Thursday, January 17, 2013

The new gun control laws

So our governor has rammed through another set of gun laws for NY State. I didn't know this, but in NY there is a mandatory 3 day period before bills can be acted on, unless there is some kind of emergency that demands immediate action. And I guess a tragedy in another state, 4 weeks ago, is such an emergency????

I'd really like Mr Cuomo, or ANYONE, to tell me exactly why I should feel safer because magazines are now mandated to hold 7 rounds instead of 8. So some wack job decides he is going to commit a mass murder. He gathers together necessary equipment, but carefully strips out 3 rounds from each magazine so that he doesn't break any gun laws as he commits his mass murder? Am I missing something here, or is it as completely asinine as it sounds? And of course we cannot have any rifle that has a bayonet lug on it, because so many have been bayoneted  recently.

We truly have gone completely mad, if we think that this new laws protects anyone from anything. And oh by the way, many police officers are now criminals, because in their haste to DO SOMETHING, the lawmakers failed to exempt law enforcement personnel on duty from the 7 round restriction.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Firefighters Down

4:15 PM
2 volunteer firefighters in Webster N Y (outside Rochester) have been shot and killed, and 2 more critically wounded in an apparent ambush. A felon apparently set his house and car on fire and then shot the firefighters when they arrived.

What a way to celebrate Christmas!!!
This guy had already been convicted of killing his grandmother. Why was he out on the street? Is life that cheap in NY State? (Answer: yes it is. You'll get more time for stealing somebody's money than for killing  them, it seems)

One has also to point a finger at the media who sensationalizes shootings and killings. Every toad suddenly sees a way to be the BIG story, and decides to make a name for himself by becoming a me-too murderer.

For the brother firefighters who died trying to protect others, for their families, for the wounded firefighters and their families, I pray for you all.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

What I found to be an excellent rebuttal to most of the currently heard arguments against gun ownership. It's long, but a good read.

To the vast hordes who eagerly await every word from my keyboard, the joy and peace of Christmas to you all.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The tragedy of the Ct. shootings still hangs in the air. And even before the first victims are laid to rest, as sure as night follows day, the politicians are on their soapboxes calling for more gun control, more laws, MORE, MORE, MORE!!!  We have to do something!!!!
But this predictable response is not just from Washington or Albany. It trickles down to the local level as well.

Mayor Bloomberg has his group of mayors who follow him lock-step in his continued attempt to restrict private gun ownership. And when you look at that list, surprise, surprise, our own mayor is listed there

Never mind that there there is no, zero, zip evidence that any of the laws already passed have had any effect on crime; never mind that when private ownership of firearms rises, violent crime rates fall; never mind that criminals and/or insane people don't follow the rule of law..... we HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!!!!!!  And our mayor signs on to this

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Well it's been a long break, but the urge to put pen to paper (figuratively anyway) has made itself known once again. Since I last added anything to this blog, a lot of things have happened, too many of them NOT good. But even setbacks can be a learning experience.

Earlier this month, Mr Obama was re-elected president. When I heard this I admit I was shocked and upset. Now having thought about it for the weeks since then, I am no longer shocked, but truly disappointed. I'm not disappointed in him; I expected exactly what I have seen happening since his first election, so can't say I was disappointed.

But I am disappointed by the apparent choice of a majority of the citizens of this country to support a man and a party which has made no effort to conceal their plan and goal of "fundamentally changing" this country. I'm sorry, but the way that this country was and has been was pretty good. It made this country the beacon of hope for millions; it led the world in producing a standard of living that was the envy of the world; it gave its citizens more and greater freedom than any country in history. And we are walking away from that. We are following the very path that has led Europe, Greece, Spain and other countries into financial and social disaster. And we are doing it willingly, even as we watch these countries founder after following the very course that we have decided to follow. THAT is disappointing.

There are several ways to cope with this. One can pretend that nothing has changed, and continue to pretend that this country is the same as it was. One can get angry and cynical, and make everyone around them unhappy as well. Or, one can hunker down, admit that one's views are now the minority view, and try to hold to the core beliefs that got the country this far in hopes that eventually others will see that the current path is a path to failure. In the meantime, I have to admit that I take a certain perverse pleasure watching as all of the supporters of the "fundamental change" begin to realize that there is a bill, a VERY big bill, for those changes, and that the only one who pays, when all is said and done, is the consumer and the taxpayer, and that we are both of them.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9-11 Ten years later

As I have in past years, I offer the following link

It's been 10 years, only 10 years, and we are forgetting already the horror of that day, and the heroism of the police of the Port Authority, NYPD, the EMS responders, and the FDNY members. All of these men and women went to the site, and knowing the danger and the chance of never going home, still went into the Twin Towers to rescue as many as they could. Their actions helped untold numbers of people escape to safety before the towers fell.

We owe it to them all NOT to forget, not to forget the horror and terror and tears of that day, or to forget their bravery, courage, and self-sacrifice.

We must not forget them for the same reason that we must remember all great heroes of our past. It is the heroes who show us what can be done, what greatness man can aspire to, and what heights we can reach for. It is the heroes of 9-11 who stand tall before us, leading by their example, personifying so much of what makes us a great people. It isn't the politicians, it isn't the Hollywood glamour stars, it isn't the current pop music stars, it isn't the svelt TV anchorman or woman. It is the first responders, men and women often working 2 jobs to keep their families fed, clothed and housed, men and women with dirt under nails, blisters and broken bones, who get up day in and day out to stand between all the bad things out there and the strangers whom they have sworn to protect. The least that we can do is to take one day to bow our heads and pray for them, and to thank them by remembering them.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to the USA, the greatest country in the history of the world

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

"An almost unbroken 50 years of deficit spending has finally brought us to a time of reckoning. We have come to a turning point, a moment for hard decisions. I have asked the Cabinet and my staff a question, and now I put the same question to all of you: If not us, who? And if not now, when? It must be done by all of us going forward with a program aimed at reaching a balanced budget. We can then begin reducing the national debt."
--Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 1985.

Ronald Reagan , President, 1981-1989