During our Quiet Time segment from SilencerShop.com, we will revisit the Patriot Bookshelf. What is on your winter reading list? Paul offers a few suggestions and reasons why these books are on the list.
Also, were you looking for one more reason to get your kids out of public schools? We have a report from California that has George Orwell spinning in his grave.
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A Los Angeles man is set to be arraigned Monday on one count of not properly storing a gun after officers found an unsecured shotgun in his home ? a violation of the city’s safe storage requirements.
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced earlier this month that Angelo Rocca, 43, was charged by his Gun Violence Prevention Unit over how Rocca had his shotgun stored.
According to Feuer, a 10-year-old child in Rocca’s home showed a visiting friend the shotgun, which was located in a closet. The friend later told school officials about the gun, which resulted in the LAPD visiting Rocca’s home where they found the shotgun loaded and accessible.
“Locking up guns saves lives,” Feuer said in a statement. “It also prevents crime: Lost or stolen guns are the major source of crime guns in Los Angeles. We have to hold adults accountable for safely storing their firearms.”
In 2015, the city adopted the current storage scheme, which goes further than state gun safety requirements, mandating that firearms be stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved by the California Department of Justice.
The legislation was drawn up by Feuer, the inaugural co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, and was based on a controversial 2007 ordinance in San Francisco that has been challenged all the way to the Supreme Court by the National Rifle Association.
Rocca faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Of the comprehensive Big Brother system that monitors the thoughts and actions of Oceania’s citizens, the child-spies are an important component. The children, Orwell writes in 1984, “were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family has become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately” (133). Thus they did much more than simply “keep an eye” on them.
The child-parent relationship is one of intense emotional connection. The very survival of the human species, at least before the time of Oceania, depended on it. The children know their parents better than others and thus can report on even subtle differences in their behavior. Some adults were especially concerned that they might utter something in their sleep, a betrayal of their sub-conscious, and have it be overheard by the telescreen or a child.
What is the motivation for the child to give up a mother or father? They were rewarded with public acknowledgement. The government would honor them as a hero whose selfless act helped protect their nation. Thus the promise of this recognition keeps the kids alerted to the most senitive inclinations of their parents.
On September 14, 1935, a small, unattractive man with a toothbrush moustache, in a stiff white shirt, brown tie and uniform, addressed some 50,000 members of the Hitler Youth Movement in the gigantic stadium of the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg. His fists clenched, the Führer spoke to a captive audience, which stood to attention in orderly rows and frequently interrupted his words with impassioned shouts of “Sieg Heil!”
The longer he spoke, the more he whipped the crowd into a frenzy of enthusiasm with talk of the rampant degeneracy of the Weimar Republic and the need for a new German who was “more disciplined, fit and trim.” He told the sea of upturned faces that “a young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp’s steel.”
It’s hard to tell from film footage of this speech whether all the young people present were genuinely moved by Hitler’s words, whether they actually understood his message or were simply carried away by the electrifying atmosphere. The only surviving footage is stylized in the same way as Leni Riefenstahl’s notorious propaganda film “Triumph of the Will,” made one year previously at the Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg.
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