So why do we trade with people who subvert our sanctions??

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Reactions to perceived inaction by police ignore the reality of life in the USA. In the USA there is a tremendous excess of attorneys. There are hundreds of thousands of self-important esquires wandering the nation in search of a situation that they can exploit for fun and profit.

For those screaming that the first police officers on the scene at Uvalde should have run into the school, guns blazing and neutralized the madman shooting children in a classroom, here's a thought.

Had an officer or officers have done that, not knowing which room the shooter was in or what corner he was hiding in, there would almost certainly have been injuries to the innocent children and teachers inside the classroom where the hoped-for shoot-out developed. At that point the officer who fired the shot resulting in a death or injury to an innocent would have been tagged and targeted for arrest and destruction, first by the criminal justice system and later by the litigation industry. He or she would have been prosecuted, shunned, vilified, castigated and ruined - professionally, personally and socially.

Witness the treatment of the officers in the Louisville incident that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor. Officers who actually announced themselves as police six separate times before breaching the apartment door were fired upon from the darkened hallway wounding one of the officers. The officers returned fire toward the two people they could make out, wounding one (Breonna Taylor) fatally. The officers never entered the apartment. (The guy in the apartment, who fired the shots had called his mother while the police were waiting between announcements and told her the police were at the door, so he clearly knew he was shooting at the police.) The news media claimed that the dead woman was an EMT and an upstanding citizen, killed by police because she was black. One of the officers was prosecuted because some of the rounds her fired toward the people who had fired at him went through a wall and into an adjoining apartment. No one was injured by those rounds and the officer had no way of knowing what was behind that wall but was firing in defense of himself and the other officer who had already been shot and was bleeding out on the floor. The officer defending himself was charged and convicted and sentenced to prison time for the "crime" of trying to give cover to a wounded comrade. Everybody in media including Oprah gave cover to Taylor even though she and the man she was with were clearly involved in ongoing drug sales and had been associated with numerous criminal acts over a period of years.

There IS huge risk to officers that has nothing to do with being killed in the line of duty. It has everything to do with attorneys making millions and creating a reputation for themselves on the backs of heroes.

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If "The Democrats’ gun control proposals have failed everywhere they have been tried", then why does no other first world country have the same gun violence problem as America?

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This is dumbest article I ever read. We have freedom from Religion, but bigamy is against the law(Mormans practiced bigsmy) as is human sacrifice or animal mistreatment. As well as any other religious activity that is regularly illegal. So it is not an infringement of freedom to allow gun restrictions to be at least as stringent as driving a car, i.e. you must get trained, pass a written and practical test, obey safe gun use laws, you can only use guns in safe areas, and not near schools or playgrounds. You must get a license that needs to be renewed every 5 years. When you buy a gun it is registered and INSURED. And tax the heck out of bullets. And like cigarettes, ban all advertisement of guns.

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In the 1930's my father in-law carried a rifle to school so he could shoot diner on the way home.

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Poorly written opinion piece that could not focus and instead was all over the place. Inflation. China. Education. 20th century communism. Cultural decay. It instructive that the smartest and most articulate conservatives have remained silent since Uvalde, and only the confused (such as this author) or extremely cynical (such as Cruz) are putting forth more bad ideas in print or tweet

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If you truly want to all-but rid America of these shootings and other public crimes, we only need to return to the Bible’s non-optional responsibility to defend ourselves, our families, and others. With nearly every law-abiding man armed ready to engage any active criminal, these shootings would be all-but eliminated overnight.

The Second Amendment will never accomplish this and is, instead, part of the problem.

America was sold down the river when the 18th-century founding fathers replaced Biblical responsibilities (based upon the moral law of God) for Enlightenment rights, and nothing demonstrates it better than the Second Amendment.

Think about it: The Amendment WITH the wording "shall not be infringed" is the MOST infringed, licensed, and limited Amendment of the entire twenty seven. Furthermore, a future generation of our posterity is likely to see the Second Amendment whittled away entirely or repealed altogether. This is inherent nature and danger of optional Enlightenment rights versus non-optional Biblical responsibilities, such as the following:

"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword [or today's equivalent] in their hand ... this honor have all his saints. Praise ye Yah." (Psalm 149:6-9)

"But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house [beginning with spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1 Timothy 5:8)

Which is more potent: 1) An optional right, or 2) A non-optional responsibility?

Which is more likely to be infringed, licensed, and ultimately abolished altogether?

Which did the pre-Second Amendment Americans look to for their authority to bear arms, with little or nor infringement?

For more, listen to "The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight," delivered at the Springfield, Missouri Firearms and Freedom Symposium, at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Go to our Video page and scroll down to title.

At this same location, you will also find a radio interview Larry Pratt (Executive Director of Gun Owners of America) conducted with me on this same subject. I think you'll find Mr. Pratt's remarks especially interesting. Go to our Audio Messages page and scroll down to T 952.

See also online Chapter 12 "Amendment 2: Constitutional vs. Biblical Self-Defense" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective." Click on the top entry on our Online Book page and scroll down to Chapter 12.

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We need both. A revival & George Washington style common sense. No 18 year old has a need for an AR-15 — Unless trained and approved by a panel of experts - I would even accept a panel of NRA officials. Otherwise - join the Army.

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I was born just as our soldiers and our allies landed in Normandy, and came to my adult self when I joined the US Air Force in 1961.

Throughout those years, we had no mass shootings that I can remember. Grandpa taught me how to safely use hand guns and long guns by my tenth birthday.

Many elementary and high schools taught firearm safety classes, and even had nearby firing ranges where young boys and girls could learn how to safely use hand guns and long guns with a high level of accuracy.

Nobody back then blamed the automobile when a driver hit a pedestrian.

Still no mass shootings when I earned my honorable discharge from the military in 1964s, but within two years a very deranged Marine Corps veteran appeared on the University of Texas at Austin's campus.

Still, we did not have young men killing their families and then going into schools or night clubs to murder children and strangers.

I am now an old man in perhaps the last decade or two of my life.

What I have seen during the last several decades has left me with an indelible case of melancholy.

Some people blame the guns, rather than the deranged people using the guns. They apparently do not blame knives, baseball bats or crow bars.

Such people do not want to explore what has changed in our culture since the mid-40s . . . when fatherhood was honored, divorce was thought to be a moral failing, motherhood was one step below sainthood, and children were born because God made men and women.

Most people I knew while I was growing up were fairly religious, and churches were an important part of most all communities.

Too many guns. Do away with the 2nd amendment. Make gun illegal.

How can people be so uninformed. How can our President believe a 9mm hand gun can blow a person's lung out of their body?

Some times I consider how soon I will die. I pray that my passing will be a time of grace and reflection by those who love me.

I also pray that our society and culture will be blessed with a renaissance where people will stop a young man from assaulting a young woman on a subway train, where personal sacrifice once again is seen as a good trait, and children can be safe in school rather than dying while nearly a score of armed police officers waited outside the door.

We need people who live with a potential for heroism stored within their souls.

'Twas common 78 years ago. Today? Not common enough.

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Joe Biden is the epitomy of "moral rot." Look at his family. Hard to criticize what you epitomize.

As for gun control and 2A, we all know it is essential to dearm the populace to morph to true tyranny. It is no coincidence that the political establishment here in the U.S. is screaming for more gun control at the same time that other country's socialist leaders are doing the same.

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