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It has yet again happened, another lone nut-job murdered innocent citizens. No, I’m not going to add to the infamy of this piece of human debris. They already, for some inexplicable reason, still stealing oxygen from our planet. This week I add one more to the innumerable reasons why I am glad I don’t subscribe to cable television. Notably, it is a 24/7 non-stop Useless Horror.

The never-ending news cycle depicting every aspect of the terrorist act committed in Aurora, Colorado serves no purpose. Besides to horrify the citizenry and therefore make them feel helpless. I suppose I should amend that statement. The terrorist act does serve a purpose for left-leaning politicians who feel that the peasants would be better off disarmed. Or, is it the ruling the class who is better off if they disarm the peasants?

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Useless Horror

Is it cold or crass to refer to the incessant media coverage as Useless Horror? I think not. What use, other than to boost woefully low television ratings, does the story serve? Will the talking heads on network TV bring in experts to offer up positive solutions? Unless the answer is civilian disarmament or to increase the ever-expanding police state the answer is, sadly, ‘No’.

Even a Fox News commentator hammered on the fact that the killer “…had no hunting license, no concealed carry permit…and no ties to the police or military. Yet he was in possession of a semi-automatic rifle, a tactical shotgun, and two handguns…and thousands of rounds of ammunition”. The unspoken inference was why should someone with no direct ties to the police or military have the allowance to possess such weapons and ammunition?

Slow-Learner Syndrome

Amidst the clamor from the left that this incident proves the need to disarm citizens, few mentioned that the citizens in Aurora, Colorado were already forced into disarmament. By local ordinance, it was “unlawful to carry a concealed dangerous weapon” in Aurora. Over and over again we bear witness to the abject failure of “Gun Free Zones”. And yet, like the clinically insane, they keep doing the same thing all the while expecting different results.

The answer from the elitist, ruling class and the useful idiots in their camp is always to address criminal horror by punishing the innocent. Hundreds of thousands of lawful American gun owners are now receiving punishment for the acts of the lawless and cowardly.

Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we are treated to so-called expert advice. These “experts” say that we must “be reasonable” and accept even greater limitations on our liberty for the empty promise of an intangible security. Whether it’s an individual city, a state, or a whole country, every time the law-abiding give up their arms they become an endless supply of victims to vermin who operate quite happily outside the law. There is no shining example of a disarmed populace that enjoys a crime-free life, it is quite the opposite.

The Ultimate End Game

Facts, however, have no bearing on feelings. Feeling good and saying things that sound “reasonable” are where the social elitist put all of their emphasis. This situation is no different than the endless failures of socialism and communism worldwide. Despite these policies demonstrating failure, they are polished up and disguised. Thus, they present them as new ideas to be tried again and again.

The cruel joke on the people is that deep down in their black and rotten souls the social elitists know full well that their policies are failures. They know that disarming the people does not in any way make the people safer or the society more crime-free. It is the end game that is most important. The end game is disarmament and subjugation. An armed populace may be guided, led astray and even occasionally corralled, but they can never truly be ruled and dominated.


How do you convince a populace to willingly be subjected to disarmament? There are several steps and they include ignorance, distraction, and guilt. The campaign of ignorance began decades ago with the woefully inept education system; a system that places artificial self-esteem ahead of actual achievement. The more ignorant of the common law and the rights of an individual they are, the easier it becomes to dissuade the people from exercising those rights. With no understanding of history, the ignorant see the world only from the narrow view of today.


Distraction takes many forms. Pop-culture filth and vapid rubbish are put forth as entertainment. Rather than inspire thought and understanding, the pop culture media has devolved into baser grunts and moans. They butcher the language and lower it to a sub-elementary level. Deviants, thugs, and reprobates are foisted as cultural icons. The impressionable generations get encouragement to be shallow and self-centered.

If they cannot distract the citizens by pop culture filth, they divert citizen attention to other vapid subjects. Topics of cultural dissension such as racism, homosexuality, global warming, et al. are given non-stop publicity so as to keep the masses arguing amongst themselves and therefore distracted. Far too many citizens willfully fall into this trap.


Finally, when the stubborn citizens, the ones who have managed despite the odds to educate themselves and who have turned off the cultural rot, are encountered they must be bombarded with guilt. We have borne witness to an orchestrated guilt campaign now referred to as “Fast and Furious”.

With absolutely no regard for the lethal consequences of their actions, those charged with protecting the lives of the innocent instead wantonly fed arms to those who they knew would use them for evil purpose. When discovered, those in charge of the fiasco claimed ignorance, good intentions and hid behind the meaningless term “mistakes were made”. Why would they do this? It is simple. The answer to the question is to force guilt upon those who stubbornly refuse to surrender their liberty.

The Useless Horror supplied non-stop after every criminal act that includes a firearm serves the purpose of the elitist. That purpose is to shame those who have escaped the ignorance and distraction traps. Guilt is a powerful ally to the ruling class elite who view the independent-minded citizen as a roadblock to their conquest.

A Refuge and Fortress

The blissfully ignorant and naïve are lost. They refuse to believe or accept that there are those who desire to keep them uneducated, distracted, and hobbled by guilt and shame. Charles Baudelaire, not Kevin Spacey, once wrote that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

If, however, you have the clarity to realize the triple threat you can and indeed should gird your loins against these attacks. Educate yourself and your family in not only the law and the constitution that enumerates you God-given rights but study history. Consider the fate of all societies who willfully allowed themselves to be disarmed for the hollow promise of security.

When the seductive mistress of distraction surfaces to steal your attention away from the threats to your liberty, you must steel your mind against it. View each and every topic of discussion that is thrust upon you by the sycophant media with a jaundiced eye. Beware the trap of distraction that robs you of objectivity and entices you to turn on your fellow citizen.

Suffer not from guilt and shame. Instead, refuse to allow the actions of the evil to persuade you into submission. Genuine safety and security do not come from capitulation or surrender. It is a sad comment on our state of affairs that those who follow this advice are so woefully in the minority.


Take hope, by all accounts, it was as few as one-third of the populace that led this nation through more than six years of painful revolution. The end result of their suffering was the greatest nation this world has ever known, a beacon of liberty and a shining example for all freedom loving people on Earth. The light has dimmed and it is fading, but it has not yet been extinguished. As you still draw breath you have the power to keep that fire burning. Or, as so many of your neighbors, you can simply watch “Dancing with the Stars” and let the light die out forever.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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