“If It Saves Just One Life”….

Elizabeth New Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage is the latest blowhard to self-anoint the indelibly mark of his humanitarian virtue by his simple decree:  “If it saves just one life,” Saint Chris decries, “it is worth it.”

The old, “if it saves just one life…” excuse for doing something, anything, is a straight-up false choice.  For example, if we made one simple change, we could reduce deaths from motor vehicle accidents by over 95%, saving approximately 40,000 lives a year.  Remember the words from Saint Bollwage, “If it saves just on life…”  We could accomplish that over-night by reducing the speed limit throughout the country to 15 miles-per-hour.  Few would argue of the life-saving implications of such a low speed threshold, but even fewer would agree to be slowed to such a drastic degree.  You see, we trade expedience, quality-of-life and convenience goals for human life every day, as this example proves.

So what might Bollwage the Magnificent be speaking of when he declares an activity that will be so grandiose as to begin the saving of lives?  Closing Planned Parenthood?  Aggressively enforcing drug laws?  Jailing dangerous criminals?  No, we’ll have none of that common-sense talk, he is justifying the use of Chinese drones to enforce “social distancing” regulations on the fortunate citizens of Elizabeth.

Police officials said, “All its doing is spreading an automated notice about social distance. No recording or pictures are taken, just a tool of encouragement to follow the rules.”   How magnanimous of the City of Elizabeth to provide her citizens with, “tools of encouragement.” 

Only a disingenuous tyrant would make such an assertion and none but fools should believe it.

The Chinese government also uses similar “tools of encouragement” in their country.  We might ask their citizens how that has worked out for them but due to their over-abundance of “encouragement” none were willing to talk.

These drones are manufactured in China by DJI, a technology company suspected of gathering information on US infrastructure.  This is a portion of the conclusions from a 2017 U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Intelligence Bulletin about DJI:

Special Agent in Charge Intelligence Program, “(SIP), Los Angeles assesses with high confidence the critical infrastructure and law enforcement entities using DJI systems are collecting sensitive intelligence that the Chinese government could use to conduct physical or cyber attacks against the United States and its population. Alternatively, China could provide DJI information to terrorist organizations, hostile non-state entities, or state-sponsored groups to coordinate attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure. The UAS capture close-up imagery and GPS information on water systems, rail systems, hazardous material storage systems, first responders’ activity, and construction of highways, bridges, and rails.”

Bollwage is willingly leveraging the safety and security of the United States in exchange for donated drones that afford him dictator-like control over the citizens that by now, likely regret electing him.

Einstein reminds us that, “Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.”

Then struggle we must.

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Liberty or Death… Seriously

Publicly declaring, “Give me liberty or give me death”, immortalized Patrick Henry in 1775.  He wasn’t speaking abstractly or engaging in hyperbole.  Soon thereafter the colonies were at war with Great Britain and over 100,000 lives would take those famous words to their graves.  The founders ended their declaration of independence by swearing to each other allegiance guaranteed with, “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” 

They weren’t kidding.

Fast-forward almost 250 years and today, many are trading that liberty for what they believe is safety.  In 1820, if you insulted a man’s integrity you might well die in a duel.  In 2020, wide-spread self-loathing and an entitlement mentality have emptied the soul of many and hobbled the very concept of the American spirit and with it their sense of honor and integrity. 

Libertas, the Roman goddess sculpted as the Statue of Liberty stands in the NY harbor as the national symbol of American freedom, a gift from France in 1886.  Today, does she continue to represent hope, or our own despair?

Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French philosopher who marveled at America’s creation offered a cautionary harbinger that I share with him, even though it was written over 150-years ago.

“I have remained an old and outmoded lover of liberty in a time when everyone desires a master.”

Every day, under the guise of safety, our freedoms are taken away, one by one by those posing as our masters.  Police arrest a solitary surfer on a deserted beach in California.  The Colorado father, arrested for playing catch in an empty park with his 6-year-old daughter.  Parishioners in Ashville, Mississippi, in their cars, windows up, in the church parking lot receiving God’s message, ticketed and disbursed after the lead police officer announces to the pastor that he is, “suspending his rights.”  Witnessing a veteran black police officer in Mississippi telling a black pastor that his rights are being suspended is something that should shock the consciousness of a nation.

Those same words, spoken just 60-years ago in Mississippi resulted in people hanging from trees.

The petty tyrant acts harshest and swiftest when near the levers of power.  The clever, accomplished autocrat practices incrementalism and mutes his hunger with feigned benevolence.  What difference be it a despot, disease or dread, all render those afflicted with fear as dead from the neck up, either in fact or demeanor.

Would be dictators are using these times to tear at the fabric of America.  The deadliest virus here is tyranny and freedom the only vaccine.  Emma Goodman reminds use, “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” 

We are being lied to and worse, information is being kept from us.  The Chinese Communist Party, (CCP) is I believe, behind the creation of this virus.  Scientists say it was engineered in a laboratory in order to infect humans.  Virologists who study this have determined that the way in which the proteins attach to this virus could not have happened in nature.  The CCP cares nothing for human rights or human lives.  We need to understand that the CCP is our mortal enemy with designs to strangle us.  Until we accept that as fact, they will advance on their plans to overtake us.

Joe Biden is a CCP agent.  Via his position as Vice-President, he arranged for his son to be involved with managing billions of Chinese dollars in a deal that defies explanation other than to conclude a pay-to-play arrangement.  Biden is terminally compromised by the CCP.

The new, weak, masked and gloved America I’m seeing today doesn’t appear up to the task of maintaining our great heritage.  Many Americans seem unengaged or worse, uncaring.  Thomas Paine reminds us, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” 

We need to first, abandon China entirely and declare it an enemy-state, prohibiting any and all business dealings with them.  China cannot survive without America and we must allow the CCP to rot on the vine so the Chinese people can seize control of their country.  The CCP is trying to kill us.  We need to return the favor.

After the dust settles enough that we can escape the fog of war mentality that has overwhelmed some, we need to quickly identify those petty tyrants in local and state governments who were so quick to those levers of power and vanquish them from public life as unsuitable for the purposes of freedom.  At the highest levels of our national leadership, we need to coalesce around a common theme of the survival of the American story and the demise of the CCP.

I desperately hope that I am wrong when I look at today’s Americans and see weakness.  I hope that there are others who share my sense of disgust and disappointment and agree that we have to take back our destiny and determine our own paths.  Bob Marley said, “

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

This new time in America provides for us a jumping-off point for a revival of what made us great in our inception.  James Baldwin said, “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”

 Do enough of us still cherish freedom as much as our founders did? 

Let us rededicate ourselves to America and to our freedoms as we maneuver around today’s petty tyrants and a climate of misinformation.  We do well remembering Henry David Thoreau’s famous words of inspiration.  “I was not born to be forced.  I will breathe after my own fashion.  Let us see who is the strongest.  Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”  

We need to take back America now.  Napoleon said, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”  I pray to God for our country, and I pray we make the right decisions, closing with the beautiful words of Lord Byron, who said,   

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
that which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.” 

I hope so.

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Greenville, Mississippi

The letter below is in reaction to the police action that took place in a church parking lot. Parishioners were in their own cars, windows up, and the pastor was preaching from the church steps. You must speak up when tyrants attack…

Chief Wilson:

After viewing the incident this last weekend regarding your officers ticketing people in the church parking lot, I offer the following comments.

I’m a private investigator in New York with a strong educational background in law, as well as a childhood enjoyed as the son of a police officer. What your officers did this weekend in that church parking lot was vile.

Regardless of any local decisions, regional decrees, state mandates or national guidelines, the decision to issue those tickets and harass those parishioners demonstrates a lack of basic understanding regarding God-given human rights, as well as fundamental Constitutional rights. Any decent cop, with any training at all would balk at any action like this.

As a result of their bad-judgment, these men should be terminated.  Additionally, if you condone their actions, or otherwise have the temerity to defend it in any fashion, you ought to resign as well. Clearly, the “training” these officers received was severely lacking. Even in the total absence of any training, any officer, or civilian that thought this was OK obviously lacks the basic intelligence to be in a position of authority.

One of your officers actually told the pastor that his rights were being suspended. The officer appeared to be a veteran and that is even more alarming. A black cop lecturing a black pastor about “suspending” his rights in Mississippi is a little more than ironic.  Statements like that made 60 years ago saw people hanging from ropes.  The officer that made that statement deserves to be fired.

I would be counseling all who were ticketed to sue the ass off the municipality. And while many may see this as a money grab, I see it as a deterrent, and an example of why municipalities and their police officers cannot do whatever the hell they want to do. I hope that the full force of public opinion as well as legal consequence rightfully reins down on you, the department, the officers, and any others that defend this atrocity.

Sincerely,

R.T. Kingsley

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Voluntary, Hypnotic Purgatory

Not only is freedom not free, it is painfully expensive.  When freedom is challenged, she can’t fight that assault without honorable and brave people coming to her defense.  Whatever challenges we face in defense of our freedom aren’t theoretic, esoteric or abstract, but real and often times exceedingly difficult.  The fight for freedom is noble because the success we attain in preserving it ripples through the landscape in defining and preserving it for others as well.  When we act bravely and nobly, we set down a marker that says anything less we will not tolerate.

Rosa Parks finally had enough on that fateful day in Montgomery, Alabama when she defied her antagonists on that city bus.  I’m sure she had no grand idea of becoming a national symbol for character and bravery.  James Bakke simply wanted his admission to medical school to be fairly considered.  When it was not, he sued the State of California.  He could not have known at the time that his story would ignite a national conversation about college admissions affirmative action programs, race and reverse-discrimination.  That unknown, unnamed man in Tiananmen Square in China, a noble army of one, defying a communist Chinese tank, impressing on the minds of billions of people the incredible courage of his convictions.  He was certainly not risking his very life as a publicity stunt.

These people and countless others have stood for the defense of freedom.  Why aren’t we?  Our founders pledged to each other, in words memorialized at the very end of the Declaration of Independence by writing the following:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

These 56 men took that pledge in the name of freedom.  For their effort in the long bloody conflict that followed, five were captured, tortured and killed by the British. Twelve had their homes burned.  Many died widowed paupers. Two lost sons in the fighting, two more saw their sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died in the Revolutionary War.

The minute before those 56 brave men signed that document they were British subjects.  As soon as the ink dried on that declaration, they were American’s with a price on their heads, placed there by the largest and strongest empire and fighting force on the face of the Earth.  Are we worthy of that legacy of courage?  Is it right that we relish in the courage of yesterday while demonstrating none of the same today?

For our founders, it was the tyranny of England.  For Rosa Parks, the tyranny of the mob.  For the man in China, the tyranny of an ideology.  And for us today, the tyranny of our own fears.  But tyranny is tyranny, regardless of its origins and it must be expelled.

A healthy skepticism is a prerequisite to understanding people in power and what motivates them.  Erich Fromm warned us when he said, “Power on the one side, fear on the other, are always the buttresses on which irrational authority is built.”  We are seeing evidence of this today.

Governors compete to see who can tighten down the ratchet straps on people the hardest.  Officials encourage citizens to snitch on each other if someone is seen, “out of compliance.”  Local officials lecture about odd/even days of travel, according to your birthday.  Governors compete with the President to produce the best, live reality TV show, using fear to enlarge their stage and their ego.  Those huddled and hapless in their homes are bombarded with the same message, every 15 minutes on TV;

STAY AT HOME.  DON’T GO OUT.  FLATTEN THE CURVE.

America and American’s are not a one-size-fits-all commodity.  We are being lied to, not about everything, but about some things, in order to manage effectively our fear levels for the benefit of those who cherish the power over us.  Despots are using crisis to manage their political careers.  This is a test to determine just how much the average American will tolerate before they fight back.  So far the answer seems to be that American’s have forgotten how to fight.

Ghandi, of all people, sounded the alarm we would be wise to heed today.  “It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. … Where there is fear, there is power.”  Conversely, as John Maeda reminds us, “If you have no fear, no one has power over you.” 

Bingo.

It is time that we began to listen to that voice in our heads that we have been suppressing for weeks now, mistakenly yielding to the group-think, sky-is-falling siren song of the powerful icons of leadership and ignoring our own sensibilities.  Thomas Paine was right, and it ought to be as crystal clear now as it has ever been.

 “The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.”

Can you imagine those 56 brave men, the signators of our countries birth, huddled at home, doing nothing, waiting to be told what will happen next?  I don’t think so.

What in God’s holy name has happened to the spirit and backbone of this glorious country?  Those huddling at home under masks, gloves and blankets of fear deserve nothing the founders gave them.  Anais Nin got it right:  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  The time is now to muster our own.

This Sunday we celebrate Easter, the most significant holiday in the Christian world.  Just as Christ was resurrected, let us too reform and rethink our American geneaology and resurrect our resolve, our fortitude, and our God-given obligations as individuals to think for ourselves and to recognize when we are being mislead and misguided.  I ask God Almighty for his intervention; not only to suppress this virus, but to relieve from us our own contagion of a lack of faith and a failing of our God-given responsibility to govern ourselves righteously and with honor and dignity.

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The Kings New Clothes

Covid King Cuomo was recently coronated and elevated from his former position of mere governor of New York, to now single-handedly reining over the Land of CV19.

This new and dangerous region is defined as a giant, ominous and sometimes pulsing red circle on TV screens, representing the land mass of what used to be metro NY City, Westchester County, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and western Connecticut.

Beckoned into service by virtue of his obvious leadership superiority and a magnitude of wisdom so obviously ordained from god, it would have been defying the greater forces of nature to not seek out, no insist, that this man, so able, so benevolent, so right-for-the-task, be swept into service in order to save us from our own instincts.  

Should you be unsure or unclear as to the wisdom flowing from King Cuomo, you need only watch a single televised news conference to convince yourself of his virtue.  His condescending tone, his inflection, the pregnant impatient pausing, the facial contortions, the body language, all remind us of how helpless and incapable we have become.  We are so much safer when we remain at home and in our pajamas watching King Cuomo.

The King is our father, gathering us around our TV’s, first scaring, then reassuring us, as if he is reading spooky children’s books around a camp fire to 4th graders, it provides us such comfort as we learn to surrender the responsibilities for our own well-being, and happily hand-over that right to the King.

“Stay inside, wear your mask, keep your distance, stop thinking, and do as I say, saith the King.”

Hans Christian Anderson may well have provided the antidote to King Cuomo, should we  two tailors who promise to make the emperor a set of cloths that are invisible to those who are too stupid, incompetent or otherwise unfit.  As the emperor parades around naked, no one dares say a word, for fear that they are the only ones not seeing the magical garments.  Finally a young child yells out, “The emperor has no cloths”, and the entire charade exposes the power of group-think.

Cuomo is that emperor.  He proudly declares he will send uniformed soldiers to SEIZE ventilators from upstate hospitals, but gun owner are “paranoid” when they believe firearms are next.  While the King complains of CV19 hospitals being over-run, the USNS Comfort sits in the NYC harbor with 40 patients when it can care for 1000.  This tyrant hobbled New Yorkers gun rights in the middle of the night, passed a porked-up state budget in the middle of the night, and accordingly, his true character is best understood in the total darkness that night provides.

Self-doubt, fear, blind obedience and second-guessing ones own thoughts make this tyrant appear to be wearing the best of garments.  Keep relinquishing your God-given rights and let the King think for you and never see nakedness again.

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Have We Exchanged Freedom for “Feardom”?

I am deeply disheartened by what I see today.  Too many are terrorized by this virus.  I sincerely thought that we were stronger than this.  What has happened to the American spirit of success, strength and optimism?  Replacing our dreams with fear is a fool’s errand.  Kipling said that, “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”  And what better word for it than “liar.”  The 24/7 media cycle peddles non-stop gloom and doom, ginning up the uncertainty to foment fear in order to chase profits.  We must not forget who we are and how we got to this point in history.  It certainly wasn’t by being weak, timid and easily led.

Fear is the product of a lack of understanding which leads to uncertainty that undermines our routines and what we thought we knew.  Perspective is always helpful in gaining understanding.  In the first quarter of this year alone, approximately 50,000 American’s have died from the regular flu.  As of this writing, just over 5,400 are dead from Covid-19.  Hot spots around the country account for the lion’s share of infections.  The vast majority of people who contract this will recover without hospitalization.  Even using the worse-case-scenario numbers of potential lost life in this country, the changes of dying from this is approximately 0.0007 percent.  Contrast this with the fact that over 2.5 million people will die in car crashes this year.  That’s 1 in 103. Deciding to make that drive to the pharmacy to get your mask and gloves puts you at a risk factor of death by vehicle some thousands of times greater than that of contracting the dreaded virus.

It turns out that getting people to do nothing is a hell of a lot easier than getting them to do something.  After all, if your government locks you down, then they ought to pay you right?  Already we hear the shouts of “free money”, as if anything is actually free.  The political spin on all of this is to throw dollars at us in the short term, maybe even more that some made while working.  What a great incentive to dull ones spirit.  Does any thinking person really believe it’s a coincidence that those who pursue and crave power over us are busy right now exercising that power in ways in which we’ve never seen?

Whatever the current “shiny object” is, (today Covid-19), it is NEVER the actual truth of what is really being sought after.  There is ALWAYS an ulterior motive and the shiny object is actually a distraction.

Anwar Sadat said it best.  “Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual, and the soul of a people.”  If we as a people, don’t resist this effort to cow us into self-quarantine, we will lose whatever we have left of our founders glorious endowment of exceptionalism.

Fear won’t cure tomorrow, but it will devour today.    

 

 

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Binghamton Rifle Club

This is how it started, 3-21-20

BINGHAMTON RIFLE CLUB   URGENT CLUB NEWS CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  
 HELLO BINGHAMTON RIFLE CLUB MEMBERS   In response to the State and local directives, requirements and recommendations in regards to Coronavirus, the Binghamton Rifle Club is considered a non-essential business and will be closing the range for all activities including casual use.    This is effective immediately and will continue until updated directives are received from the State and local authorities.    The door access system will be disabled.   Please watch out for follow up emails on this subject. Thank you.   The Executive Committee of the Binghamton Rifle Club

This was my response, 3-21-20:

 I’ve been a member of this club for nearly two decades and have never had an issue with our leadership until now.  I am asking that the Executive Committee rescind their decision made earlier today and align club policy with what I believe is a closer representation of the will of the members and the spirit of the firearms community.

Our club ought to be leading by example and not be cowed so quickly by unilateral government decree.  The club is a large enough building as to afford members sufficient “social distancing” while still remaining open.  If convenience stores, gas stations and the Hum-Dinger Ice Cream Store can remain in operation, there is no good reason that our club should voluntarily close.  We could easily self-police our activity to 3-5 members at a time while remaining safe and responsible.

This is what the Governor’s directive says in part:

11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:  (partial listing)

law enforcement

fire prevention and response

building code enforcement

security

emergency management and response

As responsible and well-trained firearms owners, aren’t we best suited to assist in maintaining the safety… and security of residents and other essential businesses?  I believe that our club and its members qualify as ESSENTIAL SERVICES as defined by the Governor’s own decree as outlined above.

If there ever was a time to demonstrate leadership by example, while endangering no one, the Executive Committee ought to recognize that the members of the club, individually, should determine, for themselves, if they CHOOSE to use the club during this time.  If you’re uncomfortable using the club for now, stay home.

This rapid decision to simply shut down seems to me antithetical to what I always thought firearms owners stood for.  It certainly flies in the face of my beliefs and I don’t believe I’m alone.  Was the purpose of our firearms and all of the training only to produce tools for punching tiny holes in paper targets?

I think we have a moral obligation to push-back on an oppressive government. We can and should remain open while simultaneously practicing the distancing protocols. We need to lead by example.  We are proud and patriotic citizens not subjects to be lorded over.  If I’m a lone voice in the dark on this, maybe I’m in the wrong club.

Bob Kingsley

This is an email I received from Tkutz31@stny.rr.com.  I’m supposing a member of the Executive Committee, 3-22-20

From Tkutz31@stny.rr.com

Hello Bob,

The decision of the Executive Committee to close the club was not done in haste but was with careful consideration of the Federal, State and local directives and recommendations in this unprecedented situation. We believe the closure of the range is consistent with other clubs in our area and is consistent with the recommendations set forth to help assist in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus.

We realize this impacts all of the members and also believe this is a temporary situation.

We realize the inconvenience this causes our members but we feel this is the right decision.

Regards,

The Executive Committee of the Binghamton Rifle Club

This is my letter in response to “Tkutz31@stny.rr.com, 3-22-20

My original letter to the “Executive Committee” explicitly explains why our club fits into the exemptions the state outlined.  The decisions that other clubs in our area made are immaterial.  Leadership isn’t about taking a poll of what others are doing, that is called following.  Perhaps if we demonstrate our rationale in staying open and thereby allow members to decide for themselves, other clubs would find that as inspirational leadership.

Let me provide you with an actual real-life example.  My church held a service today.  We were perhaps the only church in the areas to do so.  Our sanctuary seats over 300.  Before this “crisis”, our numbers would be between 35 and 55 on any given Sunday.  Today, 5 of us were in the pews.  Counting the choir and support staff, 13 in total.  While the majority chose to not attend, the point is the decision was left to members, not leadership.  Leadership showed up to lead.  Parishioners were able to make their own decision, attend church, and socially distance themselves as they saw fit.  No need for “leadership” to assist them in decision making.

Effective and brave leaders don’t put their finger to the wind, they empower others.

While it would have been perfectly reasonable to suspend club events that grouped people together, it was not reasonable to close the club entirely.

Marco Rubio is quoted as saying, “We live in a society obsessed with public opinion.  But leadership has never been about popularity.”  Followers dwell on problems, leader on empowerment. 

Do the courageous and reverse the decision to completely close the club.

Bob Kingsley

After my second letter protesting the clubs rationale, all communications stopped.  When that happened, I decided to post my letters on the club Face Book page.  They were promptly taken down.  Seeing that, I decided to post a photo of the club on the Face Book page expressing my outrage over their decision making:  Here it is:

The picture was quickly taken down and I was blocked from posting on the Binghamton Rifle Club Face Book page.  I then had a friend post to the club page, “What happened to Bob Kingsley’s posts?”  That too was taken down.

The Twilight Zone

Imagine if you will, a small gun club in upstate New York, over a 100 year old, quick to cow to government decree and comfortable censoring its own members and anyone else who disagrees.

Wait, a GUN club, super-submissive to questionable governmental edicts, embracing the muzzling of speech and censoring its members?  I thought the general perception of the “gun-culture” was anti-government, anti-edict, anti-establishment of anything and general apprehension of authority?  The leadership at the Binghamton Rifle Club, (BRC) apparently needs a reminder from Thomas Jefferson who tells us, “The government is best which governs the least because its people discipline themselves.”

Apparently not so at the BRC.  I am an eighteen-year member and I questioned the decision that closed the club to all activity due to the Corona-virus outbreak.  While I understood and supported suspending activities that congregated people in close groups, my point was that individuals could safely use the facility while practicing appropriate social distancing.

The club has 24/7 access and I posited that certainly 3-5 members could occupy  a 12-lane shooting range in 3000 square feet of space while keeping distancing protocols.  I reasoned that members could decide for themselves the risks, just as they do at the grocery store, pharmacy or hardware store.

At first, I lobbied club leadership privately via email.  When my concerns and request to re-open the club went unresolved, I reasoned that perhaps other club members felt as I did.  To find out, I posted my correspondence to leadership on the clubs Face Book, (FB) page in the effort to engage the some 600 plus members.  The club was quick to take down my posts.  Flabbergasted by this, I posted a picture of the club with the words: “Frozen by Fear” photo-shopped onto the building.  The club took down the photo and blocked me from posting to my own clubs FB page.

Rod Serling, the creator of the Twilight Zone TV series so popular in the 1960’s was born in Binghamton, NY.  What a coincident that the story of the Binghamton Rifle Club today just might suggest a twilight zone episode.  Who would have thought that a 106 year-old rifle club could morph itself into a warped mentality that believes censorship and compliance without question is the right way to lead?

I wonder just how many other gun clubs and traditionally organizations historically thought of as “conservative” are likewise losing their way and their vision?  Might the Corona-virus situation be providing a beta-test laboratory for those in positions of power to observe and calculate just how far the American populace can be pushed?

Conservative American’s and especially those of us focused on the 2nd Amendment should be on the front lines of a healthy skepticism towards government.  Voltaire provides a clarion song when he said, “It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.

Hopefully, the BRC is not the canary in the coal mine for the trajectory of political philosophy in our nation.  We must assert ourselves as citizens not subjects and heed Thomas Jefferson who said:  “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take all that you have.”

Interesting how things work.  On Saturday, March 28, 2020 President Trump refined the wording to his list of critical pandemic infrastructure with this.  “The new language, added to the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, now deems as critical  “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”

TO:                  The “Executive Committee”

FROM:            Bob Kingsley (03-29-20)

RE:                   Club Closure and Censorship

I have made my positions and objections clear.  In response, you have censored me and others by taking down mine and other club members FaceBook, (FB) posts of opposing viewpoints.  The FB site as well as the club web presence belongs to the members, not exclusively to the “Executive Committee” to pick and choose only viewpoints it likes.

You expose your fear and lack of leadership by hiding behind the canard of “liability.”  My professional life involves on a daily basis the law, insurance and liability.  I understand the subject matter intimately.  This virus exposes the club to no more liability than normal.

Yesterday, President Trump also added clarity to the situation by adding these words to the list of critical pandemic infrastructure.  The new language added to the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, now deems as critical “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”

It is unfortunate that club “leadership” wasn’t able to embrace this as fact before being directed to by presidential decree.  It is also unacceptable that club leaders believe they know better than members in making decisions about using the club or not.

Now that club leadership has been enlightened, this is what should follow, and in this order.

  1. Re-open the club, with appropriate guidelines
  2. Re-post all of the material you saw fit to censor
  3. Issue an apology to all members for censoring feedback

There is no reason these measures should take any more than 24 hours to implement.

Should this fail to happen, I will consider it clear that the club does embrace censorship and leading from behind.  At that point, I will seek a larger audience for cataloging just what has happened here and let the court of public opinion decide the righteousness of the “Executive Committees” decisions.

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The Twilight Zone

Imagine if you will, a small gun club in upstate New York, over a 100 year old, quick to cow to government decree and comfortable censoring its own members and anyone else who disagrees.

Wait, a GUN club, super-submissive to questionable governmental edicts, embracing the muzzling of speech and censoring its members?  I thought the general perception of the “gun-culture” was anti-government, anti-edict, anti-establishment of anything and general apprehension of authority?  The leadership at the Binghamton Rifle Club, (BRC) apparently needs a reminder from Thomas Jefferson who tells us, “The government is best which governs the least because its people discipline themselves.”

Apparently not so at the BRC.  I am an eighteen-year member and I questioned the decision that closed the club to all activity due to the Corona-virus outbreak.  While I understood and supported suspending activities that congregated people in close groups, my point was that individuals could safely use the facility while practicing appropriate social distancing.

The club has 24/7 access and I posited that certainly 3-5 members could occupy  a 12-lane shooting range in 3000 square feet of space while keeping distancing protocols.  I reasoned that members could decide for themselves the risks, just as they do at the grocery store, pharmacy or hardware store.

At first, I lobbied club leadership privately via email.  When my concerns and request to re-open the club went unresolved, I reasoned that perhaps other club members felt as I did.  To find out, I posted my correspondence to leadership on the clubs Face Book, (FB) page in the effort to engage the some 600 plus members.  The club was quick to take down my posts.  Flabbergasted by this, I posted a picture of the club with the words: “Frozen by Fear” photo-shopped onto the building.  The club took down the photo and blocked me from posting to my own clubs FB page.

Rod Serling, the creator of the Twilight Zone TV series so popular in the 1960’s was born in Binghamton, NY.  What a coincident that the story of the Binghamton Rifle Club today just might suggest a twilight zone episode.  Who would have thought that a 106 year-old rifle club could morph itself into a warped mentality that believes censorship and compliance without question is the right way to lead?

I wonder just how many other gun clubs and traditionally organizations historically thought of as “conservative” are likewise losing their way and their vision?  Might the Corona-virus situation be providing a beta-test laboratory for those in positions of power to observe and calculate just how far the American populace can be pushed?

Conservative American’s and especially those of us focused on the 2nd Amendment should be on the front lines of a healthy skepticism towards government.  Voltaire provides a clarion song when he said, “It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.

Hopefully, the BRC is not the canary in the coal mine for the trajectory of political philosophy in our nation.  We must assert ourselves as citizens not subjects and heed Thomas Jefferson who said:  “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take all that you have.”

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Fear…

During the 1960’s, grade school teachers throughout the country herded classrooms full of students under their desks.  We were warned to close our eyes and not look towards the windows.  Several times each semester, we practiced for the long anticipated nuclear blast that was sure to come from those dreaded communists on the other side of the world.  Back then that evil menace was called the USSR, (today’s Russia.)

For the adults, there were fallout shelters.  They were seemingly everywhere there was a space to hide below ground.  If you grew up in that era, the signs identifying those spaces might still elicit a deep emotional response.

My father had a friend that had built his own fallout shelter behind his garage.  I remember visiting it as a twelve-year-old and the place both scared and fascinated me.

Even after seeing those grainy black-and-white videos of a nuclear blast incinerating and then almost simultaneously blowing away rows of trees and atomizing buildings, the power of our shared fear prevailed over reality.  We stuck with hiding under our desks.  By cloaking the entire herd with a collective, communal terror, skepticism was extinguished because the prospect of bucking that premise was unthinkable.  Being blinded by the light didn’t mean much if one second later you were pulverized.  Coming out of a fallout shelter only to encounter a radioactive dessert wasn’t a great solution, yet we ignored what was real and blindly trusted those who were lying to us.

This is what fear does.  Today, the Silent Generation and the Baby-Boomers, those who should know better, are self-exiling in their own homes, prisoners of their own making.  Maybe too old to get under a desk today, but still stuck with the dread, fed to them continually, over a lifetime of political indoctrination.

Over time, each drill made it easier and easier to get under that little desk.  Most kids instinctively turned from the windows without instruction.  Maybe it’s time now to crawl out from under that desk of despair for the last time and agree to never go back.  If the last thing I’m ever going to see is a nuclear blast, I want to view it with eyes wide open.  And if the blast never comes, I’ll keep my eyes open for the scoundrel that tried to scare me out of my mind, if not with a nuke, then with a virus.

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Shame..

Democrats stalled legislation for freeing up nearly $2 trillion in liquidity for Americans affected by this crisis.  James Clyburn, Democrat house majority whip told Democrats to see this situation as a, “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”  The bill failed because the Democrats attached to it a laundry list of crap that has nothing to do with the virus.  Clyburn’s pronouncement demonstrates to anyone willing to listen all they need to know about the lack of virtue, character and honor that only a strategy like that can explain.

It nicely frames the entirety of the new Democrat Party today.  The Left-Wing of what used to be thinking and thoughtful people has replaced reason with fantasy, fact with fiction and logic with lunacy.

The ideologic “isle” all were busy figuring out how to cross has become a freeway with no speed limits, too dangerous to cross, too likely to result in being run over.  In the past, conviviality and comity might yield results.  Today, stop sticks and the pit maneuver are the tools required to not meet half way, but to stomp the life out of not only the Corona virus, but the more dangerous and infective plague of liberalism.

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