Blame Guns? How About We Blame Incompetent Government Employees?

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Second Amendment, Uncategorized
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I’ve been somewhat taken aback by the absolutely vitriolic and borderline psychotic response that many in this country have had from this school shooting down in Florida.

I wrote this the other night on my personal Facebook page and thought it worth sharing here:

I haven’t said much about the recent school shooting. I just don’t have enough time to comment on stuff like I used to, but this one keeps bugging me. There’s nothing more demonstrative of the complete lack of critical thinking in our society than the response to something like this that we’ve seen by many in our society.

It’s undeniably tragic, but so are hundreds of other stories and experiences that happen on a daily basis in our country. Tragedy is a normal part of the human condition.

The statistical reality is this:

Odds of being struck by lightning 1 in 1,000,000
Odds of being shot in a school shooting 1 in 7,800,000
Odds of dying from a gunshot are 1 in 15,000,000

Odds of dying in a car crash 1 in 6,000.

Statistically violent crime is at a 40+ year low in the United States of America.

You’ve never been safer.

In one sense, I get that many Americans response to this is simply to want to create an even safer society. I’ll be the first to admit, free and open ownership of firearms adds a level of danger into society, BUT, it’s just one of the many dangers we all face on a daily basis.

I’m sorry, but the world isn’t safe, nor will it ever completely be. Bad things happen to really good people. People die when they shouldn’t. That’s normal. That’s a historical norm realized throughout mankind’s history.

It’s a danger that I’m more than willing to accept, even with my own children and wife. And there’s a specific reason for it.

Firearm ownership is a fundamental component of self-defense which is a fundamental component of Liberty.

Few stop to think, but there’s a damn good reason why the Second Amendment is the SECOND Amendment to the Constitution. It follows the First Amendment because it’s the only way the populace can guarantee itself that primary right of speech, assembly, and religion. Tyrannical regimes will always first move to squelch speech and assembly before more extreme and violent actions begin.

I know it seems foreign in our modern times and our leisure filled world to think that this still matters, that we, as people, should have to be concerned about self-defense against our own government. Surely we’ve moved past those problems of a far less civilized and earlier man.

You’re incredibly naive if you truly believe this. By all means, ask the millions that were slaughtered by their own governments around the world throughout history if self-defense against a government was pertinent. Oh, wait, you can’t ask them, they were killed by their government.

Just look to our south and Venezuela and see what has transpired over the last couple of years. The only people that own the guns in Venezuela right now are the criminals and the government.

Oh, but that could never happen here. If you believe this, you’ve not spent enough time reading and understanding history and mankind to understand that the one constant of man’s history is that there is never any guarantee of stability. There never will be.

I personally think the future of mankind is quite bright, but I do think any future of mankind must be buttressed with a fundamentally important civil right. That is a right of self-defense. That right of self-defense is best guaranteed by my access to firearms. I would go as far to argue that our right to own firearms in the United States actually has a far more positive effect to the potential of the growth of Liberty in the world than anything else.

I’m more than willing to have a mature, grown-up discussion about what we can do to address the causes of mass shootings as I believe there are some that are definable, but admittedly difficult to solve. I will tell you up front there is not one component of that discussion with me that will have anything to do with restrictions on ownership of firearms of any kind, because “shall not be infringed” is crystal clear in my mind.

Fast-forward six days, and one of the things that’s becoming glaringly obvious is that the real thing to blame here was a complete failure of government.

Take the following into account:

Four Broward Deputies Waited Outside School as Children Were Massacred

The four Broward Sheriff’s deputies, including fired High School Resource Officer Scot Peterson, had their pistols drawn from behind the safety of their vehicles, and “not one of them had gone into the school,” according to shocked Coral Springs police.

The Coral Springs officers, meanwhile, entered the building soon after they arrived on scene to confront the shooter, while the four Broward County Sheriff’s deputies remained outside until two more officers arrived on scene along with an officer from neighboring Sunrise city.


Well, you may be a squad car and a mouse click away, but you’ll get there…eventually. Shocker for you, Israel was elected and is a Democrat. Of course, he was busy blaming the NRA the other night.

And then you have this.

Florida school shooting: Sheriff got 18 calls about Nikolas Cruz’s violence, threats, guns

Broward County deputies received at least 18 calls warning them about Nikolas Cruz from 2008 to 2017, including concerns that he “planned to shoot up the school” and other threats and acts of violence before he was accused of killing 17 people at a high school.

The FBI is desperately busy accusing Russian nationals of buying Facebook ads, but they seemed to have missed something here.

FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will “Get Into A School And Shoot The Place Up”: Full Text

A person close to Nikolas Cruz, the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Valentines day, warned the FBI she was concerned Cruz would “get into a school and just shoot the place up,” according to a leaked transcript of her call to the bureau’s tip line one month before the massacre.

“You know, it’s just so much,” said the caller. “I know he’s—he’s going to explode.” The woman said she was making the call because she wanted a “clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up,” according to the transcripts which were reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

Read that article, if the shooting wasn’t so tragic, the failure would almost be comical.

And last but not least, we could mention the fact that he went through 13 years of public school and apparently never found anyone that attempted to find him the resources he needs. I say we could, because I don’t think that’s completely fair as some kids are incredibly challenging to help for numerous reasons.

But never mind all that, never mind the fact that people who are hired to protect the community didn’t protect anything, this was all the fault of guns, if only we did something about guns…

I’m so sick of incompetent people in government.

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