Abortions And Autos Kill More In America Than Guns

20 12 2012

 By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Tragedies have struck again and again, with women and young students being killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado; and elsewhere.  The loss of these lives was senseless and unfathomable; and enormous pain and shock waves have been visited upon our great nation.  Advocates of gun control believe it is the solution.  However, the killer at Sandy Hook used his mother’s weapons; and she apparently knew that his mental health issues were a potential powder keg, but she could not stop him and he killed her too.  Also, at essentially the same time as the Sandy Hook killings, 22 children and one adult were injured by a knife-wielding man outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes.[2]

Guns do not kill; people do. Criminals and wackos can get their hands on guns and other weapons and commit violence, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent them—except to stop the crimes before they are committed, owing to mental health treatment, better intelligence and law enforcement.  These are violent times, which will only get much worse between now and the end of this decade; and lots of innocent people will suffer globally.[3]  However, such killings must be placed in perspective: abortions and auto accidents kill far more in America than guns do.  Indeed, there is no comparison.  Also, the FBI has reported that all homicides committed using firearms have been declining.[4]

The Second Amendment to our Constitution states in pertinent part:

[T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms [] shall not be infringed.[5]

It is part of the American culture, which is protected; and the Constitution will not be changed in this regard.  Indeed, gun sales have been rising because Americans want the ability to defend themselves as crime increases in our country, which will only get worse as the budgets of law enforcement decline during the balance of this decade.

Also, violence is glorified on TV and in films worldwide.  If Americans truly want to reduce or eliminate violence (e.g., “copycat” murders), the depiction of violence should be banned. It instills the wrong values in the kids of this world. And there is no question that Hollywood promotes and glorifies violence.

America’s resident, angry Narcissistic Brit, Piers Morgan, has been trying to change our culture—which he does not understand—by crusading for gun control, despite the low ratings of his CNN talk show, which replaced the legendary, unflappable Larry King.  Hopefully Morgan returns permanently to the UK as soon as possible, and stops “preaching” in our country.[6]

As American lawyer, conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter has noted:

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from [multiple-victim shootings]: concealed-carry laws.

The effect of concealed-carry laws in deterring mass public shootings was even greater than the impact of such laws on the murder rate generally.

Someone planning to commit a single murder in a concealed-carry state only has to weigh the odds of one person being armed. But a criminal planning to commit murder in a public place has to worry that anyone in the entire area might have a gun.[7]

On a personal note, I was a U.S. Army Infantry Officer during the Vietnam War, and I was trained with guns and know how to use them.  However, I gave away my father’s duck-hunting weapons, and do not like the idea of any weapons being around.  Accidents can and do happen.  However, I understand why so many Americans want them for hunting, and for their own protection.

Lastly, it bears repeating: abortions and auto accidents kill far more than guns do in the United States.  Abortions should be banned, and auto accidents should be curbed, if Americans and others truly want to deal with deaths instead of merely spouting rhetoric as Piers Morgan does.

© 2012, Timothy D. Naegele


[1] Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  He practices law in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles with his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, which specializes in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and http://www.naegele.com/naegele_resume.html).  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA, as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and California bars.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal.  Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g.,www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com; see also Google search:Timothy D. Naegele

[2] See http://www.enniscorthyguardian.ie/breaking-news/world-news/22-children-hurt-in-knife-attack-3325857.html

[3] Whether it is (1) Elizabeth Smart who was abducted from her Salt Lake City, Utah, bedroom, or (2) Jaycee Lee Dugard who was kidnapped in Northern California at the age of 11 and was found alive 18 years later after having given birth to two children fathered by the man who kidnapped her, or (3) sweet Madeleine McCann who disappeared in May of 2007 when she was on holiday with her British parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal, or (4) the attack that took place at the shopping center in Southern California where I bought an Apple laptop that I am using to type this—which is across the road from where my son and his family used to live—this is a violent world in which innocent people (especially women) are preyed on by wackos.

See, e.g.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/shots-fired-at-fashion-island-mall-lockdown-in-place.html; see also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/poverty-in-america/ (“Poverty In America”) and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/the-economic-tsunami-continues-its-relentless-and-unforgiving-advance-globally/ (“The Economic Tsunami Continues Its Relentless And Unforgiving Advance Globally”) and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (“Illegal Immigration: The Solution Is Simple”)

[4]  As of the date that this article was published, more than 1.2 million abortions had taken place in the United States this year alone.

See http://www.numberofabortions.com/; see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States

Last year, motor vehicle deaths in U.S. totaled 32,367.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year

By comparison, it has been reported:

[T]he most recent data suggests gun violence is declining in the United States.

The number of homicides committed using firearms dropped from 2006 to 2010, according the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

In 2010, 8,775 homicides using firearms were reported to the FBI. In 2006, 10,225 homicides using firearms were reported to the FBI.

See http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/fbi-crime-reports-show-homicides-using-firearms-dropped-in-usbetween-2006-and-2010

[5] See http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/second_amendment

[6] See http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/12/19/piers-morgan-calls-pro-gun-advocate-unbelievably-stupid-dangerous-you

[7] See http://www.humanevents.com/2012/12/19/ann-coulter-we-know-how-to-stop-school-shootings/

As a lawyer-friend of mine commented, after reading and recommending Coulter’s article:

I think one of the jurisdictions that is pretty satisfied with concealed carry laws is [the District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C.], where a lot of the minority women carry weapons when they live in unsafe areas.

. . .

The bad guys aren’t as likely to bother them as they were before many of them started carrying.


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20 12 2012
Rick

I agree with you 100 percent Timothy. Nothing to add…

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20 12 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Rick.

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21 12 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

The Roots Of Mass Murder

In a Washington Post article by this title written by Charles Krauthammer, he states:

Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.

Let’s be serious:

(1) The Weapon

Within hours of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, the focus was the weapon and the demand was for new gun laws. Several prominent pro-gun Democrats remorsefully professed new openness to gun control.

. . .

I have no problem in principle with gun control. Congress enacted (and I supported) an assault weapons ban in 1994. The problem was: It didn’t work. (So concluded a University of Pennsylvania study commissioned by the Justice Department.) The reason is simple. Unless you are prepared to confiscate all existing firearms, disarm the citizenry and repeal the Second Amendment, it’s almost impossible to craft a law that will be effective.

. . .

(2) The Killer

Monsters shall always be with us, but in earlier days they did not roam free. As a psychiatrist in Massachusetts in the 1970s, I committed people—often right out of the emergency room—as a danger to themselves or to others. I never did so lightly, but I labored under none of the crushing bureaucratic and legal constraints that make involuntary commitment infinitely more difficult today.

. . .

A tiny percentage of the mentally ill become mass killers. Just about everyone around Tucson shooter Jared Loughner sensed he was mentally ill and dangerous. But in effect, he had to kill before he could be put away—and (forcibly) treated.

. . .

(3) The Culture

We live in an entertainment culture soaked in graphic, often sadistic, violence. Older folks find themselves stunned by what a desensitized youth finds routine, often amusing. It’s not just movies. Young men sit for hours pulling video-game triggers, mowing down human beings en masse without pain or consequence. And we profess shock when a small cadre of unstable, deeply deranged, dangerously isolated young men go out and enact the overlearned narrative.

If we’re serious about curtailing future Columbines and Newtowns, everything—guns, commitment, culture—must be on the table. It’s not hard for President Obama to call out the NRA. But will he call out the ACLU? And will he call out his Hollywood friends?

The irony is that over the last 30 years, the U.S. homicide rate has declined by 50 percent. Gun murders as well. We’re living not through an epidemic of gun violence but through a historic decline.

Except for these unfathomable mass murders. But these are infinitely more difficult to prevent. While law deters the rational, it has far less effect on the psychotic. The best we can do is to try to detain them, disarm them and discourage “entertainment” that can intensify already murderous impulses.

But there’s a cost. Gun control impinges upon the Second Amendment; involuntary commitment impinges upon the liberty clause of the Fifth Amendment; curbing “entertainment” violence impinges upon First Amendment free speech.

See http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-roots-of-mass-murder/2012/12/20/e4d99594-4ae3-11e2-b709-667035ff9029_story.html; see also http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2012/55_favor_assault_weapons_ban_but_62_oppose_complete_gun_ban (“55% [Of Americans] Favor Assault Weapons Ban, But 62% Oppose Complete Gun Ban”) and http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/21/16069537-nra-blames-media-music-and-more-for-culture-of-violence?lite (“NRA blames media, music and more for culture of violence”) and http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/bank-america-freezes-gun-manufacturers-account-company-owner-claims (“Bank of America Freezes Gun Manufacturer’s Account, Company Owner Claims”)

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23 12 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

Sign The Petition To Deport Angry, Narcissistic, Un-American Brit, Piers Morgan

Deport Piers Morgan

As cited in my article above, limey Morgan has made outrageous statements in this country. A petition is being circulated to deport him, and it should be signed.

See https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-british-citizen-piers-morgan-attacking-2nd-amendment/prfh5zHD (“WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment“); see also http://www.examiner.com/article/cnn-s-piers-morgan-upset-over-white-house-petition-calling-for-his-deportation and http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/white-house-petition-to-deport-piers-morgan.html (“If the petition gets [25,000] signatures by January 20, then the White House will have to issue a response about whether or not it plans to act on the request”) and http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/12/despite-conservative-support-petition-deport-piers-morgan-still-doesnt-have-enough-signatures/60280/

As Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto has noted:

[Piers Morgan's] opinion is protected, [but his] presence in the U.S. is not.

See https://twitter.com/jamestaranto/status/282720825944190976; see also http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/23/wall-street-journal-columnist-explains-how-to-deport-piers-morgan/ (“Wall Street Journal columnist explains on Twitter how to deport Piers Morgan”)

As authority, Taranto cited the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kleindienst v. Mandel, 408 U.S. 753 (1972), which held:

[P]lenary congressional power to make policies and rules for exclusion of aliens has long been [408 U.S. 753, 770] firmly established. . . . Congress has delegated conditional exercise of this power to the Executive. We hold that when the Executive exercises this power negatively on the basis of a facially legitimate and bona fide reason, the courts will neither look behind the exercise of that discretion, nor test it by balancing its justification against the First Amendment interests of those who seek personal communication with the applicant. What First Amendment or other grounds may be available for attacking exercise of discretion for which no justification whatsoever is advanced is a question we neither address nor decide in this case.

See http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=408&invol=753

Thus, Morgan can and should be deported, inter alia, to deal with his involvement in the phone hacking scandal in the UK.

See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/cnn-increasingly-twitchy-over-piers-morgans-tabloid-past-as-phone-hacking-scandal-spreads-to-daily-mirror-8223424.html (“CNN increasingly twitchy over Piers Morgan’s tabloid past as phone hacking scandal spreads to Daily Mirror”) and http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/10/piers-morgan-phone-hacking-scandal-new-charges (“CNN’s Piers Morgan Caught Up In New Phone Hacking Scandal Charges”—”Morgan is facing questions—serious questions—as England’s phone hacking scandal is spreading with four more people filing lawsuits. One of those suits was filed against the Daily Mirror and covers the time when Morgan was the editor. . . . With Morgan now ‘in the crosshairs’ (as the uber-popular Drudge Report headlined it), questions will surface about CNN’s support for the man who replaced Larry King“)

. . .

As I have written in my article above:

On a personal note, I was a U.S. Army Infantry Officer during the Vietnam War, and I was trained with guns and know how to use them. However, I gave away my father’s duck-hunting weapons, and do not like the idea of any weapons being around. Accidents can and do happen. However, I understand why so many Americans want them for hunting, and for their own protection.

Also, in reflecting on these gun issues, I have recalled my revulsion as a kid when a friend of mine who lived up the street—whose mother was an Academy Award-winning actress—was shot in the leg with a Daisy BB gun by a boy from whom he had stolen newspapers as a childish prank, which were to be delivered as part of the boy’s “paper route.”

See http://www.daisy.com/

I am not a right-wing “pro-gun activist,” nor a Republican or Tea Party member, but I have signed the petition to deport Morgan and I have urged others to do so.

. . .

Even though the 25,000 signature goal was met on December 23, 2012, well ahead of the deadline to collect such signatures by January 20, 2013—and only 2 days after the petition was launched—the more signatures on the White House petition to deport Morgan, the better. Thus, please keep signing it.

See https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-british-citizen-piers-morgan-attacking-2nd-amendment/prfh5zHD?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl and http://news.sky.com/story/1029589/piers-morgan-thousands-want-him-deported (“Piers Morgan: Thousands Want Him Deported”) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h282C3ta3mg (Despite being in bed with a cold just before appearing on his TV show, Ann Coulter ridiculed Piers Morgan as being a “sexist, misogynist pig”) and http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daughters-Attend-Has-11-Armed-Guards-Not-Counting-Secret-Service (“School Obama’s Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed-Guards Not Counting Secret Service“) and http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/12/25/on-deporting-piers-morgan-but-we-dont-want-him-back/ (Comment by John Powell at Forbes: “I lived in England from 1996 to 2006 and as Editor of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan pandered to Anti Americanism in every way. He was instrumental in whipping up hatred against America“)

. . .

How did Piers Morgan get a “green card” to work in the United States to begin with? Did he have an essential skill that no American had? Green cards are not handed out freely, much less to all foreigners. And presumably he did not cross our border with Mexico illegally. Thus, he may have been illegal from “day one,” based on the green card issue alone.

See http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/illegal-immigration-the-solution-is-simple/ (“Illegal Immigration: The Solution Is Simple”)

. . .

Morgan has tweeted:

If I do get deported from America . . . , are there any other countries that will have me?

There is a petition being circulated and addressed to the UK’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, which states:

Stop Piers Morgan from being deported back to the UK from America

The caption accompanying the petition adds:

We got rid of him once and why should we have to suffer again. The Americans wanted him so they should put up with him. We washed our hands of him a long time ago.

See https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uk-government-stop-piers-morgan-from-being-deported-back-to-the-uk-from-america?utm_campaign=twitter_link&utm_medium=twitter&ut; see also http://www.prisonplanet.com/brits-petition-government-we-dont-want-piers-morgan-back.html (“Brits Petition Government: We Don’t Want Piers Morgan Back“)

. . .

At the very least:

CNN SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED UNTIL PIERS MORGAN IS TERMINATED!

Call CNN directly and voice your complaints against him: 404-827-1500. Hopefully incoming CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker’s first official act will be to terminate Morgan.

See also http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/27/5079151/california-gun-sales-increase.html (“California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall“)

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27 12 2012
Guildenstern

The 18th century called. It wants its pitchforks back.

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29 12 2012
James Whitehead

I’m afraid your article is far less logical than you think. You follow your description of the attacks in China with “Guns do not kill; people do”. A complete non-sequitur. In China, 23 people were injured by a mentally-ill man on a rampage. They all survived. At Sandy Hook, 27 were killed.

Guns don’t kill – but certain guns make killing large numbers of people in short periods of time a good deal easier than any other widely-available product. Even if you suppose it inevitable that murderous rampages by the mentally ill will occur, why allow each one to be so tragically deadly?

I have several objections to other arguments you make, but little time right now to detail them – so I will conclude by mentioning that the UK and Australia, in particular, responded to school gun massacres with gun control laws – and they worked. The claim above that the Pennsylvania study found that the Assault Weapons Ban “did not work” is simply false – it found instead that there was no statistically-significant effect. If you do not understand the distinction, you should read up on it – it’s rather important.

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30 12 2012
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, James, for your comments.

With respect to your first paragraph, mention of the attack in China was made to juxtapose various types of mass attacks, regardless of the weapon used. Then, there is a new paragraph that follows.

Clearly, people can be killed or injured in a variety of ways, not limited to guns—much less assault weapons. Indeed, dirty bombs or other devices may be the weapons of choice in the future, not guns at all.

Second, I assume you are in the UK. Unfortunately, Brits have almost zero understanding of what the U.S. Constitution says, which is discussed in my article and comments above. The last thing we need is Brits, like Piers Morgan, telling us what to do and “preaching” about it. Frankly, it is repugnant—and I am being kind when I use that word.

Third, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post mentioned the Pennsylvania study in his article. I simply cited him.

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1 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

100,000-Plus Signatures Obtained To Deport Un-American Brit, Piers Morgan

More than 100,000 signatures have been obtained, well ahead of the deadline to collect 25,000 signatures by January 20, 2013. The more signatures on the White House petition to deport Morgan, the better. Thus, please keep signing it.

See https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-british-citizen-piers-morgan-attacking-2nd-amendment/prfh5zHD (“WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment“); see also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2347

Never forget what one American has said about Morgan at Forbes:

I lived in England from 1996 to 2006 and as Editor of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan pandered to Anti Americanism in every way. He was instrumental in whipping up hatred against America.

Also, please remember:

CNN SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED UNTIL PIERS MORGAN IS TERMINATED!

Call CNN directly and voice your complaints against him: 404-827-1500. Hopefully incoming CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker’s first official act will be to terminate Morgan.

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1 01 2013
Mary

Love it. I am calling CNN.

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9 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

The Ridiculous White House Response Never Mentions Morgan!

Obama and guns

The Obama White House has arbitrarily cut off signatures on the petition to deport CNN’s anti-American Piers Morgan at 109,334, before the January 20, 2013 deadline; and it has provided a ridiculous “generic” response about gun issues that never even mentions Morgan, which makes a mockery of the entire petition process. Morgan is a Brit, not an American!

See http://www.naegele.com/documents/DeportBritishCitizenPiersMorganforAttacking2ndAmendment.pdf (the actual Web page, minus a self-serving photo of Obama); see also https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/deport-british-citizen-piers-morgan-attacking-2nd-amendment/prfh5zHD and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2347 and http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/09/white-house-is-wrong-first-amendment-doesnt-protect-piers-morgan-from-deportation/ (“White House is wrong: First Amendment doesn’t protect Piers Morgan from deportation”)

. . .

Moreover, as Matt Drudge headlined above, Vice President Joe Biden has revealed that Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns—the U.S. Constitution be damned!

See http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-obama-might-use-executive-order-deal-guns_694984.html

This is totally consistent with Barack Obama’s flawed character!

See, e.g., http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/

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13 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

The Fury Is Building

Obama is evil

American lawyer, author, conservative commentator, and the host of his syndicated radio show, Mark Levin, may have said it best: “I can barely contain my fury about what’s going on in this country.”

He added:

You know folks, I’ll be honest with you. I just told a friend of mine—even though I sit behind this microphone and I try to be civil and so forth—I can barely contain my fury about what’s going on in this country. I’m just being honest with you. I can barely contain it. I’m so frustrated by this tyranny, you have no idea. Now we can analyze it, we can intellectualize it, we can parse it and so forth and try to unravel it. But I’m just telling you, from an emotional point of view, it is just so damned infuriating to see the greatest country on the face of the earth run by a bunch of lilliputians, who are constantly attacking it from within.

No discussion on the news programs about an imperial president exercising an authority he does not have under our constitution. Nothing. No discussion about all the lives saved and all the people protected as a result of the Second Amendment. Nothing. They continue to perpetuate the lie, the big lie that somehow, some new regulation, some new government fiat would have prevented what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. And then they pretend that they’re for law enforcement. They pretend that they’re hard on crime when they’re not.

We have evidence over one decade after another of how the very same people pushing for gun control against law-abiding American citizens support radical left-wing judges who are soft on criminals, support weakened sentencing rules, decriminalizing this and that. Since when was Obama strong on fighting crime? Since when has Obama supported law enforcement? But here he is, you know, ‘we have to stop gun violence.’ No, we have to stop violent criminals.

Now, there’s a fury in me—I’m just being honest with you—that I’m trying to contain. Biden, the moron Senator from Delaware, taking his train back and forth and back and forth on Amtrak. Oh wow, what a guy. Anyway, so they may do by executive fiat—I’m trying to read between the lines—a national gun database. Now, why would we need a national gun database? Well, listen, we need to know who has the weapons, at all times, and how many weapons they have and what weapons they have. How come? Why? The guy that killed all those people in Newtown, Connecticut, we know who he was and we know who had the weapons, his mother. So what does this national database have to do with anything? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Oh, okay, but we need one anyway, right? To prevent what exactly? To prevent what?

See http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/01/11/levin_i_can_barely_contain_my_fury_at_what_is_going_on_in_this_country.html; see also http://news.usni.org/2013/02/08/navy-lincoln-refueling-delayed-will-hurt-carrier-readiness (NAVY UNABLE TO REFUEL CARRIER DUE TO BUDGET CUTS)

Impeach Obama efforts are underway!

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14 01 2013
Jim

It is time to stop the media in its tracks, by boycotting their advertisers nationally with a website & t.v. program that explains the reasons why. Kardashians, move over, a real program may be coming…..

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14 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Jim, for your comments.

Apart from boycotting advertisers, whole networks can and should be boycotted, such as CNN. The advertisers are apt to flee as the number of viewers fall.

Indeed, CNN is already in last place, and Piers Morgan’s show is hanging by a thread in terms of viewership.

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14 01 2013
Jim

Another “bullseye” for Timothy!

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17 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE, MENTALLY ILL DO

Hitler and child

This is the title of a new article by American lawyer, conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter—who is also quoted in my article above—which is worth reading, and states in pertinent part:

Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment.

But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho’s mental health problems because of federal privacy laws.

At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.

. . .

On her first day at school, student Lynda Sorensen emailed her friends about [the 2011 Tucson, Arizona shopping mall shooter, Jared] Loughner: “We do have one student in the class who was disruptive today, I’m not certain yet if he was on drugs (as one person surmised) or disturbed. He scares me a bit. The teacher tried to throw him out and he refused to go, so I talked to the teacher afterward. Hopefully he will be out of class very soon, and not come back with an automatic weapon.”

The last of several emails Sorensen sent about Loughner said: “We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird.”

That was the summer before Loughner killed six people at the Tucson shopping mall, including a federal judge and a 9 year-old girl, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among others.

Loughner also had run-ins with the law, including one charge for possessing drug paraphernalia—a lethal combination with mental illness. He was eventually asked to leave college on mental health grounds, released on the public without warning.

. . . [C]ommitting Loughner to a mental institution in Arizona would have required a court order stating that he was a danger to himself and others.

Innumerable studies have found a correlation between severe mental illness and violent behavior. Thirty-one to 61 percent of all homicides committed by disturbed individuals occur during their first psychotic episode—which is why mass murderers often have no criminal record. There’s no time to wait with the mentally ill.

James Holmes, the accused Aurora, Colo., shooter, was under psychiatric care at the University of Colorado long before he shot up a movie theater. According to news reports and court filings, Holmes told his psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, that he fantasized about killing “a lot of people,” but she refused law enforcement’s offer to place Holmes under confinement for 72 hours.

However, Fenton did drop Holmes as a patient after he made threats against another school psychiatrist. And after Holmes made threats against a professor, he was asked to leave campus. But he wasn’t committed. People who knew he was deeply troubled just pushed him onto society to cause havoc elsewhere.

Little is known so far about Adam Lanza, the alleged Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooter, but anyone who could shoot a terrified child and say to himself, “That was fun—I think I’ll do it 20 more times!” is not all there.

It has been reported that Lanza’s mother, his first victim, was trying to have him involuntarily committed to a mental institution, triggering his rage. If true—and the media seem remarkably uninterested in finding out if it is true—Mrs. Lanza would have had to undergo a long and grueling process, unlikely to succeed.

As The New York Times’ Joe Nocera recently wrote: “Connecticut’s laws are so restrictive in terms of the proof required to get someone committed that Adam Lanza’s mother would probably not have been able to get him help even if she had tried.”

Taking guns away from single women who live alone and other law-abiding citizens without mental illnesses will do nothing about the Chos, Loughners, Holmeses or Lanzas. Such people have to be separated from civil society, for the public’s sake as well as their own. But this is nearly impossible because the ACLU has decided that being psychotic is a civil right.

Consequently, whenever a psychopath with a million gigantic warning signs commits a shocking murder, the knee-jerk reaction is to place yet more controls on guns. By now, guns are the most heavily regulated product in America.

It hasn’t worked.

Even if it could work—and it can’t—there are still subway tracks, machetes, fists and bombs. The most deadly massacre at a school in U.S. history was at an elementary school in Michigan in 1927. It was committed with a bomb. By a mentally disturbed man.

How about trying something new for once?

See http://www.humanevents.com/2013/01/16/ann-coulter-guns-dont-kill-people-the-mentally-ill-do/; see also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns and http://www.infowars.com/other-tyrants-who-have-used-children-as-props/ (“Other Tyrants [Like Obama] Who Have Used Children As Props“)

Obama and children

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18 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

CNN’s Un-American, Evil-Brit, Piers Morgan, Is Dead Last!

American flag

CABLE NEWS RACE
WEDS JAN 16 2013

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 3,356,000
DISC AMISH MAFIA 3,200,000
FOXNEWS FIVE 2,323,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,276,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,235,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,813,000
CMDY DAILY SHOW 1,790,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,637,000
CMDY COLBERT 1,360,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,096,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 1,020,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 875,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 839,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 831,000
CNN COOPER 604,000
CNN PIERS 592,000

CNN SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED UNTIL PIERS MORGAN IS TERMINATED!

Again, please call CNN directly and voice your complaints against him: 404-827-1500; and tell them that CNN will be boycotted if CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker refuses to terminate Morgan immediately.

See http://www.politico.com//blogs/media/2013/01/cnn-president-jeff-zucker-backs-piers-morgans-gun-154272.html (“CNN President Jeff Zucker backs Piers Morgan’s gun control campaign“); see also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2347 and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2392 and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2424 and http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/06/dick_morris_addresses_wrong_2012_predictions_in_interview_with_piers_morgan.html (Piers Morgan has Dick Morris on show to ridicule him and FOX)

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18 01 2013
steve from virginia

There is no concealed carry in the District of Columbia; registered handguns are permitted within private homes (with trigger locks, in gun safes or disassembled). There is concealed carry in Virginia.

Retailers in high-crime areas have had ‘unofficial’ firearms on-premises in the District in the past; this was routinely overlooked by Metropolitan Police.

The 2d Amendment is irrelevant as it specifically allows what is not prohibited elsewhere. Firearms are a legal good, generally; they are no different from similar machines capable of great damage (gas pipelines, passenger-carrying ships and vessels) and should be treated the same.

The 2d Amendment gives interested 3d parties means to appoint themselves as special ‘defenders of the Constitution’ in ways that are un- or anti-Constitutional: for example, it empowers insurrectionists up to the point of insurrection.

Like the other Amendments, the 2d can be repealed (as was the 18th) or subject to modification (the 5th by the 14th).

Firearms should be treated no differently than jet airliners or transit buses. If you are going to drive one, you better know what you’re about and someone responsible has to sign off on you.

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18 01 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Steve, for your comments, which I am sure many will find interesting and thoughtful.

As stated in my article above:

As a lawyer-friend of mine [who lives and works in the Washington area] commented . . . :

I think one of the jurisdictions that is pretty satisfied with concealed carry laws is [the District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C.], where a lot of the minority women carry weapons when they live in unsafe areas.

. . .

The bad guys aren’t as likely to bother them as they were before many of them started carrying.

See n.7; but see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concealed_carry_in_the_United_States#No-Issue (“Illinois and the District of Columbia are No-Issue jurisdictions by law, and forbid both open and concealed carry except under a very limited set of circumstances. . . . The District of Columbia recently lost a Supreme Court case relating to restrictions on ownership and possession of firearms (District of Columbia v Heller), however, the case did not specifically address the question of public carry, either open or concealed”)

Also, you have stated:

The 2d Amendment is irrelevant as it specifically allows what is not prohibited elsewhere.

If true, this interpretation would make our Constitution subservient to laws passed by Congress and the State legislatures, or decisions of our courts, instead of the other way around.

For example, a State or local jurisdiction could prohibit equal rights for African-Americans or other minority groups; and based on the interpretation cited, our Constitution would be “irrelevant.”

I respectfully disagree.

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9 02 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

When Will Obama Fall?

Obama and rifle

In an article entitled, “With Plea Deal, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Fall From Grace Seems Complete,” Newsweek‘s John Avlon writes:

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. agreed Friday to plead guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds, in an apparent bid to an end a federal investigation that threatens to also implicate his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson. Both had resigned their offices in recent months, reportedly as part of the congressman’s negotiations with prosecutors.

. . .

The Jackson dynasty appears to be done.

. . .

[Jackson Jr.] resigned two weeks after Election Day. His wife, a city alderman, resigned her office in January after the Chicago Sun Times raised questions about her use of campaign funds from her husband’s congressional accounts, including a $5,000 monthly consulting salary, credit-card charges and the moving of money between accounts.

This practice is apparently epidemic in the corruption-plagued Land of Lincoln.

. . .

Some swamps take a long time to drain. Stunningly, three current members of the Illinois state legislature were sworn in this year despite facing criminal charges, ranging from bribery to bank fraud.

See http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/08/with-plea-deal-jesse-jackson-jr-s-fall-from-grace-seems-complete.html; see also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/barack-obama-is-a-lame-duck-president-who-will-not-be-reelected/#comment-2315 (“Will Obama ‘Unravel’ Like Nixon Did?”) and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/washington-is-sick-and-the-american-people-know-it/ (“Washington Is Sick And The American People Know It”)

Barack Obama is an integral part of the same corrupt Chicago culture.

See, e.g., http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/is-barack-obama-a-racist/; see also http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/07/coulter-maybe-republicans-should-try-being-popular/ (“Instead of proposing serious reforms, the Democrats play politics by demonizing responsible gun owners and the Republicans who defend them“) and http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/how-white-house-quieted-gun-control-groups-88546.html (“How the White House silenced gun control groups“) and http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/is-obama-the-new-nixon/

When will the Obama “swamp” be drained, and how complete will be his fall from grace?

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4 03 2013
mike

[Note: This comment was submitted by "Mike" on March 4, 2013, not by Timothy D. Naegele]

You’d really benefit from a few years in the UK to see how gun control = less deaths of men, women & children.

8,775 deaths by firearms in the US per year, 87 in the UK.

Unfortunately though it isn’t so just a case of guns being legal in the US – it’s the whole American ‘whoop-ass’ culture that is hell bent on smashing and killing things for entertainment – and that is what needs to change before any gun control will have any effect.

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4 03 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Mike, for your comments.

First, I have been to the UK many times. Seniors and others there have been terrorized by the yobs and hoodies, as you know if you live there.

See, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangs_in_the_United_Kingdom

Second, America has a much different culture and history than the UK. Among other things, it is doubtful that the UK could win another war in the Falklands today, because its military is being “gutted” by David Cameron and others.

See http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/the-economic-tsunami-continues-its-relentless-and-unforgiving-advance-globally/#comment-1591 (“Sun Setting On British Power”)

Also, but for the United States making the difference in World War II, Brits might be speaking German today.

Third, we do not coddle those who seek to harm or kill us. We have the right to bear arms and shoot them; and more Americans than ever are arming themselves, and rightfully so.

Fourth, Brits like Piers Morgan are not about to change our culture. He and others like him must be boycotted, banished and deported, as indicted above.

See, e.g., http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2453 (see also the article above)

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1 05 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

Piers Morgan Is Still Last!

CABLE NEWS RACE
TUES., APRIL 30, 2013

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,713,000
FOXNEWS THE FIVE 2,027,000
CMDY DAILY SHOW 1,867,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,814,000
CMDY COLBERT 1,752,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 1,677,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,395,000
MSNBC MADDOW 673,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 685,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 613,000
CNN BLITZER 551,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 549,000
CNNHN GRACE 510,000
CNN BURNETT 509,000
MSNBC HAYES 496,000
CNNHN DR DREW 482,000
CNN PIERS MORGAN 433,000

[As reported by the Drudge Report, May 1, 2013]

See also http://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/abortions-and-autos-kill-more-in-america-than-guns/#comment-2453

CNN will continue to be boycotted until Morgan is long gone!

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17 07 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

VIOLENCE

If we want to reduce or eliminate violence, then Hollywood should not make and distribute any violent films and TV shows; such violence should be banned from TV programming; violent video games should be banned; advertisers that support violent media undertakings should see their products boycotted; parents who allow their children to commit violence should be prosecuted; and those who advocate violence should be prosecuted as well.

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19 09 2013
Timothy D. Naegele

Americans Reject Gun Control [UPDATED]

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey:

Despite the horrific mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, support for more gun control has fallen to its lowest level in over a year. Most Americans don’t think tougher gun control would have prevented this week’s killings anyway.

. . .

Now, 50% believe stricter gun laws are not needed, the highest level of opposition in over a year.

See http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/september_2013/33_think_stricter_gun_laws_might_have_prevented_navy_yard_shooting; see also http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/12/13/police-man-breaks-into-chelsea-h-s-sets-off-fire-extinguisher/ (“Man Breaks Into Chelsea H.S., Goes Wild With Fire Extinguisher”—”At Least 17 People Treated, Including Students And Safety Officers”)

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21 01 2014
Timothy D. Naegele

55 Million American Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade

Fetus

It has been reported:

40 years ago today, seven men on the Supreme Court decided in favor of a case presented to them from a 27 year-old, unknown, post-abortive lawyer, Sarah Weddington. That case was Roe v. Wade and, along with its companion Doe v. Bolton, it legalized abortion in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, in the United States.

See http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/22/i-am-overwhelmed-by-55-million-babies-killed-since-roe-v-wade/; see also http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10717566/Aborted-babies-incinerated-to-heat-UK-hospitals.html (“[more than 15,000] Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals“) and http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/01/interactive-chart-are-all-the-abortion-doctors-going-away.html (“INTERACTIVE CHART: AMERICA’S VANISHING ABORTION PROVIDERS”)

When a woman gets pregnant, she relinquishes her rights over the fetus. It has a life and rights of its own from the moment of conception.

Any woman who has an abortion is a killer, period. The argument that she has a right to do with her body as she sees fit is true, but it does not apply to the fetus.

An abortion is a criminal act: infanticide. Each of the mothers and the doctors and others who have participated—or participate in the future—in the taking of human lives should be arrested, tried, convicted and . . .

Abortion is the taking of a life!

. . .

IF any exceptions are to be made, they should only occur in the case of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is at risk.

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6 04 2014
Timothy D. Naegele

My Twilight Years—Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any “more.” No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.

It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let everyone of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, “He was my friend, and I know where he stood.”

So, just in case I’m gone tomorrow, please know this.

I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron currently in the White House!

Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.

Regards,
Clint

It is fair to say that the Obama administration makes the Nixon administration look like a bunch of saints by comparison.

And we have almost three years to go of Obama and his motley crew of discontents and zealots.

Obama smoking pot

[Note: This message has been attributed to Clint Eastwood. God only knows whether that is true or not]

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