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FEELings: ‘We’re all gonna die’ – the undetectable, untraceable 3D printed guns edition

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FEELings Were all gonna die the undetectable untraceable 3D printed guns edition

Concise, pithy responses to crush frequently parroted Leftist talking points and propaganda, FEELings – Frequently Encountered Emotional Lies.

The Seattle Times reported that a Federal judge in Seattle will rule on the publishing of the ‘Blueprints’ for 3D Printable guns by Monday. So this is an opportune time to revisit the issue with some responses to the FEELings from the Left.

These will be short rejoinders to the Frequently Encountered Emotional Lies of the Left in their ongoing hysterical assaults on Liberty. In this case its on the ‘we’re all gonna die’  hysteria over the 3D Printed, Undetectable untraceable guns.

1. Why is this suddenly a crisis of epic proportions?

Why is that the case with anything the Left decrees is a ‘serious crisis’? What better way to enact new laws clamping down on liberty than by the ‘serious crisis’?

It means we have to ‘Do Something NOW!’  Without thinking about its long-term implications.

Make no mistake, this is an attack on the freedom of speech and the 1st amendment. The files being shared are merely computer code used to make objects on 3D printers. This is a question of the government stopping what someone can say or publish, not on the subject being discussed.

2. Untraceable! Undetectable! Lions, Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

As is their usual modus operandi, those opposed to Liberty on the Left will take any opportunity to whip up hysteria in trying to stampede the people into giving up more of their freedom. This is no different, albeit with a few false buzzwords thrown into the mix to dial the chaos up to eleven:

Untraceable plastic weapons will spawn the next terrifying wave of gun violence
https://twitter.com/SenBlumenthal/status/1024385594582020099

But that doesn’t compare to this over the top comment:

mom@pezmbc Thank you GOP..we’re all gonna die. Like you don’t have enough blood on your hands?#StopDownloadableGuns
https://twitter.com/pezmbc/status/1024764015401205765

3. Untraceable [Read: Cannot be controlled by Leftists]

Leftists love propaganda just as much as their control fantasies, especially when they are fed by their rampant Hoplophobia. This talking point implies that guns registration, instantly traceable through a Federal system. It would seem that people don’t care about the freedom they’ve already thought was lost – which is why the Left propagates this propaganda when it can.

Too bad for them that national gun registration has been illegal for decades.
So in effect, guns are untraceable by Federal Law. But of course, this doesn’t stop the left from obsessing over attaining the precursors to their final solution of gun confiscation beginning with Intergalactic Background Checks.

One common retort on this is that they wouldn’t be able to confiscate guns. Yes, that is the case right now, they don’t know who has what. However, Intergalactic Background Checks will set the unconstitutional precedent of government control of private property leading to gun registration. After that it’s just a simple matter of telling the people to turn them in for destruction.

4. But these are Undetectable Guns!

No, grasshopper, they are not. The laws of physics and the basic properties of materials make this practically impossible. The fact is, the same material properties of metals that make them suitable for the impact stresses and pressures of high yield chemical reactions also make them detectable. Not to mention that to be worth-while ammunition would also have to be undetectable.

5. There are laws on undetectable guns, but these are superseded by the laws of physics.

Sometimes one must marvel at the almost childlike naiveté of politicians, thinking that merely passing a ‘law’ will ‘solve’ a problem like this when it is a higher law that does the trick. Does anyone have the misguided idea that if there were an undetectable material that could be used to produce a weapon that the criminals wouldn’t already be using it?

6. These rulings will stop these computer files from being published saving the planet from the scourge of 3D printed guns.

This case is similar to the  closing one door after a stampede has passed through the rest of the barn. One site was stopped, but others sites such as CodeIsFreeSpeech.com are up and running. Consequently the Plans for 3D-printed guns exploded across the internet amid court battle to repress them as reported by the Washington Times. Despite efforts by Facebook, and Amazon to censor their site as reported by the Washington Free Beacon that one site has logged 1.4 million over requests the past three weeks.

7. Congress must act urgently to stop these Craft-made ‘Ghost Guns’.

It is a sad fact of our times that sitting politicians are lacking in even the basic knowledge on the subject on which they pontificate. People have been able to produce craft made ‘Ghost Guns’ throughout the long history of firearms. Reports have it that even in the “Gun-Free” environs of the UK the discovery of a ‘Large-scale illegal gun factory’ recently, with this pithy little statement in the article:

A source told The Telegraph no 3D laser printers were found in the industrial unit, but rather decades-old metalworks machinery typically associated with pre-21st century classrooms.

8. ‘Ghost guns’ are illegal.

Actually, it is perfectly legal for someone to make their own firearms as long as they don’t plan on selling it, as has been the case since the founding of the country.

In the vernacular of the ATF:

What is ATF doing in regards to people making their own firearms?
https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/what-atf-doing-regards-people-making-their-own-firearms
An individual may generally make a firearm for personal use. However, individuals engaged in the business of manufacturing firearms for sale or distribution must be licensed by ATF. Additionally, there are certain restrictions on the making of firearms subject to the National Firearms Act.

9. Terrorists or Criminals can now print 3D print guns!

So, let’s see – Terrorists or criminals could buy and set up a $100,000 machine that takes some expertise and time OR they could just smuggle in weapons over the border that the Left insists should stay open.

So, let’s ponder this intractable conundrum of which option they will select. The choice that sees them easily obtain whatever tried and true firearms, they want or the one that requires a $100,000 machine and all manner of expertise. Can anyone make a guess on which option they will choose?

10. But shouldn’t we stop the dissemination of dangerous information that could be harmful?

Who decides what is dangerous or harmful? Firearms are a very mature technology, having been around for a few hundred years, the knowledge is out there and it would impossible to restrict it at this point.

The fact is that while some in the government are condemning the release of this information, in other parts of the Constitution mandates the government publish this information – through the patent office:

Class 42 FIREARMS
https://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/uspc042/sched042.htm

Class 89 ORDNANCE
https://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/classification/uspc089/sched089.htm

Still further, there have instruction manuals for making your own guns on the Internet for years now, and somehow we’ve all been able to survive.

The Takeaway.

The key Fact of this debate is that this is an issue of the First amendment and the right of free speech, more specifically prior restraint. That is the key fact that everyone needs to keep in mind above all else.

Some of the Liberty grabber Left had even gone so far as to postulate that it should be illegal to even possess 3D-Printed Gun Designs. Presumably the United States Patent Office will be exempt from such Laws. This is how far the sheer hysteria has gone over this issue, not only are people demanding the suppression of the free-speech and the first amendment, but they want to criminalize the possession of the designs for certain technologies.

It should go without saying that criminals and terrorists are going to violate the law, which should not be justification for the suppression of our Liberty, ever.

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PragerU: Does race really matter?

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PragerU Does race really matter

Leftwing talk about race frightens Dennis Prager and it should frighten you as well. There is a dangerous precedent being set by the left that is creating division where it no longer exists. Unfortunately, it definitely did exist in the recent past, but modern America generally does not look at race as much of an indicator anymore EXCEPT when the left makes it an issue. This is ironic, of course, because in their quest to supposedly eliminate racism, the left tends to make race a bigger issue than it needs to be.

We hear about cultural appropriations, certain races whose lives apparently matter more than others, and the deconstruction of our nation’s history based upon cultural norms from the time that are no longer acceptable now. Yes, many of America’s first people were racist. Some even owned slaves. Even after slavery was abolished, we experienced racial divides that continued through the civil rights movement all the way into modern times. But today, those divides are no longer as prominent. A black President was elected with a strong number of non-black voters behind him. Congress is more racially and sexually diverse than ever in our country’s history. We have more CEOs of major corporations who aren’t just “old white guys” than ever.

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America is making strong strides to effectively eliminate racial inequality, but the push to keep the divide as wide as possible isn’t coming from the general conservative side of the political aisle. Yes, there are white supremacists who claim a portion of the right-leaning mantle, but they are infinitesimal compared to the standard masses of conservatives who have seen beyond race. The real cultural and racial divides are being perpetuated by the left, and in particular by our leaders from the Democratic Party who cannot have a future if they do not play the race card incessantly.

This video by PragerU shows the stark difference between Dennis Prager and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As she vies for votes by playing the race card, Mr. Prager calls out the real racism in America that’s coming from the left.

 


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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible?

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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible

Most people, even those who haven’t read the Bible, are likely familiar with it enough to know there are two primary groups being discussed: humans and God in his three forms, also known as the Trinity. Those who have read the Bible realize there are other groups of being as well. These are the “spiritual beings” of the Bible – angels, demons, and everything in between.

While I don’t always agree with everything taught by the folks at The Bible Project, most of their perspectives are excellent. More importantly, they’re able to break down the complex elements of the Bible and retell the stories in ways anyone can understand.

They’ve begun a new series focused on spiritual beings that I’m very hopeful will be enlightening and exegetically accurate. This is an important teaching to understand. While I’d recommend reading one of Michael Heiser’s books on the subject, those who aren’t ready for lengthy research should at least take a look at this or other teachings. It’s an important topic, one that gets much less attention than it deserves.

As we continue to work on our Principalities and Powers Podcast, it behooves us that more people are aware of the forces that we don’t necessarily see that are at work around us. This is why we’re hopeful about this new series from The Bible Project.

 


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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

Before I get into the meat of this subject, it’s important to be perfectly clear about one thing. This is not an anti-Catholic perspective. I not only love my Catholic brothers and sisters who follow the Bible and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I’m actually related to a great deal of them. Yes, the majority of my large family on my mother’s side is Catholic. Spent the day with about a dozen of them yesterday.

With that stated, the leadership of the Catholic Church and the direction of the Vatican are so far off course, it’s odd that so few are actually calling them out for what is arguably the most anti-Biblical action they’ve ever officially taken. As bad as the action was, I’m more concerned that it’s not getting nearly the press it deserves.

I’m referring to the agreement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning. In this agreement, the truth of the God of the Bible is intermingled with the falsehood of the god of the Quran, Allah. Moreover, the call for the unification of religions in a fraternity of secular peace is disturbing, not because we’re against peace but because the call to make peace is done with an understanding that or beliefs are supposed to be secondary to the collective good in this world. Lastly and most disturbingly, there’s a line in the document that is drawing some ire, though not nearly as much as Bible-believing Christians might expect:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”

The wording here is very careful. They’re trying not to say God willed other religions as a path to find Him, but when read in context with the rest of the document, that’s exactly what they’re trying to imply. They’ve put Islam on equal footing with the Judeo-Christian religions by insinuating God and Allah are the same entity.

They are not.

Defenses of the document seem to focus on two notions. First, in regards to the controversial line above, they’re saying that religious diversity is similar to sex, race, and other things that are willed by God because many are inherently predisposed to follow the religions of the culture surrounding them. Their second argument is that God wants his children to find Him, and if that path must go through Islam or Hindu or any other religion, so be it.

This is heretical teaching. One must do some pretty aggressive hermeneutical gymnastics to say that since God created everything, and other religions fall into the category of being included in “everything,” then God created the other religions. As a loving God, surely He didn’t limit which people could find Him and live eternal life, right?

The Bible cannot be more clear on one important fact: there is only one way to everlasting life: belief and worship of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The document insinuates Islam is a path to salvation since, hey, they believe that Jesus was a very important prophet, so they’re not totally wrong. If it leads them to Christ through a non-traditional path, so be it.

This is a very dangerous road, one that harms the way the Catholic Church leads its people. It’s time for Bible-believing Catholics to speak out against the heretical teaching their leaders have embraced.

 


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