Thursday, August 24, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 24, 2017

by Richard Pearson

On Monday night, President Trump gave a speech I have long waited to hear.  I have often written and spoken about the terrible rules of engagement that our soldiers are forced to follow.  Those rules of engagement have caused thousands of soldiers to be killed and thousands more to be wounded and maimed.  Now those handcuffs are going to be taken off and our troops can fight back without a Court Martial hovering over their every action.  The terrorists don't care about anything except killing us.  The only language they understand comes out of the barrel of a gun.

The United States Marines are reportedly considering replacing their M4s with a Heckler & Koch (H&K) M27.  The M27 is a variant of their famous 416.  Critics say the problem with the M27 is that it has a full auto feature and that it may cost the soldiers to waste ammunition.  Well, I would rather waste ammunition than soldiers.  The U.S. Military has always worried about wasting ammunition.  In the 1870s and 1880s soldiers could be fined $1.00 per round if they were caught practicing with more than five rounds a month.  That was a hefty fine if you were only making $13.00 a month.  The same is true of issuing repeating rifles.  In the Civil War, Illinois had more units equipped with repeating rifles than any other state, but few ever made it into battle.  Those units were kept home to be used in parades for propaganda purposes.  The U. S. Army is already using the H& K 417 in .308.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was ambushed on his way to the courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, by Nathanial Richmond.  Richmond was killed and the Judge is expected to recover.  The Judge was reportedly an avid hunter and was one of those on the bench who carried a firearm.  We all know when we go to court we don't want to get the "wrong" judge.  Apparently, that goes for would-be assassins also.

Reports in the last couple of days indicate people are stocking up on ammunition, particularly 556/223.  With what is going on in the street who can blame them.

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