Friday, January 14, 2011

Is there a conspiracy to curb our freedoms using tragic events?

There is almost an endless trail of unspeakably tragic and terrifying events these days that are closely followed by emotional appeals from our politicians and their sympathetic left-wing news media cohorts telling us with great hand-wringing outbursts that we must do something to put a stop to this for our own good. And I'm sure you know what "this" means because we've all heard the television commentators say: "Somebody has to stop this."

A few of these recent events immediately come to mind following the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and certainly Tucson should not to be overshadowed by other attempts at mass murder by Islamic terrorists that we were fortunate to avoid. Led by a cadre of low life who seem to want to turn any act of violence into a political opportunity to convince us that for our own safety we must give up certain freedoms and liberties. It has gotten to be so common that one can almost wonder if there is a connection between the event itself and the people calling for the solution. And that, by the way, it the definition of a conspiracy.

We are reminded by the scare-mongers that in order to guarantee public safety or achieve a more peaceful society we should curb our freedom of speech or our rights to self-defense. After all, we are told that our government will provide all of our needs. None of those liberal hand-wringers in the media ever remind us of those wise words of wisdom uttered by Ben Franklin who said: " Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

The mainstream news media tried valiantly to deflect the critical examination of the facts surrounding Jared Loughner, the lunatic who killed 6 people and wounded 14 others including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in his rampage at the Safeway shopping center. Instead of asking how he managed to obtain an expensive handgun while being unemployed or how he managed to gain so much expertise in using that weapon, they chose instead to blame the political rhetoric of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party while ignoring Jared Lee Loughner’s facination with Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler.
If the news accounts are correct, Jared Lee Loughner, who only recently purchased his $500 Glock, didn’t seem to miss a single victim with any of the bullets when he emptied his 30-round magazine (assuming he had the largest capacity magazine available) in less than 20 seconds. Firing rapidly, he managed to hit someone with almost every shot which is far greater accuracy than many police officers can achieve in shootouts. I don’t recall hearing how many shell casings were picked up at the scene but eye-witnesses said his rampage was stopped only while he was trying to insert a second high-capacity magazine into his pistol. I checked some Glock dealers and found magazine capacities range from 15 to 30 rounds. Where are the curious journalists who should be putting these numbers together and asking the pointed questions? A deranged gunman fires 30 rounds into a crowd in 20 seconds managing to hit 20 victims and kills 6 people.  That shooter had a lot of practice. How did this happen with no one taking notice?
So now we know, in the absence of the really important questions, that thanks to some liberal Democrats and a handful of like-minded Republicans we need a law banning high capacity magazines for guns, we also need a law to keep lawful gun owners 1000 feet away from elected public officials, we need a law to inhibit the free speech used in political campaigns. Is anyone thinking we need a law against public assembly? Maybe Clarence Dupnick the Democrat Sheriff of Pima County should stop accusing Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and start explaining why Jared Lee Loughner was allowed to stay out of jail after all the complaints and fears made against him. Someone should inform this political hack from Tucson that the L. A. Times admitted: "There is no evidence that Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the shooting of [Rep. Gabrielle] Giffords and the killing of six others, even listened to [talk radio]." As Kathy Shaidle pointed out.
Lastly, before they even buried the dead in Tucson word came out that the Westboro Baptist Church, that disgusting little congregation of 30 people from Kansas, had decided to go there and protest the funerals of those killed in Tucson. Thankfully, the overwhelming response from the residents of Tucson and a sucessful appeal to hundreds of motorcycle clubs including the Patriot Guard and the Hell’s Angels to create an insulating wall of people to protect the mourners, convinced Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church to change their plans. But even the vile hatred this group has used to attack the funerals of our military heroes has spawned questions about the benefits of restricting free speech. So has anyone asked where this so-called church, that is comprised mostly of the members of one family, has gotten its money to pay for all of the cross-country trips they make to military funerals?
What makes all of these outrageous acts suggestive of a conspiracy is how neatly they fit into an agenda to nullify the Bill of Rights our Founding Fathers so wisely wrote for us. There are so many groups in America that hold anti-American beliefs and outright hatred for our freedoms and liberty they would all love to see a public outcry to stop future acts of horrible violence. And there are many politicians who are willing to listen to such an cry. The connections between the perpetrators of the violence and those who propose their draconian solutions are well with the six degrees of separation.

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