It’s been a Saturday to remember. I woke up and enjoyed a nice six-mile run through the neighborhood. Returning home, hit the news and learned about the return of the four Americans illegally held hostage by the Iranians. In return, we released several Iranian prisoners convicted of criminal activity. As NPR reports, seven Iranians will be pardoned or win commuted sentences as part of the swap and charges will be dismissed against 14 Iranian fugitives, according to U.S. officials.
And just to put the icing on the cake for the #1 state sponsor of Islamic terrorism and abject belligerence, we went ahead and lifted economic sanctions against Iran.
As reported by the Washington Times:
Completing a major diplomatic effort over the objections of many in Congress, President Obama lifted economic sanctions against Iran Saturday after the U.N. atomic watchdog agency determined that Tehran has complied with the deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. In a statement, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said the sanctions termination provisions of Iran’s landmark nuclear agreement are now in effect.
So, that’s it and the liberal progressives crow, yippee, our diplomacy works — see, we told you. Well, hate to tell you chucklehead wussies: that’s exactly what folks said about Neville Chamberlain’s “peace for our time” assertion.
Yep, this is how diplomacy works. Iran seizes U.S. Naval vessels and forces our Sailors to surrender at gunpoint on their knees. Yep, diplomacy works when Iran can shoot off ballistic missile tests, in violation of the “agreement,” even firing missiles within 1500m from our naval ships, and they get $150B in unfrozen assets. See, diplomacy works so well, according to the leftists, that Iran can deploy its Quds Force, a designated terrorist organization, to Syria and ensure Bashar Assad does not go.
Let’s be honest folks, the definition of diplomacy according to liberal progressives is to bend over and take it, smiling the whole time and saying how great it feels. Well, this homeboy doesn’t roll that way and diplomacy, to me, is based on maintaining a position of strength — not bent-over acquiescence.
Today, Barack Obama committed a treasonous act of aiding and abetting, providing material support and comfort to an enemy who has much American blood on its hands. And meanwhile, Obama and his acolytes are trying to blow sunshine up our backsides and sell this as good diplomacy.
So today, instead of sitting around and watching this charade, I went shooting instead. Yep, I linked up with a fantastic instructor and headed over to The Compound at Rockwall and did my certification for my Texas License to Carry (LTC). My Florida CCL will expire this year.
So as I watch Obama sell out America to his Islamist buddies and continue to erode our Second Amendment right, I’ll be ready.
And for all you liberal leftists, let me explain the requirements I had to fulfill today. If only the Iranians had to go through as much to earn Obama’s trust.
At The Compound at Rockwall, I underwent five hours and 15 mins of classroom instruction on these topics:
- Laws that relate to weapons/use of force
- Safe storage
- Non-violent dispute resolution
- Handgun use and safety
So, here I am, a 22-year combat veteran of the U.S. Army, who’s been shooting weapons since I can’t remember. A person who already had a concealed weapons license, still having to undergo training and certification. And there was a 25-question exam, with a passing standard of 70%. I scored 100%. Let me tell you, if you didn’t undergo the classroom training, you may be hard-pressed to pass that exam. My instructor at The Compound at Rockwall did a super job.
But that wasn’t all. I then headed to the Garland Public Shooting Range for the shooting phase of my certification requirement. Here’s what one must do in the State of Texas:
The following course of fire is required for proficiency demonstration. To successfully qualify, shooters must complete this course with a minimum score of 70% (175 out of possible 250). For CHL Instructors, the minimum score is 90% (225 out of possible 250).
Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 3 yards:
- Five (5) shots fired in a “One Shot Exercise” 2 seconds allowed for each shot.
- Ten shots (10) fired in a “Two Shot Exercise” 3 seconds allowed for each two shot sequence.
- Five (5) shots fired in 10 seconds
Twenty shots (20) will be fired from 7 yards – fired 5 stages
- Five (5) shots will be fired in 10 seconds
- Five (5) shots will be fired in 2 stages:
- Two (2) shots will be fired in 4 seconds
- Three (3) shots will be fired in 6 seconds
- Five (5) shots fired in a “One Shot Exercise” 3 seconds allowed for each shot.
- Five (5) shots fired in 15 seconds.
Ten shots (10) fired from 15 yards – fired in two 5-shot strings.
- Five (5) shots fired in two stages:
- Two (2) shots fired in 6 seconds.
- Three (3) shots fired in 9 seconds.
- Five (5) shots fired in 15 seconds.
And if you want to know, I shot 246/250, verified. And I still must be fingerprinted and submit my application to the Regulatory Licensing Services of the Texas Department of Safety.
This is required for me to “legally” enjoy my unalienable, granted by the Creator, Second Amendment right.
Ask yourself if the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Obama administration REALLY did conduct a thorough certification of the Iranian nuclear program. You can certainly check the records on all the firearms I’ve purchased, each time undergoing a background check. And when friends — such as Shane back in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Greg down in Lafayette, Louisiana — gifted to me a special edition Kimber 1911 .45cal pistol and Beretta shotgun, respectively, I still went though background checks. I’ve purchased weapons at gun stores and gun shows, always verified.
Did Obama apply the same level of scrutiny to the Iranians? Even as a former member of Congress, retired Army officer and combat veteran, I gladly adhere to our rule of law.
Sadly, Iran violated every aspect of this agreement, but Obama’s ideological agenda meant he dismissed Iran’s abject disregard. And it’s Obama’s ideological agenda when it comes to the Second Amendment that forces him to take unconstitutional actions in order to implement measures that infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms.
What an amazing irony of this day — and certainly Obama would not award us billions of dollars; he prefers to tax us more heavily.
I tell you what, how about I challenge Obama to a shooting contest? I win, his unconstitutional actions on the Second Amendment are rescinded. And I’m not worried about losing this wager. I’m worried about Obama’s gamble in trusting but not verifying the Iranians.