Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This. Thank you for the opportunity to help Brigid.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Worthy of note is the blurb within the link that talks about suicides by firearm now account for 60% of firearm-induced deaths. Folks, mental health issues are serious business. Anyone who is serious about hitting the off switch, will do so with the most effective tool at hand. If a firearm isn't available, another path to the end will be chosen. Also note that the statistic is 60% of firearm-induced deaths are suicides... not that 60% of suicides are performed with firearms.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Irons in the Fire: Every miserable bastard involved in this
Monday, April 22, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
That is the letter that I finally composed and sent to my representative and senators. I received a canned response from my representative in less than an hour. Had they taken the time to read it and had they options in the canned letter department, I doubt they would have sent the we support restrictions letter that I received.
Recent events have transpired which have been tragic, some say atrocious... myself included. These atrocities have been committed by a limited number of individuals who appear, in hindsight, to not have the same moral compass as the larger population. In other words, life is precious to most of us. Life is not to be taken or abused lightly.
While the more notorious crimes being covered in the mainstream involve firearms, there remain occurrences that do not. The folks pushed off the subway platform leap readily to mind. So, in this rush to do something, please remember that it is the person who is responsible for the act, not the implement the person used.
Further restrictions on citizen firearms ownership does not address any of the root cause(s) of the atrocities that we have, as a nation, faced in recent months. Removing or restricting private ownership of arms does not necessarily prevent much of anything except disarming those who would follow our laws anyway.
Mental health screening addresses one aspect, but is problematic in its implementation. Add that to the simple fact that admitting mental health issues is one of the fastest ways to be ostracized by the community and your peers and you have a solution that isn’t an effective solution.
Raging against modern entertainment is even less useful. If a person is unable to disconnect entertainment (video games, television, movies, music, etc.) from everyday life, making those things more taboo will only increase their mystique. The same can be said for firearms… the more we hide and demonize them, the more the mystique will grow. But, it will grow in the absence of knowledge and create its own dangers.
I have yet to read or hear any constructive method for preventing these atrocities. There is no way for us to know what is in the mind of man. There is no way to prevent bad things from happening. There is no effective solution to that which haunts our society. We cannot legislate evil out of the world.
The only thing we can do is to console our neighbors in their time of pain, offer our assistance to our neighbors when they are in need and prepare ourselves to respond when the mind of man reveals that it is intent on evil.
When new restrictions are brought before you or if you believe you have a solution that will remove evil from the world, please think about what has been said here before you act and see if there is any truth that will help you act appropriately.
And, if I may ask the kindness of a response, please share with me your thoughts on this topic.
With Warm Regards,
Friday, December 21, 2012
An armed presence at the school ... great idea. All the more to get people used to armed persons wandering about in officious capacity. Although, as a short term solution, I could be all about it. Problem is that it won't be short term.
Bah. Take your Nerf version of the world and stuff it.
I have very likely renewed my NRA membership for the last time.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The lazy and opportunistic will do all they can to further their agendas while the raw emotion still simmers. Lazy because they will blame a tool for the psychotic's misuse and opportunistic because their agenda cannot progress in the absence of an atrocity.
The firearm is no more to blame for these deeds than the lack of proper mental care, vio lent video games, the rock and roll or the devil made me do it...
What is to blame is a lackadaisical attitude toward firearms, toward life itself in fact, and the simple lack of morals. Firearms are not toys. Life is not yours for the whimsical taking. And morals need be no more complicated than do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
It is training and education. It is holding people accountable. It is having constructive punishment for willful acts contrary to being a decent human being.
It is not further restrictions on the citizenry.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
But, those who wish to paint me with a broad stroke of a pen and steadily ignore the root of the problem do not need me in their audience.
Incidentally, the problem is not "Gun Culture". The problem, among many things, is broken families, the value placed on illicit mind and mood-altering substances and, to some extent, modern culture as it is. Bah... you kids... off my lawn.
The root of so many problems though is the illicit drug trade. Until our elected betters understand that its the money that can be made from this illegal trade is vastly more than just about anything else you can do to earn a living, we will continue to fail to have any meaningful impact on this "problem". By declaring war on drugs, all we have done is prop up the price structure... essentially we are subsidizing the drug trade.
Good jobs don't fix this mindset. Gun control doesn't fix this problem. Government subsidies don't fix this problem.
Common sense drug laws fix this problem. Legalize them, regulate them and tax them lightly so that we don't perpetuate the black market...
Monday, December 3, 2012
I watch a fair bit of football, particularly collegiate. I tend to read the sports blurbs on MSN, especially Jason Whitlock's. This because he frequently has something to say that makes me stop and think a little bit. Is he something of a tool? Possibly.
His viewpoint about how the availability of a firearm is why two bodies have prematurely attained ambient temperature is ... in a word... premature. Blaming the object for the deed is, in another word... asinine.
Perhaps these two wouldn't be dead right now without a gun, but I would be willing to bet at least one of them would be just as dead if the only weapon in the room was a pair of fists.
So, result of disarmament... maybe... maybe one less fatality. Considering that the one (in this case, likely the aggressor) whose body temperature still exceeds ambient is going to have to explain themselves, and more importantly, live with themselves. This is a win how?
Anyone who is so disconnected with reality as to think that a gun is how you settle a dispute, is... succinctly put... disconnected with reality. This, of course, presumes that the dispute is not already elevated to deadly force for you.
While the opinions may run the gamut about the "tool-worthiness" of Mr. Whitlock, Costas has, near as I can remember, always come off as a sanctimonious ass for whom the word "tool" isn't near strong enough.
Bravo, Jen Engel, for saying pretty much exactly what crossed my mind when I first read Jason Whitlock's words a day or two ago... albeit much more kindly than I could have mustered at the time.
Edited to add...
Now that I have turned on the television I see that Michael Wilbon is cheering on Mr. Costas... people blaming tools rather than people for the misdeeds of the world... no big surprise here.