My Kind Of Generation…

I gotta admit that I was a hippie¬†during the 1960s. Maybe not to the degree that¬†I wanted but still a hippie. I had¬†to work a full-time job, had college classes and the studying that¬†goes with it, so that¬†didn’t¬†allow much¬†time¬†for anything¬†else. But at least I was a hippie¬†at¬†heart. It’s good to hear that the students¬†in¬†the¬†most¬†recent school shooting are¬†becoming avid activists for gun control and the rest … Continue reading My Kind Of Generation…

The Soul of America?

Red America sure is a strange place to me. They wave the flag with such vigor and then go about trying to prevent those who might vote differently than them from having their say. In the 60s it was primarily African Americans who had their attention, now they have expanded way beyond that group. Red America makes no sense to me. Every gun tragedy that … Continue reading The Soul of America?

I Might Be More British Than American…

When I came across this post in Instagram from my friends at BBC America I had a flashing thought that I may be more British than American.  I’m pretty sure my distant ancestors came from the Great British Empire a few hundred years ago so maybe it is in my blood.   I love looking at things from a philosophical angle and I devour almost everything … Continue reading I Might Be More British Than American…

Guns and the Great USA…

I know guns are an emotional topic for many in this country. It is kind of like the immigration issue. Many of us have compassion for those who struggle to come to the “land of opportunity” but others¬†see those coming, both legally and illegally, as someone to fear. ¬†They fear they are rapists and murderers or at least taking away their jobs. Some see threats, … Continue reading Guns and the Great USA…

Guns need food. Starve them.

Ammunition degrades because the gunpower inside of it does not last forever in the compressed state that it lives…. For most people, the decline in accuracy is mitigated somewhat by the fact that they never use their firearms for self-defense purposes. But it really can be a problem in the long-run. And that’s why ammo manufacturers are even more profitable than gun manufacturers. Because ammunition … Continue reading Guns need food. Starve them.

Stuff Happens….

Mr. Obama ordered flags at the White House on Friday to half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting. ‚ÄúWhen Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer,‚ÄĚ he said on Thursday night as early reports of the dead and injured in Oregon reached the White House. ‚ÄúWhen Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads … Continue reading Stuff Happens….

Even In Small Town America…

Pope Francis recently spoke out about “unbridled capitalism”. A good example of that is the unregulated sales of guns in this country. Even my small town of 2,000 now has a gun shop where anyone¬†can buy just about any weapon they¬†choose. ¬†Capitalism is the best economic system in the world but when it is unfettered from any moral requirements it is perhaps among the worst… Continue reading Even In Small Town America…

Putting a Face On It….

It is heartwarming to see that the tragic picture above has spurred¬†so many of the European nations into further action. Many, especially Germany, have opened their borders to thousands fleeing war and famine in Syria and neighboring¬†places. One image seems to have ignited a fire of response. Thank the Lord. As I have learned “Putting a face on a problem” is the first step in … Continue reading Putting a Face On It….

Despite the Loud Minority…

Despite a loud minority, most of the U.S. has moved on. Last year, seven states accounted for 80 percent of all executions. And it is even more evident when you look at counties.¬†More than¬†half of death penalty convictions¬†originate in 2 percent of the counties in the U.S. More and more Christians are troubled that 85 percent of executions take place in the Bible Belt. A … Continue reading Despite the Loud Minority…

Beam Me Up Scottie….

Ferguson has been dominating the news lately. Especially¬†after¬†the grand jury decisions. This post is not going to be about that except to say that needlessly taking another life is as tragic as all those lives lost previous to that young man. I thoroughly support a police officers right to defend himself and that is what the grand jury decided. ¬†The way to defend himself is … Continue reading Beam Me Up Scottie….

It Seems Obvious To Me…..

‚ÄúAs a result of [Supreme Court] rulings, the Second Amendment, which was adopted to protect the states from federal interference with their power to ensure that their militias were ‚Äėwell regulated,‚Äô has given federal judges the ultimate power to determine the validity of state regulations of both civilian and militia-related uses of arms. That anomalous result can be avoided by adding five words to the … Continue reading It Seems Obvious To Me…..

Gun Silencers Are Suddenly Selling Like Hot Cakes…

The silencer buying frenzy is the second wave of gun-related purchases in the last two years. After the Newtown massacre, gun owners feared that a weapons ban would be enacted and rushed to buy assault rifles. Now that last year‚Äôs push for universal background checks has failed, gun owners have a lot of guns on their hands, and are outfitting them with gadgets including silencers, … Continue reading Gun Silencers Are Suddenly Selling Like Hot Cakes…

Bringing America Back to Life….

….I‚Äôm also not so sure that, as my friend said, it (gun violence) is the way the ‚Äúworld‚ÄĚ is. The more I travel the world I am convinced it‚Äôs not the way the world is‚Ķ it‚Äôs the way the USA is. I‚Äôve seen a lot of the world, with travels taking me to about a dozen countries a year and this is what I‚Äôve seen: … Continue reading Bringing America Back to Life….

Just Another Obsession???

ob‚čÖses‚čÖsion /…ôbse É…ôn/ ¬†— ¬†noun an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone syn: fixation Storyline: The gun was small and light, the training wheels of firearms. The .22-caliber, single-shot Crickett rifle turned deadly on Tuesday, officials in Kentucky said, when a 5-year-old Cumberland County boy shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in what the coroner described to a local paper as ‚Äújust one of … Continue reading Just Another Obsession???

Party Rifts Complicate Chances for Gun Bill Passage – NYTimes.com

  In spite of a vote last Thursday in favor of debating new gun measures, some Democrats who are facing re-election next year in conservative states have already said they will not vote for the background check measure offered by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, forcing Democrats to look desperately across the aisle to fill … Continue reading Party Rifts Complicate Chances for Gun Bill Passage – NYTimes.com

Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down…

  Source:¬†Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down, Survey Shows – NYTimes.com. The household gun ownership rate has fallen from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s and 35 percent in the 2000s, according to the survey data, analyzed by The New York Times. In 2012, the share of American households with guns was … Continue reading Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down…

Statistics Averse……

Source:¬†To Lower Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns – NYTimes.com. The national map of suicide lights up in states with the highest gun ownership rates. Wyoming, Montana and Alaska, the states with the three highest suicide rates, are also the top gun-owning states, according to the Harvard center. The state-level data are too broad to tell whether the deaths were in homes with guns, … Continue reading Statistics Averse……

NRA Solution to Gun Violence — More Guns

Source: ¬†NRA press conference: Put armed guards in schools (+video) – CSMonitor.com. Mr. LaPierre offered the NRA‚Äôs assistance in putting together safety programs in schools that include arming security personnel. Very ¬†the long-awaited response from the NRA relative to the Newton Conn. massacre is more guns. ¬† With the American flag on one side and the NRA flag on the other the NRA’s executive vice … Continue reading NRA Solution to Gun Violence — More Guns