Tag: 2nd Amendment

Liberty or Death: One State Chose the Latter

This past week’s elections were quite telling, especially in Virginia. Consider this: the state that gave us Patrick Henry, who spoke the immortal words in the title of this missive, chose death. Yes, this week Virginia joined another founding state, Massachusetts, in surrendering to the tyranny of progressive socialism. Those two states were the bedrocks in our fight for liberty and the establishment of these United States of America. Now, it appears they are the poster child for anti-Constitutionalism. Imagine how Mark Levin must have felt waking up Wednesday morning?

So, what contributed to the defeat in Virginia that has allowed the left to ascend to power?

As reported by CNBC:

“A gun-control lobbying group funded largely by billionaire Michael Bloomberg just helped Democrats take over the state government in Virginia – right in the National Rifle Association’s backyard.

In Tuesday’s elections, the Democrats tipped the Virginia House and Senate in their favor, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. The election had stronger-than-usual turnout in the suburbs, according to media reports.

While the results could be a good omen for Democrats’ chances in 2020, it may also be a tipping point in the money battle over gun rights. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group that the former New York mayor helps fund, spent $2.5 million this year to influence voters in Virginia versus approximately $300,000 by the NRA, which has its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

“In the past, the NRA has had its way with lawmakers because it was considered powerful and wealthy, and that has dynamic changed drastically — even within the last year,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown.

The NRA, in a statement, said “Virginians are about to experience life under a distant tycoon’s thumb,” referring to Bloomberg. “Candidates who proudly accepted Bloomberg’s cash — and every voter they misled — will soon realize the cost of being beholden to a Manhattan billionaire who despises Virginians’ right to self-defense,” the organization said.”

I believe that the internal issues of the NRA have evidenced itself in the political arena already. My assessment is that we will soon see Bloomberg’s Everytown and Moms Demand Action organizations making appearances here in the Lone Star State. There is no doubt that Bloomberg’s despotic gun control agenda will hit Texas, especially in the suburbs. But, it will be here that they meet a stiff resistance.

Texas is number one in the country for human and sex trafficking, and we do indeed have an issue with criminal illegal immigrants . . . drug cartels and gangs. For these folks to believe that they can “snow” Texans into surrendering their 2nd amendment right is ludicrous, but we all know they are going to try. They will use recent shootings as a vehicle to convince people here in Texas, since many are moving in from progressive socialist states, that the answer is gun control. And that is why it is perplexing to have the Texas Lieutenant Governor adopting the language of the left when it comes to the 2nd Amendment and our right to self-defense.

We are seeing more crime and violence in Texas urban centers thanks to the insidious leftist policies. Such as the one of Dallas County DA, Jon Creuzot, who does not press charges unless the crime involves theft of over $750. So, local criminals are emboldened to whack you over the head for $749 or less, knowing they will not face jail time . . . simply brilliant. In Austin, the burgeoning homeless situation is making being downtown after hours quite dangerous, especially for women.

But, these facts will not stop ol’ do as I say Bloomberg from bringing his gun control show to Texas. After all, it was Hugo Chavez who terminated and banned, private gun ownership as a means to curtail gun violence . . . so that now the only violence is that of the government against disarmed, starving, Venezuelans who were once citizens, now they are just subjects.

Yes, there are other strong Second Amendment organizations such as Gun Owners for America (GoA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Second Amendment Institute (SAI), but they do not collectively have the horsepower to stand against the withering assault that will come from Bloomberg’s gun control cronies, aided by a complicit media. Yes, here in Texas we do have the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) with whom I am a Life Benefactor Member. But, they will also be hard pressed.

So, what is the answer? Yes, a strong Republican Party of Texas that has the resources to strike first, go on offense, and put Bloomberg and his flying monkeys on defense. That has to start right now! We need to have Governor Greg Abbott call for a special legislative session and ensure we have strong 2nd Amendment protections in Texas, part of the conservative Lone Star Agenda.

My concern is that the National Rifle Association, with its internal turmoil, is not going to be a serious player in 2020. We do not need to cry over that, just accept it and move out into this seminal fight for individual liberty. Virginians are about to feel the sting. I would recommend that in Virginia, as with us here in Texas, and elsewhere, we start doing County by County 2nd Amendment sanctuary Counties. Let the left know that they will not advance their tyranny of disarming the American people by way of gun confiscation.

“Bloomberg helped found Everytown for Gun Safety in 2014 to “end gun violence and counter the Washington gun lobby.” The group put its focus beyond Congress, to bring attention to state elections and corporate boards, “fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby.” Bloomberg has pledged to spend at least $50 million to support the cause. The group now has 350,000 financial backers, though Bloomberg remains a major contributor.

The group’s influence has seeped into corporate boardrooms, too. The Virginia election came after a number of executives came out in favor of gun reform, amid Everytown’s advocacy and a steady stream of mass shootings.

Walmart in September said it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer.”

Hey Texans, this is what we are facing, and it will not be long before the gun control tyrants show up pressuring businesses and corporations in the Lone Star State. I plan on indeed making this an issue and any person running in Texas to disarm Texans will find themselves the victim of resounding defeat in 365 days!

Just remember, per year, more unborn babies are murdered in the womb, than people killed by gun violence. And, if we were to remove cities like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Memphis, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and other major leftist controlled cities from the calculations of gun violence, there would hardly be any in our America. These are the cities controlled by the left, where there are already stringent gun control laws . . . anti-constitutional.

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!”