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Dead Reckoning Radio: Orlando, Orlando, and Trump

This edition of DR Radio is no exception to cultural hotspots. Because we love you, we’ll be talking about fun things, like gays, death, murder, and politics.  We’re kicking off our discussion today with not one, but two segments on Orlando and closing out the end of the show with Donald Trump’s campaign efforts to mimic a North Korean missile.

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Chick-fil-A Stores Deliver Food, Drinks Free of Charge to Those Donating Blood in Orlando

I want to begin this piece by offering condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragic Orlando, FL terrorist attack that befell the Pulse nightclub. Let us hope the victims and their families find comfort during this grave time.

This was a blatant attack on Americans–on all freedom-loving people–in the name of radical Islam. The perpetrator pledged his loyalty to ISIS right before he committed this heinous, unspeakable act. 49 people died during Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. 53 people and counting were injured.

So how have people responded? The majority of Americans–regardless of their views, backgrounds, and religions–have offered moral support to those who died at the gay night club . Others have unsurprisingly rushed to push disarmament in wake of this terrorist attack–a push that should be wholly condemned. Many have responded with kindness. Hundreds of people have lined up to donate blood. Others have privately donated to groups or efforts supporting victims and their families. It’s nice to see an overwhelmingly amount of Americans put aside differences to help and support fellow Americans.

Chick-fil-A should especially be commended for something unthinkable they did.  Fox 5 Atlanta said several local Orlando-area Chick-fil-A stores opened their doors on Sunday to serve those waiting to donate blood to the terror attack victims. They issued their signature “hate”chicken sandwiches and drinks free of charge. (Such a nice gesture!) Below are two Facebook posts from local Chick-fil-A’s who participated in the generous acts:

 

Here’s more about the gesture:

In a shocking move, the Orlando location at University and Rouse Road quietly fired up its grills on Sunday. The chain is notorious for not being open, ever, on a Sunday. Employees cooked up hundreds of their famous chicken sandwiches. They brewed dozens of gallons of sweet tea.

Then, instead of making a single dime, and without pomp and circumstance they crated the product of their labor to the One Blood donation center. The food and drinks were handed out, free of charge, to all the people who had lined up to donate blood.

So far, the only mentions of the incident have been from individuals on Facebook. They have posted photos thanking the restaurant for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

But, wait, those people were waiting to give blood to victims that were mostly gay people. Doesn’t Chick Fil A hate gays? That’s what we keep being told.

Turns out, that while the founders definitely don’t approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion. Who knew? A bunch of people claiming to be Christians care about others even when they don’t agree with them. This group took time out of their schedules to volunteer to help those who were also trying to do their part.

To those of you surprised by this act of kindness, don’t be. Chick-fil-A is a generous, moral, and truly compassionate company–a company grounded in principles. They welcome and even hire patrons of all backgrounds, demographics, ages, or lifestyles. They never turn away customers, even if they disagree with their lifestyles.

Imagine that–a conservative company showing compassion and kindness to those in need, let alone those who may differ from them!? Charitable, selfless acts are the American way.

With respect to the victims of the Orlando terror attack, you’ll find that many in conservative and Second Amendment circles wishing someone like us–someone who possesses a concealed handgun permit (CHP)–would have been there to protect those who were defenseless. It doesn’t matter their political beliefs or if they identify as LGBT. No American should be defenseless. Even if our political opponents choose not to reciprocate the kindness, we want to take the moral high road–like Chick-fil-A has.

Bravo, Chick-fil-A. Thank you for exuding kindness.

 

CNN Commentator Equates Christians With Terrorists After Orlando

In the hours after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida that left 50 dead – including the attacker who pledged allegiance to ISIS as he wrought his evil deeds – a prominent Wisconsin Democrat took to Twitter to blame Christians and churchgoers for enabling terrorism and contributing to the violence. Nevermind that there is not a shred – not a single ounce – of evidence linking the radicalized Omar Mateen to any church.

But if a Wisconsin Democrat’s comments on Sunday were over the top, CNN political commentator Sally Kohn’s Twitter feed on Monday was positively absurd. In response to an act of terrorism perpetrated by a radical Islamic terrorist, Kohn waged a jihad of words on Christians and Christianity, equating average church-going Americans with evil barbarians who subscribe to a death cult disowned by many Muslims.

Here’s just a sample of Kohn’s tweets that equate – literally draw a moral equivalence between – Christians and Islamic terrorists who beat women, kill anyone of another faith and many of their own faith, and wish to create a culture of death and violence.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.27.32 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.26.53 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.27.09 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.27.53 PMThe Second Amendment has long served as the target of choice for the Left in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or mass shooting. With the Orlando terrorist attack, the Second Amendment’s culpability has taken a backseat to the Left’s newfound obsession with blaming Christians for the actions of radical Islamic terrorists.

Democrat Blames Christians for Orlando Terrorist Attack

A prominent Milwaukee, Wisconsin Democrat has found out who is responsible for the horrific terror attack at an Orlando, Florida nightclub over the weekend: Christians. On Sunday, state Rep. Mandela Barnes (D) who is also running for state Senate and fancies himself a rising star in the Democratic Party, took to Twitter to blame churches and Christians for the mass shooting that took the lives of 50 people.

“How many people have been driven to hate and act violently towards the lgbt community by ‘conservative Christian’ ideology?” queried Barnes.

The legislator then proceeded to blame “terroristic enablers in churches, in Congress, and state houses” for the actions of Omar Mateen, a man who pledged allegiance to the radical Islamic terrorist group ISIS as he carried out his one-man rampage that was eerily similar to the Paris, France attacks of November 2015.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.49.27 AMAlthough Mateen was investigated at least twice by the FBI for possible ties to terror suspects, including one man who ended up journeying to Syria to be a suicide bomber for the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate, not one single fact has emerged that shows any sort of relationship between Mateen and a church or Christianity.

Whether or not Barnes recognizes the absurdity of his statements remains to be seen. One thing is clear: the Left has been hasty to blame guns and just about anything else for the Orlando attack. Missing from the debate has been a serious discussion about how the country can best fight back against radical Islamic terrorism that manifests itself in domestic attacks like this incident and the San Bernardino, California attacks.

This Is Not A Game

President Obama ties every shooting in America together by the most obvious common denominator–guns. The president has been calling for stricter gun control for the past eight years, while gun violence has spiraled through the ceiling, on his watch.

Seven of the ten deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. have come since Obama took office (source: LA Times).

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Most of these shootings involved legally-purchased weapons, by people who passed all background checks. The weapons used were no more “assault weapons” than my .40 S&W pistol is an elephant gun. The only difference between the 10-round magazine limit in states like Connecticut, California, Colorado and five other states with that particular ban, and Florida is that the shooter–if he followed the law–would have to change magazines more often. For someone like Omar Mateen, who prepared for his deadly jihad, it’s nothing but a nuisance.

Liberals and idiots like Piers Morgan continue to call for some kind of total gun ban in the U.S. They paint America as the wild west and the NRA as evil because there are so many guns. But only a tiny fraction of those guns are used to kill people, and a tinier fraction of those are used for mass killings.

What many of those multiple-victim killings, whether by rifle, knife, sword, or bomb, have in common, is in fact more obvious than shootings are related to guns. When the killer shouts “Allahu akbar!” as he’s shooting, or beheading, or planting a backpack bomb, or wearing a suicide vest, it’s because of jihad. And jihad is a central practice of only one religion: Islam.

This is not a game.

For the 50 families of the dead in Orlando, it’s not a game. For the 14 dead in San Bernardino, it’s not a game. For the 6 dead and 280 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, it’s not a game. For the 137 dead in the Bataclan attack in Paris, it’s not a game. For all the dead, by bullets, knives, bombs, rockets or rocks in Israel, it’s not a game.

Political rhetoric against guns, or violence in general, is about as effective as Marshal Pétain’s protestations to Churchill that he “share the sufferings of our people,” while actively cooperating with the Nazis. President Obama’s speech* is reminiscent of such fantasies of peace and rapprochement in the face of an evil, intractable enemy.

And then there’s the parade of jackasses, led by GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

No, the president is not going to mention radical Islamic terror, because he doesn’t think it exists. But the only response I can have, besides horror, at Trump’s tweet about “congrats” is he should delete his account.

Hillary Clinton echoed the president’s call to “keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals.” Except that Mateen wasn’t a violent criminal, until he killed 50 people. Clinton’s deadly bungling of Benghazi and Libya, which is now a hive of ISIS killers, should disqualify her from ever being believed or trusted again. If Trump is a jackass, Clinton is a viper who would willingly throw American military lives away to cover up her own crimes.

This is not a game, it’s a war. And the best people to fight a war are soldiers, not politicians, not policemen, and not media spokespeople or pundits. Not the FBI either–they don’t exist to prosecute wars, they prosecute crimes. Mateen had been under FBI scrutiny in 2013, but the FBI closed the case.

Trump wants to keep Muslim immigrants out of the U.S. First of all, that’s not effective at all since many radicals are Americans recruited online, and second, it’s nearly impossible to implement. We have laws on our books to deal with traitors in wartime. We can pass laws to ensure that guns don’t find their way into the hands of people who have been investigated by the FBI for radical Islamic connections. I think the NRA would support that**.

Trump said he’d listen to his generals, but his own rhetoric and ego would deny him that wisdom. We need to go to war, and do it with the grim determination of dealing with an enemy who doesn’t respect our borders; or the rules of engagement; or our own Constitutional rights. They are content to incite “lone wolves” and spread terror while politicians play their games.

We cannot elect a president in 2016 who plays games with terror. Unfortunately, both parties’ voters have proffered candidates who are exactly the opposite of what the country needs, either of whom will result in disaster for America.

Now is more reason than ever to put stupid differences, “historic” importance, and cultish loyalty aside, and find someone who will stand in the shoes of Churchill, face the grim enemy, and crush them, here and abroad. We have to stop playing games.


*Watch President Obama’s remarks to the nation below.

**There is a difference between calling for gun purchase restrictions for subjects who were actively investigated by the FBI for links with Islamic terror, and simply adding everyone on the “no-fly list” to a black list. The NRA opposed Dianne Feinstein’s stupidly constructed and Constitution-flaunting attempt to impose the “no-fly” black list, or the “Terrorist Watchlist” which is overgrown and overdue for maintenance. This is actually one problem the government can solve by throwing money at it. Keep the list well-maintained, overseen by a judge (like FISA Court), and allow citizens on the list due process to remove themselves, and it could certainly work.