Tag Archives: American flag

Commonsense Guns Laws

President Obama and the Left have recently called for “commonsense gun control laws.” They are right about the need for “commonsense” but wrong about the laws to be enacted.

The operative words in their mantra – “gun control” – reveal their intent and the heart of the problem: they reject “criminal control” laws (which would curb most gun violence) and they refuse to address the mental illness (which animates mass shootings).

GunLaws

What would Commonsense Gun Laws (not “gun control”) look like? Well, the exact opposite of what Barack Obama wants.

Here are a few areas where legislation and implementation of policies would immediately make America safer:

Eliminate gun-free zones. Virtually every mass shooting has taken place in a gun-free zone precisely because the killers knew they could maximize damage while minimizing risk. Federal buildings, banks, convention centers, and other venues have armed security forces which deter crime and prevent mass shootings. Why are politicians and the wealthy protected by armed security forces, but most Americans (even our children) unprotected and told to run for their lives if a madman targets them?

Expand private ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens. Make it easier for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights and to thereby protect themselves, their families, and their local communities. Expanding the pool of law-abiding citizens who own guns makes it harder for criminals to do their own thing. As noted by National Review, “The number of guns in the United States has increased by 62% since 1994 but gun violence has decreased by 49% since 1993.”

Increase concealed-carry permits for law-abiding citizens. An armed populace is a deterrent to crime. When criminals don’t know who might be armed, they exercise far greater restraint in their criminal activities.

Stop coddling criminals. Giving criminals and rioters “space” to commit violence is lunacy. Providing politically correct rationalizations for criminal behavior encourages more criminal behavior. Releasing violent criminals in the interests of “fairness” endangers the American people. Get back to basics: If you do the crime, then you do the time.

Robustly address mental illness in America. Mental illness (not guns) is the root cause of most mass shootings.

Deport violent immigrants and illegal aliens. Violent crime by immigrants and illegal aliens is escalating. If they are unwilling to abide by our laws, then they should not enjoy the benefits of living in America. The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.

Reclaim the culture. This will be the hardest task of all. It requires restoring God and America to their proper places in the public school system and higher education, returning to traditional values and respect for our Judeo-Christian, Western Civilization heritage, and championing adherence to the Constitution. (Much of this is cultural, not legislative.)

The Great Society, victim culture (grievance culture), and growing sense of entitlement in primarily urban communities has engendered a culture of violence. Moreover, a culture which reveres cop-killers and promotes killing cops is dysfunctional to its core.

A culture which claims only black lives (and only those killed by white cops) matter, while all others do not, is a thoroughly bankrupt culture.

A culture which defends Planned Parenthood’s grotesque butchery while equating Southerners with Nazis – and gun owners as evil incarnate – needs rescuing.

A culture which tramples on the American flag and finds fault with everything American is suicidal.

The Left would have us do more of the same – extend the ever-expanding welfare state, subordinate local and state control to an all-powerful federal government, and escalate the demise of our American culture begun by the Countercultural Revolution of the Sixties.

Commonsense Gun Laws are indeed commonsense, but they are in opposition to the Left’s agenda of fundamentally transforming America. Most Americans want to restore American greatness and preserve (and expand) liberty, including adherence to the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment.

Will the Constitution survive? Not if the Left succeeds in stripping it of its power.

Update: Like Socialism, gun control never works (unless, by “works,” one means limiting liberty and growing government). The following four charts demonstrate the fallacy of gun control logic.

imageedit_1447_2367824908

newgunchart.jpg

12079155_10156233379385093_7673665897653919283_n

fbicrime

Advertisements

Reclaiming America!

(every day of the year)

Dateline: May 5, 2015, Everywhere, USA

“God Bless America!”

America-bashers have long abused her flag, the symbol of the object of their hatred. Flag-burning, not surprisingly, is almost exclusively a left-wing thing.

“Protestors” burn, mutilate, and step on the American flag with impunity and with neither regard nor respect for that symbol of American freedom. We have reached a tipping point where the flag can be desecrated in the most despicable manner but it cannot be displayed in a respectful manner.

ReclaimUSA

Such is the state of America today.

American Flag is “Disruptive” and “Offensive”

The Supreme Court recently refused to review a case in which a California school banned “students from wearing American flag t-shirts for fear of the garments being ‘disruptive.’”

Critics contend that the “Ninth Circuit court ruling restricting free speech in this case affirms a troubling precedent that displays of patriotism in America can be prohibited.”

John W. Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute laments, “When public school students can’t wear an American flag on a t-shirt because it might be disruptive, then free speech as we’ve known it is dead.”

In contrast to prohibiting patriotic students from expressing American patriotism, the court permitted “students wearing Mexican flag colors and symbols.”

So, it’s OK for the Left to use the flag to denigrate America, but verboten for the Right to celebrate America with the flag?

Additional anecdotal evidence abounds.

A U.S. Marine combat veteran had been told to take down the American flag he flies outside his condominium in McLean.”

Marine veteran Paolo Advincula was denied permission to fly the flag “because it’s a community filled with international residents and it might offend the residents that can’t fly their own flag.” As Advincula expressed it, “To me being a veteran, every day is a holiday in this country, that’s why I choose to fly my flag every day.”

Julia Lease has flown an American flag outside her Ohio residence for the past 36 years, but now she’s being told to take down Old Glory.” No reasons were given by the apartment complex.

In Santee, California, Steve Roberts was denied permission to “display the American flag inside his apartment window.” Roberts explains, “t’s just wrong; you can’t tell someone what they can and cannot have displayed inside their own place and it’s the American flag in America.”

In Virginia, Sheriff Bill Watson was instructed “by a group of judges to remove an American flag from the lobby of a courthouse that was donated by the Portsmouth Fire Department.” Watson said, “I just can’t believe that they don’t want to display the American flag in a courthouse, I mean that’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Sheriff Watson continues to defend the flag, saying, “You can quote me on this, ‘God bless America. Let the flags fly!’”

Vietnamese-American Duy Tran was instructed by his apartment manager to remove the flag from his balcony because it posed a “threat to the Muslim community.” Tran was apoplectic, saying, “I have friends that died for this country.”

At San Diego State University, Brad Smith was instructed to remove his flag from his balcony. According to Smith, “We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students.” Smith also “had friends and family fight to defend that flag.”

Rioters in Baltimore tried to burn the American flag and succeeded in replacing it with a black-and-white flag at City Hall.[1]

University of California Irvine

In March, “the University of California Irvine student government voted” to ban the American flag from the campus lobby. Why? In the name of “cultural inclusivity.”

This is reminiscent of multiculturalism, which celebrates every culture except Western Civilization and exalts every nation but America.[2]

Their rationale: “The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism. There were people who were like, ‘the flag triggers me’ – that was their exact wording, too.”

These students also assert that the American flag is “offensive to illegal aliens.”[3]

If so, then why are they here? And, if they are illegal aliens, why are they still here?[4]

Valdosta State University

Real Americans take the American flag seriously. We all need to be vigilant.

Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart defended the flag from protestors at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Manhart explained, “I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it. I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”

She added, “I saw what was happening, and I couldn’t believe nothing was being done about it. In my head I kept seeing all the caskets of our service members. It was like they were walking on their caskets. It hurt me so much. I couldn’t let it go on.”

A pro-American flag rally in April shutdown the campus. Hundreds of protestors demonstrated “their support for the American flag”

Flying the American Flag

Please spread the word. The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 “makes it illegal for an HOA [Home Owners’ Association] to restrict owners from displaying a U.S. flag.”

It clearly states: “A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property.”

In other positive news, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) has introduced legislation to “amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit an institution from receiving federal funds if it bans the display of a flag on campus.”

America is under assault in many arenas, from terrorists within[5] and without,[6] to ideological battles among Americans. The American flag – above all other issues – represents a demarcation line between differing worldviews, perspectives, and goals.

The American flag is a symbol of all that is right (or wrong) with America, depending on one’s perspective.

Let us be victorious in keeping our flag held high.

Remember the words of the Star Spangled Banner: “O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[2]               See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]               See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[4]               See “Word Police Targets Illegal Immigration” at http://t.co/cOxvPGoWKR.

[5]               See “Terror Strikes America – Again!” at http://t.co/nurkdy0GI6.

[6]               See “CVE: How to Submit to Jihad” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-7x.