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October 10, 2015

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Second Amendment needs rethinking

October 9, 2015

What a trip! I am in Spain. I am not on my laptop so it is difficult to write on this tablet, difficult for me that is.

But maybe that is better, Fewer wasted words.

I think the second amendment needs rethinking.

The idea that any nut case has a right to deadly weapons or at least has access to them is absurd and dangerous on its face.

I am not totally unfamiliar with guns. I was in the army. I even nominally went deer hunting once,

But it is just too dangerous for all to pack iron.

Where I am now is relatively safe. Guns are not allowed and are not readily accessible.

Do you really want to live by the code of the TV western? It was always a fanfasy.We ln the US are living a deadly fantasy now.


The Second Amendment should not stand in the way of public safety…

October 2, 2015

The Second Amendment should not stand in the way of taking measures to protect society from nut cases who seem wont to shoot up school campuses (as well as other places).

The latest mass shooting, at a community college in Oregon, a least 10 dead and several wounded, begs the question, just what does it take? Why as a society are we so afraid to act? Is it we don’t know how to balance individual liberty with public safety — especially safety for our young?

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The actual number of dead and wounded count has changed with conflicting first-hours/day reports

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I saw President Obama give some angry remarks about it, how every time someone calls for sensible gun controls, and pardon me for the metaphor I use, not Obama, they get shot down for it, and in fact people say there ought to be more guns more easily available.

The whole thing is absurd. Why does this nation have so many of these types of mass killings?

And I’ll bet some nutsos are calling right now for guns on campus so the kids can shoot back.

We don’t need free fire-zones on campus. We already have them.

But like I have written before, when those little kids were mowed down at that school in Connecticut — I mean a nut case shot a whole class — nothing was done.

I’m almost too tired right now to write more, but what does it take to make people realize something needs to be done? Of course we can never protect ourselves 100 percent, but we need to do something more than is being done now.

Oh but this is the election season. Candidates wanting all the money they can don’t want to upset the commercial gun interests or voters who care more for their unfettered rights to pack iron than the safety of young people at school or society as a whole.

And I  personally do not oppose the Second Amendment, although I think it is a bit ambiguous in its wording and does not speak in 21st Century language or to modern understanding. But the Second Amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms does hold sway. However, reasonable  people can come up with a reasonable accommodation for public safety. The all-to-easy access to firearms by the mentally unstable threatens the fabric of our society. Let’s see some leadership in this election season, rather than pandering for votes.

P.s.

I couldn’t keep off this thing for long. I still may have to anyway because I am temporarily sin computer. I’m using my sister’s. I thought being off the screen would be a rest for me and I had something else more pressing. And as I watched all those people staring at their smart phones (I don’t have one/still have the old flip phone and feel like I should ask Sarah the operator for the number) I thought, ha, they are so addicted.

But I found out I am addicted to my laptop. And if I had one of those newfangled phones I’d be glued to it no doubt.