Tag Archives: Gun Control

Thoughts and Prayers – Parkland to Vegas

From Los Vegas to Parkland – so much tragedy.  So much grief; sadness.

I get it.  The images are burned-in painful.  The thought of my kid in that school, of your kid in that school.  At that concert.

I get it.

The horror is almost literally overwhelming.  If I let myself, while lying at bed at night, I can get that feeling in my stomach – like when you dream you are falling?

I get it.

But I ask you, right now, in the comments section, without looking at Google – type the names of 3 of the victims.

Or even just 1.

From either tragedy.

I’m guessing you can’t.  So, if you are protesting, or are mad and posting, or are demanding action be done – why didn’t you do that February 13?

I think your mobilization has more to do with the hollywood marketed outrage and less about how you really feel about people dying by guns.

Put another way, why are you not mourning Larenzo Smith?

Parkland, Florida – Solutions on the Spectrum

The horrors we witnessed in Parkland took place a week ago this afternoon.  For many of us, the tragedy is still fresh and frontal.  For a few, those horrors will never end; that day in mid-February 2018 will define their existence.

I can’t imagine.  And, we’ve seen it before – we’ll see it again.  All of us, myself included, after the kids are in bed, are left with this question:

What do we do?  What CAN we do?

In the coming days I’m gonna explore my thoughts and my feelings.  I’m gonna think about what we can do, what I can do; if anything.

I’ve seen what seems like a never ending barrage of thoughts, and arguments, debate and anger.  Rage.  Despair.

And blame.

Which brings me to my point.  As I, we, explore feelings and define the problems looking for solutions – I want to do so from a position of mutual acknowledgement.  Namely that I love my kids, and yours, in the same manner that love your kids, and mine.


It’s likely, that as intelligent people with different histories and experience, we are going to arrive at separate conclusions after being exposed to the same body of facts.  And that, THAT, has to be okay.  It cannot be that those who shout loudest, most often and without regard to civility are allowed to carry the day.  Neither can we allow the debate to devolve into that place where we question each other’s motives.

This is too important to us.


Forgive Me

You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t approve of your solution to government incompetence is to give more power to the government to wreck my life:

The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the federal database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers, authorities said Monday.

Federal officials said the Air Force didn’t submit Devin Patrick Kelley’s criminal history even though it was required to do so by Pentagon rules.

Kelley, 26, was found guilty of assault in an Air Force court-martial in 2012 for abusing his wife and her child and was given 12 months’ confinement followed by a bad-conduct discharge in 2014. That same year, authorities said, he bought the first of four weapons.

Under Pentagon rules, information about convictions of military personnel for crimes like assault should be submitted to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Investigation Services Division.

Because you suck at what you do you want me to give you more power to suck at what you do?  I think I’ll pass on enabling your suckiness.


May God comfort the families of those that He called home tonight in New York.

Quick internet search:

Motor vehicle traffic deaths
  • Number of deaths: 33,736
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.6
All firearm deaths
  • Number of deaths: 33,594
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.5

If you want to save lives by banning something, there is more than one solution.

Conversation and the Second Amendment

It’s been a week now since a man in Vegas opened fire on thousands of people at a concert outside his hotel.

Many are questioning when we’re gonna have a conversation regarding gun control.

My answer?

We have – you just don’t like how it went.

The United States of America protects her citizens  through the Constitution.  And that document guarantees the right of a citizen to bear arms.

And make no mistake about it; it is not discussing the right to hunt deer and duck.  Or to defend my home from danger.  Not at all.

The second amendment gives me the legal a-ok to shoot back at a government gone tyrannical.

The conversation has been had.

Muslim Registration


It would appear it is upon on – a Trump presidency is mere weeks away.  And with it the specter of a registration based on religion.

Truly a heinous idea.  And dangerous.  And horribly unAmerican.

I am, of course, against any such registration.  First because it’s chilling and second, the constitution protects religion.


But for those of you on the left that agree with me I ask you to justify your position in light of your likely support of the registration of people exercising their 2nd amendment rights – owning a gun.

Put another way – why is it okay to restrict firearm ownership or speech but not the practice of religion?

ABC News Defense Of Gun Rights


A little old to be sure.  And maybe beside the point now that the moment has passed, but I found this defense of gun rights by ABC News to be very interesting:

  • Few prosecutions of denied gun buyers.

  • There are already enough gun laws.

  • They’re an invasion of privacy.

  • They might be too broad.

  • Criminals don’t submit to background checks.

Go read.

Gun Control Gone Crazy


Reasonable restrictions on guns isn’t wrong.

Unreasonable restrictions on guns is:

SUFFOLK, Va. — Two Suffolk second graders have been suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other.

Media outlets report the 7-year-old boys were suspended for two days for a violation of the Suffolk school system’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. They were playing with one another in class Friday at Driver Elementary.

“When I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well I was being a Marine and the other guy was being a bad guy,’” said Paul Marshall, one of the boys’ fathers. “It’s as simple as that.”

Conflict is part of us; part of who we are.  Teaching kids about the best ways to resolve conflict is fine.

This zero tolerance is a policy driven out of management fear.

Wherein Pino Proposes Make Sense Gun Legislation


In Minnesota DUI offenders can be mandated to carry what are referred to as “Whiskey Plates” on their cars.  These license plates begin with letters reserved in Minnesota for just such a reason; W, X and Z.  The idea is that any on duty officer, for any reason that should move him under the canopy of heaven, can pull over the driver of the car and subject him to a breathalyzer.

Perhaps we need to profile gun criminals.  For example, a quick look at anecdotal evidence from a single bust in North Carolina:

The police department worked in concert with  the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to identify the men, all known felons. The men and their charges are as follows:

Lorenza Dickens, 28, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a stolen firearm, aid and abetting

Tron Davis, 31, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime

James Taylor Jr., 30, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; dealing firearms without a license

Morgan Terrell, 25, of Rocky Mount;
receive/possess a sawed-off shotgun; possession of stolen firearm

Henry Purvis, 59, Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by felon

Johnny Darden, 51 of Pinetops;
possession of a firearm by a felon

Benjamin Mcpherson, 30, Rocky Mount;
dealing firearms without a license; receive/ship/transport of a firearm with an obliterated serial number; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; receive/possess a sawed-off shotgun; possession of a stolen firearm; conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. government

Andrick Johnson, 35, of Rocky Mount;
Dealing firearms without a license; possession of a firearm by a felon

William Cherry, 24, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a sawed-off shotgun

Mark Bishop, 37, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm

Donald Harrison, 47, of Rocky Mount;
arson/attempted arson

Darryel Hill, 23, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon

Wendell Lloyd, 29, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of firearm during a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; maintaining a place for a controlled substance; receive/ship/transport of a firearm with an obliterated serial number

Jamie Bryant, 35, of Rocky Mount;
possession of a firearm by a felon

Jimmy Hunter, 36, of Rocky Mount
possession a firearm by a felon

Ozay Richardson, 41, of Rocky Mount
possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance

James Woodley, 28, of Rocky Mount
possession of a firearm by a felon

  • 100% men
  • 100% known felons
  • 76% between the ages of 15 and 40

I’m just saying that maybe before we get all worked up about checking the backgrounds of people willing to submit to background checks, we should admit who commits crimes with guns and work to remove the guns from them.

Gun Control In America – A Solution Looking For A Problem


I like to think that I fix a lot of problems.  In my job I’m responsible for fixing things that are broken.  And, when all broken things are fixed and I’m waiting for t them to break again, I try and look for patterns, trends and other data that will help me in future situations.

Normally, when we see a trend in a specific condition getting worse, we investigate it, see if the trend is legit, and if so, work to mitigate it.  Understand it.  Fix it.

And then, after we think that we have put in place corrections, we watch it to make sure that what we did is really working.

And if it is…we leave it alone and just let it keep getting better:

Gun violence in America has fallen dramatically over the past two decades, and the number of murders committed with a firearm is down too, though guns are still by far the leading type of crime weapon, according to a new report from the Justice Department.

Gun violence is down.

As for where crime guns came from, the study notes that less than two percent of convicted inmates reported buying their weapons at gun shows or flea markets.

Any talk of this mythical “Gun Show Loophole” is bullshit.

Murders committed with a gun dropped 39 percent to 11,101 in 2011, from a high of 18,253 in 1993, according to the report.

Other crimes committed with guns were down even more sharply — from 1.53 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011, a drop of 70 percent, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

What we’re doing is working.  There may be no need to take any further action.