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 of the kids in the nation are now joining them. Before¬†long¬†you¬†might¬†even be seeing¬†campus demonstrations. Who knows. I see¬†the kids in Great Britain¬†are getting into it to support them. I have heard talk that one of … 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 happens in our country causes Red America to pass more laws to make it easier to get guns. If you don’t believe that read this quote. the five years since the shootings at Sandy Hook … Continue reading The Soul of America?

Disappointment …

This is going to be one of those personal posts for me as it delves into my inner being but it needs to come out. ¬†I think it is natural that when a person starts to realize¬†his mortality that he tries to summarize his life and the world around him. For some it is about¬†legacy, some just tr I have been doing that a lot the last few months. It is not that I ¬†think I will die anytime soon but of course I¬†have much more life behind me than ahead. I have been searching for that one word to … Continue reading Disappointment …

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 on BBC America. We just seem to think the same way. With two hundred and fifty years of history to look back on I kind of think we may have messed up by going our … 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, some see love. I guess that is American diversity for you. The sad fact is that there are now more guns in this country than there are people. I hear the latest episode of the … 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 is gun food, if we can starve the guns a bit, or change the way ammunition sales are regulated and controlled, perhaps we can change the way guns are used. SOURCE: Guns need food. Starve … Continue reading Guns need food. Starve them.

Which Came First??

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg??” has been the question of the day for as long as I remember. But I have a different version now. Which came first a ranting populace or radical right radio?? Lets look at that question some in this post. I know that Rush Limbaugh has been around a long time now.¬† He has made millions of bucks ranting about almost everything. I also know that there is a faction within our population who simply adore him and listen to him constantly. He is without a doubt their hero.¬† He has been so … Continue reading Which Came First??

Good Guys With Guns???

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” LaPierre and gun-rights advocates point to research that supports this argument, chiefly a 1994 study by Gary Kleck, a Florida State University criminologist. Based on a telephone survey of about 6,000 people, Kleck concluded that guns are used defensively to stop a range of crimes, from simple assault to burglary to rape, up to 2.5 million times a year. But other academics and statisticians have criticized Kleck’s conclusions, saying he relied on firearms owners’ self-reporting their defensive gun use ‚ÄĒ problematic … Continue reading Good Guys With Guns???

When Is ENOUGH, ENOUGH

The epidemic of gun violence in America has become the new normal. We can’t just blame it on the brokenness of the world, pray for peace, and move on, worried that anything more will be seen as politicizing tragedy. What is tragic is that those who have the ability to DO something about this crisis refuse to offer more than simplistic sentiments on Twitter before getting caught in a circular argument about our rights as Americans…. Tell your elected officials that while the NRA may give them a positive rating ‚ÄĒ and bankroll their campaigns ‚ÄĒ they’re failing the American … Continue reading When Is ENOUGH, ENOUGH

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 are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives.‚ÄĚ Source: Obama Rebukes Bush on ‚ÄėStuff Happens‚Äô Reaction to Oregon Shootings – The New York Times … 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 spurring action to solve it. I have long been an advocate for the homeless and financially challenged but until I spent 11 years volunteering in a local soup kitchen/ homeless shelter it was not brought … 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 2014 poll showed that millennial Christians are overwhelmingly against the death penalty, and only 5 percent of Americans think Jesus would favor it….. It feels like we have death-fatigue. Perhaps it is no surprise that … Continue reading Despite the Loud Minority…

All The Bad Guys…

Great Britain has a population of 60 million citizens so they are only about one-fifth the size of the U.S. but I am willing to bet everything that the our cops fired their weapons more than 15 times last year. I’ll bet it is more than fifteen times in the last ten minutes. Our obsession with guns costs us dearly in human lives. I’m sure the NRA and other such folks will say that is because we have so many more bad guys than the Brits but we all really know it is because of the prevalence of weapons. ¬†There … Continue reading All The Bad Guys…

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 the matter of this post. The point is that there should be a logical alternative to using lethal force against someone who you feel threatened by. That is especially true for¬†our police officers who keep … 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 text of the Second Amendment to make it unambiguously conform to the original intent of the draftsmen. As so amended, it would read: ‚ÄėA well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free … 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, flashlights, laser scopes, stocks, pistol grips and rail systems. via Gun Silencers Are Suddenly Selling Like Hot Cakes | TIME.com. Now you can kill your neighbor without anyone hearing you. We can’t seem to get … 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: In one year, guns murdered: 27 in Australia, 59 in England and Wales, 60 in Spain, 190 in Canada‚Ķ and 10,177 in the US. Recently I was in a kid‚Äôs room looking at all the … 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 those crazy accidents.‚ÄĚ Source:¬†Guns made for kids: How young is too young to shoot? – U.S. News. The above definition of obsession is a pretty simple yet accurate one. Are guns an unhealthy and compulsive … 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 the gaps. Republicans, in the meantime, are bitterly torn between moderates who feel pressure to respond to polls showing a majority of Americans in support of some new gun regulations and conservatives who are deeply … 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 34 percent, according to survey results released on Thursday. Researchers said the difference compared with 2010, when the rate was 32 percent, was not statistically significant. The findings contrast with the impression left by a … Continue reading Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down…

Only Seven Murders….

  Source:¬†No guns at home, so Japanese shoot ’em up in Guam – Itineraries on NBCNews.com. Because guns are so hard to find, gun-related crime is extremely rare. They were used in only seven murders in Japan ‚ÄĒ a nation of about 130 million people ‚ÄĒ in 2011, the most recent year for official statistics. In the U.S., with 315 million people, there are more than 11,000 gun-related killings annually. ¬†The Japanese are proud of their low crime rate and generally support tough gun-control policies. Given the propensity to violence in this country I can’t even imagine a country of … Continue reading Only Seven Murders….

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, but a series of individual-level studies since the early 1990s found a direct link. Most researchers say the weight of evidence from multiple studies is that guns in the home increase the risk of suicide. … 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 president, Wayne LaPierre also said that it was the media’s fault that guns are so misunderstood in the country today. I was really hoping that this would be a crack in the armor and that … Continue reading NRA Solution to Gun Violence — More Guns

And The Ranting Goes On….

Source:¬†NYT: NRA gathers amid storm over gun laws – US news – The New York Times – msnbc.com. Simply put gang, when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. You will NEVER take mine. I am NOT the enemy. I stand WITH the police and have NEVER discharged my weapons. BUT if someone comes to harm me, wife or my doggie, that is a different story. The second amendment exists for a very specific reason. The Obammy admin is not only trying to destroy the second amendment but the US Constitution in total. He is a dangerous Marxist. Read … Continue reading And The Ranting Goes On….

Way Off The Top…

Here is an anonymous quote I ran across a little while ago. If you give a man a fire, he will be warm for the night. If you set a man on fire, he will be warm the rest of his life Very off-the-wall but humorous in a macabre sort of way. And here is another one that is even more insane Guns Save Lives.. Now I need to put my brain back in my head and go on about the rest of the day. Have a good one…. Continue reading Way Off The Top…