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Arizona Instructor Was Shot, Robin Williams Was Not

This concerns the tragic death of firearms instructor Charles Vacca during
a firearms exercise with a young student from New Jersey, while in Arizona.

The Nine-Year Old (one of many letters received)

"I was wondering if you have an opinion about the tragedy that recently happened at a remote AZ gun range.  Is it usual for the firearms instructor to be standing THAT close to the shooter?  Or was there need for a warning of the recoil before she shot?" Kevin.

Dear Kevin, The media circus is the only reason you're asking of course; the safety questions involved and the errors made are a legit inquiry that will be studied and debated by serious people for a long time to come. Have you ever seen the International Journal of Wound Ballistics?

We have few of the facts at this point, were you able to see the actual video, I was not, if you have a link please send it. The range has had 10K kids through on MGs with no mishaps and no news coverage, "not even a band-aid," the owner, a friend, tells me.

And the media slugs are all asking why would anyone let a child shoot an MG, as if they don't all know. The place is so popular they're installing a helicopter refueling station.

Reporters and editors are so far in the tank for their self-induced anti-rights agenda they can ask a question like that and fool themselves into actually believing they don't know why thousands of people of all ages pack the place (and five others like it nearby). Then they foment this arbitrary fuhrer, or is it furor. We'll talk.

The only reason to give such massive "news" coverage to a single freak accidental death in a tremendously popular sport, is to attack gun ownership with the intent of reducing the basic human right to keep and bear arms.

It's an ongoing detestable political agenda the "news" has been perpetrating with relenting fervor for decades. If the media had licenses and registrations to operate they would be recalled with prejudice.

The only reason to give such massive "news" coverage
to a single freak accidental death is
to attack gun ownership with the intent
of reducing that basic human right. 


Thank heaven Robin Williams didn't shoot himself

Dear Editor,

Robin Williams' unfortunate strangulation suicide pointed out the horrific moral bankruptcy of the gun-control movement in America. We're watching it play out with the nine-year old at the Arizona range.

You know if Williams had shot himself, we Americans, instead of enduring massive legitimate grief for the loss of this phenomenal talent, we would have been out in the streets desperately defending our right to keep and bear arms against withering attacks from the usual suspects. Just like now.

The familiar cast of characters and "news" outlets would be using the desperate act of a depressed genius in need of help, as cover for an excuse to assault our fundamental human and civil rights. We've seen it countless times. A beloved comedian would make no difference. The relief we felt was palpable.

By strangling himself, Williams denied that movement a monumental opportunity to dance in his blood and screech for more gun control, as they are virtually pre-programmed to do. No one is clamoring for belt control. Why not? The parallel is perfect. No cries for fewer holes in belts, more safety features on belts, less availability, more controls on sales, more lists. No one is saying anything, but the same tired arguments would work, use tragedy as a bludgeon against everyone who owns a bunch of belts yet did nothing (but could!) and heap vicious assaults in the name of the dead. Did you know that about 6,000 people a year commit suicide -- using belts?

I realize I invite attacks on myself -- for merely speaking up on the issue, from the self-same bigots running this insane morbid show. It is no longer a free country where you can just speak your mind, if that mind is in defense of this fundamental right scorned by the self-proclaimed bigot-elites.

There's a cadre of haters and followers always ready to assault what is so essentially American, who got stymied here by asphyxia. It's a Rahm-Emanuel-level crisis gone to waste. They are at a loss due to this great loss, and we got a break... then something wonderful happened:

Now the suicide prevention and medical people could finally talk about finally getting a grip on the growing medical problem (not gun problem) of suicide.

What a golden opportunity to separate the legitimate and serious medical issue of depression from the bigotry of anti-rights crusaders awash in the blood of the dead, who use tragedy to advance their perverse cause. The illegitimately conjoined twins have been separated at last.

From this day forward -- any misguided or deliberate individuals who hijack a suicide to promote a political agenda against the American Bill of Rights should be publicly called out as bigots and stopped.

They must be held up to public scrutiny as the worst kind of anti-human-rights crusaders, unworthy of political stage, and cast into the same dark dungeon other civil-rights deniers earn, away from the fawning attention they so desperately seek and so unremittingly do not deserve.

For promotion of an anti-civil-rights agenda, they would walk on the backs of the dead, revel in their gore, subvert the needs of the living and afflict those who mourn -- all of which were evident by their absence during the great tragic loss the planet has just worked through.

Rest easy, our great friend and entertainer Robin Williams,

You have left us with one great lasting final farewell message,
our rights remain unblemished by your passage.


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