Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot

August 5, 2019
Holly Deyo

The terrible shootings this past weekend in Dayton and El Paso may well serve as THE prime opportunity to put forth anti-gun legislation – and this time, get it passed. It took Democrats less than a day to set those wheels in motion. 2020 Presidential candidate Tim Ryan begged Congress Sunday to come back from their just-begun 6-week recess to work on this very issue. Mayor Pete Buttigieg blamed the NRA. Beto O'Rourke blamed the president and Harvard law professor, Laurence Tribe, immediately jumped the shark and called for President Trump's impeachment.

The deranged shooters were 24 and 21. Young adults, too young to be this angry – or were they? Multiple experts gave opinions on how to we prevent these mass shootings. The most simplistic, reactive answer was to remove the guns, which leaves criminals WITH firearms and the rest of us with no protection. Someone else suggested mental health checks if a person exhibits odd behavior, which is what various states' Red Flag laws require. Someone else followed up suggesting more extensive background investigations.


Mother Jones maintains a detailed database of mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. since 1982. It chronicles 115 accounts over 37 years and literally half of these tragedies took place in the last decade.

Dating back to at least 2005, the FBI and leading criminologists defined a mass shooting as a single attack in a public place in which 4 or more victims were killed. Then Obama lowered the qualifying victim count to 3 or more in 2013. This weekend we heard the Dayton, Ohio mayor claim theirs was the 250
th mass shooting this year. Discrepancies occur when people citing stats include the wounded even if it's a bullet 'graze', not just fatalities. Inflated numbers make a better case for gun control.


These ideas still don't get to the root of the problem – anger and hate. Another expert offered insight that their actions and those committing the Columbine and Gilroy murders, all young people, were bullied a lot, spent enormous amounts of time playing violent video games, and had their eyes and thumbs glued to cell or smartphones.

She further said that those video games desensitized them to violence and torture while constant smartphone action distanced them from people. Social media also plays a role because attackers get a few more moments of fame either by live streaming their unspeakable crimes and by bragging about it beforehand and uploading hate-filled manifests.

Factor in a growing, unmistakable trend of narcissism. Social media feeds this with people posting endless selfies because it's all about me! Some shots go way overboard with who can wear the most daring clothes to the point of complete nudity. How much will they regret these when shocking photos get back to employers, or an ex sends them around to everyone he knows in revenge porn, or worse – when their kids see them. Other people post photos of themselves in death daring scenarios dangling off cliffs, buildings and mountains; taunting wild animals, kissing cobras – all in an ego-feeding effort. Here are just a few examples. Between 2011 and 2017, at least 259 died trying for the best selfie.

Photo: Russian model Viki Odintcova risked her life for the perfect shot in Dubai. The model is pictured leaning on a high-rise building with no support or equipment except for the guy whose hand she’s holding. The man also appears not to have any support except a small beam beside him that he’s leaning on with the other hand.

Glue all these things together with uninvolved parents, a distancing from God as a nation, sanctioned infanticide and euthanasia, human life becomes devalued. So a nation of gun owners isn't the problem. It goes much deeper and is more difficult to remedy.

People are blaming gun facturers, anyone to blame except themselves. How crazy is that. Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, gun violence is in the hand of the shooter. TAKE PERSONALITY RESPONSIBITY. That has been my parents' mantra since I was a kid, since I could breathe, hence my book Dare To Prepare, how to be self-sufficient. You do it, you own it. Those guy(s) who pulled the trigger… Frankly they were pee-weak individuals who couldn't pull themselves up by their bootstraps and took it out on others. Not my generation. We are strong Americans. BE strong. We need to bury these haters.


2 Timothy 3:1-5 gives many clues about how people will be and act during End Times:

But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.

While handing over weapons willingly is unthinkable for most 2nd Amendment advocates, it only takes tragedies like these to convert gun control fence-sitters and spur on those who would leave citizens without personal protection. Perhaps it's not so much that fellow citizens want us defenseless, but are more in line with erroneous thinking that if no one has a gun, no one gets hurt. Dr. John Lott, documents this fallacious line of reasoning very well in his books, "More Guns, Less Crime," "The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies" and "Straight Shooting: Firearms, Economics and Public Policy."


When the Aussie gun buyback program began I told Stan, "This isn't going to solve anything. If people don't have guns, they'll use knives. If they don't have knives they'll use a baseball bat or a lead pipe. Anyone who really wants a gun will find a way to get it, ban or not, but law-abiding citizens will have no means of protection."

This is exactly what happened in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Stan and I were still living in Australia at both the time of the Port Arthur Massacre, as it's aptly named, as well as the ensuing gun seizure. It was sold as a good idea for seemingly right reasons that went terribly wrong.

In that massacre, 28-year-old Martin Bryant shot 35 people and injured another 21 at an outdoor cafe. Why Bryant did this was highly debated, but it's not really the point. The outcome is. This killing spree took place on April 28, 1996 and by Sept. 30 1997, the mandatory gun recall commenced.

Most Aussies willing handed over their weapons. A few balked, but the socialist mentality had them fall in line quickly. Americans are too independent, or so we think. In one month, more than 643,000 guns were handed in during the buyback. Buyback you say? Yes, the people paid for their own disarmament. "The Government raised $490 million through a one-off rise in the Medicare levy. The buyback cost almost $459 million, including compensation to dealers and firearms owners and administration payments to the States." 1

What the Labour Party (liberals) hoped to achieve – less crime – boomeranged with a vengeance. According to statistics kept by Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, crime shot up. Way up.


This is a news article printed in the Sierra Times in 2001 by retired Coos County, Wash. Sheriff Michael E. Cook.

It seems that we still have some anti-gun types in the world who just don't get the picture yet. Not only is it the right of every free person to bear arms, it is a must for continued freedom from oppression and crime. I just don't know how it can be stated any simpler. You can not remove firearms from the hands of everyone. Criminals do not obey the law; if they did, we would not have a drug problem in this country. All one has to do is look at England, Australia, or Russia to see that. Or you can just look at Washington DC, New York City, or Los Angeles in America.

We all know that those in power who would take our guns from us have no interest in our protection; however, we do know that they want to rule us. History has shown over and over that those who would take our firearms will try to take over the government, and then the world. This is why so many see this as the first step in the one world government. The name of the game is doing away with your freedom and using the power that they gain by taking over you and yours to make you work for them as a slave. Then they can provide for your every need, and if you are a bad slave, they will kill you or remove something from you, like food, until you get back in line. That, my friends, is what it means to surrender your rights to a firearm.

Once they take firearms from the honest citizen, then you will become prey to the criminals, and it will get so bad that you will give up more and more rights in order to have the government take control and get rid of the criminals. The way they do that is by putting the criminals to work for them... controlling you. Now I hope you can see how this works.

Just by way of example, let me give you some information from Police Chief Ed Chenel from Australia. 12 month's after the honest citizens of Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms (at the cost to the tax payer in that country of $500 million dollars I might add), the crime rate went crazy.

In the first year homicides are up 3.2 percent, assaults up 8.6 percent, and robberies are up 44 percent in all of Australia. In the state of Victoria alone homicides with firearms are up 300 percent. This is a drastic swing in crime trends, as the previous 25 years in Australia showed a steady decrease in crime rate.

Now Chief Chenel says, "Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in [successfully ridding Australian society of guns]." The Chief also said, "The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note Americans, before it's to late!"

Sounds like they have some real stupid politicians in that country also. Isn't it funny how stupid they can be, when it serves their purpose to act that way?

The proclamation that we are asking the county commissioners to pass is not only a signal to the world that we are armed and ready to fight crime, it also tells the world and the people we elect that we believe in our rights to bear arms.

Many of those who would try and stop this have said, "Well what about domestic violence and accidental shootings?"

To this I answer, domestic violence is not usually about killing someone. People who do domestic violence are sometimes stopped by victims with firearms. The amount of firearms in a society has no effect what so ever on domestic violence in that society, or the amount of it. As for accidental shootings... we need nothing more than responsible ownership and education to stop accidents.

If this proclamation does pass, and one life is saved or one robbery is stopped because it was passed, it is worth it. I will be happy to see just a 1 percent drop in crime as a result of this proclamation.

We all need to look at this with some degree of common sense. The federal ban on any magazine for a firearm of over 10 rounds has not stopped one crime. The only people who have suffered from this are the honest citizen's who wanted a high capacity weapon for protection. Wasn't it nice to carry a handgun for protection with one magazine with fifteen rounds in it instead of one handgun and three eight round magazines? We must now stop and reload which could cost some innocent person their life.. This and many of the other stupid laws that were passed by those who would say they will stop and help control crime need to be taken off the books and the honest citizens in this nation trusted once more to do the right thing like they have always done. All you law makers out there quit picking on the honest citizens and follow your oaths... and do what you were elected or appointed to do.

Sheriff Michael E. Cook, Retired 2

Strategically, it would be smart for guns to be out of Americans' hands before an economic collapse rather than afterward when people are mad as hell. As Gerald Celente stated in a 2011 interview, "When people lose everything and they have nothing left to lose, they lose it."

Politicians are clever, and it only takes a terrible shooting incident to propel anti-gun legislation forward. As tragic as this weekend's shootings are, don't be taken in and shoot yourself in the foot.

1 $30m Still Left in Gun Buyback Scheme; The Sunday Telegraph, December 5, 1999;
2 For Those Who Think Gun Control Is A Good Idea... Sheriff Michael E. Cook, August 14, 2001;

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Holly Drennan Deyo is the author of four books: bestseller Dare To Prepare (6th ed.), Prudent Places USA (4th ed.), Prophetic Perils: End Time Events Revealed and Garden Gold (2017 ed.) Please visit she and her husband's website: and their FREE Preparedness site:

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