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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wake Up

I'm sorry, World, Nation, State, Town and Community. I can't tell you how it happened, but I can promise that I'm awake once more.


An alarm clock went off this past week. It wasn't mine, and like most people I hate those pesky and annoying alarms; however, regardless of the fact that I didn't set it and ignoring the fact that I didn't ask for it, the alarm blared away. It frustrated me to no end to have to deal with coming out of a rather decent dream to address the intrusive klaxon, but in the end, that is exactly what I had to do. And to deal with the relentless noise, I had to actually wake up.

It sucks to wake up. I don't get a lot of sleep; heck, I barely get enough sleep. Having to wake up from a dream of barbecues and baseball and family gatherings and church functions was the last thing I wanted to do. Sardonically, it seemed like hell at the time.

I have no problem telling you that I regret feeling that way. I also regret mumbling under my breath the various death threats we all tend to give our alarm clocks. How dare it intrude, why I oughtta... You get the picture. These regrets have rarely come up in the past; I much prefer to live without regret and that requires thinking about my words and actions and how I live today.

I don't get a lot of sleep; heck, I barely get enough sleep. Having to wake up from a dream of barbecues and baseball and family gatherings and church functions was the last thing I wanted to do....it seemed like hell at the time.


Nevertheless, the regrets became reality when I realized what had shocked me out of my pleasant dreams. I didn't realize it at the time, because I was too involved with self-pity to look at the news alert. I didn't hear about it as I got ready for church, because I was too concerned with hair that didn't seem to want to stay in place. No, it wasn't until I was actually in church and the pastor began speaking that I found out what it was that woke me up: 50 people dead in Orlando, Florida. Countless injured. Shooter likely a self-radicalized domestic terrorist. Possible ISIS ties.

I woke up Sunday; I woke up grouchy, cranky and pissed off. and to be honest, it hasn't gone away. I'm not talking about waking up from falling asleep Saturday night, but the fact that I woke up from a dream that had me genuinely fooled into a sense of complacency. It's been over a year since I last wrote, and there was a large gap before that. How did that happen? How did I become so apathetic that the world around me was able to almost literally dip into Hell without me noticing, let alone writing about the problem?

I'm sorry, World, Nation, State, Town and Community. I can't tell you how it happened, but I can promise that I'm awake once more.


There are some out there who have termed the Orlando shooter a coward, a lowlife, a bigot and a thug. I feel that while all of these monikers fit, none go far enough. The sheer loathsome, despicable nature of a mindless, senseless, gullible, malleable, and witless creature such as this boggles the mind and prevents me from assigning him any form, fashion or dignity otherwise granted to humanity.

Is it finally dawning on most of the United States population that regulations and restrictions do not ipso facto make people safer? ...I would like to say yes. ...Unfortunately, because I am awake, I cannot indulge that wish. It isn't true. It isn't fact. It isn't even close to accurate.


There are those out there who claim that this disgusting excuse for a human being was only able to carry out his attack because of loose gun regulations and restrictions. This is complete and total crap. Mateen passed every single stricture and regulatory measure to purchase his weapons. He purchased not only his gun, but his ammo completely in accordance with current law. Is it finally dawning on most of the United States population that regulations and restrictions do not ipso facto make people safer?

I would like to say yes. I would dearly love to make the firm statement that people are beginning to wake up from that little fantasy also. Unfortunately, because I am awake, I cannot indulge that wish. It isn't true. It isn't fact. It isn't even close to accurate.

No, people want more regulations for the parasitic brothers of this pitiful slime to weave  carefully through. They want more restrictions for other biological refuse piles to happily comply with. They actually believe that this will help them, when it actually just helps the scum of the Earth avoid detection longer. Oh- And this erroneous viewpoint is not helped by the spineless, feckless troglodytes in Congressional and Executive office. The next time the Democrats decide to stage a protest for gun control during a moment of silence/prayer, like they did for the victims of the Orlando shooting, I would personally like to volunteer to flog every single one of them. Go watch Mr. Smith Goes To Congress, you idiots, and figure out what you did wrong.


There is an article written by Daniel Hayes that recently hit social media. It is excellent, and it lays out the only solution to this problem of reigning in these mass shootings. I agree with him on a lot, and disagree on one or two points, but I am far more inclined to stand with him on this point than I perhaps ever was.

The notion that every other form of regulation and restriction being tossed around would lead to potential civil war is not merely alarmist claptrap. The majority in this nation do not like their freedom impeded; they do not appreciate their liberties being infringed; and they despise overuse of authority. They will revolt against a government attempting to remove their weapons, for instance. They will rebel against a government attempting to force psych evaluation for firearm ownership. Though still being in all other respects law abiding citizens, measures such as those being talked about would lead to private rebellion, public unrest, and ultimately open conflict when the feds show up to enforce any of these measures.

But Mr. Hayes has it right: The one, and in my view only, measure that will work is immediately banning the sale of high capacity magazines, and restricting AR-15's and similar weapons to magazines of 10 rounds only. I have previously argued against such steps, but I have changed my stance based upon the state of the world around us; if others cannot do the same, they need to wake up.

The notion that every other form of regulation and restriction being tossed around would lead to potential civil war is not merely alarmist claptrap. The majority in this nation do not like their freedom impeded; they do not appreciate their liberties being infringed... This administration doesn't know a good thing from a nightmare...


The Pompous-In-Chief Obama, and his lousy administration, would have us believe that more than this must be done; but their words do not line up with their own actions. This administration has promised (and delivered) weapons, money and training to groups of known terrorists in Africa.  This administration has denied prosecution of such creatures as Joseph Kony and his ilk. Yet, with this and more in their record, they would seek to convince the people that starting down the road to total disarmament is a good thing. This administration doesn't know a good thing from a nightmare, folks.

Here are some facts that the Obama administration is failing to mention when giving out their half-truths and twisted logic.

According to the administration, there are 30,000 gun related deaths in the United States annually. We can all agree that this is far too high a number; and if that was all there was to it, perhaps even I would be singing a different tune. However... When looking at the FBI and CDC statistics that gave them such a high number, things take on much different appearance.

Of those 30,000 deaths, 20,000 were suicides. Suddenly, we've dropped from the 30,000 deaths that the administration infers are the result of homicidal maniacs to 10,000. That is still too high a number; but there's more we are not being told.

About 5,000 of those are within the confines of gang-affiliated violence within the inner city. Another roughly 3,000 are justified shootings; in other words, where law enforcement has had no other choice than to take down a suspect. Only a little over 1,000 of these gun related deaths per year are the result of a maniac with a gun. That means, for those who are paying attention to the numbers, that the average American citizen who is not affiliated with a gang, planning a crime, or contemplating suicide has less than a one hundredth of a percent chance of being shot by a maniac... But apparently, we have a gun violence epidemic in the United States.


Listen- As I said in the beginning, I'm awake. I see where this world is at, and I see the need for change. However, being awake also means seeing what is not going to work. More importantly, it also means everything winds up being put in perspective, such as with the statistics above. If you want gun control measures that will be grudgingly, but largely accepted by the majority of the gun owning population, then limit magazines to 10 rounds. If you want to stop maniacs from doing what happened in Orlando, limit magazines to 10 rounds.

However, if you want to stop maniacs from killing any more than one or two people when they intend to kill far more... There's only one of two things to do. Either get used to disappointment, or loosen restrictions that only law-abiding citizens follow... Such as no-gun-zones for concert halls, theaters and clubs.

Two things are certain since the Orlando shooting: The first is that something must be done, and the only thing that will make any difference at all deals with magazine size; and the second is that if someone in that club actually had a gun legally present, Mateen would have brandished his firearm and gotten only one or two shots off before that legally carrying clubgoer nailed him between the eyes.

If you don't see that, then maybe it's time that you woke up.