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One of these days, we are going to have to decide whether it is okay to have Americans dying because of gun violence. Since Friday, December 14, 2012, the date of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, over 480 Americans have died secondary to gun violence.

The shooting that stands out, at least for me, is a three-year-old boy who somehow got a gun and shot himself in the head. A three-year-old child got his hands on a gun. Think about it. A three-year old child. This child was at the house of an Oklahoma state trooper. If anyone would know about gun safety, you would figure it would be a state trooper. Yet…a three-year-old is dead. A town is grieving. A family is devastated. This is something that they will never get over.

In Kansas City, there was a four-year-old who was put into a car seat when another car drove up and opened fire. One of the bullets hit the four-year-old in the head. “He was innocent and he was just lifeless,” said (Jody) Palmer (who was the first one to the body). “All my life I’ve never seen nothing so devastating. I’m unable to eat, I’m unable to sleep because I see this baby in my head. You know it’s hard.” As with many of these kind of drive-bys, nobody knows nothing. The person who pulled the trigger is still at large.

So what are we going to do, understanding that no solution is going to be perfect? Guns are a part of America. We aren’t going to get rid of guns. I don’t think that I want to, but we need to do something.

By |2013-01-07T21:43:35-04:00January 5th, 2013|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Guns, guns and more guns

To worrywarts, wing-nuts, true conservatives and others who are wringing their hands:

Last night at about four in the morning I had a “surge” (pun intended) of activity on my blog. Hundreds of people found my blog out of nowhere. I’m always happy for the traffic. About 20 or so people left comments on this post. All the comments were warning us real Americans of the dire consequences of a Barack Obama administration. This post will do nothing to calm your fears because nothing I can say can make irrational thought rational.

Barack Obama will not take away your guns. Neither Barack Obama nor the Democratic Party have any desire to round up every gun in the United States. If you’re hunting with your gun, good for you. Be safe. If you are protecting your home with your gun, good for you. Please make sure that everyone in your household is familiar with gun safety. If you are a criminal with a gun, expect to do time. Steven, Barack Obama is not against your having guns in your homes. He hasn’t said anything like this throughout the campaign or even previously. Put down the crack pipe.

Someone had a kooky idea that Barack Obama wanted to manacle the “little people” to the government. Nothing can be further from the truth. Instead, Barack Obama would like to empower the poor. He would like to give them the tools they need to go to school if that is their intent. He would like to give them the tools to be successful if they would like to apply themselves and work hard. Education is the key out of poverty. Barack Obama would like to give everyone a chance to use that key.

Ralph complained about Barack Obama’s choice to opt out of the public financing system. It is clear that we need to fix our public financing system. We will need a large coalition of informed voters to pressure our elected officials on the subject. What Barack Obama managed to do cannot be replicated by everyone. We need to come up with a system that is equitable and flexible. It is unreasonable for the American people to expect their politicians to raise a half a billion dollars in order to run for president. (I’m aware that Barack Obama raised more than this.)

Tim thought we were stepping closer to socialism. I would ask Tim to define the word “socialism.” We are moving our tax system back to where we were under President Clinton. If we were a socialistic system eight years ago, then, yes, we’re moving back to that system. One of the strangest things in this country is that people believe that all rich people have worked for their money. Some have and some have not. There is a segment of our population which believes that the rich deserve the salaries that they get. My question is what do the workers deserve? In a capitalistic society, individual workers are not valued. As a matter of fact, it is seen in a positive light to pit workers against each other so that they will serve to help you drive down their own wages. Monopolies, the end result of all unregulated systems, are by definition the only game in town. Therefore, you work for almost nothing or you are out of work. I suggested there is a happy medium between all-out capitalism and all-out socialism. There is a place where workers are valued and those with initiative, smarts and good fortune can make an extraordinary living. That is the sweet spot that Barack Obama is looking for.

Nelson, there really isn’t anything that I can say to you. Your thought processes are so bizarre that I can only recommend good medication. With lots of therapy, you could be able to let back into society in two or three years.

CK, I hope you lodged your complaint with someone other than my blog. There are several voter advocacy groups. I hope you got in touch with one of them.

Carla, if you are a Christian, how can you not always be in prayer? There is no evidence that Barack Obama will be anything but a staunch ally of Israel. He has said this. Barack Obama is also a Christian, so why would he persecute Christians. Are you suggesting that he will persecute himself?

Barack Obama may be a bust. Don’t forget that even George W. Bush was supposed to be a great president. He was not. Let’s give Barack Obama an opportunity…one he has earned.

By |2008-11-05T21:40:54-04:00November 5th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on To worrywarts, wing-nuts, true conservatives and others who are wringing their hands:
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