Quantico, our Second Amendment, and Reality

In the latest episode of Quantico, a (very) fictitious portrayal of life for new FBI field agent recruits at Quantico, an equally fictitious Senatorial Bitch gave a short speech that is all too real in our nation’s capital: “I’d like to acknowledge the brave men and women who defend our campus today. That includes one of our own, Trainee Perales. Three-hundred and thirty. That’s the number of mass shootings in this country in 2015. An average of almost one per day. I am tired of this. And you should be, too. You are being trained to carry a weapon, to respect the power of a gun, to understand that it is a privilege to be earned, not a right given to anyone who…”
 
The Senatorial Bitch was cut off by a disapproving stare from her son, a member of that class. He knew better.
 
So do we.
 
Our right to keep and bear arms is NOT a “privilege.” If is an ABSOLUTE right, one given by God himself, and reflected in our Bill of Rights as applying universally, without encroachment. That’s the way our Founding Fathers wrote it, and clearly with that specific intent, as they certainly wrote other limitations into both our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
 
But not into our Second Amendment. That “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is absolute.
 
That’s as it should be, for the moment one allows ANY encroachment on the tiniest issue, they tip that slippery slope towards allowing encroachment on all issues until the right no longer exists AT ALL. This is WHY our Founding Fathers rendered this an absolute prohibition in its final form. They knew that some day, power-hungry people who are ignorant of what it takes to maintain freedom, or worse, those who specifically attack it, for whatever reason, would, and rather incessantly, whittle away at our freedoms.
 
As for me, I learned how to shoot when I was nine, at the hands of a Navy officer and a former Army officer. I received additional training from accomplished hunters in my early 20s, and formal training throughout my own career as an Air Force officer beginning in my mid-20s. I qualified at the expert level on every military weapon system on which I trained, including the M-8, the M9, and the M-16.
 
I am the first to tell you that one does NOT have to be in the military to become a firearms expert! All it takes is an appreciation for firearms in general, some self-discipline, and the desire to learn and improve.
 
My point is that the Senatorial Bitch’s idea that only FBI agents and other law enforcement types are qualified to use firearms in an active shooter situation is totally, 100% BOGUS. It’s elitist bullshit, designed to create a class situation separating the haves from the have-nots.
 
DO NOT BELIEVE IT!!!
 
I firmly believe everyone in the U.S. who has NOT demonstrated a clear reason as to why they should not be allowed to keep and bear arms SHOULD be allowed to keep and bear arms, and I fully support Constitutional Carry via either open or concealed means, your choice.
The Reality Is that EVERY U.S. citizen’s right to keep and bear arms is Constitutionally protected.  Sadly, the reality is also that far too many self-appointed watchdogs get this horribly wrong.

Shall Not Be Infringed

The term “infringement” doesn’t mean “prohibition.” It means “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege.” If I were to move off the sidewalk and walk through my neighbor’s grass, I would be infringing. It does little direct damage, but over time, that section of grass would die. If I then moved over to a fresh strip of grass, that would die, too. When our Founding Fathers penned “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” in our Second Amendment, they created an absolute prohibition against any and all infringements, no matter how slight, in order to protect — absolutely — the right of the people to keep (own/possess) and bear (carry) arms. Furthermore, this prohibition not limited to the federal government. It doesn’t not say, “Congress shall not…” It simply states that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This applies to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, and FOR ALL TIME, WITHOUT CESSATION.  It is an absolute right, to be protected at all costs, without question.

Cleared hot? Or not? Self Defense 101

This is why police shoot guys brandishing knives who refuse to follow lawful orders to put the knife down.  Knives are deadly.  A knife attacksingle nick of any one of dozens of key arteries or veins may result in death in minutes.  A stab to the heart or major artery can kill you in seconds, even if you’re in the ER of a major hospital.  Cutting any one of thousands of nerves can prove permanently and severely disabling, and severing some nerves can prove fatal.

gun at knife fightThis is one of the reasons why I carry a firearm.  It’s not enough to merely know how to shoot.  You must know how to avoid, escape, and deflect confrontation, as well as

When it comes to the lawful use of firearms in defense of life, limb, and property, the law varies state to state, so you must know your local, county, state, and federal laws!

The following rules, however, are nearly universal throughout the United States. Please note I said “nearly.” Again, it’s up to you to know your local laws:

Rule 1: If at all possible, avoid the confrontation. You can’t be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot if you’re not there.

Rule 2: If at all possible, leave the scene of a potential confrontation as soon as possible. If you’re carrying a firearm and bad guy with a knifestay, someone is likely to be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot, and that someone just might be you. No matter how good you think you are, there’s always someone better. If you’re able to leave before any fighting starts, you will have de-escalated the situation back to Rule 1.  As long as you’re within 21 feet of an attacker, however, you’re only one second away from probably harm and possible death.

Rule 3: If you cannot leave, attempt to de-escalate the situation. Deflect the tension. Use humor or whatever it takes. You may be able to take control of the situation, if you have the power and authority to do so. You may also need to detain or arrest someone.  Just remember, in the vast majority of states, you can do so only if you have witnessed them committing a felony.  This process is not for either the feint of heart or poorly trained, however.  Law enforcement officers get plenty of training yet still have their butts handed to them by bad guys on a regular basis.

Rule 4: This applies in all situations: If at any time you’re facing imminent threat of life or limb, under the laws of most states you’re cleared hot (cleared to shoot to stop the threat). In some states that authorization extends to property. Check with your state’s laws beforehand, however, as you won’t have time in when the going gets tough!

Bottom line:  Know the law, remain well-trained, not merely with respect to handling a firearm and shooting targets, but also with respect to knowing what course of action is best for any given situation.

Jeapordy: “Trayvon Martin” — “What ties Obama, Holder, Corey, and Zimmerman together?

Repeat after me: “It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force…”

…particularly when you’re defending yourself against aggravated assault.  In case you’re wondering what that means, it means if you don’t defend yourself, you’ll likely be dead very soon. Technically it means to “cause serious bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.” If you don’t think Trayvon Martin’s use of a slab of concrete sidewalk against which he was bashing Zimmerman’s head isn’t a deadly weapon, you’ve never hit your head on a concrete sidewalk.

This is true not only in Florida, but in nearly all 50 states in our United States of America. Since the the local police department processed him and the local prosecutor declined to press charges, this naturally begs the question as to the real reason behind State Attorney Corey’s reversal, more than two months after the fact.

Did Obama call her directly and impress upon her the need to prosecute Zimmerman in order to cover up Obama’s ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments?

Did the Blank Panthers threaten her or her office if she didn’t prosecute, in order to cover up their ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments with respect to their putting a $10k (or was it $15k) bounty on Zimmerman’s head?

Did Eric Holder, acting on behalf of either the Blank Panthers (with whom he had ties back in college) or Obama (for whom he’s covered up several times) call her office and twist her arm?

Or was in Angela Corey herself, who recently sent a woman to prison for 10 years merely for carrying a firearm out of her own home after her physically abusive husband threatened to beat her if she left him? Corey is no stranger to the anti-gun nuts, and was not at all happy when Florida’s Stand Your Ground law passed. I wouldn’t put it past her one bit if this was her way of attempting to undermine the law, instead of enforcing it as per her oath and job description. She didn’t care one lick about the beaten woman she threw behind bars for twenty years, and I’m sure she could care less about Zimmerman, either. The only thing she cares about, like most Democrats, is her career and her reputation.

Well, Corey herself has, by her own actions, utterly trashed her own reputation. She has shown her true colors, that she cares nothing for the law, but only for her anti-gun agenda, and she could care less how many honest, law-abiding citizens spend decades behind bars in order for her to get her own way. She’s a cold-, if not black-hearted person, and she has absolutely no business whatsoever being in public office, much less politics.

Then again, that goes for both Obama and Holder, as well — both of them have multiple deaths of honest, law-abiding citizens on their hands, and such is the company that Corey keeps.