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Evil Comes From Man Not the Gun
Ammoland ^ | 3 September,2012 | Major Van Harl USAF Ret.

Posted on 09/03/2012 11:55:18 AM PDT by marktwain

Wisconsin --( A redneck friend of mine and a native Texan sent me a picture by e-mail of a Texas road sign.

A green highway one, with the Texas flag on it you would see as you drive into that state. They usually have the expression “Don’t mess with Texas” on the bottom of the sign.

The sign in the picture had four more lines added. “Our citizens have concealed weapons”, “If you kill someone, we kill you back”, “We enjoy gun fights-it’s a Texas tradition” and “We have 120 prisons – enjoy your stay.”

There is a good chance that the signage has been enhanced on someone’s computer. Perhaps Texas does not officially endorse such verbiage. The alter-ego of my red neck Texas friend is a mild mannered, retired Oklahoma grade school teacher. I am sure there is no way she would endorse lawlessness in the guise of revenge or streets of Laredo justice.

Evil however sometimes knows no justice. Sometimes you just have to stop evil before it can harm again. I have been to Columbine high school. I was in Colorado Springs four years ago when evil in the guise of a wannabe missionary (who was removed from training) killed innocent family members walking out of church on a cold December, Sunday morn.

As a Colorado Ranger I made the offer in my column to attend the execution of Major Hasan, assuming he ever goes to trial for the massacre of thirteen soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas. Now we have the movie theater massacre of twelve innocent people (including three military members) in Aurora, Colorado.

Each a planned, practiced, and very well orchestrated public display of evil.

The recent Colorado shooter was seen at an outdoor firing range practicing with the very rifle, handgun and shotgun he used to dispense evil in the form of murder. There is video footage of the two Columbine high school males / murderers shooting their weapons prior to their deliverance of death and unrecoverable family destruction.

The guns are NOT the only the tools to facilitate the pain and carnage that the deliverers of evil used. It was not guns that the 9-11 hijackers used to kill almost 3000 victims. It was airplanes that were controlled and guided by pure evil that flew into the towers. Colorado citizens have the state sanctioned right to carry a firearm to protect and defend their lives and the lives of their families. The City of Aurora and the movie theater took that right away from the innocent patrons.

There is probably very little chance that a lone theater patron carrying his / her legally authorized handgun was going to rise from their seat and single handedly charge the “machine gun of evil” and kill the destructive shooter. Many of the patrons were however lying on the floor looking up at the shooter from inches away. In that scenario a single armed citizen could have made the difference of how many had to die or be injured that night, but no, Aurora is a gun free city.

By Colorado State statute a business can post their premises for the open (non-concealed carry) carry of a firearm, but they cannot post against concealed carry. Again Aurora is a gun free city, as far as I can see doing so against Colorado State statute.

Wisconsin enacted concealed carry in November of 2011. They made sure in the new statute that if you did not post your business against carrying a firearm on your premises, you would not be held liable if an evil person used his weapon to harm people on your property. However if you choose to post your business and disallow a citizen the ability to carry their firearm to defend themselves and they are harmed because they cannot defend, you the business owner are liable.

I believe this is not the case in Colorado. So the dead and the many wounded could not defend from or repel evil. The current liberal government is laying low on the gun control issue. They know it is a political career stopper and want to side step any semblance of trying to stand in the way of the Second Amendment, at least until they can get their candidate reelected.

The firearm in the hands of evil can and most assuredly will destroy, but it is evil that drives this train. Evil will always be with us and Americans must be able to oppose, defend and stop it whenever they can. Some how the words on the Texas road sign seem less funny and ring more true.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.: Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; tx; wi
I suspect the sign is a doctored image... but it could be real, put up by a Texan on private property.
1 posted on 09/03/2012 11:55:21 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Texas-Spring break
Come on vacation
Leave on probation

2 posted on 09/03/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT by Hang'emAll (Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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"I suspect the sign is a doctored image"
for me (personally) it doesn't matter; it's the thought...
result that counts..if it deters crime fine.

3 posted on 09/03/2012 12:07:41 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: marktwain

In the early 90’s so many kids were killing kids (mostly 13 to 15 years old).

We heard on the 6PM news (this was in Memphis,TN)a comment:[as they loaded more bodies, from a neighborhood shooting] “There is no answer to it!”

Just that very A.M. my wife and daughter had read through a chapter in Proverbs:

This is one of the verses I recalled us reading.

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged; and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6)

If our children and all peoples are not taught “THE FEAR OF THE LORD” we as a nation will continue in evil.”

4 posted on 09/03/2012 12:19:35 PM PDT by Letmarch75 ( If a man knows the right way to live and does not live it, there is no greater coward).)
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It could be that Arizona has a different Welcome to Arizona sign for each cardinal direction.

On the North, the sign says: “We Really Don’t Want To Know What You Did In Vegas.”

To the South it says: “Welcome Home American Citizens.”

To the East it says: “Please check all guns at the inspection station. To make sure they are working.”

And to the West it says: “No Illegal Aliens beyond this point. No fruits or nuts.”

5 posted on 09/03/2012 12:28:34 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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I respect and agree with Major Van Harl’s reasonings. He was one of many that for a time, carried, knew, and ‘was one with’, the venerable Smith and Wesson Model 15 revolver, while I served in the Air Force.

From ‘Gate Duty’ at Dover AFB, to ‘Airbase Defense’ at RTNAF U-Tapao, Thailand, and back, and lastly, to the brave ‘Security Police’ stopping an escapee from driving a stolen, and leaking, fuel truck down the flightline, on George AFB, CA., these folks have done their jobs well.

6 posted on 09/03/2012 12:40:27 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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Those are good signs. I was promoting the idea of having one on the western border that would read: Carrying Guns is Legal in Arizona: Constitutional Carry: Its the Law

I suppose we would have to add an asterisk and in small print: does not apply to felons, illegal aliens, minors, and the mentally ill.

7 posted on 09/03/2012 12:49:43 PM PDT by marktwain
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I think that California is presenting a great opportunity for an entrepreneur. Just across the border they could have a gun range, a foie gras restaurant, much cheaper AZ gasoline and cigarettes, and have a therapy center for parents who are concerned that their kids are turning homosexual.

Put it all together and you’re talking serious bucks from Californians who are sick of nanny government and want to have some fun.

8 posted on 09/03/2012 1:23:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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