Category: Second Amendment

Don’t Try that Virginia Mess in My Texas!

In full disclosure, I am a Life (Benefactor) and Board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), since 2016. I am also a Life (Benefactor) member of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), and also a Life Member of the Dallas Safari Club (DSC), and a member of Gun Owners of America (GoA). Any of you who follow me, know very well that I own a nice collection of firearms. I am a full supporter of the Second Amendment. This past week I spoke on the campus of the University of Michigan for Young America’s Foundation on the subject of the Second Amendment and campus carry.

I say all of this as a precursor to today’s missive.

If there is one thing I have to admire about the progressive socialist left, they are relentless. They will not stop until you absolutely crush them, and I mean their will, spirit, determination. If there is one thing that the Republican Party, as a whole, fails to embrace, it is a killer instinct.

I am referring to the ideological civil war in which we are embroiled. The left in America is fully out of their “closet” and have no issue with expressing their desires for the fundamental transformation of the United States of America. They have proven that they will use any means of coercion, lies, deceit, threat, intimidation, manipulation, bullying, and violence to achieve their ends. This is not a debatable issue anymore.

Throughout the history of the world, no endeavor to rule over people has been successful without first disarming the populace. As I have stated, going back to October of 2012 at a Friends of the NRA dinner in Palm Beach County, “an armed individual is a citizen, and unarmed one is a subject.” Those words were first uttered by one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams, who used the reference “man.”

Throughout the history of the world, no endeavor to rule over people has been successful without first disarming the populace. #2A @SecondAmendment Click To Tweet

We all watched as a new Virginia legislative body was sworn into office and they made one of their first duties to disarm law-abiding, legal gun owners in that State. The new Sons of Liberty, led by the Virginia Civil Defense League (VCDL), organized, 91/95 counties became sanctuaries for the Second Amendment. On January 20, 2020, three years after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, where Antifa mobs roamed the streets in violent rage, those Patriots, citizens of Virginia took to their Capitol in Richmond, armed, exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech, to assemble, and to petition their government for redress of grievances. They could do so because they were citizens, not subjects…and there was not an incident to be heard of, reported…matter of fact, they left the grounds in a better state of appearance — contrary to the chaos of leftist groups.

Just this week we learned that the measure to ban semi-automatic rifles in Virginia failed in the State Senate Committee of oversight. The Patriots of Virginia had won a great victory . . . but as stated earlier, the progressive socialist left in America is relentless, and their thirst for power, control, is insatiable.

Therefore, Michael Bloomberg and his anti-Second Amendment flying monkeys are seeking to descend upon another state, and wreak their havoc, tyranny, by way of gun control.

Texas.

As reported by The Blaze,

“A gun control group co-founded by 2020 presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a multimillion-dollar effort to support anti-gun candidates in Texas. 

In a news release issued on Wednesday, anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety said that it planned to spend $8 million in an electoral effort focused on the state legislature and congressional races as well as “educating the voting electorate in order to make Texas competitive at the statewide level.”

According to a corresponding memo about its plans for the Lone Star State, the group plans to put resources into 27 different House district races either trying to oust “gun lobby-backed candidates” or re-elect pro-gun control candidates, with a big focus on the Dallas and Houston suburbs. The memo also claims that the state House is “just nine seats short” of a pro-gun control majority.

On the federal level, the memo also says that the group will put effort into trying to flip control of seats currently held by GOP Reps. Michael McCaul, John Carter, Dan Crenshaw, and Chip Roy, as well as three House seats currently held by Republicans who are retiring. The group also plans to defend two Democratic seats held by Reps. Lizzie Fletcher and Collin Allred.

“Gun safety has become a top issue for voters — especially in the suburbs — as Texas becomes younger and more diverse, and after years of horrific gun violence and lawmakers who fail to address it,” a statement from Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, which is a part of Everytown, says. “That’s why we’ll focus on electing gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in Texas, where a majority of households own guns because polling proves gun-owning and non-gun owning parents alike want their children to keep their kids safe.”

As stated, they are relentless and truly believe that here, in this state where the battle cry that established Texas is “Come and Take It” that they can do exactly that. It is here in Texas where there is a delusional former member of Congress and presidential candidate, Robert Francis O’Rourke who infamously asserted, “hell yeah, we are going to take (confiscate) your guns.” The left believes their Virginia playbook will work here.

One thing that Shannon Watts needs to understand is that Texas women carry. Texas women believe in protecting themselves, their homes, their loved ones, meaning children. Here in Texas, Ms. Watts, we have an issue with illegal immigration, meaning we have issues with criminal illegal immigration and gangs.

Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking, Dallas and Houston are the two top cities for this scourge. If there is one place where you will not be able to turn citizens into subjects it is here in Texas. If there is one place that embraces victors, and not victims, it is here in Texas. I will make sure you are resoundingly defeated and never seek to return this tyranny to the Lone Star State. You are just a new version of Santa Anna in a doggone dress.

The left truly believes that the demographics of Texas has so changed, like in Northern Virginia, that they can force people into accepting their gun control agenda. If there is one thing to realize, this objective is going to cause people to rally, Republicans, Independents, and Democrats…Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians…everyone and I mean law-abiding, legal gun owners, and liberty-loving people. Thanks, Ms. Watts, just gave We the People of Texas a resurrected battle cry: “Molon Labe.” We have seen what happened in Virginia, and will not succumb, surrender, or retreat.

I have a simple message to these “targeted” Republicans: do not go and get weak knees. To the Democrats this gun control organization believes they can spare, your days are numbered if you side against law-abiding, legal gun owners in Texas. In November 2008, the Republicans lost 12 State House seats. Thanks to Ms. Watts, we shall be winning those back, along with those nine State House seats. Otherwise, it would give the progressive socialist left a majority in the Lone Star State, and that ain’t happening.

Shannon Watts is not about protecting children, she is just another liar, a manipulator of the progressive socialist left attempting to mask their real and true intent. Michael Bloomberg, the feckless candidate that believes he can buy the presidency and impose this tyranny, stop running ads in Texas. There is no way this diminutive Napoleon complex personality will ever be our president, especially as he is personally safeguarded by armed security.

Ms. Watts, I hope that this missive reaches your desk, seen by your eyes, and here is my challenge: let’s have a debate about who you are and what your intentions are. Do not hide — like Bloomberg does — running incessant, insidious ads. Come out and be exposed for who you are . . . meet me on the debate stage!

Lemme tell you about my mom, a real American woman, Elizabeth Thomas “Snooks” West. My mom had her own .38 Special handgun. When drug dealers, pimps, and prostitutes tried to establish themselves on our street corner at the intersection of Kennesaw Avenue (our street) and Ponce de Leon in Atlanta, my mom went down with her pistol and a baseball bat and forced them away. She kept at it until they realized she was not relenting. That is how an American mom protects her loved ones and her home. I do not know what kind of mom you are, but my mom demanded action by exercising her Second Amendment right!

Ms. Watts, you and your organization are not concerned about our right to defend ourselves, you are just a bunch of charlatans, paid by a power-hungry billionaire, “Mini Mike.”

Gun safety boils down to this: don’t put your finger on the trigger until ready to fire. Or, keeping your weapon on safe, and turning the selector switch to “semi-automatic” when ready to fire. Oh, by the way, there is no such damn thing as “fully semi-automatic,” so stop having CNN use dumbasses to make their ideological agenda talking point.

Ma’am, “Come and Take It” is not a bumper sticker slogan, it is a way of life. Your San Jacinto moment is coming.

Molon Labe!

The Difference Between Texas and New Jersey

As we enter into 2020, let me take just a few minutes of your time to articulate the difference between a blue (progressive socialist) state and a red (conservative) state.

This past Sunday, an attacker armed with a shotgun, fired two shots in the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas (Tarrant County, near Ft. Worth). The assailant was immediately shot to death, one shot to the head, by 71-year-old firearms instructor Jack Wilson (currently a candidate for County Commissioner). As well, there could be seen on the videotape, several other church congregants who drew their concealed carry weapons, including an elderly woman, ready to assist in neutralizing the shooter.

Texas passed a law enabling church congregants to carry in their sanctuaries so as not to have another Sutherland Springs incident. Just as a reminder, that case featured another firearms instructor who used his AR-15 to gun down the assailant there as well.

Joe Biden was recently in Texas and denigrated Texas Governor Abbott for signing the legislation into law. Joe Biden is from a blue state, Delaware, with restrictive gun control laws.

Now, contrast what happened in Texas with what just recently happened in New Jersey.

As reported by Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project:

“Grafton Thomas, the alleged terrorist who attacked a Hanukkah celebration Saturday night in Monsey, N.Y., has been charged with five counts of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill with a dangerous weapon.If convicted, Thomas faces up to 100 years in federal prison.

He is accused of using a machete to stab and slash five people in Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home. One victim lost a finger, while another is in critical condition with a skull fracture.

“Dozens of congregants from the Synagogue were inside the Rabbi’s Home at the time, celebrating the end of Shabbat and the seventh night of Hanukkah by, among other things, lighting candles and reciting prayers,” FBI agent Julie Brown wrote in a criminal complaint.

Investigators found a bloodied machete and knife in Thomas’ car after he was stopped in Harlem by New York Police Department officers two hours after the attacks. Monsey is a small town about 30 miles northwest of Manhattan.

Thomas lives in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., approximately 20 miles from Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s house, where the terror attack took place. Law enforcement officials found handwritten journals inside Thomas’ home, Brown wrote.

In them, Grafton expressed anti-Semitic sentiments and sympathetic feelings for the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The Black Hebrew Israelites were identified in a 1999 FBI report as an extremist, fringe group with a potential for terrorism. Many BHI members believe that mainstream Jews are imposters and that they are the true chosen people.”

This stabbing and slashing attack occurred in Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home. In his home!

Now ask yourselves, who do gun control laws protect? All of you leftists moving out of New Jersey, please, leave your stupidity in New Jersey. If anyone were to try to come into the house of a Texan, including rabbis with machetes, they will get the opportunity to meet their Maker.

Think about this as we head into 2020, and you hear from these tyrants on the left, like Michael Bloomberg, who want to institute gun control measures. Or as the good patriots in Virginia prepare to confront the deranged lunacy of Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam, let us not relent, nor surrender, our Second Amendment right…to keep and bear arms, that shall not be infringed.

We have a right to protect ourselves . . . at least that is what reasonable, sane, liberty-loving people understand. Progressive socialists do not, will not, and never will as their only desire is control..even if it means your lack of security and safety.

Traveling Through Texas, Thinking About the Constitution

Howdy, y’all! I am sending you Christmas greetings from The Woodlands, Texas. Since early Monday I have been on the road to beautiful Kerrville, Texas, in Hill Country, then to Conroe and The Woodlands. I am about to hit the road heading to Sugarland, and later this evening, College Station. It is so very humbling to be able to travel and speak to true Texas Patriots who want to give the greatest gift to their children and grandchildren, the gift of liberty and freedom.

I want to share some thoughts, perspectives, and insights on a few issues. First of all, condolences go out to the family of a local Nassau Bay law enforcement officer who was killed last night. He was run over by an assailant. This comes as Houston is preparing for the memorial service and funeral of another law enforcement officer who was killed. It disturbs me that over the past years we have seen such a lack of respect and honor for our law enforcement officers, leading to their being targeted.

That brings me to the shooting just yesterday in Jersey City, NJ, where a law enforcement officer was killed. It should concern us that we had a targeted shooting, no, attack, on a Jewish delicatessen by assailants that have yet to be named. Reports say they were clad in all black. Now, I do not want to hear about this is a reason for more gun control laws. This shooting happened in New Jersey where we have some of the most heinous and onerous gun restriction laws. I fail to understand what the progressive socialist left does not comprehend regarding the Second Amendment? It is enshrined in our Constitution, our rule of law. It is part of our Bill of Rights. It clearly states, “shall not be infringed,” yet just last week we had another case on the Second Amendment going before the US Supreme Court.

Should we ban vehicles since they are being used to run over people, to kill our law enforcement officers?

The issue is not the weapon, it is the person. And what the left fails to grasp is that gun control laws are only followed by law-abiding citizens, not criminals. And three innocent people lost their lives yesterday in Jersey City, NJ because evil people had an evil intention, and only when confronted with equal and superior armed force, were they neutralized.

Which leads me to the shooting at Pensacola NAS, where three sailors lost their lives in an Islamic jihadist attack . . . again. These sailors were the responsible duty officers. Why were they not armed? Why has this continued after the jihadist attacks, oops, according to Obama it was workplace violence, at Ft. Hood, Texas, and at a recruiting station and Navy-Marine Corps Reserve Support facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee? Now there are reports about Corpus Christi NAS being on lockdown for a shooter. Why is it that we have disarmed our men and women on our military installations and rendered them like sheep? We trust them to use armed superior force in defense of our nation, yet, we do not trust them to be able to defend themselves on their installations?

Should we ban vehicles since they are being used to run over people, to kill our law enforcement officers? The issue is not the weapon, it is the person. #2A #SecondAmendment #2ndAmendment #2AShallNotBeInfringed #tcot Click To Tweet

Absurd!

Why haven’t we, immediately and indefinitely, suspended the military exchange programs with Saudi Arabia and deported all Saudi National military officers back to their home country? The message is simple, when you clean your house, you can earn our trust. We have learned that the Pensacola NAS shooter was a radicalized Islamic jihadist . . . well, duh . . . so were the 17 911 terrorists. Oops, sorry Ilhan Omar, those “some people who did something.” Our men and women in uniform and their families on our military installations are more important than any “relations” with the Saudis. After all, we are net exporters of our oil and natural gas resources, we do not need them!

The bottom line: I am sick of these tyrannical progressive socialist leftists talking about gun control, confiscation, disarmament. I am tired of red flag laws or any machinations thereof. I am tired of leftists commenting and telling me what type of weapon I can or cannot have. The Second Amendment is my damn right, and I am a law-abiding legal US gun owner . . . a citizen. I will not be relegated to being a subject, nor a victim. Mass shootings are the results of the evil of the people committing them . . . not a leveraging point for anyone to enact an ideological agenda to undermine the constitutional right of American citizens.

Remember, Hugo Chavez used the excuse of curtailing gun violence in order to ban private citizen gun ownership . . . and what happened there? Students in Hong Kong fighting against the tyranny of communist China were using bows and arrows.

Ladies and gents, that is what Mr. “Big Gulp” Bloomberg, Bob Frank O’Rourke, and their ilk desire. As I traverse Texas, there’s a simple message: “Come and Take It.”

A Teachable Moment for Julian Castro

Yes, I think we can all agree that leftists say the dumbest things. And, when it comes to their insidious, and delusional, desire to instigate the disarmament of law-abiding, legal gun owners, the left really says stuck on stupid things. I present to you the latest case of dumb and dumber, one failing Democrat (socialist) Party presidential candidate, Julian Castro.

As reported by Townhall:

“Presidential candidate Julián Castro stated during the “2020 Presidential Gun Safety Forum” that the idea of a good guy with a gun being a solution to shootings has been “shattered.” The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development pointed to the recent shooting in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman drove ten hours to a Walmart to target Latino shoppers.

“This idea of a good guy with a gun versus a bad guy with gun has been totally shattered,” Castro said. “This guy must’ve known that in Texas, where you have open carry, you have concealed carry, you have campus carry, one of the highest rate of gun ownership, that shooter knew he was walking into a place where a lot of people were carrying. And that didn’t make a difference.” 

“So this argument that some have made to suggest that the answer is more guns, to me, over and over again, not only in El Paso, but time and again, that has been debunked,” Castro added.  The amount of defensive gun use vary widely. In a 1995 study by criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, they concluded there are between 2.2 and 2.5 million defensive gun uses annually. The Washington Post has reported the number is closer to 100,000 instances each year.”

For Castro to use just the El Paso incident as a validation for his absurd assertion is utterly ludicrous. If anything, my question is why was there no one in the Walmart parking lot armed to engage this deranged shooter? Personal safety is a personal responsibility. I think it is time someone reminded little Julian about what happened in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It was there that the US Air Force, along with law enforcement, failed a community and did not upload the criminal record of the assailant into the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICs) system. Therefore, the convicted domestic abuse felon was able to purchase a semi-automatic firearm, and embarked upon his evil intent.

It was a simple man, Stephen Willeford, who was alerted to the sound of gunshots by his daughter on that Sunday morning. It was Willeford, a simple man — and one whom I have met on several occasions — ran to the sound of the gun, with his own semi-automatic rifle, AR-15. He ended the scourge and mortally wounded the shooter. Hey, Julian, this was a really good guy with a gun who stopped a really bad guy with the exact same gun.

I would also remind lil’ Jules that the Mosque shooter in New Zealand was stopped by a legal gun owner with a semi-automatic handgun. But what action did the Prime Minister of New Zealand take? Yes, she banned all semi-automatic firearms. So, she made the good guy who had stopped the bad guy a criminal if he did not comply with surrendering the very firearm he used to end a mass shooting.

Guess what? Julian and his buddy Bob Frank O’Rourke, would do the same to Stephen Willeford.

Now, each month the National Rifle Association magazine, America’s First Freedom, has a segment called “The Armed Citizen.” Here are a few vignettes I would like to share with y’all . . . and Jules.

–  In Saginaw, Texas, two men attempted to rob a homeowner inside his garage at 5:45pm. One of the men allegedly drew a gun. In response, the homeowner pulled out his firearm and shot one of the men: that died from his injuries. [Saginaw Texas, 8/11/19]

– An armed robber was shot dead by a 22-year-old man early in the morning on Detroit’s west side. Two men on foot approached three people seated inside a vehicle, from behind and attempted to rob them. One robber, armed with a gun, allegedly assaulted the driver and demanded items. The 22-year-old drew his concealed carry firearm and short the robber multiple times. The man died of his wounds. [detroitnews.com, Detroit Michigan, 8/819]

– A home intruder in Sioux City, Iowa, was stopped in his tracks by a homeowner who used his firearm to defend himself. The intruder, under the influence of LSD and morphine, broke windows to enter the home. The intruder refused to leave, after being confronted, and physcially assaulted the homeowner. The homeowner retrieved his firearm and shot the intruder. The man later died from his injuries. [kscj.com, Sioux City, Iowa, 7/22/19]

– A Florida homeowner used an AR-15 semi-automatic platform rifle to protect himself from four alleged home invaders who reportedly broke into his house intending to rob him. An hour before the invasion, one of the men apparently knocked on the door and attempted to lure the homeowner outside by claiming to need help with his vehicle. The owner refused explaining that he was disabled. The man returned later with three others and broke into the home. Awakened by the noise, the homeowner grabbed his AR-15 rifle that he kept near his bed for protection. Two robbers fired at the homeowner. One wearing a “Jason” mask and gloves on both hands used a semi-automatic pistol, while the other was a 22-year-old armed with a shotgun. In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, one robber was killed at the scene. The other died from his injuries at the hospital. [villages-news.com, Summerfield Florida, 7/11/19]

So, this is a teachable moment for Julian Castro, please stop saying really stupid stuff that can be easily debunked. We all know what you and your ilk have as a true intent, gun confiscation and disarmament. Look here silly boy, good people have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. They have a right to protect themselves, not just from criminals, but also from a tyrannical government, for which you are an advocate. This Nation and its quest for independence began on the issue of gun control. That was why the “shot fired, heard ’round the world” happened…the British were marching to destroy a weapons and armaments factory in Concord Massachusetts on April 19, 1775.

Then and now, we realize a simple fact, an armed individual is a citizen…an unarmed individual is a subject. And even worse, an unarmed individual is a victim for criminals.

I know that you are running to be President of these United States, God only knows why, since you would not honor our Constitution. And I am quite sure you have no clue about civics, nor read the Founding Fathers. So, let me close Julian, with a quote from the writer of our Declaration of Independence, and 3d President of our Country…something you will NEVER be.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

Hey Julian, take this advice from King Solomon found in Proverbs 17:28 (New International Version), “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

Molon Labe! Translated in Texas as, “Come and Take It!”

Statement Regarding Texas Gun Proposals

Too often politicians overly react to crisis situations and the call to do something with nebulous, boilerplate recommendations. Yet, they offer no specific and concise solutions based upon meticulous analysis, that is what leaders do.

In the case of the recent mass shootings in Texas, I would have gone back and assessed each incident on its own. Case in point: Sutherland Springs was the result of the failure of the US Air Force in uploading the assailant’s criminal record.

In the Santa Fe High School shooting, the assailant took his parents’ legally purchased firearms and hung out in an old trailer, the property of the parents. As well, the assailant wore a heavy coat to school on a hot day.

In the most recent cases, we had a mother in Allen, Texas, who reported her son. In Midland-Odessa, we had an individual with a violent nature who seemingly lived off the grid but had previously threatened a woman with a semi-automatic rifle. The woman reported the incident.

This is not about more gun control or ‘universal background checks.’ We need better reconciliation processes of our National Instant Criminal background checks system (NICS).

We currently have a stove-piped system with poor cross coordination, the real loophole. But more importantly, we need engaged parents. And, parents who are gun owners must better secure their weapons or potentially face prosecution.

I believe we also need to add a question to our BATF 4473 asking if the gun purchaser has anyone living in the home with a history of mental illness. Again, it should not deny them their Second Amendment right, but as an aid in consideration of gun security, as in the Sandy Hook case, it becomes vital.

We must act, but we must act within our established law. We need not create new laws that infringe upon our constitutional freedoms.