Orlando Shooting SHOULD Have Been Stopped

It is highly unlikely the Orlando shooting could have been prevented.  Even though the perpetrator had caught the attention of the FBI, so have tens of thousands of other people.  Out of all of these “possibles,” however, only a tiny fraction are ever moved up to “probables,” and only a small fraction of those ever go on to commit a crime.  Sometimes, the FBI’s hard work pays off, and they stop bad things before they happen, catching, for example, a bomb-maker in the act of making their bomb.
That, however, is the exception, rather than the rule.
In fact, most people who commit shooting sprees have never appeared on the FBI’s radar.  What the FBI cannot do is put the 99%+ of their “possibles” who would never have gone on to commit a crime behind bars.  “But we can deny them guns, right?”  Legally, yes.  Realistically, no.  Furthermore, that act alone may be what sends them over the edge, either from “possible” to “probable,” or worse, from either category to the category perpetrator.
The level of heinous behavior that deprives the innocent (until proven guilty) of their fundamental rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, is relegated to totalitarian governments such as existed under Hitler and Stalin.  Not only is fundamentally opposed by freedom-loving people throughout the world, but it flat out does not work.  I, for one, am sick and tired of watching brain-dead idealists impose “solutions” that miss by a mile while depriving honest, law-abiding American citizens their God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights.
Meanwhile, it remains highly doubtful the Orlando shooting could ever have been prevented.  It most certainly could, however, and should have been stopped.
The problem with the Orlando shooting wasn’t that the perpetrator was armed.  That is simply not a viable, achievable objective, and countries which try wind up leaving most of their citizenry in an unarmed, defenseless state.
The problem with the Orlando massacre is that of the more than 300 Americans who were present, NONE of them were armed. If only ONE American citizen attending the event had armed, they could have taken out the mass shooter.  If five had been armed, they almost certainly would have taken out the mass shooter.

This situation has been repeated time and time again throughout all mass shootings, including Orlando, Virginia Tech, Newtown, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, and Aurora. In every instance, not ONE of the intended victims was armed.  

Being unarmed in the presence of a mass shooter DOES NOT WORK.  Just look what happened in Norway:  One mass shooter.  Seventy-seven dead.  Why?  Because not a single one of the victims and many more people subject to Breivik’s attacks were armed.  They were unarmed.  They were defenseless, and they suffered the worst fate because of it.  

If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.  

How many more wake-up calls must we suffer before those in power actually wake up and smell the coffee?  Before they realize that disarming the populace has ALWAYS resulted in a significant increases in violent crime?

Being unarmed DOES NOT WORK, America.

It doesn’t work in America.  It doesn’t work in Norway.  It doesn’t work in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram have killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes.  It did not work in Nazi Germany, when Hitler largely disarmed the general populace, restricting ownership of firearms to “…persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit” i.e. card-carrying members of the Nazi Party.  Disarmament has not worked in the United Kingdom, where violent crime rose 250% after they disarmed the general populace.  Sure, it reduced firearm murders, but what Piers Morgan and the others refuse to tell you is that the overall murder rate increased.

An armed populace, however, does work.  During the last thirty years, firearms laws have been relaxed in nearly every state.  Also during that time, crime has dropped —  a lot — but the drop always followed the relaxation of firearms laws.

The trend in gun control relaxation began in the mid-1980s, but the overall trend in violent crime peaked around 1991, from nearly 800 per 100,000 population to less than 400 per 100,000.  That’s half, a huge reduction, throughout which firearms laws continued to be relaxed.  Put simply, the relaxation of gun control laws resulted in more American citizens being armed.  As a direct result, violent crime is about half of what it is today as compared to thirty years ago.

Being unarmed has never worked.  It never will.  Disarming Americans is a direct violation of our God-given, Constitutionally supported and protected rights.  Our Founding Fathers established the Second Amendment’s “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” for outstanding reasons, most notably of which is that a well-armed populace is the best deterrent against criminal activity.

Armed American citizens are the solution.  Just look at the attempted Islamic mass shooting at the Mohammed cartoon event in Texas. Result: The two mass shooters were STOPPED.  They were SHOT DEAD, most notably, before they were able to fire into the crowd of attendees. As disquieting as this may sound to some, if they had not been stopped via armed intervention, there were some 200 people attending the event who would have suffered grievous harm if not death.  Many would have been killed.  Many more would have been injured.  All would have been emotionally scarred for life.
Various opinions claiming “armed citizens have never stopped a mass shooting” appear after every mass shooting.  They largely stem from a false claim made on the Mother Jone’s website just after the Newtown massacre.  Their “study” claims that out of 62 of the mass shootings that occurred over the last 30 years (1982-2012), “in not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.”
There are two glaring problems with Mother Jones’ “study.”
First, when armed civilians are present, they often stop mass shootings before it becomes a mass shooting.  The FBI defines mass murder as murdering four or more persons during an event with no cooling-off period between the murders.  A mass shooting, on the other hand, simple involves multiple victims of gun violence.  However, the U.S. Congressional Research Service has adopted the FBI definition for mass murder.
Second, whatever criteria Mother Jones used in their “study” has failed the reality test.  In fact, there have been twelve mass shootings stopped in their tracks by armed U.S. citizens:
1. Pearl High School:  Perpetrator Luke Woodham opened fire at his high school, killing two students and injuring seven others before being stopped by Assistant Principle Joel Myrick with his .45 caliber handgun.  Myrick lost valuable time responding because he was forced to retrieve his firearms from his vehicle due to the school’s “no firearms” policy and standing as a “gun-free zone.”
2. Parker Middle School:  The 14-year-old perpetrator opened fire at a high school dance, killing one teacher, wounding another teacher and two students.  James Strand, the owner of the banquet hall where the dance was being held stopped the shooter when he confronted him with his shotgun.
3. Appalachian School of Law:  The perpetrator killed the dean, a professor, and a fellow student, wounding three others, before being stopped by an armed law student, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, and an off-duty police officer.  All three lost valuable time responding because they were forced to retrieve their firearms from their vehicles due to the school’s “no firearms” policy and standing as a “gun-free zone.”
4. New Life Church:  The perpetrator killed two members of the church, wounding 3, before being stopped by Jeanne Assam with her personal concealed firearm.  The perpetrator fired at her, missing her.  She returned fire, stopping the perp.
5. New York Mills AT&T Store:  The perpetrator fired inside the store.  Donald J. Moore drew his own personal weapon and stopped the gunman, killing him before he could murder the list of employees he planned to kill as he’d written on the list he was carrying with him.  Only one employee was wounded.
6. Sullivan Central High School:  The perpetrator entered the high school, but was stopped at gunpoint by a school resource officer and held for ten minutes.  When the perpetrator started firing, he was shot and killed.  No others were harmed.
7. Freewill Baptist Church:  The perpetrator pulled a shotgun from his truck and approached the church.  Aaron Guyton, the pastor’s grandson, spotted him and locked the doors.  After the perp kicked in the doors, Guyton stopped him, holding him at gunpoint while two members of the church took him to the ground.
8. Clackamas Town Center Mall:  The perpetrator opened fire in the busy food court, killing two people and seriously wounding a third before being stopped by Nick Meli who drew his own firearm on the gunman, when then retreated and killed himself.
9.  Mystic Strip Club:  The perpetrator entered the club and opened fire, wounding one bouncer and a waitress.  The other bouncer stopped the perp by drawing his own handgun and killing him.
10. Austin, Texas Construction Site:  The perpetrator irately opened fire on his co-workers.  The foreman stopped the perp when he opened fire on him.  Only the perp and the foreman were injured.
11. Cache Valley Hospital:  The perpetrator entered the hospital and began making demands while holding two handguns.  When the perp racked the slid on one of his handguns, he was stopped by two corrections officers who shot him dead.
12. Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital:  The perpetrator, a patient at the psychiatric hospital, killed his caseworker and wounded his doctor.  The doctor stopped the shooter by drawing his concealed handgun and shooting the perp dead.
In any given year, armed U.S. citizens stop anywhere between 650,000 and 800,000 crimes.  Many of those are violent crimes.  Some of those involved armed shooters.  We will probably never fully know just how many of those perpetrators would have created another mass shooting had they not been stopped by an armed U.S. citizen.
When well-meaning but idealistic and/or delusional idiots establish so-called “gun-free zones,” those zones become a hotspot for violence and aggression, a favorite target of the criminally insane.  More than three-fourths of all mass shootings this century have occurred in gun-free zones, despite the fact that such zones occupy way less than 10% of the places frequented by the people.
The solution to this madness is clear:  Stop establishing “gun-free zones.”  Even in countries where “everyone is disarmed,” there ain’t no such animal.  The idea that disarmament will keep people safe is repeatedly proven as fiction, and dangerous fiction, at that.
 
Our Founding Fathers wrote “the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” into the U.S. Constitution for a REASON, people. It was to keep blithering idiots from stripping Americans of the ability to DEFEND themselves.

Obama’s December 6, 2015 Address to the Nation – SB Attacks and ISIS

Obama’s Speech Transcript – Key Points:

1.  I couldn’t stand to listen to him, so I’m glad someone posted a transcript in short order.  Makes my job easier and more palatable.

2.  Obama said “14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays.”

Wrong.  It was a Christmas party.

3.  Obama said, “So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.”

That’s not the definition of terrorism.  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the official United States definition of “domestic terrorism” is found in U.S. Code, specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 2331:

“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
– Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
– Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
– Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

The mass shooting event in San Bernardino precisely meets the definition of “domestic terrorism” under U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. § 2331.

Thus, in answer to the question, “Was this an act of terrorism?” the answer is a resounding “Yes, it was an act of terrorism.”

4.  Obama said, “…two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.”

Whatever road the two perpetrators went down, it wasn’t dark, radicalized, or a perverted interpretation.  The Qu’ran, the Hadith, and fatwahs issued by most Islamic Imams throughout the Middle East “call for war against America and the West.  The simple, straightforward, mainstream reading of the Qu’ran calls for the domination or death of any and all non-Islamic systems of belief.

5.  Obama said, “They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs. So this was an act of terrorism, designed to kill innocent people.”

It was NOT terrorism because they had “stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.”  Although pipe bombs are illegal, semi-automatic rifles and ammunition are protected by our Constitution’s Second Amendment protections against any infringement on our right to keep and bear arms.  NOR is it terrorism because they were intended for use killing innocent people.  Criminals do that all the time, and they do NOT meet the definition of terrorism.

This was an act of terrorism ONLY because it squarely and precisely meets the definition of “domestic terrorism” under U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. § 2331.

Obama, your attempt to align semi-automatic weapons and ammunition with “terrorism” is a flagrant, unwarranted, and totally unacceptable attempt to deceive the American People.

6.  Obama said, “…terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society. It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009; in Chattanooga earlier this year; and now in San Bernardino.”

He’s finally calling the 2006 Fort Hood shooting an act of terrorism.  Only six years too late, but I’ll take it.

7.  Obama said, “I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure.”

Islam is more like a mass psychosis than a cancer.  There is a cure, and that’s to ensure all law-abiding citizens and higher entities are well-armed and well-trained to put down terrorists whenever they rear their heads, swiftly.

8.  Obama acknowledges that the threat from terrorism is real.  Terrific.  Like we didn’t know that after 1,400 years of it.  His four part strategy involves hunting down terrorist plotters in their home countries, training and equipping Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL (ISIS), stopping ISIL’s (ISIS’) operations, and pursuing ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war.

Sorry, Obama, but what in the world does any of this have to do with stopping domestic terrorism?  Looks like “nothing” to me.

9.  Obama proposes a number of heinously draconian and blatantly un-Constitutional measures to “address the challenge” of domestic terrorism:

a.  Deny everyone on a no-fly list from being able to buy a gun.  This approach is patently wrong as the no-fly list violates due process of law, and without redress.  Being listed as a “suspect” of anything in no way warrants curbing their civil rights, particularly given the strong probability that Obama and Lynch would abuse such a list for their own purposes.

b.  Make it more difficult (infringe upon) for people to buy “powerful assault weapons…”  This tired old drivel has been debunked hundreds of thousands of times on thousands of forums.  The simple truth is that when you infringe on the ability of law-abiding people to obtain firearms, not only are you violating their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but like gun-free zones, you’re putting them at a serious disadvantage against criminals and terrorists who will not be following the law.

c.  Screening people who come to America without a visa.  Here’s a thought:  Deport them.

d.  “Authorize the use of military force against these terrorists.”

This last measure is perhaps the most heinous, as it would give Obama full authority to use the U.S. military as its Commander in Chief on U.S. soil, ostensibly “against these terrorists,” but certainly against any honorable U.S. citizen that Obama, Lynch, or their henchmen decide to label as a “terrorist,” or, for that matter, even as a “suspect” on a no-fly list.

10.  Obama adds, “We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam.”

That’s a shame, Obama, as Islam has been declaring war on honest, God-fearing people for 1,400 years.  I repeat:  They declared war on us, not the other way around.

11.  Obama argues, ” ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world — including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology.”

A number of objective third-party surveys reveal that more than one-third of all Muslims around the world support the activities of ISIL (ISIS).  Thus, Obama’s “tiny fraction” description is just pure bunk.

12.  Obama states, “…the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.”  This is known as a straw man argument, a red herring designed to drag our attention off the path of reality.

The reality is that the two main factions of Islam, Shiite and Sunni, are as much at war with one another as they are with all other religions.  Their plight is simply a reflection of the war-like nature of Islam.

I have to give Obama credit for his point on rejecting religious tests.  However, the Constitutional reference for such involves holding office, not with respect to determination of immigration status.

Throughout it all, Obama FAILS to identify the single most powerful deterrent of violent crime in the U.S., one that stops between 650,000 and 800,000 criminal attempts each and every year:  The Armed Citizen.

As for his “coming together around our common ideals as one nation, as one people,” that sounds nice, but in reality, Obama, one cannot coexist with people who are trying to kill you.

Finally, I can’t help but note that Obama spewed forth his speech on December 6, 2015, just one day shy of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  I can’t help but wonder what surprise attack Obama has up his sleeve that awaits us all tomorrow morning?

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/06/politics/transcript-obama-san-bernardino-isis-address/index.html