It was the last post that Anahlia Cowherd posted on Facebook – a plea for help – help for deliverance from a predator who lived in her house – her grandfather. Apparently, the sexual abuse she had received from her 79 year old relative, Honorario Yango came to her mother’s attention who then confronted her father with the allegations. He in turn killed her, his granddaughter and attempted to kill his 10 year old grandson who thankfully escaped. Yango then turned the gun on himself, saving the taxpayers from another costly trial – and the prison system from having to make space for yet another depraved pervert. That last sentence might sound cold – because it is. After reading story after story about the kooks who dominate the news with their predation either on relatives or strangers, it’s getting harder to maintain a rosy outlook on humanity.
Those stories sometimes revolve around sexual abuse but others are more generic, exhibiting sheer animal gratification and the thrill of killing. Stories such as those regarding ISIS and the events last week in Canada, New York, earlier this week in Sacramento and the innocent woman in Moore, OK who was beheaded by a former co-worker in her office fit that second category. There are far, far more of these stories than should be appearing in any civilized society. If I were a betting person, and I am, I suspect that the curtain is far from falling on reports of this kind.
In my years as a self-employed business person I realized that I had certain skills on which I could dependably rely and that there were some areas of running the business in which others had more ability than I did. Rather than spend my time performing duties in which I only had average ability, I chose another route to make sure that those aspects of the business were handled in the most professional manner. That answer was to hire someone with the expertise to manage those activities. Whether it’s a private business or the business of government that same principle applies.
Fortunately for the business person, their enterprise is fairly simple. It is either to manufacture a product or offer a service and do that while earning a profit so that they can continue either to manufacture a product or offer a service. The Founding Fathers had a similarly simplistic view of the function of the Federal government granting it very few responsibilities. But one of those was to protect the country from intruders and to keep the country’s borders secure. That wisdom seems to have been lost on those in Washington who have taken a path where they want to control everything – resulting in their not controlling much of anything very effectively.
Recently I came across a website which I spent some time exploring. It is a website devoted to the topic of how to stop bullying. Without regard to partisanship, I hope that we all might agree that the actions which caused Anahlia Cowherd’s death at her grandfather’s hand is bullying carried to an extreme. It is a problem that affects people tragically, but fortunately that number is fairly small. And if your view is like mine, the person who engages in bullying activities has mental problems which would best be treated medically rather than governmentally. The rather well done website, by the way can be found at the following link: www.stopbullying.gov. Yes, that’s right, our Federal government used some of our tax dollars to create and maintain this site. The fact that it is easy to navigate suggests that they did not use the same contractors who were hired to put up the Obamacare website.
I would be exceptionally happy if all bullying suddenly ceased – as a result of this website or otherwise. But we all know that is not going to happen because that same activity has been around for my lifetime and I suspect was around for centuries before I arrived on planet Earth. So while this website leaves us with an impression that our Federal government cares about the issue, it really does nothing to fix the problem – most likely because realistically, no fix is possible.
Meanwhile, in California, there are two law enforcement officers who are dead at the hands of one man, Luis Monroy-Bracamontes a Mexican national who has been deported four times, rejected twice at the border before he entered the country and two more times after he made it into the U.S and on his second “visit” remained here for five years. This is the practical result of the Federal government’s failure to address one of its few Constitutional responsibilities – securing the country from intruders. What is disheartening is that the present administration actively chooses to worry about issues like bullying and passively chooses to ignore the question of securing our borders and making the country a safer place for all our citizens.
It would be foolish to suggest that all those who are in the country illegally have either criminal inclinations or intent. But the fact that we obviously don’t enforce our laws certainly would be an inducement to those who do have criminal inclination and intent to come here, knowing that we do not give their presence or activities a very high priority. If we suddenly stopped prosecuting people who committed bank robbery, it should surprise no one if there were a spike in the number of bank robberies that were committed.
One of the premier planks in the liberal agenda is restricting access to firearms of people who are either mentally unstable or who have criminal backgrounds, all this as a stopgap provision until they can try to figure a way to sell the idea of banning all individual ownership of munitions for any reason or purpose. I don’t know whether Anahlia’s grandfather had a weapon which was purchased legally and registered. I do doubt that Luis Monroy-Bracamontes’ weapon was owned licitly. And despite the fact that the two law enforcement officers were armed, he was able to ambush and kill them.
With the Federal government’s inability or inadequacy to prioritize the safety of American citizens, we are currently dealing only with isolated incidences of violence. What if, and hopefully this doesn’t occur, the worldwide jihadist terror movement decided to launch widespread attacks throughout the country – or attack vulnerable infrastructure such as the electric grid. Based on the responses from the Obama administration to date, is there a rational person among us who feels confident that any Federal response to such an incident would either be effective or timely? And having developed a sufficient permanent underclass in all of our major cities, who does not believe that members of that group would take full advantage of this situation as an opportunity to loot stores and abscond with private property?
Perhaps the greatest lobbyist for American’s right to bear arms and for the NRA is the administration and its supporters themselves. Should such an event occur, notifying your friends on Facebook or even dialing 911 may well prove either impossible or fruitless. And it is for that reason, so many Americans feel that if they place a call to anyone to protect them in that emergency, that call will be to Smith and Wesson.