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Feeling Safe?

21 Feb

Are you feeling safe today? I am not feeling safe for the first time in a long time.

Since mentally ill and untreated Adam Lanza, killed 28 people (that includes himself), Oklahomans (I live in OK) and Americans have been buying up tons of guns of all sizes and tons of ammo.

That is the reason I feel less safe today, not in my humble home but once I leave my home. The gun industry, including the NRA has done a fine job of promoting FEAR to the people and that only way to feel SAFE is to own a revolver or a firearm that shoots up to 100 shots a minute.

You know the NRA was started to train new rifle users how to use their weapons safely. Fast forward more than a century later, and NRA only seems to¬† cares about gun rights, not gun safety. Firearms owners don’t have to participate in testing or training to own a gun or use a gun. They just¬† need to have the money. Before we are able to drive (legally), we are tested and trained. Why can’t it be the same for firearms owners?

It has been studied and studied some more that when you combine an untreated mentally ill person and a firearm, it is a bad combo. Why are people so ashamed to get their loved ones the help they need? Is it because they think it is a reflection of themselves that this loved one turned out sick?

I have never owned a firearm and never will (that is one never I will really stick to). Firearms have absolutely no appeal to me like they once did when I was a 12 year old boy. I don’t want to shoot a defenseless deer. I don’t think it is fun to shoot a target, hundreds of times (boring, boring). And definitely don’t need a firearm in my home for “protection”.

The funny Bill Cosby used to own a gun but then sold it. A few years later, his 27 year old son was killed by a gun toting criminal. There was nothing his son could have done to stop that person from shooting him. Having a gun on his person wouldn’t have stopped his killing.

A former police official in New York, during his tenure, went after the bad guys who had guns and the homicide rate was cut in half.

However, in today’s FEAR climate, since more people have more firearms at their disposal with their hundreds of rounds of ammo, more BAD GUYS will have access to firearms, hence more bad results.

Listen please: If you live with someone who hits you, get out and get help. If you live with someone who has mental or behavior issues, get them help and you get help. If you know someone who is suicidal, take it seriously. Stand by them, don’t give up on them. They have probably already given up on themselves.

And finally, be kind and considerate to those you come in contact with. We have enough FEAR and unkind and inconsiderate attitudes and acts going on, we don’t need to add more. Image

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Zero.Zero

28 Dec

Following the release of the (former) Dallas Cowboys player’s alcohol results from a recent crash (not an accident) that ended his best friend’s young life, I have decided to write this post.

The (former) player’s BAC was over .18 at the time of the crash, following a night out at the clubs in the Dallas area. The legal BAC limit is .08 in Texas, as it is in most states. But why? How many times have you drove after a few drinks? Did you really know your BAC? Probably not.

Playing with BAC limits makes no sense. The BAC limit for driving should be 0.0 or layman’s terms: zero BAC. That means if you have one drink, you don’t drive (at least for the next hour or so). Alcohol usually leaves the system at about a drink an hour.

I get so tired of hearing of DUI deaths as “accidents”. It is no accident when one chooses to drink and then drive.

If you ever get a chance, drop in on a Victim Impact Panel or a similar panel (usually a survivor of a drinking/driving fatality speaks about his or her experience). One story, I read about was about a guy (actually a police officer) who investigates a drinking/driving fatality scene which turns out to involve his own wife and baby who died at the hands of a repeat offender. The guy tells others, “…the third fatality was me. Life, as I knew it, ended when I opened those cadaver bags. I had all that I had ever desired in life and it was gone in an instant.”

Please do your part and only drive on a zero BAC.

 

Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima & Nagasaki

19 Aug

Since I now work with WWII Veterans (85 year old men and up), it got me thinking about why the hell would a small country like Japan start a fight with the great United States of America??

The sane and logical answer would have to be that the Japanese were too big for their britches. They had a very distorted view of reality. Their heads were too big to go through a standard doorway. U get the picture. The bottom line: they were completely stupid, especially after President Truman dropped the “Little Boy” uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on 8/6/45. Did they surrender after more than 80,000 Japanese (mostly civilians) were killed? No, it took the second plutonium implosion type atomic bomb (killing another 80,000 people) to bring the arrogant leaders to their knees and wave the white flag with the red dot in the middle, six days after Nagasaki was destroyed.

So let’s rewind…why did Japan bomb Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41? Japan was trying to take over southeast Asia and thought they needed to paralyze the American naval fleet in the Pacific to meet their goal. Sounds reasonable…well, they actually might have succeeded in crippling our Pacific naval fleet if they would have completed their planned third raid on Pearl Harbor. But, they thought they had done enough damage to six of our battleships (four which were salvaged and back in service). However, our real naval strength came from our aircraft carriers which they hadn’t touched.

I liken Pearl Harbor attack to an idiot sticking his hand in a hornets’ nest. What do u think will happen when u stick your hand in a place it doesn’t belong? It is interesting because, although we immediately declared War on Japan, we also declared War on Nazi Germany. I believe Pearl Harbor was just an excuse for the U.S. to enter WWII and kick some Nazi butt! It is also interesting to me that the Nazis surrendered in 5/6/45 but the Japanese refused to give up. At least Mr. Hitler had some sense before he blew his brains out.

God Bless the USA and the rest of the world!!