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NIU, CBS2, and the Gun Control Debate

I want to start off by giving my condolences to the victims, family and friends of the victims of the NIU massacre. My heart goes out to you.

Chicago’s CBS 2 covered the story and interviewed a student who thought the incident would have been a lot less bloody if students and teachers could have armed themselves. They then cut over to Chicago’s Mayor, Richard M. Daily, who said this incident just shows that we need more gun control in this country. Richard M. Daily, YOU. ARE. A. IDIOT. You can not admit when something you push for so much isn’t working.

CBS2 was taking comments from viewers on this issue.  I was very happy to see that so many people in Illinois, one of only two states with no conceal carry laws, want to have the right to arm themselves in public to protect themselves, their families, and others.  Many people who were against it didn’t do their research.  One of the most common comments for gun control was that the people who were carrying in other stats were untrained.  Most states that have conceal carry weapons (CCW) permits require permit holders to go through training including both class room and range time.  This class room time includes firearms safety, legal considerations, and use of force training.

When you take away the right of law abiding citizens to carry fire arms, you take away their right to protect themselves and their families.  What are your thoughts about this.  Please leave them in the comments below.

Patriot Day

Patriot DayToday is Patriot Day in honor of all of the public safety personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, especially those on September 11th, 2001. Like everyone else in America, I remember the moment I found out like it was yesterday. I was away at collage at the time. During the beginning of the attack, I was in a Chemistry lecture, and when I arrived at my Art Appreciation class, the teacher made the announcement that planes had crashed into the twin towers and the Pentagon. She then had the audacity to state “While other teachers have chosen to cancel their class, I have chosen to go ahead as planed,” at which point almost 75% of the class, including myself, got up and left the lecture hall. For the first few hours, I kept thinking that it was all some sort of bad dream, that I would wake up and everything would go back to normal. I never did awake from that “dream” and finally came to the realization that the world had changed forever.

Every other blog I have looked at has asked where you were, but my question is how do you plan to remember that dreadful day. I will be taking part in my county’s annual ceremony today, in my dress uniform (oh, how I hate wearing the hat and tie!!), at the county’s Fire and Police Memorial.

Scooter gets out of Prison

I love our country and our government, but one part of it that I can not stand is presidential pardons and commutes. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence was commuted (is that the right word form?) by President Bush on Monday. What this shows me is that providing you are lying to protect the president’s or vice-president’s illegal doings, you are free to lie to the people of your country. There have been many doings of our president that I have disagreed with, but this I think ranks number two (domestic warrant-less wire tapping tops the list). Our president’s actions trumped the justice system. Scooter was found guilty, and will not go to prison. Just for clarification for everyone, a commute differs from a pardon by not clearing the person’s record, but just getting them out of the jail time. Libby’s actions put a CIA operative and any one “employed” buy the front company she used at risk, and disrupted any missions those people were currently involved in. At least none of those operatives had to pay the ultimate sacrifice for Libby’s political agenda.

Bald Eagles

Out of all the bad news that the press covers, we finally have something good. It was reported today that the Bald Eagle is expected to be removed from the endangered species list tomorrow. The Chicago Tribune story stated that government environmentalist estimate that there are now over 10,000 mating pairs in the lower 48 states, and at least 1 mating pair per state. That is up from the all time low which was recorded in 1963 when there were only 417 mating pairs in the lower 48 states. This just goes to show you that once in a while, the government does step in and do something for the greater good. I remember when I was growing up, my family would travel up to Northern Wisconsin. When I was much younger, I don’t remember seeing that many Bald Eagles. They were there, but not in high numbers. The last time I went up to the cabin was about 10 years ago, and even then, the Bald Eagles were no longer so scarce. We knew were we could find them and would commonly see 2 or 3 of the pairs from the cabin out over the lake. It’s great to see that one of our national symbols was able to make such a strong comeback!