Practical Not Political – The Historical Misuse & Misunderstanding of The “Right To Bear Arms [Second Amendment] “

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. – Second Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America

America – Let us deal with the phrase “…being necessary to the security of a free State…” eventhough millions of you only focus on the phrase “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” At one point in time everything was critical in the development of this nation state from an occupied colonial state to an independent democratic nation state. Today, this nation state is at war with itself. It is in battle against reasonable, progressive gun control public policy safety measures and a capitalistic, corrupted misuse of the Second Amendment. Look, I am a History Educator in Public Education so let’s have the authentic historical conversation. When the Second Amendment was broadly written, this colonial state was under British indirect rule with no standing military to defend itself. Of course every American citizen who were still citizens of Great Britain who were seeking to end “taxation without representation” had no other option but to “take up arms, bear arms” against the oppressive monarchy who had no economic desire to allow this colonial state to exist as it’s own independent state.

The “right to bear arms” granted citizens the means, right to defend, protect itself from foreign entities who seek to overtake, suppress the independent “State” from its infancy to its point of sovereign self sufficiency. Each citizen and even those enslaved had to take up a weapon to fight for this nation’s independence from the supressive economic indirect rule imposed by Great Britain. Even after the “War of Independence” – the everyday citizen had to be pressed into “military service” to defend itself while the Continental Army, Navy and Marines were being established along side the Constitution, the development of federal and state government meant to protect and serve in a manner so that the everyday citizen would not be responsible for the macro-management of national, state and local defense. America, you cannot apply the challenging demands of the 17th and 18th Century of the development of a nation state from colonial rule into the evolving, progressive 20th and 21st Century reality of a seeming democratic nation state where laws and public policy can progressively change to better society.

Somehow, some way after the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts – the Second Amendment phrase “the right to bear arms” turned into a capitalistic, economic for profit “don’t touch this electrified third rail of public policy” set in stone edict. At one point, no one could buy an assault rifle nor paramilitary semiautomatic and or automatic weapons legally. That all seemed to change back in the 1980s into the 1990s. Not exactly sure who came up with the disastrous notion to remove assault weapons ban. This has opened up the deadly floodgates this nation has been experiencing since the 1980s. With this change, so too has America’s increased propensity of gun violence. It can be statistically tracked and the data verified that there is a direct correlation to mass shootings and acts of domestic terrorism due which the access and availability to guns which can kill multiple people within in minutes, inflicting a high mass casualty rate.

It is 2022 America. We are not at war with each other from city to city, cost to coast. We fighting for our right to live free with our own democracy and government intact in the midst of urban to rural combat zones. Martial law is not in effect. America is not being attacked by a foreign nation state which has neutralized our armed forces. There is absolutely no need for any citizen to have in their home paramilitary weaponry more powerful than law enforcement, the military. Even those in the military will tell you the AR-15 [they designated the weapon as a M-4], is designed for one purpose – to kill the target in front of the shooter with maximum effect by striking the target with one or two rounds which will either sever limbs or instantly kill the target center mass.

While I may be in favor of the Second Amendment eventhough I do not own a gun. I am also in favor of a universal through background check [criminal and mental], strict training regulations, ‘Red Flag Laws (let’s all be honest with ourselves – everyone does not need to gain access nor be allowed to own a weapon and definitely not assault weapons, you know who those persons are, how they are and why ownership could pose a danger for themselves and others)’ and an assault weapons ban. Even those in the arena of law enforcement and national military have to go through extensive tactical training and mental evaluation to ensure they fully capable and cognizant of this life and death instrument they are using in their hands.

Can we stop ‘paralyzing this public policy matter with dysfunctional partisan political rhetoric. This is not a ‘left versus right,’ ‘liberal versus conservative’ debate. Last time I checked a bullet fired from paramilitary semiautomatic and or automatic weapon does not check its intended target for its ‘political viewpoint.’ No, the bullets fired from these weapons are tasked to either injure and or kill without prejudice. This is a national public policy matter which needs to be addressed in a consistent, uniform manner. There are more weapons than citizens in America. We have to examine this matter with both an objective morality lens and clear public safety policy legislation. We have to admit to ourselves and affirm to each other this nation state is one who has been mentally weaponized since its inception.

This is not a “States Rights Issue” on individual gun ownership. If this is the case – citizens should only need a semiautomatic handgun with limited capacity [10 round magazine max], shotgun with limited capacity [5 to 7 round max] and hunting rifle with limited range [5 to 7 round max]. There is absolutely no need for any citizen to possess a paramilitary weapon capable of holding over 20 rounds, capable to have double cartridge ability meaning one person would fire off over 40 rounds before reloading, killing everyone in their sight within minutes before a non-lethal to lethal response can stop this attack. This is a national public safety matter which requires federal government oversight and uniform federal government legislation to protect its citizens from harming each other.

More people have died due to gun violence, mass shootings, acts of domestic terrorism involving guns over the past 10 to 20 years than those military servicemen and servicewomen serving in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. It defies all logical thought, judical reasoning that this has not been resolved with balanced, practical approach. This is not a nation of absolute zero sum decisions. It is possible to have meaningful, progressive gun control policy legislation and responsible gun ownership to stop this level of violence against its own citizens.  Enough is Enough. Included with this blog, I attached a legal explanation of The Second Amendment and the judicial interpretation of this misunderstood amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Explaining The Second Amendment –
https://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment2.html

‘america’ – Pass Me By With Thoughts and Prayers

So ‘america’…

  • You are all good to go for the “War On Drugs” as long as you do not have to stop the flow of drugs into certain communities until it hits your doorstep.
  • You are all good to go for the “War On Terrorism” as long as you do not have to admit your possible role in the training of the terrorists who lashed out back at you for not keeping up your promises. See “Charlie Wilson’s War” for clarity.
  • Despite there being more weapons than the population – you seem unwilling to declare a “War on Guns” eventhough certain guns are directly responsible for domestic violence attacks, death and trauma. So please explain how you can be ‘tough on crime and criminals’ yet you seem hesitant to stop the access and use of certain guns on the street. Certain guns, might I add are directly responsible for numerous acts of domestic terrorism, death of citizens domestically. So when it is terrorism committed by others who are not citizens – you want justice and declare war. Yet when it is terrorism committed domestically – you are choosing to do nothing to stop the violence, doing nothing to ensure justice for the victims, nothing to stop the problem.

It is amazing to me how ‘america’ demands equality, freedom, justice yet we do not want to do the real work of democracy, security, public safety policy. The Second Amendment, when it was originally written authorized the right to bear arms and also spoke about against the existence of a free standing militia. Keep in mind when this nation state was first created, it had no military force established to protect its citizens. Each citizen need to bear arms to fight back against colonial tyranny, economic suppressive indirect rule against the British monarchy who had a substantial army and naval force at its command. This nation state had evolved beyond this state and so too must this nation state evolve in terms of its public policies as it relates to owning of semiautomatic handguns and semiautomatic rifles. No one citizen should have weapons more powerful than law enforcement and or this nation’s armed forces. It is the national military to protect our citizens against all threats foreign and domestic. It is local law enforcement’s task to protect metropolitan and suburban cities internally pursuant to state statutes. It is time for ‘america’ to grow up and better manage itself as it concerns citizens access to guns and this over obsession with gun culture in our society.

…Take your time with your response – I will wait…

#TulsaOklahoma #UvaldeTexas #BuffaloNewYork

#PassMeByWithThoughtsandPrayers #DomesticTerrorism #AnotherMassShooting #TooManyCitiesToList #TooManyHastagsToPost

Mid Term Elections Malise In Black America – Practical Not Political

The 2022 Mid Term Elections are set for this upcoming November. Many states have begun their primary election cycles. Some states due to congressional district realignment issues and gerrymandering disputes, have had to delay their primary elections as those matters are being sorted out. Despite these existing, ongoing challenges – the voting public still must be made fully aware of the upcoming Mid Term Elections. Typically, voter turnout is lower for Mid Term Election cycles. The concern that this trend will continue this year is very high. Misinformation and the lack of clear, concise information can and will mislead the voting public to not only tune out local, state and federal elections but it could lead to a partisan public policy legislative gridlock and or outright partisan public policy upheaval where the minority party can gain control of both the US Senate and US House of Representatives. The second of these two points of mid term elections can greatly affect the domestic public policy agenda of the current administration.

The question becomes – how do we avoid the “Mid Term Elections Malise” which always seems to occur after every Presidential Election? This “Mid Term Election Malise” particularly occurs in the Black America community. No matter if it is due to disenchantment or neglect – this cannot and should not continue any longer. Real effective domestic, socioeconomic and social justice reform can only happen when are fixated on ensuring effective, just representation exists at the local, state and federal legislative branches of government.

How do we address this issue to work towards better engagement and resolution? We need to be about the business of constant communication, consistent dialogue, active engagement across all platforms to reach our people. First – We have to keep us actively engaged at an early age, at the local and state level first. Second – We have to tie all aspects of domestic policy, socioeconomic matters to holding state and federal legislators accountable for the voting record and the needs of our community. Third – Black America is not a voting monolith. We are more intellectually diverse and engaged as it concerns domestic and social justice issues because they disproportionately affect us and our communities than other voting blocs in America.We are not voting electoral monolith but there are matters of universal concern which direct impact our community. We need to keep our elected officials accountable to meet our needs or we remove them from office and answer to neither party with minimal results to our demands.

Ukraine… Why Ukraine Matters

Are you wondering why the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is such a big deal? Read this!

For those who ask: “Why does Ukraine matter? “

This is why Ukraine matters.

It is the second largest country by area in Europe by area and has a population
of over 40 million – more than Poland.

Ukraine ranks:
1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;
2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves;
2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world’s reserves);
2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons);
2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves;
3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)
4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;
7th place in the world in coal reserves (33.9 billion tons)

Ukraine is an important agricultural country:

1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;
3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world’s volume);
1st place in the world in exports of sunflower and sunflower oil;
2nd place in the world in barley production and 4th place in barley exports;
3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world;
4th largest producer of potatoes in the world;
5th largest rye producer in the world;
5th place in the world in bee production (75,000 tons);
8th place in the world in wheat exports;
9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs;
16th place in the world in cheese exports.

Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.

Ukraine is an important industrialised country:

1st in Europe in ammonia production;
Europe’s 2nd’s and the world’s 4th largest natural gas pipeline system;
3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;
3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);
3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment;
3rd largest iron exporter in the world
4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world;
4th world’s largest manufacturer of rocket launchers;
4th place in the world in clay exports
4th place in the world in titanium exports
8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates;
9th place in the world in exports of defence industry products;
10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

Apparently Ukraine matters and its independence is important to the rest of the world. #Ukraine #UnitedStates #Russia #NATO #Europe #Geopolitics #ForeignPolicy #InternationalAffairs

Ukraine – Why It Matters

Are you wondering why the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is such a big deal? Read this!

For those who ask: “Why does Ukraine matter? “

This is why Ukraine matters.

It is the second largest country by area in Europe by area and has a population
of over 40 million – more than Poland.

Ukraine ranks:
1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;
2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves;
2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world’s reserves);
2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons);
2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves;
3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)
4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;
7th place in the world in coal reserves (33.9 billion tons)

Ukraine is an important agricultural country:

1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;
3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world’s volume);
1st place in the world in exports of sunflower and sunflower oil;
2nd place in the world in barley production and 4th place in barley exports;
3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world;
4th largest producer of potatoes in the world;
5th largest rye producer in the world;
5th place in the world in bee production (75,000 tons);
8th place in the world in wheat exports;
9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs;
16th place in the world in cheese exports.

Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.

Ukraine is an important industrialised country:

1st in Europe in ammonia production;
Europe’s 2nd’s and the world’s 4th largest natural gas pipeline system;
3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;
3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);
3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment;
3rd largest iron exporter in the world
4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world;
4th world’s largest manufacturer of rocket launchers;
4th place in the world in clay exports
4th place in the world in titanium exports
8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates;
9th place in the world in exports of defence industry products;
10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

Apparently Ukraine matters and its independence is important to the rest of the world.

#Ukraine #UnitedStates #Russia #Europe #NATO #Geopolitics #ForeignPolicy #InternationalAffairs

[The Washington Post] Blinken says U.S. will stand with Ukraine if Russia attacks

This has been a geopolitical chess match for the past six years. While I cannot tell you how this match will play out, I can tell you this Cold War geopolitical chess game is very much “active, live and in play…”
#Ukraine #UnitedStates #Russia #NATO #Geopolitics #ForeignPolicy #PracticalnotPolitical

Blinken says U.S. will stand with Ukraine if Russia attacks By Missy Ryan and Isabelle Khurshudyan https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/ukraine-blinken-lavrov-meeting-russia/2022/01/19/b73fe968-78eb-11ec-b79d-e53ef5e1fbe2_story.html

2021 to 2022 – Practical Not Political: Mid Term Elections

With the start of 2022, I wanted to help aide the voting public in their understanding of the upcoming 2022 US House of Representatives and US Senate races. Typically, mid term elections are often overlooked by most citizens and voter turnout is lower than elections held involving the Presidential Election. This is a huge mistake given both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate can truly shape and or sway the movement of domestic public policy agendas. It more critical than ever the voting public have full awareness of the importance of voting in the upcoming mid term elections and where those key battleground states for both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate nationwide.

As far as the US House of Representatives goes, 110 seats are currently showing as Democratic strongholds and 105 showing as Republican strongholds in the upcoming election. Currently there 21 seats in which the Democratic Party needs to be most concerned about in the upcoming election. Regarding the 21 total seats, 12 seats could possibly change over to the Republican Party and could vastly affect the legislative agenda. The Republican Party has 18 seats which are showing indications they could change over to Democratic Party or are likely to be at risk to be challenged in the upcoming election. Regarding the 18 total seats, 15 could possibly change over to the Democratic Party.

There 12 Democratic Party seats currently “in play to be challenged and changed over” to the Republican Party in the US House of Representatives are as follows: Arizona – 2 seats, Iowa – 1 seat, Illinois – 1 seat, Maryland – 1 seat, Maine – 1 seat, Michigan – 2 seats, North Carolina – 1 seat, Ohio – 2 seats and Virginia – 1 seat.

There 15 Republican Party seats currently “in play to be challenged and changed over” to the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives are as follows: Arizona – 3 seats, California – 3 seats, Iowa – 1 seat, Maryland – 1 seat, Michigan – 1 seat, Montana – 1 seat, Nebraska – 1 seat, Ohio – 2 seats and Texas – 2 seats.

The US Senate currently has 10 States in which the election of either the current incumbent or the removal of the current incumbent will drastically alter the makeup and majority control of the US Senate. The 10 States are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

It is extremely important the voting public is both advised and made aware of the importance of the upcoming Mid Term Elections. I will provide more detailed information on both the US House of Representatives races and the US Senate races in the months ahead.

#DomesticPolicy #MidTermElections2022 #USHouseofRepresentatives #USSenate #PracticalnotPolitical

September 11th, 2001 to September 11th, 2021 – 20 Years Later

Memo to All:

September 11th 2001… September 11th 2021
20 Years later – No one came out being right. I am probably going to be hated by many for saying this but it needs to be said… Everyone was wrong and no one was right in their acts and justified to enact their actions over the past twenty years. To memorialize September 11th, 2001 as one dark day in humanity’s history book totally minimizes all bad actions by all bad actors going all the way back to The Cold War in the late 1980s into 1990s.

Twenty years later, we see the affects on the entire world. No one can claim justified victory in this game of zero sum absolutes. Humanity lost too much of itself in this geopolitical tempest before September 11th, 2001 and we are still losing ourselves today. This destructive maelstrom goes back to The Cold War Era where the United States and the former Soviet Union treated the region known as The Middle East as movable proxy war chess pieces for their geopolitical chess match.

From the United States and the former Soviet Union during The Cold War conducting geopolitical propoganda warfare using The Middle East as their nation vs nation brinksmanship chess match. This goes all the way back to the late 1980s into 1990s. From wrong doctored misinformation and intelligence where power players on all sides – “patriots” and “terrorists,” used warfare to move their power grab agendas. No one can claim they were righteous in their acts, actions.

Twenty years later after this one horrific event of the Post Cold War Era where The Cold War itself spanned forty years before the last twenty – did either side gain more than they lost? Looking at the sum total of it all – I contend no one won anything and everyone lost too much. Too many families lost too many sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, friends and at least two generations passed dealing with this ‘war on terrorism,’ this ‘war against religous radicalism waged by extremists on both sides,’ this ‘war against western versus eastern influences.’ Insert your own ‘war against…’ byline. Too much death, destruction; too much to lament over lives lost and a world forever changed. To say “I am sorry for everything that happened… ” or “We will never forget…” or “We must not allow this to ever happen again…” just does not seem enough when you exist in a world where people exist in realms of zero sum absolutes. We exist in a world more interested in seeking vengeance than seeking to live righteous. Memo to All: No one won this game of covert intelligence and overt military brinksmanship. No winners and everyone lost.

#September11th #WashingtonDC #Pentagon #NewYorkCity #WorldTradeCenter #Flight93 #Afghanistan #Iraq #Pakistan #UnitedStates #UnitedKingdom #NATO #TheColdWar