When Israeli school children were massacred in May 1970 on the road to Moshav Avivim, near Israel’s border with Lebanon, it was the handiwork of the Palestinian terrorist group, the PFLP-GC (i.e., the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command). So, of course Israel called for a ban on bazookas and the PFLP-GC. Why? Well, as we know so well in America, when you ban something it magically disappears. Bullshit alert!!

No, the Israelis accepted that they lived in a tough neighborhood and had to be prepared to defend themselves. So, how is that working out? (Hat tip Sally for the photo.)

Wayne LaPiere had it exactly right yesterday–the only way to stop a bad man with a gun is with a gun in the hands of a good woman.

Part of the reason for America’s gun culture is our heritage as a frontier society. If your family roots go back to the 18th and 19th century in America, then a gun was more than some decoration. At least two of my ancestros were killed by

My 5th Great Grandfather, WILLIAM FERRELL (who was born in 1740 in Russell, Virginia) was:

killed and scalped by the Indians at ths own House, his family had been luckily removed to the Fort some time before. I recieved the information form Capt. Kinghead early the 16th who had then just heard of Mr. Ferrell’s murder and seemed very apprehensive more mischief had been done as many in that settlement were living at their own Homes. He further informed me that he should go directly to the spot with a party of men. I directly dispatched a man to the Rich Lands with order to the Sergean there (Capt. Edmiston being absent) to range down and join Capt. Kinghead with about half the men at that station. Yesterday I went ot see how they were situated at that place and likewise to hear from Skaggs’ as I expected another party was coming up that Fork of Sandy Creek. While I was there the Sergeant who had been to join Capt. Kinghead returned with an Account that no more Mischief had been done, that the indians had gone off towards Sandy Creek. Capt. Kinghead haviang followed them that way about ten miles.

My 6th great grandfather was John Stewart, the husband of Daniel Boone’s sister, Hannah. Born in 1745 in Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania:

he was raised on the Yadkin River in old Rowan Co., NC. He was a man of average build, fair complexion and yellow hair and had a lively open countenance. Hannah was in her 18th year when she married him.

John Stewart went on several hunting parties with his brother-in-law, Daniel Boone. In 1769 they were gone for six months hunting and trapping. On December 22 they ran into a hunting party of Shawnee Indians who took their horses and gear. Boone and Stewart immediately began the pursuit of the Shawnees on foot. That night, as the Indians slept, the two Americans crept in among the horses and reclaimed their own, silently walked them out several hundred yards, then mounted and rode furiously away. After riding the night and thinking themselves secure, they stopped to rest only to be set upon by the Shawnees who galloped up whooping and laughing. They tied Boone and Stewart together and marched them north for seven days to Ohio where they finally escaped.

On a later trapping trip in the late winter of 1770, Boone and Stewart divided on either side of the Kentucky river to check their trap lines. Boone returned to their camp but Stewart did not show up. Fearing the worst, Boone crossed the river where he found the remains of a fire and Stewart’s initials carved on the bark of a treee, but no trace of the man himself. It was not until 1775, during the expedition to cut the Wilderness Road, that a skeleton and powder horn with Stewart’s initials were found wedged into the hollow of a sycamore tree. He was probably killed by Indians. Stewart was not only a brother-in-law but Boones best friend.

I share these two vignettes with you to help provide context that weapons were a necessary part of our life in America. If assault weapons had existed at the time you can bet your ass folks would have them. The Israelis, today, carry and use weapons without any social stigma. That is starting to change in this country, at least in those insulated pockets of suburban sanctimony, where they have the luxury of pretending that guns are not necessary for personal security. Owning and operating a gun is a responsibility. When we reach that point that citizens can no longer be trusted to own weapons we will have come to the end of freedom in this country. America was founded on the bedrock principle that its citizens faced a hostile environment and had the absolute right to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • Robert Miller

    You really want to compare America to Israel? That is a joke. How about you compare America to Germany or Canada or the U.K.? So your answer is more guns. You Republicans are destroy this country. You are taking us down.

    • Hokma

      You and your Communist in Chief Obama are finishing the job of destroying the USA started by FDR, compounded by LBJ and Slick Willie.

      It is called protecting the most vulnerable among us and you have no answers compounded with willful ignorance.



    thank you for all the great info and discussion that happens here

  • FloridaFI

    Great article!

    My ancestors had the misfortune of backing “Bonnie Prince Charlie” during the Jacobite revolution in Scotland in 1745. Our side lost at the “Battle of Culloden” in 1746. Which, of course, is the reason we escaped (emigrated) to the Colonies (America).

    The Scottish “Declaration of Arbroath” from 1320 is the first “Declaration of Independence” and was a referenced document by our founding fathers.

    Over the last several days, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with local, state and federal law enforcement. They are all fairly unified in their stance of sticking to the US Constitution. In other words, “If they are requested to enforce a law which violates the 2nd Amendment – they will refuse.”

    We must not forget that most LEO’s take an oath to uphold the US Constitution. Tell Ms. Feinstein to put that in her pipe and smoke it.

    Larry, you might be right and we need to go back to the “Cowboys and Indians” days and just arm all the good guys and make the bad guys hide in fear.

    I am very tired of worrying every day about the safety of my School-Teacher wife, my grand-children, my sons, and my friends’ safety each and every day.

    At first, I was against it, but after seeing the picture in your article, I think that every school teacher should be issued an M-1 Carbine. It is a perfect firearm for school-yard defense.

    Let’s drive the bad guys and the crazies back into their holes and let them cower in fear.

    Never forget the old saying, “An armed society is a polite society.”

    Let’s bring back “Polite.”

  • JeannieBinVA

    Why? Because very few civilian Israelis are allowed to own guns, and those few who do must undergo psych testing, prove special need or circumstances, receive thorough training (in addition to the army/reserve training and experience nearly all Israeli adults have), and demonstrate a high level of gun safety and responsibility. Every 6 months they have to re-apply and re-prove all of the above to have their gun permit renewed.

    The statistics for Israel and every other advanced nation are undeniable: Few or no guns, with those few only in the hands of people of proven responsibility, means virtually no mass shootings or gun deaths, period. Wyatt Earp and other frontier town marshalls and sheriffs figured this out back in the 1870s when they required everyone coming into town to hand over their guns, but even now some ideologically driven Americans refuse to accept straightforward facts and logic.

    • no_longer_a_democrat

      ” but even now some ideologically driven Americans refuse to accept straightforward facts and logic.”

      What a ignorant and untrue statement, Adam Lanza tried to purchase guns and wasn’t allowed to, he took them from his mom. The Oregon mall shooting, the guns were stolen, the giffords shooter, the police knew of his mental illness and yet he was still able to use guns, took them, from someone else.

      Law abiding gun owners don’t do this kind of carnage, either either who are criminals, in which case, no law printed on any paper will matter to them, or mentally unstable do this carnage and then need to be either confronted earlier in their mental breakdown to help them, and if they can’t be helped, then commit them so they pose no harm to the general public, which is what Adam Lanza’s mother was in the process of doing.

      And I’m not that much of a pro-gun person, but banning law abiding people from owning a gun will never prevent this kind of awful event, keeping guns away from criminals and unstable people, as well as making sure there are defensive armed methods is the only way to make sure if there is such an awful event again, hopefully the tragedy will be prevented or at least stopped before it takes innocent people.

    • Fred82

      Negative comrade.

      The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had a field day wiping out unarmed and disarmed individuals. They also did a pretty good job at oppressing those they didn’t murder.

      Straight forward facts and logic state that democide eliminated many, many, many, many, many more people than gun violence in the United States ever could.



    criminal names not published on legal gun permit holders

    do hope this is one newspaper that closes due to lack of revenue


    Gunman opens fire on firefighters responding to a fire in Webester NY. 2 killed , 2 wounded. gunman dead

  • Dave L.

    Israel, Germany and most of the other European countries also are not politically correct, THEY PROFILE PEOPLE. They could care less about the political correctness bullshit, they put the safety of their citizens first. We could learn a hell of a lot from Israel, but the libtards would never allow it.

    • Hokma

      Liberals never care about facts and solutions. They only care about scoring political points.

      In Israel they know who you are before you ever get to the terminal which is why you don’t have to take off your shoes or belt when going through checkpoints.

      The New York Police Department seems to care more about safety than political correctness and are therefore ahead of Obama’s homeland security or the US Justice Department:


      Adam Lanza was a well known case of mental illness to the system and those records need to be used productively and the hell with the ACLU.

      • Dave L.

        When you say Homeland Security, I hope you are talking specifically about TSA, TSA comes in behind the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies as far as being prepared to stop any threat against the US. TSA hasn’t discovered any act that is a danger to the US, except for their employees stealing valuables from the travelling public !!

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    sorry, this is OT, but I had been hearing about “agenda 21″ not knowing what it is and how it is being infiltrated into our local and state communities.

    I found this excellent link that explains it in very simply with concrete examples:


    • HARP2

      We will never see the media talk about this.
      The media are far more dangerous than obama.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    If I had any respect left for the clintons, especially Hillary who I supported in 2008 had now pretty much gone down the toilet.

    “Political whores”, a very harsh term, but imho a very accurate term for the clintons.


  • no_longer_a_democrat

    well, I have to say I really don’t like guns in schools, but what other option is there, I saw LaPierre’s speech today, in the past I used think this was a crazy man, but his one line changed my opinion of him, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”, all those innocent students, all those teachers, absolutely defenseless.

    I don’t think all teachers in school should be armed, but maybe a select very ready, very well trained teachers can be armed, at the same time making sure those guns are absolutely inaccessible to students.

    but they were sitting ducks. I know many middle and high schools do have armed security personnel, this killer Adam went after innocents at a “gun free” zone, so he had the guns, and the innocents had no way to defend themselves.

    I wish we really didn’t need guns in school, but for defense purposes, yeah, I think they do. No Gun law would have stopped him, he tried to get guns and was stopped, and CT has very strict gun laws, there needs to be more law to direct scope to stop mentally ill people from having access to gun, but banning guns, will not stop this sort of thing, they would just use another weapon to do their carnage of innocent people.

    Obot david gregory of NBC/DNC news sends his school with massive high security, and has the audacity to lecture LaPierre about gun security in schools for other kids in America. Damn hypocrite!


    • Hokma

      Liberal media and politicians do not care about a solution.

      All they care about is using a crisis for political gain.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Larry, To answer your question, it is very dangerous to open fire in most places in Israel because there are a great many common citizens carrying automatic weapons with large-capacity magazines. The chances of surviving an ill-considered, or even a fairly well-considered, act of this type are rather slim compared to the largely unarmed United States. Wyoming may be an exception to this generalization, as average citizens openly carry firearms in quite a few places there. Armed robbery in Wyoming is not that common. Convicted criminals surveyed on why they would prefer to rob a 7 Eleven in California rather than in Wyoming typically replied: “Are you shitting me?”

  • binky354

    I heard today that a Van had killed 4 people. We need to start a petition to get Vans off the highway.

    • Fred82

      Yeah really,

      What about 18 wheelers? Those things are pretty dangerous too.

  • TeakWoodKite

    “Nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power. Only under those conditions can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to withstand the pressure of the unknowable.” ― Carlos Castaneda

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Larry. (And everyone else as well.) Blessings be upon your house.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Back at ya Teak!

    • HARP2

      So much for obama`s red line

  • Popsmoke

    Well… I really do not support arming teachers. It bad enough that way to many cops can’t hit the broadside of a barn if they were inside the barn at close range. Disaming is also not an option. Banning the AR-15 type weapons is another closing the barn door after the horses escaped and the barn burned down. There are already just way to many of these weapons in the public domain. Limiting high cap mags? Well so rather than have one 30 round clip. The sicko just carries 3,10 round clips. That makes no sense either. Besides when one bans something the back market thrives…
    School cops? Sound like a good start… I would support federally funding that even in our current economic crisis. Better that than funding Syrian rebels!

    • elizabethrc

      Pop, I agree with protecting our students by the use of school cops and also question why we are funding so many foreign countries who so clearly hate us.
      It seems to me that the only effect this funding has on us is to make more of us really angry about this misuse of our money. It’s purpose is so far removed from the noble reasons we sent money to Europe after WWII and I doubt any in DC can effectively explain why we are sending our enemies money. It’s not like it’s made them like us or fostered much in the way of spreading democracy.

    • FloridaFI

      It takes a novice 4 seconds to re-load an AR-15 rifle. It takes a shooter familiar with an AR-15 about 2 seconds to reload. It takes a top competitor less than 1 second between shots to reload a semi-automatic AR-15.

      Limiting magazine size will have no effect on mass shooting incidents.

      A lever action hunting rifle holds up to 7 shots. It is much more lethal than any “assault rifle.” Should we also ban hunting rifles?

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  • HARP2

    Slightly more than half (53%) of Americans say that increased police presence would be very effective. This action is at the top of the effectiveness list.

    The only other action that a majority of Americans view as very effective is government spending on mental health screening and treatment — 50% say this would be very effective.

    Forty-seven percent say decreasing media and video game gun violence would be very effective.

    Americans were least likely to say that arming at least one school official at every school and the news media refusing to publicize the name of the shooter would be very effective strategies.


    • Dave L.

      No mental health system would be effective if it was run by the Government.

  • RPL29

    As others have noted, the press function more like Democratic operatives with by-lines. The fact that they are using this incidient to push an agenda while ignoring the number of children killed elsewhere (Chicago) is unconscionable. In Newtown, virtually every safeguard was in place with the exception of armed guards, and the tragedy happened anyway. FWIW, the assualt weapons ban was in place in 1999, and Columbine still happened with assault weapons. If anyone wants to get a gun and do something like this, they will find ways to do it.
    Second, as others have noted, hire the vets who are out of work and just back from Iraq/AfPak to guard the kids. They would LOVE this, as it triggers the sheepdog instinct in them. As others have noted, Clinton proposed this as well.
    Third, people forget that firearms are a tool. The real weapon is your mind, and whatever purposes it can be applied to. Timothy McVeigh blew up a federal building and killed over 100 people, including a large number of small children. He didn’t need an assault rifle.
    I am a licensed NRA handgun instructor here in NYC. Owning a weapon is a right, but it is also a privelege and an awesome responsibility. Purchasing and owning a firearm is an intense decision, and proper training should be employed when learning how to use it. This is not a decision that should be made lightly. FWIW, I don’t have a NY CCW permit (I would love one, but…). I have taken other steps to protect me and my wife, and I have to be aware of the laws that govern the use of force, even without a gun involved. FWIW.



    a little change in the deportation of illegal immigrants the was sneaked through on Friday

  • akaPatience

    That photo and accompanying story has been making the rounds. While I’ll agree that guns are a part of America’s cultural heritage, comparing the US to Israel vis a vis guns and violence doesn’t make sense to me. Israel is a tiny country surrounded by hostile neighbors in every direction who repeatedly threaten its very existence and besiege it with missiles and acts of terrorism.

    But I have to say that whenever the topic of gun control comes up, it’s bewildering to become aware of people who collect them along with tons of ammo because they harbor a fear that they consider likely: wherein they’ll need the weapons to defend themselves against modern-day brown shirts (actually purple shirts in their view) who are coming to confiscate their property. It’s scary to think that some gun collectors are so paranoid. Consider the fact that most guns end up being used against fellow family members or acquaintances and not strangers.

    Like I said on another thread about the recent tragedy, we have a big problem in this country when it comes to treating mental health. We also have an entertainment industry that promotes the culture of violence we’re witnessing. I consider the news media, infotainment-oriented as it’s become, part of the entertainment industry and there’s nothing like a bloody news story — especially if it’s a mass murder perpetrated by a middle class white guy — to get all of the tongues wagging ad nauseam.

    I just don’t understand many on both sides of the argument: the naifs who think gun legislation will solve the problem, or the paranoids who are preparing themselves for an unlikely government takeover.

    • Hokma

      It is because they do not care about solving a problem.
      All they care about is using a crisis to their political advantage.

  • foxyladi14
    • HELENK2

      I could live with Paul Ryan as speaker.
      brains, energy and willing to work.with others to get things done

      he could out think backtrack in a NY minute

      • KenoshaMarge

        Not sure he’s devious enough.



    dock workers ready to strike at US ports . this could really screw up the economy

  • foxyladi14

    That is cool Larry. Thank you for sharing..


    another off topic


    deadline for connecticut victims of sandy extended to Jan 28 2013 for FEMA aid registration



    gun control works, just ask these guys

  • HARP2

    446 School Age Children Shot in Chicago so Far This Year


    18 year old- 110

    17 year old- 99

    16 year old- 89

    15 year old- 62

    14 year old- 39

    13 year old- 21

    12 year old- 10

    11 year old- 2

    10 year old- 3

    9 year old- 1

    7 year old- 3

    6 year old- 2

    5 year old- 1

    4 year old- 1

    3 year old- 1

    1 year old- 2

    Most of them shot by black punks….where is the outrage?

    • HELENK2

      I cannot LIKE this as it breaks my heart.

    • KenoshaMarge

      This is violence in a blue state committed by African Americans, mostly against other African Americans. How can that be blamed on the Republicans? How can it be attributed to racism by the race-baiting industry? If they can’t use it for their own purposes they ignore it. As does their lap dog media.

      I’m sure they’ll try to find a way. And the scumbag media will help all it can. Because those hordes of rampaging hunters must be to blame. Aren’t they?

      • elizabethrc

        Marge, you make a huge assumption here. You assume the liberals and racists operate using logic and intelligence. Both take a back seat to their frankly somewhat insane obsession with striking out, demeaning, denying and scapegoating any who dare call them on their hypocrisy and faulty reasoning.
        I seriously doubt that it is possible for the Democratic party to switch gears. They seem to feel more and more powerful the nastier and more ludicrous their attacks and they’re on a roll. As with most things which ‘roll’ they’ll hit a down hill at some point and will crash at the bottom. I hope for the sake of this country that it comes soon.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Wrong Elizabeth, I never assume that liberals use logic. They should. We all should. But logic, honesty, decency are no longer things I expect from them. Their actions belie their self-righteous words.

          I have found, sadly, that party loyalty and some idiotic worship of Obama has turned a lot of people I used to think were decent human beings into talking point spouting hypocrites.

          And that’s just talking about the best ones. They rest have become what you scrap off the bottom of your shoe after a walk in a dog park.

          • elizabethrc

            I remember a time when democrats were respectful of other opinions. When I saw the change in 2008, I lost all respect for them. My values and beliefs are now closer to the Republicans, though I still have problems with them. The lesser of two evils, I guess.
            I agree with you about the mindless worship of Obama and I, too have lost much respect for people whose opinions I used to value. They seem totally unaware of how radical they have become. These are educated, accomplished people who are in other respects, fairly sophisticated. I do not understand the disconnect!

            • KenoshaMarge

              When you allow a party, any party, to become more important than your integrity, you have lost something you can never get back.
              I too remember a time when there were Democrats of honesty and integrity. Ditto newspapers and reporters. Now they are an endangered species.
              I regret that when I encounter a Dem/liberal these days my assumption is that they are dishonest, lack integrity and are not someone I want to know. Thus far, they haven’t proven me wrong.

              • elizabethrc

                Sad, isn’t it. Someone once pointed out to me that it may take awhile for the pendulum to swing in the other direction, but it is inevitable that it happens.
                When it stops, it is in balance. Think we can ever get that?

                • KenoshaMarge

                  I wish I did.

    • Hokma

      I raised this with a black blogger on Atlantic when he was talking about a white on black crime to see if he wrote about this and he banned me. But I would expect nothing different from Ta-Nehisi Coates.

      What has been going on in Chicago has been carnage. Over 360 kids have been killed in the past few years and tough-guy Rahm has been nothing but a useless wimp of a mayor.

      • elizabethrc

        I read a statistic somewhere recently which said that in a few decades the black population in America will have shrunk to 7-8%. It sounds like Chicago is leading the way.


    off topic

    what is the over/under that backtrack will go against a union in the possible port strike starting Dec 29th??

  • KataKimbe

    Only those naive enough think that banning something will make it go away. How has that war on drugs worked? It’s nice with so few being addicted to them. 😉 I mean, they are illegal after all.

    Also, the day that our politicians and all those celebrities we as a society worship stop using body guards with guns… let’s talk. They are not more important than those of us who can not afford to pay for security.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Common sense tells you that where guns are banned, only the law-abiding will be without them. But common sense never prevails after a horrific event like Sandy Hook School happens.

      People scream do something and want someone to pay. We must have someone to hate. And with the liberals it is always someone or some issue conservative. And with the liberals if the Constitution needs to be ripped, so be it.

      The shooter at Sandy Hook was responsible for what he did. Were their people around him that could have, should have done something to restrain him, constrain him? We don’t know. But dammit, somebody do something we demand. Even if it’s the wrong thing at least the bloviating pols and media can point to their self-righteous insistence on taking guns out of the hands of the law-abiding and painting them as crazed killers. The hate is palpable. Not for the killer or the event so much as for those who don’t see things the liberal way.

  • akaPatience

    I have no problem at all with the idea of armed guards at schools or any other public places. What I don’t understand is the argument for the right to own weapons that can strafe and kill a crowd in a matter of seconds. I’d appreciate it if some gun enthusiasts would chime in and explain the rationale to me.

    • POdVet

      I don’t remember anyone saying full auto weapons should be legal. Though I would point out, that they were for a long time, and there were no mass shootings then, except for criminals shooting each other.

      • KenoshaMarge

        The left keeps saying it as if those on the right had said it. Therefore they can take both sides of an issue and make sure that the side they favor wins.

        With a complicet media, that seldom attempts any unbiased reporting, it’s easy to win every argument.

        Although polls seem to say that while they are having their little fauxrage dance among themselves the public is ignoring them and deciding where they stand on their own. Imagine that, ignoring the presstitutes. I am flabbergasted! Goshwoggled even.

        • Fred82

          Most of the MSM is what we in the Corps used to call shitbirds.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Shitbirds, scavengers, vultures, it all works for me. Although it seems unfair to avians in general.

            • Fred82

              I agree.

              Comparing partisan hacks posing as journalists to birds is truly an insult to birds.

              • KenoshaMarge

                It’s really difficult to find an adequate appelation for these… Whatevers.

                I frequently call them presstitutes but that seems unfair to hard working prostetutes.

                Lap-dogs? Unfair to our canine friends.

                It really is difficult because even using many four letter words you must attach them to a noun.

                Sometimes I just say f&#king A$$holes but some people, people I like, are offended by too many expletives. And it does seem to show a lack of creativity.

                I’ll keep working on it and get back to ya.

  • Sally Vaci

    Quite the gnarly and wonderful family tree there Larry. So sad and terrible about John Stewart. I’ll bet Boone never quite forgave himself for not killing those thieving Indians when he had the chance. Hard lesson, though I can imagine myself making the same call after securing my property, being glad to just get away without a blood bath.

    Yep, guns make me very nervous. But no guns make me even nervouser. I heard your buddy Aaron Klein describing life in Israel where an armed agent guards the front entrance of every public building – including grocery stores, clinics, and shops of all sorts. It’s just a fact, and as Aaron says, a very reassuring omni-presence that INCREASES freedom, instead of decreasing it as the lunatic Left would have us believe. Israelis are very often searched and questioned at the entrances but nobody gripes or misses a beat. Citizens support and applaud their guardians and love the obvious benefits to their quality of life.

    Too bad we’re not mature enough to take the same intelligent steps, much less have a rational, adult conversation about the issue.

  • MG6
  • Popsmoke

    Daniel Boone? Well at least it wasn’t Crocket!

    • nickoury

      I realize the names and histories of Daniel Boone (1734-1820) and Davey Crockett (1786-1836) are sometimes confused as they both lived in the latter part of the 18th century and the early part of the 19th century. The actual historical exploits in the active, early years of each man occurred in different centuries battling very different adversaries.

      The documented record mentioned above is quite fascinating. I’m sure the Johnson family history has a lot more to tell.

  • HARP2

    Brought this up before….

    Flashback: Clinton Requests $60 Million to Put Cops in Schools

    In their zeal to rampage this left-wing agenda, the media has
    apparently forgotten that back in 2000, on the one-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting (which occurred with an assault weapons ban in place), President Clinton requested $60 million in federal money to fund
    a fifth round of funding for a program called “COPS in School,” a program that does exactly what the NRA is proposing and the media is currently in overdrive mocking


  • Hokma

    When you are in Israel there is a lot of armed security all around you but it is never intrusive and people just accept it as part of everyday life.

    In this country we have discreet and not discreet armed security in:

    – Office buildings
    – Colleges and Universities
    – Government buildings
    – Amusement and Theme Parks
    – Museums
    – Public Parks
    – Retail Stores and Shopping Malls
    – Concert Halls and Theaters

    So why not elementary and secondary schools?

    What are the left immediately opposed to this? (They were not when Clinton wanted it after Columbine)

    Why are is the UFT opposed to this? (that one is more rhetorical because it is well known that the UFT doesn’t give a shit about students).

    According to a Gallup and now a Rasmussen poll about 90% of Americans want armed guards in all schools. They see it as the #1 solution to protecting students against future Newtowns and Columbines.

    • elizabethrc

      If the politicians are smart (yeah, I know…doubtful), they’ll pay heed to the Gallup polling which shows a significant majority are against a gun ban. Favored is a ban on assault weapons and large magazines. I have to ask how assault weapons got into public hands in this country in the first place? Who in his or her right mind thinks average non-military, non-law enforcement needs them?
      I am so dreadfully tired of politicians making so many thoughtless and harmful decisions for us.
      Term limits…..please!

      • Hokma

        “Who in his or her right mind thinks average non-military, non-law enforcement needs them?”

        Haven’t you ever been confronted with a rampaging herd of wild bison or maybe an unplanned violent protest over a youtube video?

        Ya never know when an assault rifle or, in the case of the latter, a rocket launcher can come in handy.

        • elizabethrc

          Hokma, I think the liberals will use that as a new talking point. And people (at least 52%) will buy it hook, line and sinker.

  • Hokma

    That is very cool. You should write a book just about your family.