We now know more about the deadly shooting in a Thousand Oaks, California, bar. The shooter has been identified as a highly-decorated ex-Marine who served in Afghanistan. He shot himself when police arrived (as is my policy, I do not identify people who become famous for killing other people.) He was known to have suffered from PTSD and had been acting irate and irrational. Police visited the home he shared with his mother in April when he was reported to be screaming and throwing things around the house.
Neighbors say his mother was terrified of him and feared he was going to harm himself or others. But once again, in a story that’s become all too common in mass shooting cases, police mental health “experts” decided he wasn’t a danger and cleared him rather than committing him, which would have given him a record that would've blocked him from obtaining weapons. This will not stop people from demanding more gun laws to stop such shootings, even though the laws that already exist to stop them are repeatedly ignored.
There’s much more on this tragic and infuriating story at this link, including President Trump’s response and information about Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus who died heroically when he was the first to answer the call. He saved countless lives when he entered the bar alone and engaged the shooter, drawing his fire away from the unarmed patrons. I hope you’ll join me in saying prayers for him and for all the victims and their families.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Last night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, slipped and fell at her office. After suffering pain at home, she was taken to a hospital where it was discovered that she had fractured three ribs. The Rev. Franklin Graham called for all Americans to pray for her, and I join him in that. The health of a fellow human being is more important than partisan political issues, which should always take a backseat to simple human decency, a fact that has been ignored far too often in recent years.
But there’s no question that the accident does have a partisan political element, as you can see by the panicked reaction on the left, which I suspect is not entirely motivated by compassion. The news of Justice Ginsburg’s hospitalization sparked more pants-wetting than a kiddie matinee showing of “Halloween.” There are reports of liberals offering to donate ribs or internal organs if it will keep her from retiring and being replaced by President Trump. I’m sure some of them would donate their entire bodies if it were possible. But I doubt that any of those people could offer brains for transplant, for obvious reasons.
This Deserves National Attention
One local election story that deserves national attention: Dan Crenshaw, the Navy SEAL whose loss of an eye in an I.E.D. explosion in Afghanistan was mocked on “Saturday Night Live,” won his race for Congress in Texas by a lopsided 53-44%. He probably would have won anyway, but it’s pleasing to think that the liberals at “SNL” might have had anything to do with helping to create a landslide win for a Republican military veteran. In his victory speech, Crenshaw brushed off the media flurry, noting that Navy SEALS “really don’t get offended,” but he added that “we also like it when comedians are actually funny. Let’s get back to being funny.”
I like to think that if that had been his entire platform, he would have won by 100%.
Something that did not happen
The least-covered but most important story of the day after the election was something that did NOT happen. Republicans lost the House. They were disappointed. They were fearful for the future of the nation. They were worried that angry, partisan nuts are going to wildly abuse government power and do actual harm to the nation, the economy and the Constitution. And what did they do?
They accepted the will of the people and started planning to win the next election.
What did they NOT do? They did not gather at the homes of Democrats to yell threats at their families. They did not take to the Internet with photos of themselves holding up bloody replica heads of Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters. They did not try to blame Russia or cry that it was “unfair” or file countless frivolous lawsuits to overturn the results of the election. They did not even put on hats that resemble male genitalia and stand around screaming at the sky.
In other words, they behaved like sane adults. I would hope that sends a message to the electorate for the next election.
One woman's view: The indoctrination of women --- a quick follow-up
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff writer
As a follow-up to my commentary on the indoctrination of women by the fashion world, here’s an insightful column by D. C. McAllister, “What’s Behind College-Educated, Suburban Women Flipping to Democrats.” In it, she refers to some of the same things I outlined in more detail: “The rhetoric of Trump as sexual deviant-in-chief filled the pages of women’s magazines. Protests, p--- hats, celebrities wailing about the dehumanization of women even as they objectified themselves rained down on female voters, enlivening their allegiance to equality, even when it’s not actually being threatened.”
She talks about how much these women detest Trump’s personal style. Understood. But I would add that we need to realize we're not voting for Boyfriend-in-Chief. On his own personal issues, he's Melania's problem. (I find it so ironic that most of these same women voted for Bill Clinton and, later, for Hillary. But popular culture never tore them down in the relentless way it attacks Trump.) As McAllister puts it, “Their feelings about Trump negated any objective judgment of his job performance or recognition that his policies have benefited them greatly, including a strong economy and greater security for our nation. Emotionalism won the day.”
To conservative women in particular, “those who don’t vote by feelings and unfounded fears,” she has a message: We have to step up. “It falls on our shoulders to educate our suburban sisters about the role of government in our lives, the dangers of government-run health care, and the lies of feminism regarding ‘inequality’ in America.”
I hope all rational, conservative women will take this as a call to action.