"Never Let a Tragedy Go to Waste" | Beaufort County Now | Watching the political fallout from the Parkland, Florida School Massacre assures me that core Democrats and the Fake News will always obfuscate the reality of the events at hand to fully utilize their core maxim: "Never let a tragedy go to waste". | Parkland, Florida, School Massacre, Fake News

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"Never Let a Tragedy Go to Waste"

The horrific murder of children was a terrible avoidable tragedy, but what may be worse is the manner that they are being used by political manipulators.

    Watching the political fallout from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre assures me that core Democrats and the Fake News will always obfuscate the reality of the events at hand to fully utilize their core maxim: "Never let a tragedy go to waste".

    The pathetic hypocrisy of the Left's political utilization of all tragedies, real and imagined notwithstanding, these Leftist usurpers will never admit that these poor Parkland, Florida school children never had a chance and would have been slaughtered regardless of any extreme diminishment of 2nd Amendment, which is their resolved goal, before the sad occurrence of this terrible tragedy. Even if Liberals /Socialist had been fully successful in achieving their ultimate objective of law abiding Americans surrendering their guns, the fact remains: 1) the local Dept. of Social Services, in Parkland, Florida, neglected to identify the shooter as dangerous; 2) the local authorities had been warned of this shooter's psychopathic behavior and did nothing; 3) The FBI dropped the ball again, and did not investigate this disturbed boy, after being warned by knowledgeable community members; 4) the school security cameras were far out of sync; 5) a cowardly armed deputy refused to engage the shooter, Nicholas Cruz. Even if committed Leftists cannot understand this simple paradox: a psychopath with any gun in a "gun free zone", with a cowardly deputy (who goes by the infamous name of Scot Peterson) unwilling to protect these American school children, and these Leftist manipulators, whose prime objective is for law abiding citizens give up their right to protect themselves, or others strains the credulity considered by far wiser men and women than they.

    Harden these soft target schools, take away the silly "Gun Free Zone" signs, and arm responsible adults. That will make the big difference that our school children deserve. If Americans are not prepared to fully protect our children's lives and their future; what future does our Republic deserve?

    If core Democrats and their Fake News, who hate the protections of our 2nd Amendment, are left to enact policy over the rest of us, we will suffer the poor fate of a fully destructed republic.

    People, if ever there was a time to pray for salvation; of the good within our human spirits, and the sustainability of our Republic, that time is now. If left unchecked the twin diabolical forces of evil and ignorance with destroy us all.


( February 24th, 2018 @ 1:25 pm )
That is the true justification of a Christian: To know your human limitations and strive to be closer to the Lord. We are all sinners, and we all must come to Him in our own way, and His own way. It is a personal thing.

I really have to work at it. I want to do what is right, and I want to be a good citizen of His world.
( February 24th, 2018 @ 12:41 pm )
I guess we each choose our own poison. I always wanted a M1, but never found an authentic one at a reasonable price and currently own a WWII authentic M1 carbine as well as a 45 Semi Auto pistol from 1943.

I did not start thinking or talking about my war until well into my sixth decade after I found out I had not buried it deep enough and it began to regurgitate in my life. I probably should have digested it 50 years ago.

While I never lost the Christian faith, I began to doubt my interpretations of it and I daily ask for forgiveness of all transgressions both real or imagined.
( February 24th, 2018 @ 10:33 am )
I can well understand your reluctance B.T. to hold an M16.

My father never wanted to ever touch a M1 Garande ever again, and never talked about his days in WW II until he got into his 7th decade.

My supposition about you and my father is that you and he were raised as good Christian boys to become good Christian Men. Raining death upon other humans, many no more evil or good than yourselves, is a terrible duty.

That is why I revere patriots like you and Robert Earle Deatherage with such great conviction.
( February 24th, 2018 @ 10:13 am )
You and I are what my dad used to call “$hit Stirrers;” people who just try to stir up a stink.

I plead guilty.

One of the few promises I made to myself after returning from Vietnam was that I would never touch an M16 or any variation thereof.  I have fortunately been able to keep that promise. I have friends who own them and often they will try to hand them to me to look at. I tell them thanks but no thanks.  That does not make me antigun and I don't believe it gives me the right to prevent others from their own choices; I have owned shot and touched multiple other rifles and pistols over the years but that one variation of rifle holds significant memories for me and I choose not to own one.  I hope to live out the rest of my life fulfilling that promise, but one thing I do know is that if and when I ever have to break that promise, I will not need to own an M16, AR15 or so called "Assault Rifle."  There will be plenty laying around to pick up if needed. You might say that I think I have paid my dues.

The second amendment does not guarantee safety. All the legally owned guns in gun safes, under beds, on the mantel, on the pickup gun rack, in the closet, on the belt or under the shirt are of no good if they stay there when someone of ill intent decides to enter a school or anyplace armed and prepared to do harm to others.

Only people of good intent can ameliorate and prevent the damage of done by a deranged armed person.  They can do that with bats, bricks, rocks, or guns but the weapon of choice is not as important as the willingness to defend oneself.  The choice of weapon merely increases the odds that one will succeed in their own and other's defense.
( February 24th, 2018 @ 9:48 am )
The Trumpster "Tweaks"; excellent evaluation.

I'm kind of the same way. Even though I know I am right to the core, I often just want to piss some people off, while inflaming the passions of those that will try to make a difference.

I would do this if I did not believe that I was right. The President believes he is right, and ... he most often is; especially when he accuse the Obama administration of "wiretapping Trump Towers", which truly pissed off the Fake News to no end.

The "Basics" that you speak of is at the core of being an American, and many Americans will never fully what those basics are. That is how you lose a republic.
( February 24th, 2018 @ 7:48 am )
In a world ruled by absolutes on both side of any issue, I am somewhat amused that President Trump seems to be one of the few who actually is trying to advance the debate and rein in the extremes from either side of this issue.

Most people may eventually come to realize that his Tweets (I call them Tweaks) are nothing more than an effort to foster debate and discussion. I think he understands he is not a dictator but merely another President in a long line of Presidents. For many years many people have asked for our politicians to either stay out of our lives or take over our lives.

The fact is that there are no absolutes in human existence. I think our founders understood that when they limited the absolutes to just a few (10 or so). Flawed as it may be, our system is based on mutual agreement on just a few basics.
Since Benjamin Tyler Henry conceived the first practical, lever action repeating rifle we have been arguing math instead of heart.

"Patented in 1860, the Henry gave a single man the firepower of a dozen marksmen armed with muzzle-loading muskets."


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