Category Archives: Politics

On American Sniper and all the critics

First I will say I have not seen the movie. I know the story hits me pretty hard so I’m waiting until I can watch it at home. I have read the book though and the movie isn’t what I am planning on discussing anyway.

I have seen a lot of criticisms of Chris as a person and some of them are right. He likely did make some stuff up about his career and things he’s done. The question is who hasn’t exaggerated their life at some point? Others are way off such as calling him a coward or a terrorist or denigrating his service because it was to the critic the wrong war for the wrong reasons (never mind that even the New York Times now admits that we did find WMDs in Iraq). These people don’t understand the nature of military service or what is involved. People in the service serve the politicians the people elect and their whims. Our only hope when we are sent somewhere is that we can do the job we were sent to do and bring everyone home alive. Chris Kyle did this with surgical precision and in a way only a small number will ever understand. Looking at a living thing through a high-power scope and making the kill or don’t kill decision creates a connection with the target that is almost intimate. To keep going out there over and over and doing that while not turning into a blubbering lunatic takes extraordinary mental discipline.

At the same time I’ve seen some criticisms of Kyle’s detractors thrown back I don’t care for either. Not because it’s aimed at the critics, but because some of it paints good people with a broad brush they don’t deserve. The comment in question was that anyone who does not serve in the military is a coward. I don’t agree with this. Some try and fail for medical reasons. Others just aren’t called to serve. A long time ago there was a study of people who enter the military, law enforcement and other “first responders” that found we are wired differently than most. Doesn’t mean those who don’t serve are cowards, just not hard wired to run towards the sound of trouble. However that doesn’t excuse Kyle’s detractors from being ignorant, sanctimonious assholes.

Greg “Pappy” Boyington is credited with saying: “Show me a hero, and I’ll show you a bum.” If you know who Greg Boyington was you know he’s spoke from personal experience, both as a hero and a bum. Chris Kyle had his faults, everyone does, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a hero in Iraq and back at home where he died trying to help his brothers and sisters to deal with PTSD. Nothing can change that.

“Peaceful” Anti-Civil Rights Activists Arrested for Violent Attack

They beat a man until he went into seizures. Charges include aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

They can’t control their violent impulses, so they assume no-one can.

Could this case mean nationwide CCW reciprocity?

Culp et al v. Madigan et al

Basically non-residents with CCW permits from their home states who have to be in Illinois for business reasons are disarmed by Illinois law. Since they have little chance of the legislature providing relief they have turned to the courts. Depending on how far this case goes I think there is a chance that a decision could be handed down that would bring full 14th Amendment protections to CCW permit holders.

Why our freedoms matter

Shortly after the 9-11 attacks I commented that the best way to beat our enemy was to guard and increase our liberties not restrict them further. Recall that at this time guns were banned based on cosmetic features magazine capacity was (nationally) subject to an arbitrary limit and concealed carry laws had not spread to every state. In light of recent events I am more convinced than ever that we need to not only restore our rights we need to exercise them as well.

This article (subscription required) details possible methods and outcomes of a terrorist attack(s) on the United States. The Washington Times opines that having and exercising our right to bear arms is one way to ensure our safety. Monderno reports on a potential threat to soldiers and their families in their homes. Australia recently stopped an ISIS plot to abduct and behead Australian citizens.

This is not comforting news and barely scratches the surface of what terrorist groups are capable of. Granted not all threats can be stopped by armed citizens, but having a well armed citizenry makes it much more difficult to conduct hostile actions on American Soil. So if you don’t have your permit (and need one to carry), get one. If you do have one or don’t exercise your rights, start. Finally keep an eye on your elections Local, State and Federal. If a candidate does not support your right to keep and bear arms its a sure thing they think little of the rest of your liberties too.

Someone fixed the commercial. Gunsense saves lives

Update: Apparently MDA doesn’t like inconvenient truths so the abused DMCA to yank the video. Here’s another link.

Update #2 in case the second link gets taken down this video should survive.

Concealed Carry Permits Up, Violent Crime Down

We can debate correlation/causation till we’re blue in the face, that doesn’t change the fact that this is the exact opposite of what we were told would happen with the implementation of CCW.

“No one wants to take your guns!” is bull

Obama Praises Australia’s Gun Confiscation