One Long Rant

"Responsibility MUST Prevail!"

This is just one long rant and I pray that you'll read it. Some, outside the USA aren't affected right now – but, may be in the future.

Others, in the USA, will certainly disagree with some (or even all) of it. But, I'm begging you to step back, read it to the end and try see a different perspective. Then, decide.

I really try to understand people and situations. I need some kind of order in the world so I have to try. But, just about the time I think I'm getting close to understanding something, some idiot(s) does something stupid!

I was raised with guns, and know most men have some innate need to hunt (and kill). No one thought anything of it when I was growing up; we had rules, and guns were locked up when not in use! No pre-schooler was going to shoot or be shot.

I hunted with my brothers and dad. However, I refused to kill. I did target shoot, though, and I loved it. I was pretty sure I could have been Annie Oakley in a former life! Then, in later life, my dad stopped hunting with a gun and started using a camera.

There was a time when folks could have guns to hunt, or for sport, i.e., target or skeet shooting - or for home protection - and handle them responsibly. Maybe it is a right, although it does not say that in the 2nd Amendment. And, no one saw any need for assault weapons!

Unfortunately, that right has been abused and abused badly. So, it seems to me that responsible gun owners should be helping to set the situation right. In order for gun owners to keep their "rights," it's obvious it will take some rules to keep guns out of the hands of those who are not responsible!

And the argument of, "If they want them, they can always get them," just isn't strong enough. There is always something that falls through the cracks once in a while with any rule. We live with that.

But, toddlers won't be shooting, or being shot, accidentally. Madmen would be refused easy access, and wouldn't be mowing down dozens of people at a time. I could go on and on here, but you get the picture. It would eliminate a whole lot of the madness.

Every life counts!

But, what do we have instead of everyone working together to make things safe? Too many gun owners have turned into mindless, rabid Neanderthals!

Now ... the idiots came out in Houston a couple of weeks ago for the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting and a showing of all the new weapons. Just days after a five-year-old killed his two-year-old sister with a gun made for children, they were pushing firearms, including on-premises sales of weapons marketed ONLY for kids!

And, as if that weren't enough, they started saying stupid sh*t! For instance:

Wayne LaPierre - Executive Vice President of NRA:

"No matter what it takes, we will never give up or compromise our constitutional freedom, not one single inch!"

I assume he means 'No matter how many people have to die ...' Has this jughead ever READ the 2nd Amendment?


"They use tragedy to try to blame us, to shame us into compromising our freedom for their political agenda."

There's so much wrong with that sentence, I don't even know where to start!

1 - If a massacre of children happens, is that just collateral damage to their "freedom" to kill?

2 - "Political agenda?" Is he freakin' kidding me? THEY are talking about gun control being “political?”

They had Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck (fer cryin' out loud) on the podium of that convention. But, of course, we all know those three aren't political!

I've said enough about the nutso governor of Texas in the past, so I'll let that go for now. But, we have Sarah Palin, with one of her favorite “sports” being shooting wolves from a helicopter (Yeah, real sportsmanlike) and Glenn Beck, who (IMHO) is certifiable, and, in truth, never shot a gun in his life until this past March.

He's just a crazy-ass rabble rouser who should be at the top of a list for never being allowed to have a gun in his hands.

And, why the hell is the killing of people, which is all anyone is trying get under control, anyway – political?

I would bet about 95% of those supporting their “rights” to have guns have never READ the 2nd Amendment! It's one lousy sentence and I fail to see how anyone can interpret it as anything other than exactly what it states. It reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Nowhere does it say it's okay for college kids to go to class packin', (Yeah, Texas – are you surprised?), nowhere does it say every head case should have access to guns, nowhere does it say we have any right to kill others just because we're angry.

Militia, folks, MILITIA is the subject of that sentence. Arms may be kept and used for – State Militias! And, I don't give a damn where the commas are (there seem to be two different versions as to placement of commas)! Commas be damned. Read the WORDS!

And what kind of “arms” do you think our forefathers were referring to - assault weapons? Hell, back then, they couldn't even have imagined the kinds of guns we have, today! They were thinking about what they used then - muskets, pistols and sabres! They could kill one person at a time! Unless, of course you plan to push a cannon through town with a six pound cannon ball.

And, then we have the new President of the NRA, Jim Porter – a real light bulb in the darkness. He's practically hawking a revolution in this country. He states we should be:

“... training every U.S. citizen in the use of standard military firearms, to allow them to defend themselves against tyranny.”

Okay, he's a lawyer so, at least, he understands what the damn thing says! So, he can hide his true motives by standing beside the legaleeze, but ...

Then, he calls the U.S. Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression.” Oh, my gawd!

What century is this jack-ass living in? Military firearms are going to allow folks to take over our government?

In a pig's hairy wazoo!

Does this knuckle dragger think drones are male honey bees? Those UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) will pick those clowns off as they're headed over to the NASCAR stadium!

Military firearms, indeed!

Then, we have the brain-dead radio host, Adam Kokesh, who REALLY wants to start rebellion in this country. He's planning to march 10,000 people, openly carrying loaded weapons, from Virginia to Washington, D.C. On July 4th of this year.

Here's part of his announcement:

"We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free."

He has also tweeted:

“When the government comes to take your guns, you can shoot government agents, or submit to slavery.”

Whoa, Dammit, WHOA!

Too many people have their adrenalin pumping at top speed over things that have, in fact, already been VOTED DOWN – or never mentioned in the first place! Nobody has tried to take the damn guns, but it looks to me like Kokesh is going to try to force that very situation.

No one would like to see those bastards in Congress outta there more than I would. But, this is NOT the way to do it! In fact, we have many good reasons to march on Washington, but you don't go in there waving loaded guns!

In fact, I doubt it's Congress they're after. Okay - people are too embarrassed to say it (as they should be), so I'LL say it...

They're after our President. If we were all 100% honest, we'd admit we are STILL a backward, over-all racist society in this country. We have a president who is half black and half white. All we see is black, and too many are offended by that. Pretty damn sad after 150 years!

So, no matter which side you're on, please take a few minutes and let the pictures of civil war run through your head. You know it still happens. You've seen it with your own eyes - most recently in Syria. The pictures are everywhere. Look at them! LOOK AT THEM! You think we're too civilized for that? Think again!

WE have absolutely rabid people in this country, hating with every fiber of their being. Nothing good can come from that! It's no wonder so many people outside the USA think we're morons!

Never mind the issues! Do you really want your family – your children – your loved ones to experience the horror of a civil war? Because that's exactly where we're headed if cooler heads don't prevail pretty damn quick!

I'm just sayin'.

Proposed New Laws

"Companies Allowed to Break Privacy Contracts!"

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, I don't know if the Senate will pass it, or not. I also don't know if Obama will keep his word and veto it if it does. (He isn't known for keeping his word.)

The word "Protection" in the title of the Act is misleading. They are still trying to take our privacy AWAY from us online.

In fact, the Act contains a clause stating that employers can demand your social media passwords - and you would be required to fork them over. WTF?

They've been more quiet about this bill than the last one (SOPA) which failed. That doesn't mean this one will fail - unless people start raising hell, like we did before.

I'd suggest you read the following link carefully - then go to the Chamber of Commerce - on the Web™ web site to find your Senators' email addresses (right column). And, give 'em hell!


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