Some Nutbag Killed Nine People; We Don’t Do That In Our Family

Last week’s killing of 9 bible study group members in Charleston, South Carolina, reminds me of an event which happened 20 years ago this year.

On April 19, 1995, I owned five radio stations in Oklahoma, including stations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

That morning, a rental truck containing a bomb made of fertilizer and diesel fuel blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. In a time frame not dissimilar to the amount of time it took to arrest the perp in last week’s killings, Oklahoma authorities arrested Tim McVeigh, who was tried, found guilty, and executed in 2001 (ironically a few months before 9-11).

I’ve always been extremely proud of the way my people covered McVeigh’s crime.

The next morning, we got a call from a television group in New York that produced a long-forgotten show called Talk Television, hosted by a forgettable New York TV reporter named Lisa Evers (back then known as Lisa Sliwa). They wanted to hook up with our Tulsa-based morning show.  We said ok.

The show they booked included some sort of psychobabble expert, and they wanted to know what we were doing for “the children.”

My afternoon guy—whose voice you have heard on many national commercials—called in to say that he told his three-year-old that some nutbag blew up a building over in Oklahoma City and that “we don’t do that in our family.”

The folks from New York were horrified. They didn’t know what to say.

I was like a proud father. Couldn’t have put it better myself. (It was an all-hands-on-deck week; and all the credit should go to Howard Miller, Tim Carroll, Jeff Brucculeri, Pat Richardson, and Jim Fellows in no particular order because they all did what they did best as well as they have ever done it.)

What horrified the New York psychobabble experts fits the clown in South Carolina as well.

I don’t care about his online “manifesto” any more than I cared about McVeigh’s bullcrap (which can still be found online). It was immediately disqualified from consideration when he started killing innocent people in a civilized society to make whatever point he thought he was making. Besides, it is mostly nonsense.

This isn’t about civil rights or guns or violence.

It’s about some nutbag who killed nine people for no real reason no matter how sophisticated he thought his ranting may have sounded.

And the same applies to politicians who try to make some political hay from the situation.

In fairness, at least McVeigh didn’t use guns–so Bill Clinton could not have used the bombing to call for gun control. Barack Obama had no such impediment because a gun was, indeed, used; and Obama immediately took the cheap shot as if taking away the right from law-abiding citizens to defend themselves would have had any impact at all.

But in fairness, Obama also said this:

“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public… That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

Whatever else it is, it’s a tacit admission that you cannot legislate the way people interact with each other all the time.

That said, again, this wasn’t about race. It was about some nutbag who shot nine people dead in a church because he was, well, a nutbag. And in the vast majority of the United States of America, we don’t do that in our families.

There are no real answers.

Because in 330,000,000 people, there are going to be some nutbags.

There is no law you can pass, no police action you can take to cure that. Nor should there be in a free society. Because Ben Franklin said this:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

What you CAN do as parents and family members is to make sure that, growing up, the Dylann Roofs and the Tim McVeighs of the world know that we don’t do that in our families.

It’s ALL we can do.

Racism, gun control, and fertilizer control are all debates for another day.

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Watch: CNN Guest Just Smacked Down Obama’s Use Of The N-Word In The Most Epic Way Possible

In a CNN appearance Monday, conservative radio host Larry Elder shared his reaction to Barack Obama’s use of the N-word during a recent podcast interview. When The Lead host Jake Tapper asked Elder whether critics were overreacting, he replied that he’s not sure why anyone would expect him not to use such racially schismatic language.

“I’m kind of surprised that people are surprised,” he said. “He wrote a book, his first book, in which he did use the N-word. You can even hear Obama use the N-word on a book on tape.”

Instead of focusing on Obama’s rhetoric, he suggested, civil rights advocates would be better served to pay attention to this administration’s divisive track record.

“To me,” he continued, “the lead ought to be how negative he is about race relations in America. My goodness, we’ve been talking about what happened in 1963 when those four little girls were bombed in Birmingham.”

Obama, Elder lamented, chooses to focus on rare remnants from that era instead of recognizing the incredible advancements our society has experienced since.

Among those in South Carolina, the state in which the latest mass shooting occurred, he pointed out that the response is worlds apart from the aftermath of violence against blacks in Alabama more than half a century ago.

He pointed to Gov. Nikki Haley, a minority woman; Senator Tim Scott, a black U.S. senator; and the widespread support victims of this shooting have received as evidence of the state’s progress.

“In the case of Birmingham,” he noted, “it was decades before they brought the people to justice.”

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof, however, was apprehended hours after the incident.

Furthermore, he concluded that the subsequent debate over displaying the Confederate flag is a diversion.

“This man didn’t pull out a Confederate flag and shoot people, Jake,” Elder said. “He pulled out a firearm.”

Instead of focusing on unrelated periphery, he suggested Americans consider what actions – such as the presence of concealed weapons in the church or the intervention of the suspect’s concerned friends – might have prevented the tragedy.

“It’s a sideshow,” he said, “to be talking about the Second Amendment. It’s a sideshow to be talking about the Confederate flag or whether Obama used the N-word as far as I’m concerned. The issue is whether or not somebody today can work hard, go to school and make it to the middle class if he or she works hard and tries hard – and the answer is a devastating ‘Yes.’”

Are debates over the Confederate flag and gun control diversions used by the left? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: S.C. Governor Needs Only 15 Seconds To School Reporter Attacking Her On Guns

Days after her state was rocked by the latest senseless mass shooting on U.S. soil, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reacted to the ensuing call by many leftists for additional gun control laws. Perhaps the most visible proponent of such a response in the immediate aftermath of the shooting was Barack Obama.

Haley spoke to NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie, who pressed the Republican governor to acknowledge the latest shooting deserved a policy shift regarding gun ownership.

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Guthrie began. “Is there anything about this situation that makes you think, OK, should we rethink? Is it time for some kind of change?”

Instead of placing the blame for this tragedy on the existence of guns, however, Haley opted to take a more removed look at our current society in an attempt to provide Guthrie and her viewers with some perspective.

“Any time there is a traumatic situation,” she said, “people want something to blame. They always want something to go after. There is one person to blame here – a person that doesn’t define South Carolina. And we are going to focus on that person.”

Hundreds of comments soon followed a report by The Federalist Papers on the recent interview. Most supported Haley’s stance.

“There is one person and one person alone to blame for this tragedy,” one reader wrote, “the one who actually pulled the trigger…he and he alone is 100% is [sic] responsible.”

Others were quick to pile on criticism of Guthrie and her line of questioning.

“Savannah Guthrie has been and likely always will be a special kind of stupid,” one critic responded. “She openly demonstrates this almost every time she opens her mouth.”

Would more gun control make America safer? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Fox News Host Just Called Out Obama’s Hypocrisy With One Bold Statement

During a discussion Saturday on Fox and Friends, host Tucker Carlson reacted to Barack Obama’s call for additional gun control legislation in the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, S.C. He criticized Obama’s contention that mass murders do not happen with the same frequency in nations with restricted access to firearms as they do in the U.S.

Obama, Carlson asserted, “immediately jumps in, as demagogues do, to use this tragedy as a justification for his preexisting political strategy.”

Attorney Eric Guster was on hand to note that Obama’s post-Charleston speech was a rare instance in which he disagreed with the president. He went on to say that the actions of a terrorist who took nine lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church do not constitute a “gun control issue.”

Carlson then described what he believes is a glaring hypocrisy in Obama’s gun policy.

“The president has said a number of times guns are the problem,” he said, “guns cause violence. There’s nobody in the world surrounded by more armed people than President Obama himself.”

According to Carlson, Obama “wants to remain protected” while “the rest of us have to go without means of self-protection.”

Panelist Jehmu Greene bristled at the assertion, declaring it “beneath this discussion.”

Carlson, however, opted to restate his point:

The president’s position is that guns cause violence, guns are inherently bad and dangerous, the rest of us need to disarm and not protect ourselves. And he’s exempt from that?

Should Americans be allowed to own guns? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Uber Driver With Gun Stopped A Mass Shooting, Here’s What The Company’s New Policy Says

Uber, the popular San Francisco-based ride hailing company, announced last week that it has banned both its drivers and law-abiding passengers with concealed carry permits from carrying firearms while traveling in the company’s vehicles.

The company made the policy change on June 10 and announced the change a week later, The Associated Press reported. Previously, Uber’s policy regarding firearms was to respect local laws. The new policy reads as follows:

We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service. During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.

The change was first pointed out by The New Republic and was made despite the fact that a 22-year-old Uber driver with a concealed carry permit shot and wounded a gunman who fired at a crowd in Chicago’s Logan Square in April, as The Chicago Tribune reported at the time. No charges were filed against the driver.

One of Uber’s chief competitors, Lyft, already has a “no weapons” policy. “This means that if any driver or passenger possesses a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, regardless of whether possession is legal where they are, they will be removed from the platform,” Lyft’s website says.

h/t: Breitbart

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