Report 39a How Do We Solve the Illegal Immigration Problem

A reader of these posts asked, rightly, “Do you have any practical suggestions as to how to combat this growing clear and present danger?” This was in response to Report 39. I hate it when someone actually requires me to think and back up my premise. Well, I’m up to the challenge.

The current illegal immigration problem can’t and won’t be solved with just a wall and massive round-ups. Those are certainly necessary in the short term. What will ultimately solve the problem is changing the mindset of the American population.

I have often stated and still believe that the downward slope of our education system started when the Bible was no longer used as a reading primer. The lessons that come from that great tome cannot be equaled.

Nikita Khrushchev prophesied back in the ‘50s “We will bury you.” He was not speaking in literal terms, but rather figuratively. The old Soviet ideology, now viewed as the socialist ideology, does not use guns, bombs, or missiles to change the psyche of a country. They do it the way a stream of water erodes its banks, a generation at a time.

Our education system has eliminated the heroic and sacrificial acts of our founders. It has deleted the reasons our founders sacrificed so much for the fledgling country they started. You can ask almost any high school senior or recent graduate of a public school what Thomas Paine is famous for and they would ask what band he played in or what football team he played for. They are not familiar with Common Sense or its impact on the Revolution. Ask them about Patrick Henry’s famous shout that swung the vote in the Second Virginia Convention and they would ask “Who, What?”

The average citizen of this wonderful country does not know about our heritage and why it must be protected; why those coming here legally must assimilate, not the other way around.

Until the average citizen understands the fragility of this Representative Democratic experiment, the problem with illegal immigration will never be fully solved. The solution is currently being sold as an economic problem. It takes billions of dollars to care for, feed, and support the illegal immigrants. This is money that could be used to care for and feed the homeless Americans. This is a legitimate argument but monetary solutions for anything are only temporary. Permanent solutions come from the heart and mind of the average American.

The educational system must be brought back to the fundamental tenets that it had in the 19th century. The tenets that are taught in the Bible. The history of this great nation must be reintroduced into the education system. This is not something that can happen overnight and it will not happen easily. The education “professionals” will go kicking and screaming down that path because it is not the feel-good path.

Maybe my solution to the illegal immigration problem may be too simplistic and too much pie-in-the-sky, but these are the steps that I see as essential to solving not only our illegal immigration problem but a whole raft of other problems as well, but that is a subject for further discussion.

Report 39 Defending America

I am watching the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group meeting at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The discussion is about terrorism. I am reminded of the quote attributed to Adm. Yamamoto during WWII “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” While there is some doubt as to the attribution, the sentiment was accurate. However, that was 1941.

What about today? Do we dare defend our borders today? What about the Dreamers who are not Americans and entered illegally. I fully understand that they, for the most part, had no choice. They came over with their parents who entered illegally. The burden of the consequences rests squarely on the parents’ shoulders, not the government who enforces our laws.

It is past time for the citizens of the United States to stand up to the illegals and their advocates. The illegals do not have a right to influence the legal process. It doesn’t matter their origin, whether Latin American, Arab, or any other nationality. If they want to immigrate to the United States they must assimilate. It is not incumbent on us to mold our culture to theirs.

Our lax immigration policies have encouraged not only the Dreamers, but the terrorists who want nothing more than to kill everything American; evidence 9-11, San Bernardino, the Boston bombing.

Are we, as Americans, prepared to be “behind every blade of grass?”

Report 38, Maintaining Proficiency During the Winter

What are you doing to maintain proficiency with your every day carry (EDC) during the winter? For those of you who carry on a daily basis, let’s think about your daily routine. When you get ready to go out the door to work, the market or whatever your destination, you retrieve your EDC and check the condition, magazine loaded and inserted in the mag well, you rack the slide and do a chamber check and magazine check, and lastly, carefully holster it. You then check the condition of your spare magazine and put it in its pouch.

We are doing fine so far. You go on about your business throughout the day, paying close attention to those places you can’t carry and you lock your EDC in the car before going into those establishments (you do remember where you can and cannot carry, right?). When you get home, and are settling in for the night, you remove your EDC and store it in its “safe place.”

You go through this routine every day. I would argue that you are missing two key elements to carrying.

  1. When was the last time you dry practiced? Dry practice takes only 15 – 20 minutes and is a major factor in keeping you safe. Let’s review the steps.
    1. Unload your EDC
    2. Go into an empty room (no TV turned on, no husband, wife, friend, kids, etc.
    3. Sweep the room to ensure there is no ammunition in the room. Take the ammo that was in your EDC and remove it from the room.
    4. Set up a target. This could be something as simple as a post-it-note (the small kind). This should be a removable target. Once you are through with your practice remove the target and throw it away.
    5. Conduct a final sweep of the room to ensure you have no ammo in the room (this includes your pockets).
    6. Determine what kind of practice you are going to do (draw from the holster, present from the low-ready, etc.
    7. Conduct your dry practice for no more than 20 minutes. Long duration dry practice can hit a point of diminishing returns. Remember, only correct practice is beneficial.
    8. Upon conclusion of your dry practice session remove the target and dispose of it.
    9. Return your EDC to the condition you normally use when at home and not carrying.
  2. When was the last time you cleaned your EDC? I read a story about a police officer who carried a S&W .38 special snubby as a backup gun (BUG) but did not shoot it much. One day when he was at the range he decided that he needed to practice with it. He pulled it out, took careful aim, and fired the first shot. He said that it looked like a blizzard with all the lint that had blown out the barrel. It did no harm to the speeding bullet or the gun but caused a bit of embarrassment for the LEO. It was a telling tale, he hadn’t cleaned his BUG in a very long time. Even when we don’t shoot the gun, it still needs to be cleaned, at least once a month.

Just because the weather is cold, snowy/rainy and just down-right unpleasant, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice and maintain your proficiency.

If you are looking for additional coaching, contact me to set up a personalized coaching program to get you up to speed with your EDC.