Respect – The Key Missing Ingredient

In Tom Clancy’s book, John Clark, “Rainbow Six” discusses the predictability of terrorists and how terrorism has rules.  However, the terrorism witnessed since May 2020 is refusing the old rules, as if they were not written in the blood of dead terrorists, and the main ingredient missing is respect.  Respect for the consequences, respect for death, respect for the need to have a functioning society to build your Marxist utopias in when the current government folds.  Throughout history, respect has been a tool, a weapon, and entirely missing from societies at various times and seasons.

Ask yourself, what was the difference between the Hong Kong riots and the George Floyd riots?  The difference is respect.  Sure, both riots had stupid people who resorted to violence.  Absolutely, both riots involved governments who acted in the most dysfunctional manner possible.  But, the Hong Kong rioters (terrorists) never gave up respect for themselves and their cause.  In contrast, their American counterparts never had respect for themselves, their cause, or their communities and just wanted to destroy things!

What is respect?

Aretha Franklin is famous for one of her songs, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” and all she wants is some respect for the loving she is willing to give.  Yet, from the lyrics, one is left wondering if she ever got her respect from the one she loved.  Aretha Franklin was reflecting to the world that love is not everything needed in a relationship, Sorry Beatles, and must be accompanied by respect!

Webster clarifies respect, claiming that respect involves providing special attention to, or regard for, another person or thing.  However, that definition does not encapsulate the essence of respect.  Other descriptions for respect include higher regard or esteem for something or someone.  Finally, we have suggestions that esteem and special consideration for someone or something are needed to fulfill the requirements to provide proper respect.  Thus, one must return to the etymology of the word respect to gain further insight.

Respect was originally used between 1300 and 1350, derived as a middle English Noun, from Old French, or directly from Latin Respectus, “action of looking back, consideration, and regard.”  Therein lies the key quality in respect, action, and history.  Proper respect is shown when history is considered, and action is taken to regard that history.  Taking us back to the terrorists in Tom Clancy’s book “Rainbow Six.”  By not properly regarding the lessons learned by previous dead terrorists, respect was lacking, and the terrorist’s mission was a failure before they boarded the plane.


When discussing action in respect, we refer to deeds or the process of taking action to understand the deed mentally before physically moving.  Consider the rioters in Hong Kong; they knew that by taking action, they ran the risk of death, had to come to terms with receiving physical violence of state enforcers, and had to respect the violence potential, and felt compelled to act.  Whereas, in America, there was no respect for activities done by state enforcers in previous riot situations, as the state enforcers have been shackled and hamstrung by laws to protect the terrorist rioter’s rights and liberties.

Which party reflected proper respect; honestly, both did.  Why; because they both knew the potential and showed the government’s problems in their respective societies.  This is where America has been since the Los Angeles, California (1992) riots.  Law and order are actively shunned due to both disrespect for law and society and respect for the knowledge that police are hamstrung and neutered in response to large-scale public rioting (terrorism).  Why did Ferguson, Missouri last as long as it did; a lack of respect for the individual and respect for the knowledge that the rioters (terrorists) could do anything they wanted and escape without responsibility.  Follow the pattern in riots since 1992, and you will find disrespect for actions taken being the sole variable in the equation linking all the riots together.


History and respect remain intertwined to the point that if a person does not understand their own history, they will not respect themselves, their cause, or even their society.  Again, using Hong Kong and America as examples, we see the history of Hong Kong respected by the protestors.  Hong Kong has always been a separate entity, never a “Chinese” possession.  Always separate from the mainland physically, mentally, emotionally, and governmentally.  China promised that if Britain gave China to the Chinese, Hong Kong could retain its liberty, individualism, and separate status.  Guess how long that lasted, not even long enough for the ink to dry on the treaty documents.

China is in direct violation of the treaty documents where Hong Kong is concerned, but China does not care.  Why; disrespect for the west, the United Kingdom, and the people that make societies and cultures.  Why is China able to disrespect the treaty on Hong Kong?  They do not recognize the history of Hong Kong, they pervert history to their purposes, and Chinese government leaders disrespect themselves, like all good communists.  Hence, we can see a direct result of what happens when a nation disrespects its own history.

But, does America understand the lesson being taught by the riots in Hong Kong; nope!  Not only did America’s rioters (terrorists) tear down visible reminders of history, they refuse to learn history as an active rebellion, considering history to be useless.  Thus, the ignorance of the terrorists is their Achilles’ heel and how to beat them forever at their own game.

Suggestions for winning the moral high-ground back!

The following are suggestions for launching a legal counter-attack to the stupidity and disrespect of those who continue to disrespect America.

      1. Learn history! Not the rants from school, not the lies and the tortured history from K—12, I mean real history.  Sourced from multiple sources where research was conducted and then supported by published references.  History is amazing; take the learning plunge!
      2. Respect yourself! You are unique, special, and deserve a society free from terrorism and terrorists masquerading as “peaceful rioters.”  A community free from terrorism starts with respecting yourself.
      3. Respect your actions by knowing why you are taking the actions being taken. Some of the summer of peaceful rioting videos included a black person stomping (jumping up and down) on another black person in support of George Floyd.  It made no sense then; it makes less sense now.
      4. Respect your community. Respecting your community includes voting, staying interested in how the elected official is doing, and raising your voices legally to correct the behavior of wayward politicians.  Respect for your community does not include burning businesses to the ground, looting, or smashing public property.
      5. Even when you disagree with authority, respect that authority enough to handle your concerns appropriately.

© 2021 M. Dave Salisbury
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NO MORE BS: I’m A Gun!

Lorne Green sings a song called “I’m a Gun.”  A song that is sung from the gun’s point of view of being manufactured to kill, how the killer was not the gun, the holder of the gun, and the remorse the gun feels for the user’s mistakes, but how the firearm cannot change the user’s desires.  Consider this truth for a moment, Chicago is about to become a deadly land again, with the weekend shooting totals that far exceed anything seen on a modern battlefield.  Happening every weekend until the weather changes to cold again and the shooters go inside to lick their wounds.

But the corporate media will blame the gun for the violence.

I read a recent news article complaining that COVID must soon be over because America is back to shooting each other.  Except in an odd twist of fate, several stabbing attacks also happened; however, nobody ever blames the knife for knife violence.  Yet, the gun is always to blame for gun violence.  Use a hammer, a baseball bat, a machete, etc., and those weapons are never blamed for the violence perpetrated.  Use a gun, and get an automatic pass on responsibility, for the gun jumped off the table, forced you to pack it to the site of the crime, twisted your arm to get into your hand, and the gun was the problem for the violence.

At least, this logic is what every defense lawyer and politician in America believes.

The media define mass shootings as at least four people being shot in the same incident, time, and location.  Really, but war is never considered a “mass shooting.”  So, there must be something else that separates gun violence and war violence.  Please note, there is not a broadly defined and accepted definition for a mass shooting.  Hence, each newspaper can calculate the statistics; differently, each politician can calculate the numbers to fit a political agenda.  Every defense lawyer has a ready-made claim for a courtroom to reduce the severity of the shooter’s actions.

But never forget, the gun is at fault when used in the act of violence against another person.

Law officers, military, and other first responders are a different category in statistics on mass shootings.  For example, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting cannot be a terrorist incident or premeditated murder; it can only be classified as “workplace violence.”  Pres. Obama set the pattern which has continued.  2016, two airmen are shot in a workplace incident at Lackland Air Force Base.  Does the craven and cowardly with their megaphones make you sick yet?  Gun violence leaves victims, but the victims cannot be “real” victims because they are in a different category if they are first responders or military.  I disagree most vociferously!

Hey, do not blame the shooter; it’s the gun’s fault!

Regarding classifications of mass shootings, family incidents do not qualify as mass shootings.  Neither do indiscriminate gun rampages where an armed person drives through a city, leaving victims in separate locations and at different times.  Domestic violence, even when perpetrated with a gun, is not a mass shooting, even if the body count and sites are sufficient under other circumstances to be considered a mass shooting.  Broaden the criteria to define a mass shooting, and the media and lawyers will through a conniption fit because they lose the ability to control the narrative.  Lose the narrative and lose public sympathy for the unfortunate minority user of a gun in committing violence.

All because a gun is different, and the gun can force the shooter to become a victim.

On another interesting aspect where gun violence is concerned, the sex/gender, age, and other demographic data select who the victims are and where the problems lay in mass shootings.  A white male will be vilified in the news for using a gun to commit a crime and cannot be a victim of the weapon being violent.  Whereas Latinos and Blacks can get a pass for being victims of guns being violent and causing mass shootings; because, as we all know, the gun is the violent perpetrator when used by minorities.

If you are WASP, do not own a gun, as this is automatically a bad thing according to the media.

Speaking of WASP (White, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant), mental illnesses have grown in conjunction with the mass shootings advertised by the media.  Several research reports have conclusively reflected a relationship between psychotropic drugs given to children and children using guns to effect violence at school.  Yet, when was the last time you saw a K-12 teacher who had a doctorate in chemistry and pharmacology before your kids were ordered to be on a mind-altering drug?

But do not blame the teachers peddling drugs to kids committing gun violence; it’s the gun’s fault!

There are many terms for another category of gun violence deserving discussion, copycat phenomenon, media contagion, and so many more.  Hence, a good defense lawyer can use media contagion to reason their client went homicidal after a gun attacked them and forced the shooter to use the tool in the act of violence.  With websites and social media, corporate media, and the politicians needing a talking point, the notoriety of a mass shooting has escalated since the Easter Sunday Massacre (1975) in Hamilton, Ohio. This is a valid excuse for shooting; I don’t think so!

The darn gun, jumping into vulnerable hands, and making killers is just too much!

Personal accountability is the pre-eminent staple in the criminal justice system.  The defense uses every trick they can play to avoid negative consequences for their client, and the prosecutor is expected to hold that person accountable.  Except, where gun violence is concerned, the prosecutor and the defender are in the same boat, blaming the gun for the violent acts committed by minorities.  But WASPs get none of the soft-shoe handlings after a mass shooting.  Think I am wrong; look at the demographic data and the sentencing of gun violence committers in New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Then we can talk about the disparity in treatment and sentencing in the criminal justice system.  Let’s ask the couple in Missouri if they feel their case was handled correctly when the media crucified them for defending their home with a gun.

America believes in one law for all!  A “Liberty FIRST Culture” understands why the “Rule of Law” remains the sounding cry of freedom and liberty.  But do not be fooled; the gun is never at fault for gun violence.  The number of bullets in a gun/magazine is not the reason people died in gun violence.  The type of round, the powder load, full/half/no metal jacket does not deserve the blame for injuries committed.  Stop playing stupid games with the law and with guns.  Violence is violence, and the offender deserves their day in court and a short drop with a sudden stop!  The media and politicians need to either understand or leave public office, for blaming guns for people caused violence is an elective mental disease at best!

© 2021 M. Dave Salisbury
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The images used herein were obtained in the public domain; this author holds no copyright to the images displayed.