Distorted Priorities

I read an article a couple of days ago about how the government is rushing to create legislation to control drones. As we all know, there have been too many close calls with commercial aircrafts and they want something done in order to prevent a potential loss of lives. Lawmakers want to tag these remote-controlled aircraft in order to better control them.
The Transportation Secretary said he would require drone operators to register their aircraft so they could be tracked down after dangerous flights or collisions. Apparently, a task force will make recommendations  by Nov. 20 about how to create and run a registry.
Our FAA Administrator said, “Nobody wants this promising segment to be overshadowed by an incident or accident that could be easily avoided.”

Makes sense, right? Create a national registry and save lives. Who wouldn’t support that thought?

But here’s the thing. The government is rushing to enact legislation for something that has not yet resulted in the loss of a single life. Not one.

And yet…

In this country, there are 32,000 deaths a year related to gun violence. Gun deaths have now exceeded death by auto accident. Since Sandy Hook in December of 2012, 142 more children have been killed in school shootings.

Yet we have no legislation. There is no  scheduled meeting in November. or any other month, to discuss a registry.

Look, I don’t care if anyone wants to own a gun or a drone. I really don’t. Everyone has hobbies and if your hobby includes flying these electronic devices, hunting, collecting guns or going to gun ranges, I hope you enjoy yourself. Just please don’t tell me that a national registry which includes stringent background checks, including any potential psychological disorders for owners should not be part of the equation.

Do I think taking these steps will eliminate the tragedies we see everyday? Of course not, just as I don’t think registering drones will prevent an aircraft accident. Sick and irresponsible people find ways of doing things they shouldn’t do at the expense of the rest of us. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the obvious.

Next week, or the week after, there will be another school shooting. If we’re lucky, it won’t be in the town and school our children attend or teach in.

If we’re lucky.

We’ll listen to the news stories about the shooting, shake our heads and talk about how tragic this is,  as we go about our business and move on with our lives. Because as a country, that’s what we’ve decided to do.

Soon we will have legislation that gives us some sense of control over those who owns drones, even though no one has died from their use. There will be no such legislation for gun control.

In the short amount of time it will take to create a registry for drones, thousands more will die from gun violence, including children.

Not to worry, though. We have drone legislation coming.

It’s good to know we have our priorities in order.

 

30 thoughts on “Distorted Priorities

  1. Beth

    That illustrates the insanity of it well. For years we’ve been joining groups, donating to groups, supporting groups that want sensible change and……nothing. I think we should’ve started recall referenda several years ago because it couldn’t be more clear that the people elected to act responsibly in the interests of the citizenry have no intentions of doing so.

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    1. George Post author

      I agree. It seems those who are elected don’t have our best interests at heart. That seems like a violation of any oath or responsibility they accepted on our behalf. Shame on them and shame on us for allowing them to continue in their positions.

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  2. In My Cluttered Attic

    Strong words, George. But, sadly that is about all it will ever amount too though, as the ARA and many more lobbyist are in the back pockets of our Congress, and their political machine has so much power and money, that they can’t be removed from office. The equivalent of a political treadmill. In fact, their own children have protection and attend private schools, so no worries there. They feel the problem of guns can’t touch them or their families—talk about being out of touch! Pity we ever let it come to this. Our hijacked political system is so corrupted, they feel untouchable by the masses, while the few who put them there, rejoice in every shooting death of every child. For how else can you explain their lack of shame… unless of course they’re just plain ignorant. Yeah, that must be it—they’re just ignorant. But then, that makes perfect sense when you stop to consider that they want only uneducated Americans who they can easily lie to and manipulate to vote for them. Just look at how they refuse to address the sink hole called—college debt. Okay, climbing down from my soap-box now.

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    1. George Post author

      I couldn’t have said it better, Paul. It’s a corrupt system based on greed, power and egos with no regard for our well being and the simple steps it would take to keep our children safe. It’s just so disheartening.

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      1. In My Cluttered Attic

        The wrong people have risen to power and have overrun Capitol Hill. Sadly, if anyone with REAL values ever did get elected to go there, I fear the corrupt system now in place would eventually undo them anyway. It may be to late to clean house, because as Mr. Dyson might say “We’d need the proper amount of suction.” As it is, and I think you’ll agree, there is way too much sucking up going on there already.

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      2. George Post author

        That’s the thing, isn’t it. There is no one up there with any real values. They’ve all sold their souls for votes. Equally infuriating is that we recognize it, complain about it, but put them right back in office. We never send a message, and in return, they send their own message right back to us. Maybe we can convince Mr. Dyson to create a heavy duty, mobile,industrial strength product that will solve our problem and not require a process.

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      3. In My Cluttered Attic

        Oh this idea has genius written all over it! Ah…the high pitch whine the vacuum makes, and then suddenly…”KERFLUMP, KERFLUMP, KERFLUMP” as each lawmaker is routinely inhaled into its giant abyss of DOOM! I can see the headlines in tomorrow mornings Washington Post. “Capitol Hill Cleaned Out, AND IT DON’T SUCK!” 😀

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    1. George Post author

      I agree, Jennifer. The sad part is, we can’t get the people who were elected to protect to do their jobs. We won’t even run them out of office. So very sad.

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  3. vanbytheriver

    I’m so with you on this, George. The statistics for gun deaths in the U.S. are horrifying. I came from a family of hunters, it’s not sport rifles we’re talking about here. No one…NO ONE needs to make sport out of an assault weapon. But…thanks to our legislators for keeping us safe from drones. God help us. Thanks for writing about it.

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    1. George Post author

      Thanks, Van. I realize hunting and gun collecting are hobbies for people. I just don’t know why, based on what’s happening in this country, we take steps to try and curb those incidents. And don’t even get me started on semi automatic rifles or assault weapons. There is no place or reason for that in anyone’s home.

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    1. George Post author

      You’re right, Jan. Everyone thinks they’re immune to this kind of violence until they’re running down to their own schools, hoping their children weren’t the next victims. Thank you.

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  4. Flop til you drop "FTYD"

    I must not understand something clearly. Because I still don’t get how “registering” your drone is going to prevent accidents with planes. Unless a chip is installed in the drone at the time of register, restricting the height it can travel? Or is there going to be some type of “beacon” sensor that the plane can pick up and avoid? Otherwise… It’s only going to help determine who’s responsible for the collision should one happen in the future.. assuming you can find the serial/registration number in the debris? So, here’s another dumb question, maybe not now…but can these things carry mini “bombs” one day? It wouldn’t surprise me the terrorist will figure that out…

    Also, I don’t know anything about guns…but it’s my understanding you have to register to buy a gun? You can’t just walk in, purchase and walk out with weapon? Of course, that doesn’t account for gang stolen ones that have serial numbers removed, etc. So the owner of the gun is responsible for ensuring it’s locked up and their teenagers/kids can’t access.

    All I gotta say, I don’t want some neighbor (or pervy teenager) flying their drone with camera into our backyard…what if you are a nude sunbather? – I’m not…but someone might be. Invasion of privacy strikes me as more of an issue when it comes to the drones.

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