Until My Last Dying Gasp


President Trump has drawn back a bit on his support for the NRA in reaction to the recent Parkland Massacre in which 17 people (students & adults) were killed by an ex-student of the High School Nikolas Cruz. Second Amendment proponents view this as a betrayal. Justin Smith shares his feelings on the issue.

 

On a personal level I believe something must be done to protect soft targets (like schools, but there are many more soft targets) from terrorism and nut jobs. HOWEVER, gun confiscation or restriction is NOT the solution. I won’t delve into alternative solutions here, but I will state my largest concern about gun control that will affect in law abiding American.

 

Especially due to Obama weaponizing government agencies – including law enforcement and intel agencies – I have zero trust in government to not force some unwanted way of life down my throat. Gun control will lead to tyrannical totalitarianism. Justin Smith’s thoughts below should warn of future potential government tyranny that begins with gun control.

 

JRH 3/3/18

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Until My Last Dying Gasp

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent March 2, 2018 7:18 PM

 

Let me be as clear as I can be. I don’t give a good damn how many Americans have died in recent shootings, when their lives are placed next to the liberty of millions of Americans, for generations to come. President Trump and Democrat and Republican senior senators, those who beamed at the prospect of exerting greater gun control during their February 28th meeting, seemed to forget that so many more lives have been saved by the right to self-defense, as they attacked the Second Amendment, due process under the law and individual liberty; and regardless of any new illegitimate and unconstitutional “law” they may implement, through coercion or “might makes right” action, they will still be wrong and spitting in the faces of the Founders and the American people.

 

Today’s criminals are nearly always armed with semi-automatic weapons, so police are not the only ones who need AR-15s. Criminals victimize the public, and if citizens are to stand a fighting chance against criminals, they too need effective weapons.

 

However, America now finds itself saddled with a Trump administration, which is not so different from a Clinton administration on the Second Amendment after all. Trump endorsed the “assault weapons” ban, background checks for private sales at gun shows and raising the age for purchasing firearms to twenty-one. He also contended Congress was “petrified of the NRA”, as he tore into fellow Republicans as tools of the NRA and handed Democrats a propaganda victory.

 

As Katie Pavlich, journalist and Fox News contributor, recently noted [Outnumbered Video], despite the AR-15s popularity, data from Homeland Security shows that handguns are the weapon of choice when it comes to mass shootings. She also stated: “And let’s not forget that during the church massacre in Texas … it was an NRA-certified instructor who used an AR-15 to stop the killing … “.

 

During the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court stated that the right to self-defense pre-existed government, which had already been confirmed by U.S. v. Cruikshank in 1875 and never overturned. The court went further in Heller, and it articulated the right of the individual to use firearms, that are at the same level of sophistication as firearms one’s potential adversary might have, whether that person is a criminal bad guy, psychopath or a soldier of a tyrannical government. And this must negate any attempt to ban semi-automatic rifles, even those deemed “assault weapons”.

 

The suggestion to raise the age limit is a non sequitur argument, and once again, a punishment of law abiding Americans. Age is not indicative of good sense or good moral character. Timothy McVeigh was in his late twenties when he bombed the Murrah Federal Building and the Las Vegas shooter was sixty-four. Aside from this, guns aren’t the problem any more than age can denote one’s mental stability, or lack thereof.

 

Forty-eight years ago at the age of thirteen, I would often walk through the main streets of Dixon, Missouri, with my twelve gauge shotgun slung across one arm and on my way to the fields and backwoods trails to shoot wild hogs, and I would happily wave at the police and sheriff’s deputies, as they drove by. No one thought this to be anything unusual.

 

Mental illness and its role in gun violence was also part of the discussion, and President Trump revealed his despotic side, when he explicitly denounced due process of the law, saying: “… take the firearms first, and then go to court … because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures, I like taking the guns early … take the guns first, go through due process second.”

 

Who deems these people dangerous? the government? family? friends? It takes more than just one assertion, one allegation, and it must receive due process consideration, as guaranteed by the Constitution. Otherwise, the mere accusation of mental illness might become a subterfuge to disarm thousands of normal people, perhaps political opponents, by any future administration.

 

Trump’s far left suggestion to grab guns without legal cause was radical, idiotic, fascistic and unconstitutional. Such a comment from any Democrat president would have resulted in armed stand-offs with the police, calls for impeachment and a fury from the American people hotter than a thousand 100 megaton nukes exploding.

 

Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the only Republican to openly oppose President Trump, as he stated: “Strong leaders don’t automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have a Second Amendment and due process of the law for a reason. We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them.”

 

At what point are Trump’s supporters going to hold him accountable for his outlandish statements? At what point will they stop excusing him?

 

God forbid that America should ever descend into real tyranny, however, Trump’s remarks show precisely the reason America must not allow the Second Amendment to be eroded. Modern history is replete with examples of fascist and communist regimes that exterminated a combined total of 160 million of their own people, between 1940 and 1980 [Closest citation I could in cursory search], and, in light of our own early history under the British, it is ever more important for Americans to retain the right to possess modern semi-automatic weapons, to ensure that our government never feels it is more powerful than its citizens.

 

Foremost among our unalienable rights, the Framers of the Constitution recognized our right to life and to defend life — one’s self, one’s family and one’s property — by ratifying the Second Amendment. They wrote the amendment understanding that it did not grant this right and the right to self-defense was not dependent on that instrument for its existence. It was written to ensure that all future U.S. governments would respect the right to keep and bear arms, as a natural extension of the right to self-defense, in natural law and God’s law, standing alone and independent of the Constitution.

 

President Trump is a damned dangerous fool, and anyone who seeks to undermine our right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes, through Trump’s proposals, isn’t a friend to the American people. Those who seek added “security”, in any manner other than targeting the criminals, who mock our existing gun laws, rape laws, robbery laws and homicide laws, only ensure security will not exist, our liberty will be eroded, and we will cease to be a free people. And for everyone who thinks Trump and his fellow despots are right, you can relinquish your rights like sheep, and I’ll keep and defend my God-given Rights Until MY LAST DYING GASP.

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What in the world is going on with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department?


While the Leftist are exploiting the Parkland Massacre in a Broward County Florida high school for gun control, more and more indications the Broward County Sheriff Department (BCSD) was so derelict in procedural management that this police department is quite probably responsible for 17 murdered individuals and some wounded.

 

Students Fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL

 

Legal Insurrection shares what it knows to date. I am guessing more details are forthcoming.

 

JRH 2/28/18

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What in the world is going on with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department?

 

By Kemberlee Kaye

February 27, 2018 9:14pm

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The more we find out, the worse this gets

Sheriff Scott Israel

 

The latest Florida school shooting is not just tragic, but as one reader pointed out, atrocious. Atrocious because every law enforcement agency involved ignored eleventy billion (approximately) red flags.

 

As more information becomes available, it’s looking more and more like there are some serious problems within the Broward County Sherrif’s [sic] department. We’ve chronicled several of those herehere, and here.

 

The failure of the designated school officer to engage the shooter (he’s now defending himself, saying he believed the shooting was happening outside of the school), then the revelation that four officers sat outside during the bloodbath, EMT’s who weren’t allowed to enter the school and begin working to save the wounded, and that’s just the beginning of what’s turning into an all-out scandal.

 

Most recently, Buzzfeed reported, based on dispatch records they obtained, that the number of calls to the Cruz home was double that disclosed by the BCSD. Most of the calls not mentioned by the BCSD were for domestic disturbance issues, fights between Cruz and his brother, or the like. Nonetheless, they were not included in reports and records released by Broward County.

 

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel refuses to resign and blames the officer on duty for his failure to engage the shooter:

 

 

As heat on the department has intensified, the Broward County Sheriff’s office strongly encouraged all employees to “stand as one” against a “flurry of media allegations.”

For several days, a story suggesting Broward County softened policies against juveniles has made its way around the internet. This story alleges the Broward County Sheriff’s Department was in cahoots with the Broward County School District. An arrangement of some kind was made wherein BCSD would go easy on minors in order to artificially inflate crime statistics, helping both the department and the school district to obtain grant money.

 

The nagging question here: why didn’t Broward County officials take repeated warnings about Cruz seriously? This theory may provide some context.

 

Whether or not this theory is true, we don’t know. What we do know is that according to a handful of experts, Cruz could have faced charges well before he went on a murder rampage had Broward County handled his case differently or even handled his case like other departments in the area.

 

From the Miami Herald:

 

His troubling behavior gave law enforcement plenty of opportunities to investigate and arrest him — and even take away his guns — long before he shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last week, according to interviews with former South Florida prosecutors and legal experts.

 

In recent years, South Florida police detectives have arrested a slew of young men in unrelated cases who exhibited similar, troubling behavior on a variety of charges. Cops took them seriously.

 

It never happened with Cruz.

 

“There’s no doubt there was a failure,” former Miami-Dade prosecutor Marshall Dore Louis said of how law enforcement handled tips about Cruz. “The idea that they were aware of it and could do nothing is absurd. … We can’t let this happen again.”

 

…“The standard isn’t whether that information itself was ‘arrestable’ but whether law enforcement had an obligation to investigate a violation of the law,” said John Priovolos, a former Miami prosecutor. “A detective should have been assigned. Subpoenas should have been sent to Instagram to locate the IP address and verify it was Cruz.

 

“Cruz could have been arrested — maybe he would have been diverted to a mental-health court, but he would have been under some sort of supervision.”

 

Even if a case couldn’t have been made, the teen might have been placed squarely on the radar of police analysts who monitor potentially dangerous people who post online, Priovolos said.

 

“At the very least, the most capable intelligence detectives should have been monitoring him,” Priovolos said.

 

But none of that happened. And now 17 people are dead.

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We Knew Morality


Once upon a time long ago, men of valor who credited God Almighty as the source Natural Rights that no man has the authority to dissolve; won independence from an oppressive government. Those men of valor set out to find the best government for its citizens in which the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness would be ordained to ‘We the People’ and protected by a good government that operated on behalf and behest of the People under the Judeo-Christian principles of the Almighty Creator.

 

Then the evil virus – Secular Humanism – infected the good government diluting the morals of We the American People of the United States of America.

 

Government gridlock ensued after Secular Humanist morality has been slowly overpowering the People who still stand behind the Natural Rights endued by our Creator as opposed to elite-men (and women) who stand behind the dictates of a tyrannical government dictating to the People what is right and wrong.

 

JRH 2/25/18

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We Knew Morality

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent: 2/24/18 12:20 AM

 

Nothing in U.S. history has ever happened that can legitimately justify restricting Americans’ natural and God-granted right to self-defense, in any manner, and to arm themselves towards that purpose, including mass shootings at our schools. To the contrary, these atrocious and horrible events show precisely the reason America must reject the far-left Democrats’ and liberal Christians’ insistence on “gun free” zones and more gun control, since the real problem is found in a society that has embraced every immoral act imaginable as normal, rejected Our Founders as “racist” conquerors and rejected God in our schools.

 

One can make any argument one chooses, but guns are only the means of these murderous rampages, not the cause. There is something deeper and diseased in the soul of our society, and it transcends the gun debate.

 

As usual, the opportunists and gun control apologists wasted not one second to exploit the tragedy of seventeen murdered students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on February 14th, to pursue stronger gun control measures for political gain; and for all their denials and lies, make no mistake, the anti-gun coalition’s goal is to rid the country of firearms and erode and eventually eradicate the Second Amendment, come hell or high water, through new laws, outright bans, and ultimately the confiscation of firearms in America.

 

George Skelton, an LA Times journalist, opined shortly after the Parkland, Florida shooting that “mass shootings will continue in this country until we finally ban mass shooting weapons”. This simplistic view fails to note criminals will still acquire these weapons, and it ignores any personal responsibility of the perpetrators.

 

Despite Chicago’s strict gun laws and its attempts to outlaw firearms in the city altogether, there were more than 4,000 shooting victims in Chicago in 2016, according to NPR. Still to this day, Chicago continues to suffer from a massive number of firearm related crimes.

 

Most of these murderers are the product of atheistic, secular humanist homes and public schools, which have generally not allowed Judeo-Christian morality any real voice or advocate, and our overly permissive society has enabled them, through moral relativism and Marxist cultural garbage, by blaming society for their troubles. This indoctrination blinds the weak-minded to their own bad choices, to the point that they see nothing wrong with taking a human life, for whatever the reason in their twisted and evil hearts and minds.

 

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago wrote in 1986: “We have not yet seen the final result of humanism in the United States. We are still coasting on the values derived from our Judeo-Christian heritage.” Unfortunately, the immoral philosophy of socialists and their atheistic logic has put the brakes on morality in our country, since 1962, and America is witnessing the tragic results.

 

The anger and anguish of those who lost family and friends at Parkland, Florida and through other gun violence is understandable, but passion and demands, for the violation of decent law-abiding citizens’ rights and the erosion of individual liberty, are not a substitute for cogent thought and critical analysis. Whether these psychopaths use guns, cars, planes, knives, axes or hammers, murderers will always find something to use as a weapon, as seen across America’s history.

 

In 1927, a disgruntled teacher detonated over five-hundred pounds of TNT at Bath Consolidated School, in Bath, Michigan, killing 44 people. This wasn’t the first bombing in America’s history either; there was the 1886 Haymarket Square bombing in Chicago, that killed eight, and there was also the 1920 Manhattan bombing that killed thirty people.

 

Recently, Reverend Paul Blair, a Baptist minister with Reclaiming America for Christ, made the following pointed observation: “In the school parking lot, every fourth car was a pickup truck, most of which had a rifle rack in the back window, a deer rifle hung on the rack and the windows rolled down. We never heard of such a thing as a school shooting. We knew right from wrong. We knew morality. Most of the students went to church as did most of our teachers.”

 

On February 22nd, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, spoke before the Conservative Political Action Conference, stating: “Evil walks among us, and God help us if we don’t arm our schools and protect our kids … To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.”

 

At the same American Conservative Union CPAC meeting, Dana Loesch stated: “The government can’t keep you safe, and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government that’s already failed us numerous times … “.

 

No matter one’s position on firearms, if communities really want to protect their children, they must place trained and fully capable, proven, armed guards in our schools, not spectators and cowards such as Scot Peterson [PoliceOne.com sums up plusses & minuses], a guard at Stoneman Douglas, who stood outside the school for four minutes and did nothing. We must make certain any potential mass murderer understands that schools are no longer “gun free” zones, and hard righteous men and women stand prepared to end their life with extreme prejudice.

 

I Timothy 5:8 says a man who “does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household” has “denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever”. How much worse is the man who would allow his family to be violated and murdered in his presence? Or stand outside a school as a slaughter ensues?

 

Commanded by Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves, if we fail to do everything we possibly can to protect the innocent, are we truly seeking to obey these red-letter words?

 

Aside from all the aforementioned, our right to stand against any tyrannical government, foreign and domestic, presents the foremost reason Americans’ must retain our right to own high capacity semi-automatic weapons. While Christians are not to engage in vengeance, the right to self-defense is as ingrained in the history of God’s people as it is in that of humanity, from America’s War for Independence to resistance and revolts against Nazi Socialism and Communism. And, if not for good people using arms to defend themselves against evil people and especially evil governments, no freedom would exist on earth today.

 

Mass murders won’t be stopped in America by banning guns, but they might be slowed or halted by ensuring all children reach adulthood with substantive hope, meaning and purpose in their lives, beyond immediate and material satisfaction. We can no longer allow our children to be dragged under by the ongoing nihilistic currents in our society, that hold nothing matters, nothing is good, and nothing is evil, and all is centered on self.

 

The solution lies in advancing absolute truths in our schools once again, and God’s truth, too.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Sean Hannity 2/16/18 – Hannity Fox News…


Here is a roughly 43-minute clip Hannity from 2/16/18. There is a smidgeon on FBI failure to heed the warning of the Parkland, FL Massacre. Most of the show relates to the Deep State trying to frame President Trump for what he did not do. For example a bit of Trump vindication with (witch-hunter) Robert Mueller actually indicting Russian nationals for election tampering. NOTE – There is mention in the indictment the indicted Russian nationals colluded with President Trump.

 

JRH 2/17/18

UPDATED 2/19/18 – Video embed from Dennis Boyd was removed by Youtube or Boyd. Trying another embed from someone else for same day.

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