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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Minneapolis City Council is leading the way on defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.  There are a few other cities following behind.  These police departments will be replaced by some form of community public safety committee which will reflect the values of the community.  What does that mean?  That means the mob will run the show and, so far, they have only shown the willingness to destroy, not build.  They shout and complain but with no experience or even desire to maintain order.  This idea and these people are trouble and they want to be trouble; if they succeed we are headed for a dark future.  What will happen if the police are defunded is that a vacuum will be created.  The mob says the police roll will be filled by the so called Public Safety Committees and Social Workers.  What that means is that if you or someone in your family is robbed, beaten, raped, or murdered, the social worker will commiserate with you or tell you how sorry everyone is and the perpetrators will get a good talking to if they are ever caught.

What will happen is the rule of law will collapse and groups like the Nazi Brown Shirts will rise just as they did in Germany in the 1920s.  Those leaders will rise to simply crush any resistance or thought that is not approved of.  People like you and me will either have to join them or fight them.  Militias will have to be formed to fight them.  All this is a very grim but it could happen.

I recently spoke to a lady about the situation in her community.  She told that me that we should not worry because in the end good karma will win out.  This lady is really a good person but naive thinking like this will destroy us all in the end.

June 8th was the anniversary of the death of Benjamin T. Henry, inventor of the Henry Rifle.  Henry sold out to Oliver Winchester in 1866.  The Henry Rifle was patented in 1860 before the Civil War started but it wasn’t available for general distribution until July 1862.  Abraham Lincoln was one of the first owners of a Henry Rifle.  Despite the fact that several of Lincoln’s Cabinet members own a Henry, the War Department wouldn’t buy any of them.  In the eyes of the War Department, there were two problems. First, it cost more than twice as much as a musket; second, they feared the soldiers would use too much ammunition.  Of course, the fact that a soldier with a Henry Rifle could fire five or six times more effectively as a soldier with a musket was ignored.  In the long run, the Henry and Spencer repeating rifles would have shortened the war and saved many lives.  Until the 1890s, soldiers were only allowed to have five rounds of ammo a month for practice.  For every round over five they fired, they were fined $1.00.  That was a pretty hefty fine for a guy making $13.00 a month.  Where Henry rifles were used in the Civil War, they made a huge difference.  Some regiments bought their own Henrys.  Eventually, 1731 rifles were purchased by the government.  The 7th Illinois Infantry carried Henry Rifles.  In fact, Illinois troops had more repeating rifles, including the Spencer repeating rifles, than any other state but they were kept home because the War Department wanted to show them off in parades.  This is why the term Military Intelligence is an oxymoron.  Whatever the case, Benjamin T. Henry’s rifles changed the history of the United States.  He is a man worth remembering.

June 14th is an important day In United States history.  I will start with the oldest first.  On June 14th, 1775, the United States Army was founded, known in those days as the Continental Army.  I would like to wish Happy 245th Birthday to the U. S. Army and thank you to all those who have served or are serving.  This includes not only those serving full time, but also the United States Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.  You are all doing a great job.

On June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the design of the United States Flag.  On May 30th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14th.  Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of homes and businesses.  The day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.  This is the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the American Flag.  Be sure to proudly fly your flag on the 14th! 

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