Fight or Lay Down? [EDITORIAL]

Fight or Lay Down? [EDITORIAL]

Today, we live in a world of knee-jerk, reactionary politics. Case in point, the TSA. The TSA was the brain child of “The Department of Homeland Security”, whatever that is, so that we could standardize the level of scrutiny at airports after the 9/11 attacks. Ostensibly, this new agency would be better suited than the civilian contractors already in place that were conducting airport screening long before “Homeland Security” got involved. Up to that point, the advice given by the governments of the world when confronted by a hijacker was to just comply and get the plane on the ground so that a police force might then be able to intervene. Sound advice, at the time. Now, however, we’re no longer being threatened by hijackers that want some political prisoner released or asylum. No, these guys mean to kill each and every person on the plane and as many on the ground as possible. Now, we’re told to fight. Use a spoon, use a galley cart, use your iPad, and use anything you can to fight the terrorist if you’re unfortunate enough to be on the same flight as one of the bad guys. Sound advice, but a real change in philosophy. They say this because of the shift in the terrorist’s ultimate motivations and goal to cause maximum casualties.

Meanwhile, the very agency that was created by the U.S. government to keep us all safe from the obvious and growing threat from terrorists has become bloated, bureaucratic and ineffective. All while they have been handed an ever growing budget of tax payer dollars to work with. The news has been littered with stories about TSA agents caught stealing, molesting people, smuggling drugs and a host of other grievances that are never really addressed. To add insult to injury, they’ve also been found to hire people that are on Homeland Security’s watch list! The very parent organization that is in charge of their follies can’t keep people on the watch list off the payroll. On top of that, they’ve been proven to fail something like 90% of the time to detect mock bombs used to test the agency with. So much for “Homeland Security”.

While all of that is going on in the background, we now have the threat that the TSA was meant to counter actively moving towards acts of terror being thrust upon innocent people just going about their daily lives. In other words, moving out of the airports and into our communities at home. It seems that like the shift in hijacking threats, the aim of the terrorists now is to claim maximum damage on their way out. However, the difference is that instead of being encouraged to fight by our government, we’re being asked to lay down our arms because the bad guys keep showing up with them. So, the logical liberal conclusion is that if we just didn’t have any guns in the world, then we’d all be able to sit down and give each other a big hug.

So, let’s imagine for a moment that we’re in the Utopian world of no guns available for sale in the U.S. because the liberals have gotten their way and an entire gun ban has gone into effect. Does that mean that guns are no longer going to be manufactured? Nope. Militaries and police agencies the world over will still need weapons. Those weapons will find their way into the black market through various means (theft, misrepresentation, etc.). Now our black-masked assailant shows up because he got a care package from someone back home and has a shiny new AK-47 to show everyone. After he gets done blasting his way through the shopping mall at Christmas time and kills dozens of people, he then starts lobbing pipe bombs here and there until the police finally show up 10 minutes after the first phone call goes out about this guy. Now he’s been able to blow away half the building killing more folks and shoot a few dozen others just before detonating his hug-me vest. Boom. No one had a chance. No guns, so this terrorist was able to carry out his plan unopposed knowing that he’d have time since nobody there could fight back due to the gun ban. If anything, Paris and the Charlie Hebdo incidents are a shining example of this very real scenario. By the time the Gendarmes arrived, it was already over. The Gendarmes shot a few of the bad guys once they did arrive, but overall, the damage was already done.

Now our vaunted politicians are calling for more and more gun “control” and “assault” weapons bans. Instead of asking us to fight, they want us to lie down and quit. Why, I ask you, are you encouraged to fight in an airliner, but not in your own community? To make matters worse, after the clock-kid, it has been widely reported that a few of the bad guys neighbors in California noticed some seemingly bad/odd things going on over at the home of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, but they were afraid to say anything because they might be labeled a racist. What!?

I am saddened and dismayed by the condition we find our beloved America in. We’ve fallen asleep at the wheel and let our collective “feelings” outweigh our common sense. President Reagan once said:

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors”.

Now, after the Patriot Act and other “acts” like it, we are being asked to allow our freedoms, our inalienable rights, to be eroded away. The politicians’ aim seems more focused on controlling you, the average, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens, than actually presenting ways to thwart the chaos that the terrorists want to thrust our society into. That is not to say that several law enforcement agencies aren’t doing things to keep the terrorists out, but it’s very easy to overwhelm a well-meaning and hardworking government agency by introducing new chaos into their ranks by flooding them with other priorities making them change their focus (Syrian refugees come to mind).

I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, I tend to think that things happen mostly as a result of not thinking things through, than by design. However, I do sometimes wonder of the liberals are secretly hoping for more mass murders to happen to justify their end game of an all-out weapons ban. I’m not accusing anyone of that, but the thought crosses my mind every so often.

My solution? Fight. Fight the terrorists everywhere they are. Fight them here at home. Fight them on the internet. Fight them by not allowing your government representatives to sell you out. Fight to keep your constitutional rights to protect yourself from all those that seek to harm you. Call your representatives. Make yourself heard. Fight.

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Rob is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and firearms enthusiast. He spent 3 years in the U.S. Army during the Reagan years. He travels the world as a technical consultant working in the field of aviation. When at home he can be found at the range, on his Harley or somewhere off road in his Jeep.
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Libor Hrbek

Well put Rob. We here in Europe face the same. EU representatives, knowing all too well they can not disarm the terrorists, want to disarm us, the good guys. We should give our “looking-like-automatic” semi-auto rifles. I say: F*** **f!

james lagnese

Ok. I’ll preface this with that I am a native NYer and was living there when 9/11 happened. I knew a fireman that never came home. They never found his body and his wife, who I worked with, was 9 months pregnant with their first child. Saying we have to fight terrorism everywhere is ignorant. We don’t. The Neocon mindset of the Bush administration caused a lot of unnecessary deaths with a failed plan to reshape the middle east. The failure was not identifying the problem. The problem with the terrorists was their beliefs and the support and money they received, primarily from Iran and Saudi Arabia. Did we go after those countries? No, not militarily, not really economically and not politically. Not in any meaningful way. Two, Islam is not and has never been a religion of peace. Mohammed killed plenty of people, some in retaliation for not supporting him, some for being against him and some because they didn’t convert to his way of thinking. Lots of people too. These idiots are just following his lead and if they give you the people of the book non-sense, read about abrogation. It’s part of what enables them to lie to us with a straight face. Yes, there are plenty of good muslims in the world. Most are nice people, but the core of their beliefs foment murder and terrorism with some of their followers. You can’t fight them wherever they are, but you can cut off their economic, spiritual and political core. You’ll have to ask why we don’t and I say follow the money. Now we are 15 year into “the war on terror” and the big loser is us. We’ve had our freedoms obviated and eroded, we’ve had unprecedented growth in size, scope, budget and power of our government and we still have the same problems abroad, even worse with Iran having nuclear capabilities. If you truly believe in the american military being “freedom fighters” (I do not. They are an arm of the foreign policy of a given administration), send them to DC to fight there. That’s where the real enemy is. It’s not a democrat vs. republican or left vs right problem. It never was. It’s an authority vs liberty problem and it’s not in the best interests of any politician to shrink government, cut taxes and protect liberties. They are a class unto themselves and will protect themselves and foment their growth in power. Ultimately, the real problem is how people are led by false narratives and are persuaded to support political action that is not in their best interests by electing these narcissistic fools.


The one man army of anti-gun warriors is Obama. Get rid of him, we get rid of the problem facing law abiding citizens. This one man, this Barack Hussein Obama, has single-handedly destroyed much of this nation and intends to continue. TSA, FBI, Homeland Security, State Det, Justice Dept., all are corrupt and getting rid of the biggest criminal, Barack Hussein Obama, will go a long way in healing our nation.

Cardinal Fangg

Two thoughts – first, I respectfully disagree with LarryEF below. There are more responsible that just Obama for the debacle of gun control. You cannot leave out Bloomberg or many others who believe we will all be safer if we are unarmed. Obama may be one of the worst – his knee-jerk reaction to the news that two people shot up a full room in San Bernadino was to go on TV and immediately blame the legal gun owners of this country for the event. DId he apologize or clarify later on? No.

My second thought is on the insanity that is the TSA. Our wonderful safety net, funded by our own tax dollars, was recently responsible for protecting other citizens of the United States from the brand new camera I just took with me on vacation. As someone with a fairly extensive back injury I looked for ways to lighten my backpack for the return leg of my trip so this time I packed everything I could in my carry-on. I knew it was risky but I didn’t feel I had much of a choice.

Upon my return I opened my luggage to find that it had been rifled through, my two week old camera (which was buried under dirty clothing and underwear) was gone, and my laptop had been replaced without being nestled under the top layer of clothing I had carefully put in place to protect it from damage. The TSA was kind enough to leave me a note informing me that they had “inspected” my luggage, apparently they are still inspecting my camera.

I also love the fact that the TSA, who is supposedly there to protect us, is telling us to fight back against armed hijackers but ensures that we will have no weapons with which to fight. Given the fact that they carefully remove the threat of any potential weapon AFTER it has been put in use by the bad guys I’m surprised we are even allowed to wear underwear or shoes at all. Since those were such effective tools in their war on Western civilization I’m sure there are hordes of ISIS scientists looking for better ways to use them right now.

If you want to effectively protect the passengers on planes around the world offer them a self defense item of their choosing if they can produce a certificate or license showing that they took a class on it’s proper use aboard an airliner. Hand people guns and allow them to carry knives on board if they can prove they know how to use them.

Good people have already proven, at the cost of their lives, that they are willing to fight to protect the others on a plane or one the ground. Why not help them fill the gaps in security that will always be open in any “fence” around our country. Let the good guys help protect us from the bad guys, I guarantee the results will speak for themselves. The TSA may be doing their best even though they have been infiltrated by thieves and perverts, but they can’t possibly close all of the holes alone.