Jon Snow obviously feels the Israeli’s should stop, as to stop killing children. Â So that Hamas can continue to fire rockets all day long to kill Israeli 20 year olds. Â Read more »
The vast majority of the damage in Gaza has been inflicted by Israel. Yet Hamas has contrived to make the carnage worse. It has encouraged Gazans toÂ stand in the wayÂ of Israeli missiles. When Israel advised 100,000 Gazans to evacuate an area targeted for invasion, HamasÂ instructedÂ them toÂ ignorethe warnings. It added: âTo all of our people who have evacuated their homesâreturn to them immediately and do not leave the house.â
Abbas finds Hamasâ behavior baffling. âWhat are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?â he asked rhetorically in a TV interview. In another appearance, heÂ pleaded: âWe are the losing side, and every minute there are more and more unnecessary deaths. … I donât like trading in Palestinian blood.â
Thatâs what Hamas is doing. Itâs trading Palestinian blood for political ambitions it foolishly expects to achieve through war. No amount of suffering in Gaza has persuaded it to stop. During the warâs first week, there was vague talk of a cease-fire, withÂ each sideÂ reportedlyÂ holding outÂ for further demands. Netanyahu declared that âno international pressure will prevent us from operating with full force.â Israel looked like a belligerent bully. On Monday, when Egypt announced aÂ cease-fire proposalÂ based on ideasÂ sketched by Abbas, all Hamas had to do was say yes. The proposal entailed no concessions. It was just a break in the bloodshed, followed by talks.
The gist was simple. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, both sides wouldÂ stop shooting. Then theyâd start talking, through Egypt, about a truce. The discussions would include Hamasâ demands forÂ easing Israeli control of Gazaâs borders. Egyptâs foreign ministry emphasized that the proposal was âaimed at stopping the killing of the Palestinians.â
The Arab LeagueÂ embracedÂ the plan. Abbas issued a statement that âurged all parties to comply with this truce in order to stop the shedding of Palestinian blood.â Israel accepted it andÂ announcedÂ that, as of 9 a.m., it had stopped shooting. For six hours, IsraelÂ held its fire.
But Hamas kept shooting. Rockets continued to fly from Gaza into Israelânearly 50 in the next six hoursâand HamasÂ tookÂ creditÂ forÂ them. Its spokesmen insisted that Israel had to open the borders and release Palestinian prisoners and that somebody had to meet Gazaâs government payroll. Any of these demands could have been discussed. What was crazy was Hamasâ eagerness to use, as its leverage, the perpetuation of a war that had already killed 200 Gazans.
Charles Krauthammer discusses”moral clarity in Gaza” and educates the slow of learning or those unable to search for themselves the true facts about Gaza and the actions of Hamas.
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire;Â Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-calledÂ roof knocking.
âHereâs the difference between us,âÂ explains the Israeli prime minister. âWeâre using missile defense to protect our civilians, and theyâre using their civilians to protect their missiles.â
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent âcycle of violence.â This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison dâetre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the blood lust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? Does no one remember anything? It wasÂ less than 10 years agoÂ that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling die-hard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens,Â withdrew its militaryÂ and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli left in Gaza.
And there was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians itsÂ 3,000 greenhousesÂ that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.
The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that, simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israelâs desire to leave the West Bank as well and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.
This is not ancient history. This was nine years ago.
Who would’ve ever thought that if citizens armed themselves against criminals that the murder rate would decrease.
Wonder’s will never cease.
A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.
TheÂ study by the Crime Prevention Research CenterÂ found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.
âWhen you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” said the centerâs president, John R. Lott, a Fox News contributor. âSome criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they donât come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.â
Increasing gun ownership, litigation and new state laws have all contributed to the rise in concealed carry permits. In March, Illinois became the 50thÂ state to begin issuing concealed weapons permits. But the cost and other requirements for obtaining the permits varies greatly, from South Dakota, where a permit requires $10, a background check and no training, to Illinois, where the cost of obtaining a permit comes to more than $600 when the fee and cost of training programs are taken into account.
Six states donât require a permit for legal gun owners to conceal their weapons, and Lott notes those states have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. Â Read more »
The usual left apologists for terrorism are up in arms because Israel is currently defending themselves against ongoing Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.
One useful idiot even claims that for every bomb Israel drops another 10 terrorists are created. Strangely he doesn’t think any terrorists are created when Hamas sends thousands of rocket strikes deep into Israeli territory.
As is usual the UN who remain silent on Hamas terrorism are now all exercised about Israel defending itself.
Their rocket arsenal is extensive and Hamas thinks nothing of firing those rockets from schools and hospitals hoping that Israel will retaliate and civilians will be killed.
Even since Operation Protective Edge began hundreds of rockets continue to rain down on Israel.
Hamas terrorists have fired more than 540 rockets at Israel sinceÂ Operation Protective Edge beganÂ on Monday, July 7 â and over 830 rockets since the beginning of 2014.
Israel apparently has to endure this and is not allowed to strike back, according to the terrorist apologists. Every time Hamas launches rockets the civilian population of Israel has just 15 seconds to seek shelter.Â Read more »
Airsoft is a sport that is similar to paintball, where you shoot each other with air, or electrically powered guns but that’s where the similarities stop. Airsoft is a much more tactical game, that doesnât leave you with so many bruises that you end up being a walking pain cushion as it uses small plastic BB pellets.
Another fake school shooting by Everytown. Gang-related drive by is now a mass shooting? http://t.co/Wrnwb2I2LT
â Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) June 11, 2014
Michael Bloomberg’s astroturf organisation, Everytown, Â set up to counter the 5 million member NRA has been busted telling whopper sized lies about school shootings. The anti-gun group created a list of 74 supposed school shootings in the last 18 months and pimped it to a compliant media who spread the message. The problem is,Â only 15Â are actually are what most people would call âschool shootingsâ. The rest are a collection of suicides, gang activity or domestic incidents.
After the failure of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group to sway public opinion in favor of more gun control, Michael Bloomberg announcedÂ earlier this yearÂ that he would be funneling at least $50 million to a new, âgrassrootsâ organization now calledÂ Everytown For Gun SafetyÂ with the hope of âoutmusclingâ that scourge of civilized society, the National Rifle Association, and their ill-begotten political influence (because of, you know, their five million official members and millions more sympathizers). In what is only EverytownâsÂ latestdisplay of choosing deliberate exaggerations, lies, and scare tactics over honest conversation, the group recently updatedÂ their running listÂ claiming that there have now been at least 74 school shootings just since the massacre at Newtown in December of 2012, which a HuffPo editor then helpfully mapped out:
â Mark Gongloff (@markgongloff) June 10, 2014
I was called up over the weekend by Stephen Spargo and asked if I wanted to do an interview for The Hunting Show.
I hadn’t heard of this show, but I’ve spent a bit of time listening in on the podcasts.
Visit their Facebook pageÂ and enjoy the offerings.
It is great to have a hunting focused radio show.
Jerry love his shootin’
The Herald on Sunday has a rather poorly researched article about an apparent need to urgently review gun laws.
The call comes from a hippy academic whoÂ is theÂ chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University. Why is Otago University has developed a reputation for politically active wombles making trouble from their state funded trough?
In any case this hippy tool has exclaimed that we need tighter gun control….apparently.
A string of hunting accidents is proof New Zealand’s firearms laws need to be reviewed, a leading gun control advocate says.
In the past 10 years, 19 people have died and 57 have been injured by firearms.
A 44-year-old duck hunter suffered serious injuries after being shot in the elbow last Saturday. Another man, also 44, has been charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury and released on bail.
Kevin Clements, chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University, said there were 1.1 million guns in the country and gun laws needed “urgent” review.
Currently, licensed gun-owners can provide firearms to people with no licence or training, so long as they are supervised. There is no limit to the number of firearms a licensed holder can own.