Clay Bennett finally tells it like it is. Kenyon born, islamo-facist dictator Obama. If we aren't careful, we will be calling him Uncle Joe Stalin.
Want to see exactly why we are allowed by the constitution to keep firearms? Go to Wikipedia and search Battle of Athens. It happened in 1946, McMinn County,Tennessee, just miles north of here. The locals - after a significant gun battle - threw out a corrupt government and tossed the tyrants out on their ears... then used a ballot box to set up a government of and by the people.
Clay also got it right the part about Mentally Ill. To simply ask on a firearms application if someone has been adjudged mentally incompetent is (pun intended) crazy. There needs to be a data base of Nutcases, and also a database of people that are currently on mind-altering drugs. A violation of privacy? Oh, Hell, Yeah. So is getting a bullet in the head. Considering the vast majority of the mass murders that have occurred in this country(and others) have been done by people on mind altering drugs, a necessary one. The data base needs to show WHEN someone was taking these drugs. After a time period determined by mental professionals, the stipulation should be removed. Some people actually do get better with these drugs. Until that point, they need to be monitored by someone on a regular basis to determine their mental status and to insure they aren't going off the deep end. Last but not least, family members need to be reminded that their firearms should be somewhere with restricted access.
In all my years I have never seen a gun grow a pair of legs and go walking down the street shooting people. I HAVE seen the results when people pick up a gun and go shoot someone. The old saying that guns don't kill people, people kill people is true. Unfortunately, its getting to the point that saying should be modified to sane people with guns don't kill people, crazy people with guns kill people.
I didn't wade through all the BS above, I do not intend on reading a bunch of crap. I do have one solution suggestion, though....
Refuse to pay the twits in Congress until they get a done deal - a real budget - and it has to one with at least a chance of giving our kids and grandkids a glimmer of hope that they won't be paying back all this debt 50 years from now. One of the items in the bill is to cut the pay of the President to $0.00 each year that he fails to present a budget that will actually be passed by Congress. Then his pay can start back up, but no retroactive pay for anyone in Congress or the Prez. Until they do their job, don't pay them.
According to stats available on the net, over 10% (as of 2010)of the US population (314,947,000 Dec 2012) is on mind altering drugs. Many of these people do very well on the drugs, they live decent productive lives. However, a number of them don't like the drugs and while they need them, they don't take them. Many that don't need them are taking them, too, but that is perhaps a different story. That means that some 31,400,000 of our "friends and neighbors" are in some manner a "nutcase". If only 1% of those 31million are OFF their meds, that leaves 310,000 of the US population that are nuts and OFF THEIR MEDS. Add to that the number of gangbangers, thieves and just plain rectums (I got told to watch my mouth as the other word is not allowed here) out there and I'd sooner have my pocket rocket handy than not.
On the other hand, on December 12, a man murdered an elderly woman and then went to an elementary school and murdered 22 kids. Did you hear about this? No, you didn't... nor did you hear of the other 7 instances like it that occurred in 2010 where 20 died and 50 were wounded. Why did you not hear about it? 1st, it happened in China. 2nd, all these deaths were done with knives. I guarantee that the Chinese people are hearing about Sandy Hook, mainly because the left wing anti-gun news services have made sure the story made the rounds. Why did not the mass murders done with knives not make the rounds? It did not meet their agenda as they weren't gun related.
MTJohn, to answer your question, they didn't intend on dying, they found themselves surrounded and killed themselves. If they could have escaped, they still would have been running, except for maybe Adam Lanza as he obviously was a nutcase and may not have cared one way or the other. Still, gun usage in crimes by "normal" people can be curtailed by either making the punishment so nasty they won't do it, or by only giving them 1 chance to commit that kind of action. One strike and you hang should be the replacement for 3 strikes and you're out
People say take away the guns with magazine or clips with a capacity that allow large number of shots fired. Ok, fine.... limit them. How are you going to limit the NUMBER of these mags/clips owned? I can empty my 10 round pistol in 10 seconds, change mags in 3-5 seconds and empty it again in 10 more. 20 rounds out of a high caliber handgun in 25 seconds.
It does absolutely NO good to limit these hi-cap mags/clips, just as it would do no good to ban sales of so-called assault weapons. There are just to many of them already in the country to ban the sales.
The so called wild-wild west WASN'T as wild as assumed from watching episodes of Gunsmoke or Bat Masterson....HISTORICAL records show Dodge City in its entire history during the 1800s had fewer murders/shootings than the City of Chattanooga has had in the last 2 years. Why was it more peaceful? Because if you shot someone, you stood a good chance of getting shot for your troubles or the law would simply grab you up, throw you in front of a hanging judge and you'd be executed that afternoon. You might go to prison, but for shooting up a place like an elementary school you'd swing from a rope before dark.
My point? Make it so gawd awful painful to use a gun in a crime that people will think twice or even three or 4 times before they do it. Make it such that good, God fearing, law abiding people that have permits can carry almost anywhere they wish. Don't restrict my right to protect myself OR my ability to protect YOU if some nutcase starts shooting in the middle of... well.... ANYWHERE.
Yes, I carry. Constantly. I carry anywhere I can do so legally. I would stand - not necessarily gladly stand, but stand, between any of you and a nutcase gunman. I'd likely think twice before getting between a nutcase and that fool Clay Bennett, but in the end, yeah, I'd do that, too. Then I'd likely learn that ol'Clay carries himself, like so many liberal mouthpieces really do.
Many of you are simply arguing stupid stuff and not looking at the Big Picture. The big picture is this: This country has lots of guns in it already, and is always going to have guns. You aren't going to be able to take the guns away from people, they - including me - will refuse to give them up unless its like the old saying "take it from my cold dead hand". As long as some twit or crazy has a gun, you can not expect me to give up my protection.
The big picture has to include a "what are we going to do to stop this kind of senseless murder" solution.
After the shooting in Colorado, the governor of the state said the one thing that made ANY sense.... don't make this a gun control issue. Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.
So what do we do? The principal and the school psychologist at the Connecticut school had the right idea, but insufficient equipment to deal with it. They charged the attacker. They could do nothing less than they did. They gave their all for the kids.
I'm gonna steal a quote from a newsletter I received yesterday on this subject:
"In the early 70's, Israel was faced with much greater problems of armed terrorist attacks on schools. The cry for more gun control was heard then too, but Israel very carefully analyzed all possible options before adopting the proactive position of arming and training their teachers. School shootings stopped and terrorists looked for easier targets."
I can hear some of you howling already - "Arm teachers? Arm Principals and staff? INSANE!!" Unfortunately, something has to be done and this solution has not only been used in Israel with success but is beginning to be used all over this country. Special dispensation is being given to military vets and former police officers to carry concealed on college campuses. School systems in some areas are already having teachers trained to carry concealed weapons.
There is a saying in the community that promotes concealed carry as self protection. "When it is a life or death situation and reaction is needed RIGHT NOW, the police are just minutes away." This in no way is a put-down of our police, it is simply a statement of fact. We don't want to spend the money to hire enough police to insure there is one on every corner, nor should we have to.
Arming teachers or staff members, giving them the tactical training to shoot well and the knowledge of WHEN to shoot is a viable solution. If this solution is used, there are also volunteers that would be willing to give freely of their time, ex military, ex police, trained civilians. I fit within one of these classifications and I would gladly give my time at one of the schools close to me.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach had the right instincts. They ran to the sounds of the guns. They charged the gunman. They died trying. Had one of them been armed, this God awful situation would not have occurred.
This is the absolutely FIRST cartoon you have ever done that I even partly agree with. Don't strain yourself trying to do it again, we both will likely expire from heart failure if you were to succeed.
If you want to increase the scores that the kids get, do a few simple things.
Currently teachers in the major subjects (math, reading, sciences, ect., vs the related arts - music, art, ect) are spending as much time per day documenting what is being taught and the results on a per child basis as they are actually teaching the kids. Don't believe me? Go ask a teacher! Non-teachers don't see this as much of it is being done after the kids have gone home or it is being done by the teachers at home. This is state mandated and much of it is simply crap that is really not necessary... it wasn't necessary 20 years ago and isn't necessary now. Give the teachers time to teach and not having to worry about CYA and see if the scores don't go up....
Second thing to do is to stop the behavioral problems. Bring back the paddle and bust the arses of those kids that need it instead of using psycho-babble to attempt to bring misbehaving kids into line. At the same time, make the parents responsible for their kids misbehavior. If a kid gets into a fight at school, haul the kid to court and make the parents appear right alongside. The parent that has to take time off from work or watching their favorite soap operas to go to court will cure the problem even if the schools don't. If they have to pay a fine or spend time overnight in jail, they certainly will handle it.
Tennessee and Hamilton County both have a zero-tolerance policy on many things, but within the schools it is not followed, the individual schools don't want the bad stuff known. Teachers are way to often being used as baby-sitters and referees instead of doing what they are being paid to do - TEACH.
With the BS of unnecessary paperwork and having to baby-sit kids out of the way, teachers can do their jobs as we expect them to.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye."
yeah, people on cell phones cause accidents, people texting cause a LOT of accidents. And on more than one occasion I have hung my head out of a window and told some damn fool to GET OFF THE PHONE and DRIVE!!
HOWEVER, there is one point that I have not seen raised but one time about the bus accident discussed above... while the kid texting like mad was a definite contributor to him crashing into the back of a bob-tail tractor, the OTHER contributing factors was the fact that the brakes on not only the bus that slammed into the kid were BAD, but the brakes on the 2nd bus that slammed into the rear of the first bus was also bad. To make it worse, the bus sent to the hospital to pick up the kids being released from the hospital had a wreck in the parking lot of the hospital because ITS brakes were bad.
The NTSB needs to be taking legal action against the people/county that owned the buses instead of using this unfortunate accident as a weapon against cell phone usage.
My point is simple, don't blame the deaths from that bus/car accident on cell phone usage. Any bus driver worth his/her salt would have seen the situation and not allowed themselves to be involved, and would have known the brakes were bad after a proper pre-trip inspection.
Kudos to Tim Bohannon!