Monday, May 28, 2018

In memory of our honored dead

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
Let us join together in a collection of thoughts, poems, prayer and more in honor of all our fallen on this Memorial Day.

Memorial (Decoration) Day...

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Lest we forget...

The phrase "Lest we forget" is commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions, and its first usage can be traced to Rudyard Kipling's poem "Recessional" composed for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The direct Biblical source for Kipling's poem can be found in Deuteronomy 4:7-9:
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
Both scripture and poem consist of the same theme: If a nation forgets the true source of its success, which is the Lord God of Hosts and His ancient sacrifice of Christ, its military and material possessions will be insufficient in times of war.

In Flanders Fields...

The now famous poem “In Flanders Fields” was written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, following the Second Battle of Ypres during World War I. The death of McCrae's friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer, who was killed in the battle, was the inspiration for this poem, which was written on May 3, 1915, the day after conducting his own friend's funeral.

Remembrance poppies...

Inspired by McCrae's poem, Moina Michael replied with her own in the same year:
"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
Ms. Michael then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. Being the first to wear one, she sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Shortly before Memorial Day 1922, the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans.

National Moment of Remembrance...

The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000, asking every American at 3pm local time, “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps'.”

Sources: BCP, USMemorialDay, Wikipedia

Monday, May 21, 2018

Reasoning beyond mass media hysteria on the school shooting epidemic

Sigh. We're in a sad societal state that we even have to talk about another one of these, but the school shooting epidemic continues, as does the unfortunate amount of garbage pumped out by a biased mass media.

Our heads were collectively filled with hows and whys, as our state and federal officials began piecing the deranged details together early Friday. It was welcoming to hear calls for an open forum towards feasible deterrents and common sense measures addressing this epidemic, but we've come to expect for reasons all too familiar by now that such prescriptions have become an unfortunate minefield among the polity if they don't include assaults on liberty through weapon bans that only affect the law-abiding.

Besides the hysterics of the First turned against the Second or the exhaustive and endless pro/con debates moderated among the punditry, there are some who would genuinely like to identify the causes of such an epidemic and tackle them head on. However, we must first overcome a large segment of society in denial of such ailments...
RedState: Talking to Fox News host Chris Wallace, North said the problem isn’t guns and the solution isn’t gun control:
“We’re trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms without treating the disease.”
North is right about that.

The media humiliated itself over the past year, hysterically yelling about “assault rifles.” All the while, there was no such thing. Television’s talking heads were illustrating their ignorance of rifles, choosing to respond emotionally to spooky-shaped plastic firearms as if they possessed a quality of murder which others did not. ...

But could the media be even more wrong? Could the problem not be guns at all?

North thinks so:
“The disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence.”
But what about something else other than moral decay? Many of the shooters share something else:
“They’ve been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male. … Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten.”
Ritalin, quite simply, is speed. Pure speed. The very thing people would tell their children to never do, in some cases, they’re forcing them to do. From a very early age. There have yet to be enough studies over enough time to scientifically determine what speed — not to mention SSRI’s, a constant among mass shooters — does to the brains of human beings raised on it.

It isn’t a preposterous notion that giving children chemicals that affect their brain or function might, over time, result in behavioral changes. That, after all, is the entire purpose of the drugs. ...

Here’s psychiatrist Peter Breggin on the drugs which have infiltrated the bodies and minds of young Americans. If you have further interest in the subject, enjoy more of his thoughts courtesy of the worldwide web:

Another element should also be explored alongside the cultural and medical, and that's the moral (and dare I mention this in a spiritual light, because the darkness isn't working, folks)...
TheResurgent: We need to be teaching our children how to handle disappointment.

We need to be instilling grace, humility, caring, and a reverent fear of God in our kids.

To be fair, I don’t know the family background of the Santa Fe shooter, yet. I don’t know how he was raised, and the truth is, sometimes parents can do everything exactly right, but their child still strays.

That being said, it is too easy for the world to get settled into the spirit of impressionable youth, and lead them in the exact wrong direction.

Something got to this young man.

What we’re hearing now is that when he opened fire in an art class, killing 9 other students and 1 teacher, he had targets in mind.

In particular, he sought out those he “didn’t like.”

One mother is saying the 17-year old assassin targeted her daughter, Shana Fisher, because she had repeatedly turned down his advances.

Rejection and disappointment crested somewhere between mind alteration and cultural rot fomenting into a swift, violent reaction of immature, irresponsible youth...yet far too many continue to focus on a tool while ignoring the mind behind it. We must move beyond this endlessly insane cycle if we ever seek to reduce (or God willing, end) this carnage.

Related links: Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv defies a blue youth tide
Media Goes Dark Over “Stand For The Second” School Walkout

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A courageous call on that lousy Iran Deal

Almost fell over when I read this in the NYTimes, but even they must admit what a lousy deal this emphatically was...
Of all the arguments for the Trump administration to honor the nuclear deal with Iran, none was more risible than the claim that we gave our word as a country to keep it.


The Obama administration refused to submit the deal to Congress as a treaty, knowing it would never get two-thirds of the Senate to go along. Just 21 percent of Americans approved of the deal at the time it went through, against 49 percent who did not, according to a Pew poll. The agreement “passed” on the strength of a 42-vote Democratic filibuster, against bipartisan, majority opposition.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (J.C.P.O.A.) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and it is not a signed document,” Julia Frifield, then the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, wrote then-Representative Mike Pompeo in November 2015, referring to the deal by its formal name. It’s questionable whether the deal has any legal force at all.

Build on political sand; get washed away by the next electoral wave. Such was the fate of the ill-judged and ill-founded J.C.P.O.A., which Donald Trump killed on Tuesday by refusing to again waive sanctions on the Islamic Republic. He was absolutely right to do so...
Skipping past the apologists' nuttery, which this writer also dismisses (and I encourage you to go back and read), here's the crux...
The goal is to put Iran’s rulers to a fundamental choice. They can opt to have a functioning economy, free of sanctions and open to investment, at the price of permanently, verifiably and irreversibly forgoing a nuclear option and abandoning their support for terrorists. Or they can pursue their nuclear ambitions at the cost of economic ruin and possible war. But they are no longer entitled to Barack Obama’s sweetheart deal of getting sanctions lifted first, retaining their nuclear options for later, and sponsoring terrorism throughout.

Trump’s courageous decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal will clarify the stakes for Tehran. Now we’ll see whether the administration is capable of following through.
Yep. Inked. Done.

Related link: Trump Withdraws U.S. From ‘One-Sided’ Iran Nuclear Deal

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A perfect prayer for today's National Day of Prayer...

Definitely can't affirm this one often enough...

For Our Country.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

courtesy: The Book of Common Prayer: Prayers and Thanksgivings

Friday, March 30, 2018

This Easter, don't let politics define forgiveness

An exceptional message from Bob Vander Plaats this Eastertide that I thought worth sharing in the hyper-politicized times we live in. A breakthrough component in God's judgment is Christ's sacrifice, conquering sin and death to allow us to find forgiveness...
...there is danger in looking at forgiveness and faith through the lens of politics. As we head into Easter weekend, I want us to look higher than headlines -- to look through God's eyes, rather than our own.

For God doesn't look at us like we look at each other, doesn't judge as we judge, and isn't swayed by politics. The Bible insists that God holds us all to the same standard: his own perfection. And against that standard, we all sin and fall short of his glory. None of us is righteous. None of us has merited his favor, and we all deserve his judgment. Worse yet, the Bible says, the judgment for our sin is death.

This sounds like bad news, but to Christians, this message is the beginning of very good news. Why? Because of Easter.

We are entering the weekend when Christians remember the death of Jesus, who took our place of punishment upon a cross. He died in our place, that God's justice would be paid. And that's just the beginning of the good news.

For this savior who took our punishment didn't stay dead. He rose again. He conquered death, leaving sin behind, and he invites every sinner to come to him and find forgiveness in taking our sin upon himself.

He invites every sinner to join him in his resurrection, so that we, too, may rise from the dead and have eternal life. If you repent from your sin and turn to new life through faith in Christ, then God sees you through a new lens, judges you by a new standard, that of his spotless son. God will pronounce you forgiven and clean and new. That IS great news!

Yet we must remember that God is no "respecter of persons." In other words, he holds everyone to the same perfect standard, whether peasant or president or pastor. And he stands ready to forgive all who would repent and believe.

Those who believe, however, are also called to be obedient. To follow the God they believe in. And no occupation is excused from this obedience. When we come to have faith in Christ, it necessarily impacts everything we do. We are not only called to believe in Christ; we are called to be like Christ.

This Easter, don't let politics hijack the good news. Rather, let us use the national conversation to share the truth of what Christ has done and is doing for us. Let the message you share ring true for young and old, rich and poor, president or pastor. And let us ask God to help us see all people through his eyes.
Related link: Defeating death on Easter morning, 'Christ is Risen Indeed!'

Monday, March 5, 2018

VA Del. Nick Freitas' powerful petition for an open and honest debate

An exceptional defense of the 2nd Amendment and a brilliant petition for an honest debate from a man who bravely donned the uniform. Well said, sir!

Finally, someone reasonably assesses the societal breakdowns that have contributed to the devaluing of LIFE. Of course, the media doesn't get it, only highlighting the politics and reaction surrounding such a profound statement, while granting little credence to the actual value of the message. But this was just too SPOT ON for this blog to ignore. This is where the 'open and honest debate' should be, folks.


Related links: Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers
NRA sees a huge surge in membership interest after drawing noisy backlash over Parkland massacre
A practical solution worth implementing in our schools right now

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A practical solution worth implementing in our schools right now

Ultimately, what all the pundits ignore in the ongoing 'gun debate' is the root of the problem. Blaming gun safety organizations while ignoring the governmental failures and passing more restrictive legislation for the criminally deranged to ignore aren't practical solutions when we continue to witness a growing deficiency in the value of LIFE. Parents, role models, those with a voice, must reemphasize this value, both in word and deed, and begin to generationally reignite the notion, which will accomplish more than any legislator's agenda. 

In lieu of a sudden societal enlightenment towards rediscovering our moral compass however, perhaps there's a practical model out there specific to school safety, one that's actually been provided for decades, that can be implemented now, but has just never been tried or applied in our schools...
NJH: In 1974, Israel suffered the Ma'alot Massacre in which terrorists took 115 people hostage at Netiv Meir Elementary School. Twenty-two children and three others were killed and 68 injured. Israel now requires schools with 100 or more students to have a guard posted. The civilian police force handles the entire security system of all schools from kindergarten through college. The Ministry of Education funds shelters and fences, reinforces school buses, and hires and trains guards.

Guards check everyone entering, and can engage any threats. Also, all students are trained. Instead of just hiding, or freezing in times of danger, students are taught proactive ways to make the gunman's job more difficult. This includes using things found in the classroom to form a barricade around the door, taking opportune moments to get somewhere safe while the shooter can't fire due to reloading or weapon malfunctions.

The guards carry firearms to protect school personnel and students, create a sense of security, deter the ill-intentioned, and provide self-defense. The threat is dealt with almost immediately while the first responders and local police are on their way.

Gun control debates are a distraction and impractical, and criminals ignore laws anyway. Crazy people are obviously not being dealt with properly.

After 9/11 the airports were changed forever and the TSA was established. It's time that we adopt a method of protecting all our soft targets, especially our schools. Banks, courthouses, city halls, government facilities, even sports venues are already protected.

Ex-veterans, retired law enforcement people and other professionals can be hired. This civilian security force can be sworn in as Sheriff's deputies and assigned to local schools. Armed, well-trained teachers can also add to this security force.

Let's adopt the Israeli model of protecting our most vulnerable. This is a practical solution.
We protect our money, our politicians, most celebrities are ironically secure, but we can't assure our children's safety at school? We're made to pay for every social-engineered program under the sun in our schools, but we can't pay to protect the most precious assets in them? This has been nonsensical for far too many years, and there's no solution in the unending polarizations...

Appointing and/or hiring trained professionals to deter this wickedness and safeguard our most vulnerable should be the practical direction of the debate, alongside our necessity to rediscover that crucial value mentioned earlier. What should not be is the foolishness that consumes too many's senses with the collective bullhorn of misguided media.

Related links: A distracted federal bureaucracy is not the solution...but there are answers, many locally
Should America Embrace Israel's School Safety Model?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In memoriam: 'America's Pastor'

One of the greatest evangelical leaders of our time, Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' has passed away at the age of 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C. His sojourn here has come to a close, but his impact is lasting. He now joins the saintly host in Heaven, but while we're on this social platform, one way we can honor this man and reflect on his inspired teachings is to take a simple yet profound stroll through an assortment of his Facebook posts in this 100th year...

Billy Graham January 1 · "Don’t drift aimlessly through another year. Instead, as this New Year begins, turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him. God loves you, and Christ gave His life for you. Why not give Him your life in return?" —Billy Graham, answering a question on New Year's resolutions #BG100

Billy Graham January 3 · "Many people go through life without ever realizing who they are, or why God put them here. On the outside they may be successful, well-liked, even envied by others. But down inside something is still missing.
Advertisers promise happiness and fulfillment—if we will only use their produce. Pundits and politicians promise abundance and world peace—if we will only listen to their wisdom and vote for them. These promises, however, always fall short. We spend all our time and energy pampering our bodies and minds—but if we ignore our souls, we will end up spiritually starved and malnourished. Don't let this happen to you!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 4 · "You and I can't add anything to what Christ did for us, because He has already done it all. If Christ's death was not enough ... if we needed to add our own good works to His in order to be saved ... then we could never know for sure that we will go to Heaven when we die, because we could never be sure if we have done enough." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 5 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 6 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 7 · "One of God's most comforting promises is that we can bring every need and burden to Him." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 8 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 11 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 12 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 14 · "Don’t be disillusioned because of a few who claim to be following Jesus, but aren’t. Instead, make sure your faith and trust are in Christ. He alone is worthy of your trust." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 17 · "All the positive thoughts in the world won’t bring hope and healing to those who are victims of injustice or sickness or famine or war. But Christ can give us the love we need to help a hurting world." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 18 · Billy Graham's lesson on faith, from the Bible story of Bartimaeus:
"The blind man, Bartimaeus, threw off his cloak and ran trembling to Jesus. And Jesus said, 'What do you want me to do for you?' He said, 'Lord, that I may receive my sight.' In that moment as he said, 'Lord,' his spiritual eyes were opened. And Jesus said, 'Your faith has made you whole.'

Notice, not your intellectual understanding, not your money, not your works—but your faith. Faith! That’s all it takes! Immediately Bartimaeus, who had been blind all of his life, began to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw was the face of Jesus." #BG100
Billy Graham January 19 · "You cannot possibly be a happy, dynamic, and powerful Christian apart from a daily walk with Christ. Christ is calling Christians today to cleansing, to dedication, to consecration, and to full surrender. It will make the difference between success and failure in your spiritual life. It will make the difference between being helped and helping others. It will make a difference in your habits, in your prayer life, in your Bible reading, in your giving, in your testimony, and in your church membership. This is the Christian hour of decision." —Billy Graham on "the secret to real living" #BG100

Billy Graham January 20 · "Happy is the man who has learned the secret of coming to God in daily prayer. Fifteen minutes alone with God every morning before you start the day can change circumstances and remove mountains!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 21 at 7:56pm · "The secret of a happy home is that members of the family learn to give and receive love. Let us take time to express our love in a thousand ways." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 27 at 10:18pm · "The family and the home can never exert their proper influence while ignoring the Biblical standard. ...The only way to provide the right home for your children is to put the Lord above them, and fully instruct them in the ways of the Lord." —Billy Graham on parenting #BG100

Billy Graham January 28 at 7:08pm · "God has given us the power of choice. Some people today do not wish to accept the responsibility for their actions. They blame society. They blame the environment. They blame the schools. They blame the circumstances. But Adam sinned in a perfect environment under perfect circumstances. We can’t blame it all on somebody else. We must accept the blame ourselves for our part. Society is made up of individuals. If we have social injustice, we’re the ones who are wrong; we’re part of it. Let’s accept our responsibility to do something about it." —Billy Graham on "the power of choice"

Billy Graham January 30 at 3:06pm · "Most thoughtful people recognize that man is a paradox. He is both dust of earth and breath of God. He is a contradiction of discord and harmony, hatred and love, pride and humility, tolerance and intolerance, and peace and turmoil. The depths to which he sinks only dramatizes the heights to which by God's grace he is capable of rising. His very misery is an indication of his potential greatness. His deep yearnings are an echo of what he might be." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 2 at 2:30pm · "Prayer is not using God; it is more often to get us in a position where God can use us. I watched the deckhands on the great liner 'United States' as they docked that ship in New York Harbor. First, they threw out a rope to the men on the dock. Then, inside the boat the great motors went to work and pulled on the great cable. But of course the pier wasn't pulled out to the ship; the ship was moved snugly up to the pier. Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn't pull God down to us; it pulls us up to Him." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 5 at 8:42pm · #BG100

Billy Graham February 8 at 10:00pm · #BG100

Billy Graham February 11 at 2:54pm · "The most distant galaxy … the littlest seed … even the smallest sub-atomic particle—everything was created by Him, and is under His sovereign control. God is that great!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 12 at 10:36am · "I've known the thrill of winning a tough ball game and of winning a golf match on the last hole. But to me the biggest thrill is to win the big one—the spiritual battle of life." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 16 at 2:39pm ·

Billy Graham February 18 at 9:11am · "The world in which we live is full of pessimism. No Christian has the scriptural right to go around wringing his hands wondering what we are to do in the face of the present world situation. The Scripture says that in the midst of persecution, confusion, wars, and rumors of wars, we are to comfort one another with the knowledge that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back in triumph, glory, and majesty." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham 21 hrs · "If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.
In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you." —Billy Graham #BG100
...God Bless this holy man, his devotion, wisdom and insight, his ministry, and his impact upon this nation to bring the common man to Christ.
REMEMBER thy servant, Billy, O Lord, according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people, and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength, in the life of perfect service, in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day!

Here's a little history that explains why and how we celebrate President's Day in our contemporary era, when the original holiday was established (and still is 'officially') to celebrate George Washington's birthday, which isn't until the 22nd...

History: Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

So with that, I decided years ago to personally celebrate President's Day by acknowledging three of America's most liberating presidents, who all happen to have February birthdays, and who all made huge impacts in their respective centuries: George Washington, the first president who helped establish a nation's independence, freeing from foreign bondage; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president who accomplished the realization of our founding freedom for all the citizenry, while preserving the union in the midst of civil war; and Ronald Reagan, the 40th president who reminded America of its exceptional place in the world, rejuvenating the belief in ourselves and the possibilities of a better tomorrow.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A distracted federal bureaucracy is not the solution...but there are answers, many locally

Thanks for the pic, CNN. I happen to agree with everyone of these tweets, so guess I'm 'far-right' too! Considering what's become of that news outlet, I guess most of us are, though.

These points of view aren't simply pulled from the ether. We've witnessed for the better portion of a year an executive branch law enforcement agency mired in scandal, corruption, and totally bogged down with this phony, unending Russian collusion nonsense. It stands to reason that maybe if they could devote as much time to actually investigating these kind of early warning signs, they could assist local law enforcement in preventing such tragedies. That's all.

But even putting that distraction aside, there's no getting around this deadly screw up...

"Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it!"

And it's an even bigger systemic breakdown. Such a tragedy shows us yet again how government failures have helped enable at least four recent mass shootings. Perhaps before screaming "GUN CONTROL!" however, which continues to be proven ineffective the world over, the left might attempt to understand the existing realities of a highly regulated industry and the government incompetence that has failed to prevent these kind of criminal acts from occurring. There are solutions that would thwart criminals while protecting gun owners. They just haven't made there way to Washington. Go figure.
Glaring failures of the US federal government have at least partially enabled four of the worst mass shootings that have rocked the country in recent years.

As many people call for more gun control in the wake of yet another appalling and heartbreaking attack, it's important to scrutinize the efficacy of such proposals with clear eyes, as well as weigh the serious trade-offs. Emotionalism is understandable with more than a dozen teenagers dead, but viable solutions are much harder to come by than angry blaming. Perhaps before considering any new measures -- and I'm not opposed to discussing options -- we should take a hard look at the existing system, the disastrous errors and oversights of which have failed to prevent a terrible amount of bloodshed. Maybe it would be wise to fix what's clearly broken before piling new responsibilities upon a government structure that is already whiffing badly on its current obligations. On that score, here are several concrete ideas worthy of careful examination:
And while I'm with the President and others who advocate for a broader focus on mental health, in addition to enforcing existing laws, I'm also with Levin on not only turning off the politicians for the time being, but more importantly solving the issue of better protecting our children at the local level...
CR: Levin advised his audience to ignore the usual hysteria from leftist politicians, noting that politicians do not have the experience or knowledge to provide solutions. He called on listeners to look to people who have to deal with these issues, such as first responders, teachers, and law enforcement.

He reminded listeners that evil killers do not represent America. Instead, look to the heroism of Aaron Feis, the high school football coach who sacrificed his life to save his students.

Levin stressed that a federalist approach through local governments and local school districts can solve these issues more effectively than Washington politicians.

“How about protecting our babies in the womb and protecting our babies who go to these government schools?” Levin asked.

“How about we get into the safety, health, and protection business?” he added. “If we want to protect our children in these public schools, we need to put people in these public schools who can protect our children.”

There's no 'magic law' that can stop mass shootings, but there are solutions and answers, and you might be surprised to find many locally.

Continued prayers for these precious souls, the grieving families, the school, the state and the nation. May evil subside, justice prevail and goodness grow exponentially in the land of the free and the home of the brave. #turn2GOD

Related link: Here Are the 17 Victims of the Tragic Shooting in Florida