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Just Another Day

On the first day of 2017, 210 people were killed or injured by gun violence in America, including a one year old, teens and a mother and daughter.

Today, there was Ft. Lauderdale.

Tomorrow, it could be my hometown.

Or yours.

Like most forms of illness, there is an indiscriminate nature to gun violence. No one is immune. Not you. Not me.

As I was watching the news today, with the sound off, my nineteen month old granddaughter played next to me. She was innocently laughing at everything she touched. And as I watched her play, I wondered what kind of world my grandchildren are going to know. I wondered what kind of fear they will understand and how they will live their lives. And I wondered if they will ever truly be free.

We should all be wondering the same thing, because this senselessness doesn’t seem to be going away. That’s the reality we all try to turn away from.

Those who died today were probably someone’s child and/or parents.

Someone else’s.

Whose will they be tomorrow?

Anniversary Re-Blog (I Don’t Want To See The Faces Anymore)

I’ve grown tired of the media on so many levels. This is just one of them.

I Don’t Want To See The Faces Anymore

I’m tired of having the faces put up on a screen in front me by people looking for sensationalized ratings; faces that have taken so many innocent lives, who have been turned into fifteen minute celebrities at the expense of faces that will never be shown, lives that will never be discussed and futures that will never be realized.

I don’t want to see the Columbine shooters who killed 13 students and injured 24.

I don’t want to see the Virginia Tech shooter who killed 32 students.

I don’t want to see the Northern Illinois University shooter who killed five and injured 16 more.

I don’t want to see the Fort Hood shooters who killed a total of 16 and injured 48 more.

I don’t want to see the Salt Lake City or Omaha shopping mall shooters who killed 13 and injured eight.

I don’t want to see the Aurora Movie Theatre shooter who killed 12 and injured 58.

I don’t want to see the Oklahoma City bomber who killed 168 and injured another 600.

I don’t want to see the beltway snipers who killed 10 people.

I don’t want to see the Washington Navy Yard shooter who killed 13 people.

I don’t want to see the faces of the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3000 people.

I don’t want to see the brothers who killed 3 and injured 264 at the Boston Marathon bombing.

I don’t want to see the faces of those who’ve walked into places of business and killed countless co-workers.

I don’t want to see the faces of significant others who have killed their partners and have become sensationalized celebrities.

I don’t want to see the Sandy Hook shooter who murdered 26 innocent children and teachers.

I don’t even want their names mentioned.

I’m tired of having these people live on notoriously through countless news stories. Quite frankly, I don’t care who they are, what their back story is, where they live, who their second grade teacher was, how shocked their friends are, what job they lost, if they were bullied in grade school, why their significant other dumped them, if they came from a privileged life or struggled financially. I don’t want to know about those things or see those faces. I don’t want to possibly encourage someone else that may be looking for the same distorted notoriety.

You know what I’d like to see? The faces of the people who have the guts to make changes to the mental health care and gun control issues that have fueled many of these crimes. But they’re nowhere to be seen. They’re hiding under the cloaks of special interest groups and votes.

Quite honestly, I’ve lost all hope of change. If the mental image of 20, six-year-old children, being slaughtered with an assault rifle as they sat in a first grade classroom doesn’t encourage us to do something, I don’t believe anything will.

Just don’t show me the faces of the sick cowards who committed these crimes under the guise of need to know information when we all understand it’s really a ratings grab. I’m done with that parade.

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.

 

Three Drinking Questions

Should someone who takes a life because they were driving intoxicated or under the influence be charged with murder?

If not, what type of sentence do you believe would be in line with the life sentence given to the victim?

If someone is seriously disabled and their life permanently altered by an intoxicated driver what should the appropriate punishment be?

I Don’t Want To See The Faces Anymore

I’m tired of having the faces put up on a screen in front me by people looking for sensationalized ratings; faces that have taken so many innocent lives, who have been turned into fifteen minute celebrities at the expense of faces that will never be shown, lives that will never be discussed and futures that will never be realized.

I don’t want to see the Columbine shooters who killed 13 students and injured 24.

I don’t want to see the Virginia Tech shooter who killed 32 students.

I don’t want to see the Northern Illinois University shooter who killed five and injured 16 more.

I don’t want to see the Fort Hood shooters who killed a total of 16 and injured 48 more.

I don’t want to see the Salt Lake City or Omaha shopping mall shooters who killed 13 and injured eight.

I don’t want to see the Aurora Movie Theatre shooter who killed 12 and injured 58.

I don’t want to see the Oklahoma City bomber who killed 168 and injured another 600.

I don’t want to see the beltway snipers who killed 10 people.

I don’t want to see the Washington Navy Yard shooter who killed 13 people.

I don’t want to see the faces of the terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3000 people.

I don’t want to see the brothers who killed 3 and injured 264 at the Boston Marathon bombing.

I don’t want to see the faces of those who’ve walked into places of business and killed countless co-workers.

I don’t want to see the faces of significant others who have killed their partners and have become sensationalized celebrities.

I don’t want to see the Sandy Hook shooter who murdered 26 innocent children and teachers.

I don’t even want their names mentioned.

I’m tired of having these people live on notoriously through countless news stories. Quite frankly, I don’t care who they are, what their back story is, where they live, who their second grade teacher was, how shocked their friends are, what job they lost, if they were bullied in grade school, why their significant other dumped them, if they came from a privileged life or struggled financially. I don’t want to know about those things or see those faces. I don’t want to possibly encourage someone else that may be looking for the same distorted notoriety.

You know what I’d like to see? The faces of the people who have the guts to make changes to the mental health care and gun control issues that have fueled many of these crimes. But they’re nowhere to be seen. They’re hiding under the cloaks of special interest groups and votes.

Quite honestly, I’ve lost all hope of change. If the mental image of 20, six-year-old children, being slaughtered with an assault rifle as they sat in a first grade classroom doesn’t encourage us to do something, I don’t believe anything will.

Just don’t show me the faces of the sick cowards who committed these crimes under the guise of need to know information when we all understand it’s really a ratings grab. I’m done with that parade.