Category Archives: 2nd Amendment
Last April 17th, after the Obama administration’s attempt to impose more background checks on those purchasing firearms was defeated, President Obama delivered a speech [https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=mK-XF4oG4uE] outside of the White House. President Obama opened his speech saying,
“A few months ago—in response to too many tragedies—including the shootings of a Congresswoman, Gabby Gifford, who’s here today, and the murder of twenty innocent school children and their teachers—this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence. Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their leaders, not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all of our children. A few minutes ago, a minority in the US Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked commonsense gun reforms . . . .”
It was an interesting speech. Several of Obama’s aids were present and visibly depressed. Vice President Biden was so distraught that he appeared to weep. Even the normally ebullient Obama seemed fundamentally defeated and forlorn.
James Yeager is a former cop and 2nd Amendment rights advocate. Since A.D. 1995, he’s taught over 20,000 people how to handle an AR-15. This brief video isn’t profound or especially insightful. But it is a sign of the times.
The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly bought or ordered 2 billion rounds of ammunition. President Obama threatened gun control and the public reacted by buying several million firearms and tens of millions of bullets.
Result? A nation-wide ammunition shortage. This shortage doesn’t merely affect private gun owners, but also affects the local police departments who find it increasingly difficult to buy ammunition. Some police are therefore reduced to borrowing bullets.
This could be a blessing for loansharks: I.e., “I’ll lend you 10 bullets today for 15 on payday.”
“. . . because the government has decided how many rounds you need to protect your family.”
Each day, I read the headlines in the mainstream news, I follow my email, and read as many articles as I have time. I’ve done so for several years, primarily as a prerequisite for hosting daily radio shows. Over those several years, I’ve developed an intuitive awareness of the “velocity” of news. That is, on average, there’s been about the same number of stories, the same “quantity” of news each week for several years.
But starting this last January, I’ve had the distinct impression that the “velocity of news” had accelerated by, say, at least 30%. I have no evidence to support that impression. It’s just a subjective feeling. But that feeling has been so persistent that I’m inclined to believe it’s real.
Based on that increasing “velocity of news,” I’ve come to suspect that “something big” is now very close–maybe just weeks or a couple of months away. Again, I have no evidence other than “gut”. I could easily be wrong.
We recently witnessed the 2-day plunge in the price of gold. That was pretty “big” but I don’t believe that’s the “something big” that I’ve been anticipating. Instead, I suspect that there’s more coming and possibly soon. But, again, I could be wrong.
In the 20th Century, more people were murdered by their own governments than killed by war. Governments don’t buy all those weapons merely to protect the country against foreign invaders. Governments buy those weapons in case the government has to defend itself against its own people.