it’s vast swaths of territory once held, it remains committed to an insurgency that will only succeed when the Shi’a blocs increase their oppression of the Sunni minority. It’s already occurring. In several ‘liberated’ locations across Iraq, ISIS cells are engaging in “Phase II Insurgency” activities [loosely based on the Maoist model]. We will be back again….of this I have no doubt. Iraqi governance, or lack thereof….will create the space needed for Islamic insurgency to continue to grow, or re-grow as it were.

Through all of this, I’m saddened by what the American polity [writ large, I’m generalizing] focuses on. Not the actual drivers of instability, not the actual issues facing the Iraqi people [much of which wrought by our 2003 invasion]….but rather, the narratives that can be used to bludgeon the political opposition here at home. This is particularly insulting as they [by and large] profess to the heavens that they “support the troops”. This reached critical mass for me, when the current POTUS all but claimed victory for the “defeat” of ISIS……ignoring the hard work of U.S. and Coalition forces during the preceding years….as he did nothing more than continue the policies of the previous Administration. Most Americans seem completely unaware that beyond airstrikes and special operations raids [which they know very little about for obvious reasons] we’re not actually doing the fighting in Iraq.

Is this the fault of our media? Certainly partially, as our media completely avoids educating the public on world events, in life of giving uninterrupted space for the two major parties to propagandize. But it’s not all the fault of the media. Reporting of the problems highlighted above, can be found if one really wants to look. But you’re not going to be educated by your favorite sock puppet cable opinion show.

After spending the last several months away from this theater, and in the company of Americans and Coalition partners who understand the dynamics at play….my bliss comes to an end of sorts. But I know that I’ll probably have another deployment in my near future….in another place that we shouldn’t still be, supporting a cause that our taxpayers don’t really understand.

Some links worth reading for deeper context to my paltry overview above:

New Masters of Revolutionary Warfare: The Islamic State Movement (2002-2016)

The New ISIS Insurgency – What Jihadists Do After Losing Territory

The Foundation Stones [Long Post]

Anyone who knows me, virtually or in-person, knows that I have little use…and little regard for Religion. Not Faith….and the freedom to practice it….but Religion.
But I understand it’s impact [positive AND negative] on culture and society, and every once in a while, usually when and where I least expect it, I come across somebody’s perspective on the larger question of what Faith means to a culture…..and I’m blown away.
I’m currently without the distraction of cable news and political drama [except for fleeting glimpses] and I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s allowed me to reconfirm what’s important in life…and political theater ain’t it. I’ve been able to catch up on some quality reading and am currently winding down on The Lion’s Gate, by Steven Pressfield; in my opinion, one of the greatest authors of my time.
In The Lion’s Gate, Pressfield takes the reader through the unfolding events leading up to, during and just after the Arab-Israeli “Six-Day War”. The entire book is phenomenal, the story being told through the post-war interviews with no small number of the veterans themselves. However, one passage struck me as poignant and thought-provoking, over all the rest:
The Jewish religion is not a faith that prizes blind obedience or collective adherence to dogma. Our tradition is cerebral. We debate. We argue. The question is always holier than the answer.
The primal Jewish issue is justice. Judaism is a religion of the law, and the seminal concept of the law is that the minority must be protected. In the Jewish faith, you study. You wrestle with issues. You are a scholar. You deliberate, you dispute. A Jew asks over and over, “What is fair? What is just? Who is a good man, and why?”
I spent only one winter in the yeshiva. What I learned, more than Torah, was to love the teachers, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook and “the saintly Nazir,” Rabbi David Cohen, who embodied these pursuits with such honor and integrity. I learned not so much from them as through them, by watching their actions, hearing their speech, and observing the way they conducted themselves. I learned the history of the Jewish people, the incredible suffering endured by millions over so many centuries, and of Jerusalem, the centrality of this place in the soul of the people, their neshama, and why our return to this site means so much.
The Kotel. The Western Wall, as it is called in English. How did so much hope and passion come to be attached to a wall? Not even the wall of a temple, which the Kotel is not, but even humbler, a retaining wall for the mount upon which the razed temple had once stood. A ruin. How could this mean so much to me? How could it mean so much to our paratroopers who had never studied, who knew nothing of Torah, who did not even know how to pray?
A wall is unlike any other holy site. A wall is a foundation. It is what remains when all that had once risen above it has been swept away. A wall evokes primal emotion, particularly when it is built into the land, when the far side is not open space but the fundament of the earth itself. When one stands with worshipful purpose before the expanse of a wall, particularly one that dwarfs his person, that rises above him and extends on both sides, an emotion arises from the heart that is unlike the feeling evoked by any other religious experience. How different, compared to, say, worshipping in a cathedral or within a great hall or at the foot of some monumental tower.
One approaches the Western Wall as an individual. No rabbi stands beside you. Set your palms against the stones. Is God present? Will the stone conduct your prayers to Him? Around you stand others of your faith; you feel their presence and the intention of their coming, but you remain yourself alone.
Are you bereft? Is your spirit impoverished? Set your brow against the stone. Feel its surface with your fingertips. Myself, I cannot come within thirty paces of the Wall without tears.
The ancient Greeks considered Delphi the epicenter of the world. This is the Wall to me. All superfluity has been stripped from this site and from ourselves. Here the enemies of my people have devastated all that they could. What remains? This fundament alone, which they failed to raze only because it was beneath their notice. The armored legions of our enemies have passed on, leaving only this wall. In the twenty centuries since, those who hate us have defiled it and piled trash before it and even relieved themselves against it. They have neglected it, permitted slums to be built up around it. This only makes it more precious to us.
That morning of June 7, I can’t remember exactly when this happened—maybe on the way down to the Wall with Moshe Stempel and the others. At some point we were climbing the stairs—Yair Levanon, Dov Gruner, Moshe Milo, and I—when we noticed a scrawl, freshly scratched into the stone, in Hebrew:
This is a verse from Psalm 137, which also contains the line “By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion.”
While we grow fat and lazy under a relentless parade of self-indulgent, vulgar, Statist politicians….while we surrender our most basic liberties to the guise of security….we have aging contemporaries who know what it means to fight for their very survival. And they bore the cost stoically.