Sunday, December 16, 2012

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO THE INNOCENT

Because the world is going to hell on a fast train full of evil, it is playing right into the hands of those who would deprive us of our right to defend ourselves. 

Although those who murder, and those of us who defend, have guns in common, that is where the  similarity ENDS.

It is the mind that controls the hand that fires the gun.  

Removing guns from ALL of humanity is an impossibility.  There will always be access to guns by those intent on bloodshed.

Stud dragged me to church this morning, looking for "peace and understanding".  I didn't bother telling him that he'd not find it there.

The minister has served many churches.  He didn't come to this church unprepared.  I'm sure the files in his cabinet are numbered according to liturgical dates and nothing, neither rain, nor snow, or dark of night will stay his sermons from their intended delivery dates.

Candles were lit.  We stood on cue.  Sat on cue.  *repeat*  Then the pre-Christmas sermon was delivered as we heard again, THE STORY.

But I felt better.  *more on that in a moment*

Stud is finally, S*L*O*W*L*Y starting to accept the fact that he and I have two totally different outlooks and personalities.

I've repeatedly explained to him that - in the event of physical terrorism, be it at Walmart, the movies, or home - we are to lower ourselves to the ground and I will - ONLY if it is safe to do so - use my weapon.

I've explained to him that:

(1) There must be no idiots running around between me and the target.

(2) I will not stand UP and make a grand John Wayne stand, thereby getting MY head blown off.

(3) I will remove my wallet from my purse, toss it aside, and - if accosted, I will gladly hand over my purse that contains no personal information or credit cards.

(4) If, and only if, I have a clear shot, will I risk firing.

I've made this clear so that he doesn't assume I think I can be a hero.  I can't.

Most heroes receive their commendations posthumously.

Having done all I can do, I sat beside Stud as he expected to be spoken to in some way that would make him feel better about the unholy slaughter of five-year-old, and six-year-old babies and adults.

I pulled my purse closer and felt the bulge of my 9mm at my side.

I felt better.

To each his own.


26 comments:

  1. I don't carry simply because of my temper. I know I would wind up in prison. But if it comes down to a terrorist act or someone breaking into my home...one of us will be dead.

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    1. When I was younger, my guns were always within reach and I slept lightly. Now, my main fear is sleeping through the noise and only waking up when I hear a 'click'.

      Like you, my teddy bear, I have a whopping temper tied to a short fuse. There have been several times when I was relieved I didn't have my gun.

      When I do have it, I keep a reign on myself.

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  2. Lotta Joy,
    We live in a culture and a world in which no one has been raising children for quite a while. When a child is known to have some type of an emotional issue, there is no help. Schools are focused on the huge numbers of medically challenged and autistic children who are now required to be mainstreamed. The few boys who went to school with me and who needed psychiatric intervention as children and teens got it, because the school insisted upon it, and rightly so. Since then, the common sense, and even the intellects of those who run schools have plummeted.
    I live in a fairly wealthy rural county. However, I could need my weapon anywhere, including the gas station, the small grocers, the Wal-Mart 40 miles from here, the rest stop, the Wendy's near the Wal-Mart, or the Sam's Club. I could also need it when I am followed by car from any of those places. We have one sheriff and several deputies in a large county. At any one time they can be busy with anything from a motor vehicle accident to a robbery. The State Police are also skeleton staffed. This is why the law here allows me to stop an assailant with my weapon in the event of an attack. I haven't even mentioned terrorist attacks yet, but I believe those are coming. The only reason they haven't happened yet is that our president is doing so much to damage our nation that the terrorists don't think they need to do as much.
    I have a close friend who is a blond female about 41. She is a retired police officer. She has been stalked and followed because she is such an attractive blonde a number of times. She has pulled her weapon in our small grocers, the gas station, and even when one of her stalkers came to her home pretending to be a phone company employee. I am just glad I am not blonde !

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    1. I was timid at first, always aware that I was a 63 year old bat carrying a gun. Now it's become such a part of me that leaving it at home would make me as anxious as leaving home without my shoes.

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  3. Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog. I find it very sad that some in your nation have to feel the need to walk around with a gun. The 'Wild West' lives on. I understand that those who would commit atrocities will always find a way. What concerns me is that is sure seems too damned easy to purchase a weapon in America. Yep, go to your store, purchase a case of beer and a shotgun.

    Peace, I'm outta' here....Penny

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    1. Penny, Human owner Beau here.

      Mom says that people who only want to protect their rights (and fur children) are the ones who purchase firearms at stores. Those intent on killing all pets....(and humans) just pick them up from their last victim or from their gang's basement.

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    2. Adding my two cents-
      It is VITALLY important to remember why our Founding Fathers thought the second amendment was so important they made it number two:
      They had just had to fight mightily against a tyrannical government, and realized we might eventually have to do it again.
      If we do, we'll need to tools to do it IN SPADES.
      (I'm now trying to figure out how I can afford a Barrett .50 caliber rifle...
      $5000 or so for the rifle and $5 a pop for each round to shoot out of it. But WOW, would it make a nice hole in one of those Armored Humvees our government is apparently planning on using against us.)

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  4. Acts of heroism are usually preceded by a act of stupidity. Lessons learned in the USMC. I carry a gun daily and I have for 37 years. I've drawn it one time and the goblin remembered a pressing appointment. At least that was my guess since he left so fast he didn't say goodbye.

    The murdering scumbag in Ct. might have been mentally ill. Did the system cause it by medicating him in grade school because he wouldn't sit still? I went to school in the 60's. We weren't medicated and we also didn't have school shootings. Of course we started each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a short prayer. That was before that O'hare ***** forced the government to stop that. We also learned manners and respect.

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    1. The country went downhill from the 60's, not due to a lack of gun control, but due to a lack of control (via prison or death penalty) of those who are a threat to the rest of humanity.

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  5. You can enact any law imaginable, that won't stop them from being broken.

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    1. As a law abiding citizen, if guns aren't for sale legally, I'll be killed by illegal firearms while holding a peeling knife.

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  6. The first thing we started hearing after this tragedy unfolded was.....we need gun control....no guns, etc. etc. etc. Well, let me just say this....IF, the teachers had been armed or IF the principal and staff had been armed...and everyone KNEW that our children were protected by these armed people in EVERY school....I really don't think this horrific event would have ever taken place at the school.....or any other place where the perpetrators had knowledge that others were armed and prepared. What so many people fail to understand is that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. There is no "too easy to get" ..... anybody can get a gun on the street if they know the right people and have the right amount of money. Banning gun sales won't stop that. So basically what a lot of people want is for the law abiding citizen to be unarmed and vulnerable....while the evil devours us. We do need a serious wake-up call....but banning gun ownership is definitely not the answer.

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    1. There's more guns ON THE STREET ILLEGALLY than any law enacted by Obama can effect. I'm starting to believe that by limiting our ability to protect ourselves, he is guaranteeing a totally black nation.

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  7. Aye. Unfortunately, I can say with some confidence that if everyone within a square mile of my abode were to have the option of buying a gun, there'd be a hell of a lot of dead teenagers/drunks/innocent bystanders dead before any lessons were learned. We live in different places and I am mindful of that, but also releived that it takes a little more hard work for the nut jobs round here to actually kill someone in the blink of an eye. Each to his own as you say.

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    1. You have to have a clean slate in order to get possession of a gun bought in a store. But on the street, you only need to have a record as long as your arm to get one, and that's not a problem.

      So when the law gets passed to stop legal buying, who is going to stop the illegal buying? Obama?

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  8. It has truly been a sad week for Americans, and Americas's friends.

    I hope all of you can to some level of peace over the coming days.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

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    1. It's not going to get any better, Bear, with gun control. Legal guns aren't the problem Obama is trying to make it seem.

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  9. I don't think anyone knows until it actually happens how they would react in an active shooter situation, except perhaps a trained police officer or soldier. I'd like to think I'd do the John Wayne or Clint Eastwood thing, but I'd be more likely to pee my pants. But if I were packing I'd at least like to know that, were I given but a brief window of opportunity where the shooter's attention was not on me, that I would have the mental clarity to act and take the shooter down without harming any innocents.

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    1. I have atrial-fibrillation and any form of stress takes me down like a hammer. The best I can count on is "muscle memory" and hope my brain takes control before my bladder does.

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  10. Britain is supposed to be a gun-free society. This means that only the bad guys and the special armed Police squads who turn up at least half an hour after anything kicks off have guns. Don't let anyone convince you that this is a good way to be!

    As for being a hero or not, like most things, each of us will do what comes naturally....

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    1. Time for cops to get to bad guy: twenty-three minutes

      Time for bullet to get to bad guy: .023114 seconds.

      case closed

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    2. Indeed! There have been quite a few incidents over here where a nutter has been able to kill far too many people purely because no one else can shoot back.

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  11. Obama said: "This has got to end." Indeed it does. We can start by more concealed carry permits and the demand teachers get one ASAP.

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    1. I WILL TAKE HIS ADVICE WHEN HE GIVES UP HIS GUN TOTING SECRET SERVICE MEN.

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  12. I think making guns illegal is utterly stupid, although I don't use a gun and don't plan to. Just think... drugs were made illegal, did that stop it from going around? Noooo. The same thing will happen where weapons are concerned!

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