Friday, October 02, 2015

Another Mass Shooting



Last night I turned the news on only to be confronted . . . . again with wall to wall coverage of yet another mass shooting.  This time at a community college in Oregon.

An angry president Obama had a press conference yesterday and spoke about that occurrences such as these mass shootings are becoming "routine."  And indeed they are.  

What kind of country do we live in folks?  I don't own a gun and I never will.  I don't get a thrill or a boost to my masculinity by shooting a gun.  The last time I shot a gun (rifle) was when I was in the Army in 1962 during my annual rifle qualification. 

Oh sure, I know the gun rights advocates who want their Second Amendment rights.  They want to "protect" themselves.  Excuse me but just how many people actually have shootouts (other than drug dealers) while protecting their home from invaders?  Right, that's what I thought . . . . NONE.  

There was the occasion that I thought of getting a gun to "protect" myself, but then I thought it out.  I realized that if someone did break into my home I wouldn't have enough time to get my gun out of my safe or wherever I would have it hidden for safety.  And I also realized there would be more of a probability that my gun would be used against me or there would be an accident.  Of course the worst case would be a child getting hold of a gun and thinking it was a toy and have a tragedy happen.

Another sad day folks.  I feel so bad for those families who lost loved ones yesterday.  All those who lost their lives and who were injured.  We do live in a violent country folks.  




12 comments:

  1. I feel that the news media does a lot to perpetuate these crimes by sensationalizing them and providing endlessly nauseating wall-to-wall coverage. They will search for a "MOTIVE" (one of their big key words, read the gunman's "MANIFESTO" (another key word) and then call in 20 "experts" to tell us about the gunman's bad, abusive childhood. They will drag out the story for all it's worth - - until another idiot COPY-CAT criminal will commit a similar crime.

    The above scenario is a continuous pattern in America.

    I have mixed feelings about the idea of gun control. It's a wonderful liberal fantasy idea which will supposedly stop crime - - but in harsh reality it won't work. Criminals always have and always will have guns, no matter how many gun laws are enforced. I don't endorse violence of any kind, I loathe hunting, and I'm not a redneck Republican hillbilly.

    BUT I do own a gun, I know how to use it, and I damn well will do everything in my power to protect myself if I have to. I live alone in the wilderness the company of wild animals and potentially wacko humans. I need some backup insurance - besides my fists and my three cats.

    Thanks for enduring my rant.

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    1. Jon,
      I wish the media would cease with the wall to wall coverage of these mass shootings. I agree that citizens of this country have the right to own a gun, I just choose not to own one. My cousin (gay), who I highly respect is a hunter and has been since he was a teenager. He has the right to own his guns and hunt and to protect himself. My father was a hunter. He always kept his rifles locked in a cabinet. Neither I or my brothers were interested in hunting or guns thus when he died,, and my Mother informed me we could "each take a gun", we passed. No interest. I would probably have a gun if I lived where you lived. An area that is probably full of redneck hillbillies that are not welcoming of someone like me, an openly gay guy. Even here in the so-called "gay friendly" southern Delaware, we have home invasions (probably drug related). We have unsolved murders from home invasions. Life in this United States is dangerous. At least you have three attack cats. I need to get a few myself (smile).
      Ron

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    2. Thanks for your reply, Ron. I just noticed some typos in my comment. My eyes ain't what they used to be (perhaps that's a good reason why I shouldn't own a gun - - *smile*).

      The astounding number of mass shootings here in the U.S. is truly astounding and frightening. And unfortunately there are no simple answers.

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    3. Jon,
      You are right, there are no simple answers to the gun violence in this country. This is something we have lived with and will continue to live with. We are a violent country. Thank goodness there are enough good people in this country who are not violent. Good versus evil, the constant conflict.
      Ron

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  2. I read online the killer thought the more people he killed the more well known he would be. We need to stop continuous coverage of these crimes, these nut jobs think it makes them popular. Cheryl

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    1. I agree with you Cheryl. The media should limit their coverage of these mass killings. Report it but then move on. Apparently this country isn't going to do anything about it (Congress) since guns are so prevalent.
      Ron

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  3. What they need to do is start publishing if these people are members of the NRA. Was this guy a member? Did he pay his dues? I think people should know.

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    1. Dave,
      I don't think the shooter was a member of the NRA. From many reports that I hear, most of the NRA members are responsible, law abiding people. The problem with the NRA is their leadership, they have totally intimidated most lawmakers by their voting power thus the lawmakers are afraid to vote for any gun law restrictions.
      Ron

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  4. Ron - unfortunately guns are what's happening these days - probably in most places. Like Jon said - the bad guys will get the guns anyways. The USofA if filled with wonderful, giving, thoughtful people. There are those that are unstable in every country. When I was a teen the biggest deal I can remember is someone pulled a knife at a high school dance. Now - we've had about a 180 shootings already this year. And we've been totally desensitized to it.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      You're right, there are crazies and evil all over the world but the U.S. does have a preponderance of availability of guns. Too easy to access a gun in this country thus the number of guns involved in homicides is way and above higher than any other advanced country.
      Ron

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  5. Anonymous9:19 AM

    From an abroad perspective, when the US public opinion maintains the support for the arms-for-everybody right despise having 3 or 4 times higher number of violent casualties per year than the rest of industrial countries it acts like the driver that is in the wrong lane but believes the rest of people are crazy. On the other hand, most countries have their own particular stupid traditions to feel guilty about, but this is one particularly dangerous. Juan.

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    1. Juan,
      This Second Amendment "right", every citizen shall have the right to form a militia has been so overused as an excuse for many to build their own personal gun arsenal. I don't own a gun, and I never will. A lot of my fellow countrymen agree with me but unfortunately, the NRA does "own" most of the Congress who, if they want to keep their jobs, will always vote the NRA's wishes.
      Ron

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