May this be a good one for all of you.
Great work on this project. The words say it all and the music puts the exclamation point on them:
In all of our rhetoric and talk about guns this week, I wonder how many people know that despite America having the highest per capita gun ownership, we do not have the highest murder rate?
Talking per capita, here. Venezuela has 9 times less guns, but 9 times the murder rate of the United States. South Africa has just a few more guns per capita than Venezuela and has a 7 times higher rate. And get this, Honduras has a mere fraction of the guns America does per capita… and they have 11.5 times more. By the same token, most of the European nations have more guns per capita than these which I cite, and their murder rates are much lower.
This leads me to draw the conclusion, a correlation in the number of guns owned by people cannot be directly tied to murders in either direction.
This means we do not have a gun problem here in the United States, we have a violence problem. Just like the countries I cited with far lower gun ownership rates, we seem to have a culture that does accept their norm.
Folks, it’s not a tool that we should be concerned about in this crisis. Things need a life or energy force to work. Energy is the movement of matter, an exertion of power from available sources. Nothing moves without it. Without our life force behind us producing the energy and the will to act independently, we too would be inanimate. We’d just be a pile of useless carbon matter and we’d decay away.
When a life force makes a choice to operate any machinery in a given way, the matter will obey the will of the life force. Unless there is a malfunction of the equipment, there is a reasonable expectation that the operator of a firearm will make it fire, at will. It is a hard heart that kills.
If anything, there needs to be a conversation as to why there is an increasing amount of violent behavior manifesting itself in this particular time in our existence. We have to consider the roles of violent movies, TV shows, and video games that allow the player to blow people away, until the player gets whacked….and then the player gets to reset to a new game. When we do this, then we can get to the root of the matter and we may learn something about our culture and why these tragedies keep occurring. Making gun free zones will only result in Chicago-like crime stats and put law-abiding citizens at risk.
(First of all to my regular readers, I apologize for not being a better blog steward and posting more frequently. But the world around me has denied me some spare time.)
To all who have been following the Michigan Right To Work legislation, we have seen the ugly get uglier. First we wtached Wisconsin, which was a hotbed of union activity over the years. And now, we see Michigan, home of the UAW and their hired thugs, exploding into an out of control atmosphere of anarchy and chaos.
By now, most of us know the story of Steven Crowder being assaulted by union thugs. If not, here is the clip:
Dana Loesch, syndicated talk show host based at KFTK FM Newstalk 97.1 in St. Louis has been doing some sleuth work with the help of some of her listeners. There are even rewards for info leading to the arrest of the thugs who threatened and committed battery on Crowder and others.
One name that has popped up is Tony Camargo and it comes from the jacket of the man who is seen hitting Crowder repeatedly. In a search, there are several listed in the white pages in Michigan, under possible names that would afford the nickname Tony. Anthony and Antonio are the two that stand out. One man, named Antonio, lives in Hart, Michigan. He is listed as being in the age group that this man appears to be in. But he lives in a small rural area.
The more likely answer lies with the man listed as Anthony Michael Camargo. He is also in the same age group and has listed as having lived in a couple suburbs of Detroit, Roseville and Chesterfield. Roseville is a blue collar union town that has a large white population, so it’s a distinct possibility that this might be him.
We must stress that we do not have any real precise identification based on what I have presented, alone. And I would strongly admonish and caution anyone from making any assumptions or taking any matters into their own hands. If anyone knows where this man is and/or where he works, it is highly advised that they give this info to law enforcement or send it to Dana Loesch, via Twitter or Facebook. Mr. Crowder must be the one to press charges in this case, not Joe Citizen. If Michigan Law allows for the prosecution without Crowder pressing charges, it would be nice if the officials would look into this and release a statement, as such.
Another man, who was seen at the site on the tape appears to be Chris Opalewski from Westland, Michigan. He can be seen here on a Facebook page with his wife. He is the one who allegedly threatened to shoot Mr. Crowder with a gun, and was bragging that he has killed people before. All of that was caught on the video, however it was not seen coming from his lips. It was only heard on the tape and eyewitnesses are all we have to go on. He was involved in the bringing down of the tent with people in it and he is of the age group listed in his White Pages listing.
Opalewski looks to be in the age group that has served in the military overseas. So, we must assume that he may be a veteran and we can only hope that he is not the murderous thug he wanted Crowder to think he is. Looking at the smiles on the faces of his pics, he’s probably a good kid but got caught up in the heat of the moment and as a result made a bad decision. Kids like this want to belong and are often easily influenced by others who should know better. But I also know that people who actually have killed in the military are not ones who go around bragging about it, either.
Here’s the bottom line. Michigan Law Enforcement has access to this video. Tony Camargo, whichever one is seen in this video, should be charged with Battery under Michigan Law. Chris Opalewski should be investigated and if it is warranted, he should be charged with Intimidation under Michigan Law. I am not sure that Michigan Police will have the guts to do this, because they are union members just like these two men appear to be. And you know those union brothers must stick together.
It is sad that anything like this must be endured at any level. We always see union thugs acting badly when they have numbers. Rarely, do they have the guts to do things like this alone. And we might remind ourselves of the history of socialist union thuggery from pre-Mussolini Italy. We must remember when the socialist thugs were allowed to take over factories and run them into the ground back in the early 20th century, because they had no idea what it took to run a business. Having a skilled trade does not translate to marketing or business sense.
After a few years of this out of control union thuggery, there arose both a strong desire and a need to return to law and order. Enter Mussolini and his promise to make the trains run on time. The rest you can look up in a history book.
UPDATE: A longer video shows Chris Opalewski saying the words. He is shown saying he’s killed with a gun before.
Again, maybe he has been involved in military actions where he has killed and maybe he has not. But the smart thing to do is to leave it on the battlefield and not bring it back home.
If we really want to do some serious soul searching about what we have become as a society, it pays to watch some of the pop culture.
Here is a piece of evidence I am submitting to you, the reader, to support the claim in the title. We are a nation of dependents and those who are not dependent on government are swiftly and surely becoming co-dependent. We either need someone to take care of us or we need people to be depend on us. Either way, it is a sickness that has been allowed to go untreated for so long.
Welcome to a society that is addicted to our tax dollars.
You cannot get the full effect of my argument unless you watch the entire clip until the end. Just when you think it’s about enough, it gets even better.
Watch and behold:
The Public Cause rests its case.
This little piece is making the rounds on Facebook. As is many times the case, the author is unknown. If anyone knows who it was, I will be glad to credit it. So until then, I can’t. But I can share it:
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.