Samuel Ronan Arrested: I told you so…………

When we talk about unstable people who find themselves in a situation where they may snap, remember that I will always be the first to say I told you so. And I don’t mean that in a haughty way, just as a relevant fact into all matters for which I spring forth information that people ought to listen to. It seems like an eternity ago when I suggested to the Lakota school board that we arm teachers in the classroom after the school shooting in Florida, when the congressional candidate Samuel Ronan from Springboro crashed the meeting and gave a disturbing speech in favor of the progressive political positions. After the meeting I warned that it was just such a person as Ronan who might attack a school or cause a public disturbance. Well, as an update, after losing the congressional primary to Steve Chabot the 28-year-old kid was arrested over the weekend, and like he did during the Lakota school board meeting which you can review at the following link, (CLICK HERE) Ronan recorded the whole thing. The video is a fascinating view of the world as understood by a typical progressive minded liberal. Like I said of Ronan before, this is a kid who ran for the top job of the Democratic Party on CNN, he’s no small-time mouthpiece. But here he is fresh off a loss after switching parties in an attempt to gain some ground into congress from a different direction behaving in a way that could have easily have escalated out of control.

There is a big difference between being a valued member of something, anything–and just being a pain in the ass. The section of video that I saw of Ronan’s arrest, I would tend to side with him on. I’m not a big fan of a “police state” where some fat slob might think that he can take over my life and cause me to surrender my existence to their doughnut eating diatribes. I actually wrote a novel about my hatred of just this very kind of arrest and taken at face value, my engagement with the officers in a situation like this wouldn’t be much different. But guess what, I’ve been in far worse situations under far worse conditions, and I’ve never been manhandled by a cop in any way over my long life at this point. So for Ronan to find himself in that type of situation there is always more to the story. Knowing that kid, he likely baited the police to act in such a way so that he could advance some progressive political issue. Like I said of Ronan at the Lakota school board meeting, I think he’s a smart kid, and an articulate person who is quite talented, but he’s also the type of person who would act on some diabolical plan and is more of a potential menace to society than the typical dissident of justice.

My warnings about people like Ronan were that if there was a person of such a mind who might think to attack a public school, because they certainly didn’t think twice about bending the rules to speak at a public meeting intended for community residences—and had the kind of charisma and lack of respect for the law that was displayed—it doesn’t take much to become a terrorist. Most people who have been fighting for the ISIS movement or ANTIFA here in the United States are people just like Ronan, radicals looking to make their mark in the world and that is often more important to them than living peacefully in society at large. Ronan is a hungry young kid looking to make his political mark in the world, and his aggression isn’t much different from the kid who was picked on too much in school who happens to pick up a gun and shoot up classrooms. The mind of a terrorist is just slightly different from that of the freedom fighter only that the terrorist uses fear to advance their cause.

Samuel Ronan clearly was attempting to use fear when he spoke at the Lakota school board meeting back in February of 2018 concerning the arming of teachers. Of course, he was of the progressive mind which was consistent with at least three of Lakota’s school board members and the teacher’s union, so he was allowed to go over his time limit and was not harassed otherwise by the officials maintaining order at the meeting that night. By the time some of us started to suspect foul play by the kid, Ronan did at that time leave the meeting. Given his behavior at Lakota it was no surprise to me to learn that Samuel Ronan had been arrested for some unspecified reason. Watching the video he took of his own arrest, it was quite clear that this won’t be the last we hear from the young man. He’s out to make a name for himself using tactics designed to evoke fear in people, and that makes him particularly dangerous.

Police are overbearing, and they can be rather stupid following orders without question and enjoying the use of excessive force whenever they get an excuse to use it. But as I’ve said, I’ve been in far worse situations than Ronan was and I’ve never been arrested for anything, even when guns and death were part of the story. When you are the good guy, police tend to detect a thug from a hero pretty fast, and it didn’t take them long to lose patience with Samuel Ronan. The young activist was obviously trying to push their buttons for his greater cause of trying to be a progressive version of Alex Jones, the radio personality and he needed this arrest to launch him on his next big political thing. But that is precisely why people like him are dangerous. So long as there are such people roaming freely around in the world, we always need guns to protect ourselves, because they are the type of people who would consider attacking a school to make a point which might make perfect sense in their own heads. The rest of the world might think they are crazy, but that doesn’t matter to people like Ronan.

Luckily in this case Ronan’s quest for attention was limited to a self-sacrificing arrest where he’s baiting the police to make a political point. But a similar personality type might go further and use those same bold tactics to attack a school full of children—especially if they are thinking of committing suicide anyway. For such people who have the kinds of talents that Samuel Ronan has, but does not have that extra gear that many of us possess which allows for the tolerance of opposing viewpoints without major acts of violence, it is they who are the ones that we all must watch out for. Locked doors and extra security guards do not protect well enough against these types of people, only the personal protection of a firearm can. An armed teacher is the best way to keep kids safe because there always have been people like Samuel Ronan in the world. I knew he was trouble when I first heard him speak at the Lakota school board meeting, and I said as much then. After watching the video of his arrest just a few months later, people should consider themselves warned. When I say something, people should listen carefully and take action appropriately because if I care enough about something to say it, I am almost always right. And I was certainly right about the behavioral characteristics of Samuel Ronan.

Rich Hoffman

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Samuel Ronan the Progressive Extremist: What we learned at Lakota by the CNN star about why teachers should be armed

I didn’t know who Samuel Ronan was when he stepped up to the microphone at the very contentious Lakota school board meeting on February 27th 2017. My first impression of him was that he was just another overly emotional kid speaking against arming teachers in our public schools. The typical thing in these types of exchanges is to be respectful of the audience, even if they don’t agree with you, because it is the battle of ideas which sifts out the truth of a matter. When I spoke nobody heckled me or made comments from the audience, so I provided the same sentiment and that’s how it should be. However, there was something very fishy about the young man who quickly provided an address that didn’t seem to match anything within the Lakota district and instead of addressing the school board, the kid turned and addressed the crowd. We all sat stunned that he had crashed an otherwise civil meeting on a contentious topic. He had to be stopped because he went over the three-minute speaking limit. After Ronan spoke, the kid disappeared quickly before I had a chance to talk to him, which was fully my intention. I went out into the hall to see if he was anywhere about. He had left as quickly as he came. So I did a little checking to see who he was and what I discovered was rather revealing.

https://www.ronanforcongress.com/

My desire to confront the kid stemmed from a couple of things he said during his speech, namely what I took as a challenge when he said that he was trained on the AR-15 platform and he doubted that any teacher would want to face him during a rampage. Those aren’t his exact words, but that’s what he was essentially saying. I’d have to watch the tape of the meeting to get the exact dialogue which actually may have been more suggestive. Of course my answer to him is “hell yeah” I’d be willing to engage an active shooter—especially if it was a kid like him—disrespectful, aggressive, showing a disregard for the rules of conduct of the established practice of a forum—those are all alarm signs that such a person is up to no good. Now, you wouldn’t shoot someone like that without provocation, but if a person will bust in on a school board meeting and not reveal what their true intentions were, taking it for granted that everyone around him would be too nice to confront him, then he made the precise argument as to why we should arm teachers. That’s what I was going to tell him until I realized after he had left that the kid was actually a progressive Democrat from Springboro, not even from Lakota, and that he had switched parties to run against Steve Chabot in the upcoming 1st Congressional District race. Even more, this wasn’t just any progressive Democrat upset about the national trend toward gun rights—especially arming teachers in schools from domestic terrorist threats—this guy ran for the Democratic National Committee Chairman seat. Not your typical anti-gun protestor.

I typically have a soft spot for young people, especially charismatic young people who involve themselves in the events of the world—but there was something creepy about Ronan that came across as startling. He wasn’t a listed speaker for the evening, he simply took the opportunity during the public comments portion, after the scheduled speakers had concluded, myself being one of them, and proceeded on with an uncomfortable rant that was misplaced for the event.  He wasn’t even speaking to the crowd, the board, or even a single individual–he was only interested in the cameras.  What was odd was that he gave his camera to a Muslim woman sitting in the middle of the crowd to record his video, then when he took the podium he addressed the crowd directly instead of the board and during his speech he edged as I said on confrontational language talking about his military background and how he knew how to use such dangerous weapons giving him an advantage over average teachers. It was an odd mix of euphemisms that had what to me contained ominous undertones. As he was talking I just took it as the talk of an overly anxious and political kid looking to be the next Dave Hog, maybe to get on the many television cameras that were present. Then for some apparent reason he included discrimination against Muslims which had no place in the discussion—only that he injected it out of nowhere. It wasn’t even relevant to the topic. Those of us present were mystified by his behavior which left us scratching our heads as he left.

It was only after that I did some investigation into the kid and discovered that he was quite a national activist, and that his presence there at Lakota showed to what extent the school district in my neighborhood was going to play in national politics yet again. Being one of the largest schools in the state of Ohio in a state that Donald Trump won by 11 points, which went his way even with the establishment Republicans at the time led by John Kasich working against him, the district of Lakota is conservative even for conservative standards. It would be Lakota where the issue of guns in schools would live or die, and this progressive activist put his sights on Lakota to leave his national mark. My instinct said to engage the kid, which I tried to do after the meeting and find out what his story was. And as it usually is, my instincts were correct—this was a kid up to no good.  Yet he hadn’t done anything overtly bad enough to mandate a confrontation.  We all just politely let him ramble on hoping he would come to reason on his own, which of course he didn’t.

He misled people about who he was to speak that night at Lakota. He stepped into the heart of Lakota management and trusted that we’d all be too nice to really engage him, and he was right. Even I was so respectful of his right to speak that we let him go on for over 3 minutes breaking all the rules that such public speaking at Lakota required. But even more than that he was misleading people on his printed campaign literature, listing himself as a Republican of the 1st District which includes the equally conservative Warren County, Ohio. He knows he stands no chance of winning a congressional seat unless he runs as a Republican in his town of Springboro. Yet just last year he ran for the DNC Chairman seat—the head of the whole enchilada and was on many debates on CNN. He was bold, and audacious—and very experienced at an early age in the art of radicalism. If you took away just a few layers of sanity from such a person, he might be the next school shooter—a person who pretends to be an innocent visitor to a school to get past the first layer of security, then when everyone was content that he was a safe person, that would be when the guns come out and a rampage would begin. If he was bold enough to crash a board meeting that has pretty strict rules of conduct and behave like he did, a similar person would work their way through official security protocols to unleash their ill intentions. That’s why we need that extra layer of security—a teacher comfortable with firearms discreetly hidden from view could engage such a radical saving so many precious seconds which likely would mean the difference between life and death.

That’s not to say Samuel Ronan is a terrorist—I think he’s a very progressive radical looking to make a name for himself. But if you consider his behavior and the way he exploited goodness, and the trust of good people there in the room with him at Lakota—a seriously deranged person would use the same tactics to get to kids in a school to satisfy whatever instability might inspire them into such a dire action. And instead of making the case for why teachers shouldn’t carry guns in the school, Ronan showed us why they should. When people can’t function on the basic elements of trust, our protocols rooted in honesty make us all vulnerable to villains who don’t observe such rules of conduct, and that is the way of our modern world, like it or not. People like Ronan who don’t tell you honestly who they are and pretend to be something when they are really something else are obviously up to no good—otherwise there would be no reason to mislead people.

The reason we are required to give our name and address as speakers before the board is to protect the process of debate for just this kind of outside intrusion of politics, and Ronan was no small-time flunky from Springboro. He was a regular on CNN who had no intention to address the school board of Lakota—he went there to record himself on a stump speech trying to cause trouble. And he came and went largely without confrontation. The point of the matter is that good people trusting that everyone attending that night had good intentions either for or against the debate in question and were operating with a basic level of respect. What Ronan taught us at Lakota is that–it is that very trust a school shooter would exploit to make a menace of our children contained within our buildings. And by the time we figured out who they were, it would be too late. That’s how 17 people died in Parkland, Florida and many other places, because there wasn’t someone there on point to stop a hostile agent of terror—even as they stand sometimes right in front of us with an offering of peace and civility, when they really intend carnage.

Rich Hoffman

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