The Susan Smith Show 12-18-2012 Part I
The Susan Smith Show 12-18-2012 Part II
The Susan Smith Show 12-18-2012 Part III
Pat Loontjer – Exec. Director “Gambling with the Good Life” sent out an ACTION ALERT several weeks ago to STOP an internet gambling bill – GOOD JOB WITH THE PHONE CALLS AND EMAILS! – she reports that…On 12/14/2012 WASHINGTON – Sen. Harry Reid pulled the plug Friday on the effort in Congress to legalize Internet poker. Reid said, “I am disappointed,” adding he and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.,”remain committed to this issue and it will be a priority for us in the new Congress.” (Sounds like Reid’s priorities are a little mixed up! Ms. Loontjer will be a guest on my show in January.)
Sen. Menendez Intern – illegal alien and a registered sex offender:
http://www.app.com/viewart/20121212/NJNEWS/312120110/US-arrests-illegal-immigrant-Sen-Menendez-intern . The Associated Press has learned that N.J. Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, employed an illegal alien who was a registered sex offender as an unpaid intern in his Senate office. The intern is now under arrest by immigration authorities but a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP that the Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents NOT to arrest him until after the Nov. 6 Election Day.
McClatchy Newspapers report Lawmakers assail Mexico and the Obama administration over jailed U.S. Marine veteran, Jon Hammar. By Tim Johnson http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/11/3961079/lawmakers-assail-mexico-obama.html#storylink=cpy
Florida’s senior Democrat U.S. senator Bill Nelson exhorted Mexico to release an imprisoned Marine Corps veteran, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is being held, chained to a bed, in a Matamoros prison charged with bringing an antique shotgun into Mexico.
Former Marine Lance Cpl. Jon Hammar age 27, and a fellow Marine Corps veteran crossed from Texas into Mexico in mid-August bound for Costa Rica on a surfing trip. Hammar presented to Mexican officials a U.S. registration for a family heirloom, a .410-bore shotgun used for shooting birds.
Mexican authorities arrested him on weapons charges and put him among the general population of a state prison in Matamoros. Fellow inmates purportedly linked to Los Zetas, a feared crime gang, later called Hammar’s parents in South Florida, threatening his death if ransom were not paid.
Hammar’s ordeal first came to public attention last week, when his mother offered details of the case to McClatchy. A subsequent article generated a strong reaction among readers, some 5,675 of whom had signed a petition by late afternoon Tuesday on the White House website under the heading, “Help bring Jon Hammar home.”
Nelson said on the Senate floor that he’d tried to reach Mexico’s ambassador to the United States but had not received a return phone call. Later in the day, a spokesman assured Nelson that “he’s asking his country’s attorney general for an explanation as to why it’s taken since August to resolve Jon Hammar’s case.”
Another Florida lawmaker, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lashed out Monday at what she said was a failure by the Obama administration to offer details of what it was doing to free Hammar She said “The State Department must do more in this case and demanded to know why Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, had instructed Hammar, at the border, to contact Mexican authorities to clear the weapon, which led to his arrest.
A U.S. State Department spokesman, William Ostick, said U.S. diplomats “take the safety and well-being of an incarcerated U.S. citizen very seriously.” He said Hammar has been separated from the general prison population in close proximity to prison personnel and is no longer chained or restrained to a bed.
TAKE ACTION: The toll free numbers to the Capitol Switchboard are 866-220-0044 and 877-851-6437 Contacts for Nebraska: U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson Representatives Lee Terry, Adrian Smith and Jeff Fortenberry. Ask them to support the RELEASE of U.S. Marine Jon Hammar from Mexico prison.
SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY MASSACRE: In a nightmarish attack, at least 20 elementary school children were slaughtered by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Six adults were also murdered at that school. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families. Two issues that need to be addressed:
1. Mental Illness: Identifying, treatment, and separation from mainstream schools. I will talk more on this issue in next weeks’ show.
AND FOCUS ON this one:
2. PoliceOneNews poses this question “Should teachers be trained by police firearms instructors? Should at least one teacher on every floor of every school in America be armed, trained, qualified, and ready/willing to end a deadly threat in their school? Should American law enforcement train and prepare civilian educators to take immediate action against armed attacks?
In the aftermath of this incident, there will be a lot of pressure on politicians at every level to propose and pass more stringent gun-control laws but it’s also missing the mark on a much more important issue.
Every school in the nation conducts two or three fire drills per year, despite the fact that not one single child has died from a school fire anywhere in North America in well over a half a century.
Yet, we almost universally ignore the threat which really is claiming the lives of our kids – active shooters like some 20-year-old whose name merits no mention.
I think it merits serious consideration to have at least one teacher on every floor of every school in America be armed, trained, annually qualified, and ready/willing to end a deadly threat in their school.
When asked this question some experts each of whom has taught extensively on the topic of active shooters had this to say:
Dan Marcou said, “I believe in facing modern threats with modern solutions. I believe in armed pilots, armed teachers, armed judges, and armed fill-in-the-blank. I believe we need good people – who are good shots – who are armed in today’s world.”
Dick Fairburn said, “The answer is more guns and more trained citizens. But some people in our country will immediately try to ban guns – inanimate objects, simple tools……We don’t have enough police officers to protect every school or school bus so, I vote for training/equipping volunteers maybe a nationwide corps of retired cops? They’re already trained/equipped and background checked.”
Ken Hardesty said, “Americans can no longer depend upon legislation to defend them from all who intend to do them harm.” And added that while he doesn’t advocate taking the law into one’s own hands, he does advocate for people taking personal responsibility for their survival and well being. He said, “Robert A. Heinlein was correct in the statement, ‘An armed society is a polite society.’ Gun-free zones are an open invitation for homicidal maniacs. Armed civilians of any kind – teachers included – will no doubt be met with trepidation. I believe some of the fears can be diminished through a comprehensive selection and training process. Individuals selected must be mature, motivated, and above all else, volunteers. Prior to arming them physically, they must be armed mentally and indoctrinated with not only up-to date use-of-force law, but also with the unwavering mindset that their immediate action in the face of evil is saving the lives of others,”
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF SHOOTINGS:
In February, 17-year-old T.J. Lane murdered three students sitting at a cafeteria table before school. In April, a former nursing student named One L. Goh opened fire at Oikos University near the Oakland International Airport, killing seven people. A college. A high school. And now, an elementary school. All in 2012.
Fifteen years ago (1998), the total number of child fatalities in American schools reached what was then an all-time high – 35 children died that year in gun- and non-gun related incidents.
The next year, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 classmates and one teacher (wounding 26 others) before killing themselves in the school’s library. In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people (and himself) on Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The following year, it was Northern Illinois University.
The proposal of arming Teachers is provocative. The selection process should be rigorous and ongoing perhaps in the same way we arm our airline pilots, those involved in the program would be vetted volunteers.
I ask you – should American law enforcement train and prepare civilian educators to take immediate action against armed attacks?
3. Do legally-armed citizens prevent crime?
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the Illinois ban against legally-armed citizens to be unconstitutional.
On December 11th, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the statewide ban on civilians’ carrying concealed weapons in the state, mandating that lawmakers write a new law that legalizes concealed carry within 180 days.
In the court’s majority opinion, Judge Richard Posner wrote that the United States Supreme Court “has decided that the [Second] Amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside.”
The 7th Circuit decision addressed a couple of separate cases, but one in particular is telling.
Mary Shepard – an Illinois resident with no criminal record who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in two other states – was prohibited by Illinois law from carrying a firearm at the time she and an 83-year-old coworker were viciously attacked by a six-foot-three-inch, 245-pound man with a violent past and a criminal record. She was lucky to survive. Her injuries required extensive surgery and physical therapy.
Judge Posner said in the majority decision, “One doesn’t have to be a historian to realize that a right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense in the eighteenth century could not rationally have been limited to the home… a Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk than in his apartment on the 35th floor.”
According to the NRA, firearms are used for personal protection more than two million times a year, and that “the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances.”
4. A Video of Austrailans warning Americans NOT to give up their gun rights as they did is posted on my website. http://youtu.be/p8RDWltHxRc