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When Police Attack

Say Uncle discusses the Chris Dorner situation:

Last night, I was catching wind that this Dorner character was surrounded. Then, the news was that police ordered the press and media away. And then, I knew. This was to be an execution. He was not going to make it out alive. The police burned him alive. At first, I was hearing reports that the fire was an accident from the tear gas but then the recordings surfaced.

Regardless of that, a man was alone in a cabin that was someone else’s property and, instead of waiting him out or doing, you know, police stuff, they set the place on fire. He had no hostages and was isolated and could have been waited out. Instead, he was burned alive. And the police destroyed an innocent third party’s property. Hope the owners have insurance.

Now, I’m not excusing Dorner or his actions but, at this point, he was still a suspect, entitled to due process, and effort should have been taken to get him alive. What the police did here was inexcusable. No time for due process when execution will do, I suppose.

Also, this one is going to fuel conspiracy theories for years.

When discussing this with friends and coworkers, many have expressed that they’re glad that he’s off the streets and cannot hurt anyone else. When I bring up concerns regarding due process, most often I’m brushed off because, “he’d killed several cops so it doesn’t matter how they got him, just that they got him.”

In years past, I would have agreed with them. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more sensitive to the importance of constitutional protections, regardless of how much evidence there is against a person.

One thing that is supposed to set our Republic apart from others is our belief in the importance of the individual, and the natural rights of the individual. Many special interest groups argue for collective rights and special treatment based on their identification with a “special” group. This is the basis for one of the left’s attacks on the Second Amendment, claiming that it guarantees a collective right connected with service in a militia, which argument was thoroughly dismantled in Heller.

Chris Dorner was a murderer and he deserved due process. Due process, in this instance, would have been more difficult and that is why it is so very important.

 

Marko’s Suggestion

I like it:

“Assault weapons”. “High-capacity magazines.” “Military-style rifles”.

The Department of Homeland Security buys 1.6 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition in just a little over a year, and 7,000 fully automatic machine guns for “personal protection”. Police departments all over the country have tanks and drones, and you can’t tell the difference between a police SWAT team and a Marine infantry section at first glance anymore. One guy threatens the LAPD personally and kills a cop, and they piss all over the Fourth Amendment and make the whole city a free-fire zone in search of the suspect.

I suggest we just call them “police-style weapons” instead.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Freedom - Loss Of, Guns

 

Learning how to respect others

Some have to learn it the hard way:

If you ever find yourself in a Florida courtroom facing Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, don’t give him any lip — and certainly don’t flip him the bird. Penelope Soto, 18, who was arrested for drug possession, learned that Monday, when she irritated the judge with her insouciant attitude — flipping her hair, laughing derisively, dodging questions. Miffed, the judge slapped Soto with a $5,000 fine and bid her “bye-bye.” Soto laughed and responded, “Adios,” so he upped her fine to $10,000. “Are you serious?” the teen asked. “I am serious. Adios,” said the judge. Soto gave him the finger, at which point he sentenced her to 30 days in jail for contempt of court. And yes, he was serious.

Now, a smart person, finding themselves in court for drug possession, would, I think, try to do everything possible to lessen his/her sentence by at least showing respect to the judge. Have fun in jail, Ms. Soto.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Eyes+Sharp Stick, People

 

Getting Involved

“In a revolution, if you’re not willing to die or kill for your beliefs you’re basically irrelevant. Tweeting doesn’t count.” http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/161931/

 

Shall Not Be Questioned

I’ve been reading Shall Not Be Questioned for several years now and enjoy Sebastian and Bitter’s contributions to the cause.

Sebastian recently wrote two must-read pieces for understanding how we got to where we are regarding gun rights and the current threat to the Second Amendment:

How Did We Get Here, Part I: The Culture War

How We Got Here, Part II: The Political Struggle

Go. Read. Share.

 

Double Binds

In communication there is a phenomenon called a double bind. Wikipedia describes it this way:

double bind is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will be automatically wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore cannot resolve it or opt out of the situation.

Double binds are extremely frustrating, especially in the workplace.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Rants

 

What difference, at this point, does it make?

It is clear that Secretary Clinton didn’t want to answer the question and it is clear that Senator Johnson wasn’t interested in her answer. The question, “What difference, at this point, does it make…?” is important in the verbal battle of “I’m not listening. I’M NOT LISTENING!”

Frankly, it matters, Madam Secretary, because the Obama Administration, of which you and Ambassador Rice are part, were more than happy to threaten liberty and freedom of speech rights rather than to confess their mistake.

Wait, you mean to tell me that a politician lied? In an election year?!

Re-election politics aside, subverting liberty while attempting to cover up your failure is not a valid excuse. This was not a defense of liberty. This was an attack on liberty.

Oh, and you let four American’s die.

 

Somebody Picked the Wrong Girl

Seen over at Joe Huffman’s

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Guns, People, Self Defense

 

Collective Punishment

Oleg discusses this Leftist ideology and why it fails.

 
 

Wyoming is Prepping

K2Radio reports:

Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Guns, Politics

 

“It’s a Big F***ing Deal”

Sebastian talks about the current gun debate and why it’s so important. A couple of gems from his post:

… One reason [gun grabbers have] struggled over the past 12 years is that they haven’t had someone in the White House willing to push gun control. You have a President who is very popular with a segment of American society now pushing it in a big, big way.

Very true. We’ve been winning the battles for the last decade and the war is about to take a nasty turn.

… I think even people in deep red states with solid representation need to be heard from, because we might need their courage if the GOP leadership starts to look weak. I might also need your legislator twisting the arm of my legislator, to hold the Republican caucus together. If your letters focused on general anxiety about the Republican Party, and an expectation that your representative will be a leader in fighting gun control, that would be very helpful to those of us in blue states in Republican-held districts.

You know everything we’ve laughed at the gun control movement about? No money? No supporters? All that has changed…

This is also very important. The 2010 US Census gave Utah an additional seat in the House. I live in the newly redrawn 2nd District and my new congress critter is Chris Stewart. I did not vote for him and I will hold his feet to the fire for the next two years, then work to get someone else nominated if I’m still living in the district.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported:

Congressman-elect Chris Stewart is willing to support some limited gun-control measures if they are packaged in a bill to boost outreach and treatment for the mentally ill.

… Stewart said he would oppose any legislative attempt to restrict ownership of handguns and other common weapons but could bend on banning high-capacity gun magazines for the sake of having a broader discussion on violence.

So, even before he was sworn into office, he’d already thrown gun owners under the bus. Not a surprise for a man who cheated his way into his first Federal office.

It’s a different world. Welcome back to the 90s. Now you know why they were so desperate to get leadership from the White House. Because leadership from the White House is, to quote our Vice President, “a big f**king deal.” A lot of folks don’t know how much we’ve benefitted by having no PAC money in gun control for the past 12 years.

If you know someone sitting this one out because they think the anti-gun groups don’t matter, slap them silly. We’re not facing the anti-gun groups, we’re facing the White House and the whole Obama coalition, and if you think that doesn’t matter, just ask Mitt Romney whether he agrees with you.

Contact your Federal representatives and let them know that we will not stand by and allow the White House to move on this unilaterally!

 

The definition of a dictator

When one person begins to curb your specific, enumerated rights, isn’t that person a dictator?

“The president is going to act. Executive orders, executive action, can be taken,” Biden told reporters before meetings with groups representing survivors of mass shootings. “We haven’t decided what this is yet, but we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the Cabinet members.”

A storm is brewing…

 

A World Without Guns

I missed this post on Gun Nuts Media last week, A World Without Guns. I’m posting to it now because Tim covers some vital points. The gun grabbers don’t want a world without guns, they want a world where only they have guns. Mike Bloomberg has no problem calling for your guns to be surrendered while he is surrounded by armed body guards. Go read what Tim has to say, then come back and tell me if you agree/disagree and why/why not.

 
 

Safety vs. Control

More people killed with hammers and blunt instruments than rifles every year. “Because it has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with control.”

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Freedom - Loss Of, Guns

 

Anti-gun and Pro-violence?

Why are anti-gun activists so violent?

“I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,… And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures,….”

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Conflict Studies, Crazy Left, People

 
 
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