House adopts plan for ‘volunteer’ corps

Also requires new evaluation of ‘mandatory’ service for all

Posted: March 19, 2009
4:58 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new “volunteer corps” and consider whether “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” should be developed.

The legislation also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training” future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”

The vote yesterday came on H.R. 1388, which reauthorizes through 2014 the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, acts that originally, among other programs, funded the AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps.

It not only reauthorizes the programs, but also includes “new programs and studies” and is expected to be funded with an allocation of $6 billion over the next five years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Many, however, are raising concerns that the program, which is intended to include 250,000 “volunteers,” is the beginning of what President Obama called his “National Civilian Security Force” in a a speech last year in which he urged creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military. He has declined since then to elaborate.

Alabama Tragedy: White House to Make the Most of this Crisis Too?

You can’t help but think that Obama and his ilk will seek to capitalize on the shooting in Alabama.

Rhetoric will include: “we need to close the gunshow loophole” and “we need to reinstate the 94′ Assault Weapons ban”.  Despite the fact the ban had no statistical effect on the prevention of crime(FBI statistics show), this will not preclude the ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to this terrible tragedy.

Adding to the rhetoric, I’m sure, will be a statement  stating how “we are world citizens who need to come together on banning assault weapons”.  This call would be coupled, I’m sure, with the tragedy in Germany from this morning.  “Guns are the problem” will be the phrase to make the most of this unfortunate event as well.

Even Fox News unknowingly used hyperbole in their article about this past Sunday’s church shooter and how he had an ‘arsenal’ in his bedroom.  It consisted of two shotguns and a rifle and 550 rounds of .22 ammunition.  Anyone knows that this is what many homes have in them in rural areas; some homes might be considered armories using this innane rubric.

To be sure, we need to focus on what the problem is.   People sometimes lose their minds and do terrible things.  Thankfully, it doesn’t happen all the time and statistically, it is rare(see John Lott’s The Bias Against Guns).

It is the insane individual that is the problem, not the majority of gun owners in the United States or anywhere else.  Until we reach sobriety in our collective thinking, we will continue evade the real problem and blame everything but the individual doing the deed.

Here’s the Fox News link to the Alabama shooting:,2933,508507,00.html

Church Shooting:,2933,508627,00.html