Thursday, June 12, 2014



Yet another shooting this week: two police officers and a double suicide.   This type of situation is no longer considered bizarre, but now has become an accepted norm in our society.    Children killing parents, social terrorist killing cops, and even children butchered in elementary schools will garner a few minutes in the news on the day it happens; and then we move on.  

I was pre -school age when I received my first toy gun.   My mother returned on leave from the Waves (Navy) and gave me a present of a plastic gun that clicked when I pulled the trigger.  This had to be in the early 1940’s during World War II.      

The first movies I remember were Cowboy and Indian movies that were all about gunfights. 

As a pre-teen I watched Army movies and read GI Joe and Battle Brady comic books.

I do not remember a time before mid-teens that I did not have a toy gun.

I received my first BB gun around ten years old; and my first 22 rifle (which I still own) about thirteen.

During my teens I owned two shotguns (double barrel 410 and single shot 12 gauge) and a 22 rifle.

Since that time I have owned numerous riles, shotguns and pistols.

And then there was the military…

I do not think my background is so different from other men of my age who were raised in rural communities.   Guns have always been a part of my life – but not an obsession.  

This new age of gun obsession has brought out people on the fringe of social normality.  The people who dress up and openly display a firearm are acting out fantasies.  They feed on the disquiet the public feels in their presence when they appear in a normal social setting brandishing a deadly weapon.     The obvious truth is these gun totters are not particularly bright, which adds to the aura of danger in their presence.  Without a gun they would otherwise be invisible.

This lunacy has been encouraged and condoned by politicians until now the inmates are running the asylum and we are past the point of no return. 

I do believe, at this point in time, there is no gun disaster so atrocious that sanity could prevail, resulting in common sense gun laws enacted and enforced.     

It is we the people who continue to elect politicians that do not serve the best interest of society that have allowed this genie out of the box, now we must inherit the wind.

the Ol’Buzzard    


  1. I have often said that any responsible screening process would be fine with me. But reducing guns to limit violence is like reducing cars to reduce traffic deaths. We need to reduce the number of homicidal maniacs wandering our streets.To disarm the law abiding public while leaving weapons in the hands of the low lifes is a prescription for mass murder not peace. It is violent people we need to do something about not the tools they use.

    1. No civilian needs to own an assault weapon or a clip containing more than eight rounds. And we don't need public carry - that only fuels the cowboy mentality that leads to what we are experiencing now. Common sense!

  2. I continuously state that my position on gun ownership would not ban your right to own a gun. I think owing hunting weapons and guns for self protection is a right. And of course it is the responsibility of a society to attempt to insure that gun sales are regulated. Most of neighbors and friends here in France own guns. But, in America, the issue of gun rights, the open carry idiots, the laws that allow guns to be taken into public spaces are self destructive. We cater to a manipulated fear driven macho populace that is living in a choreographed well directed Hollywood fantasy world of gun worship. No man is Dirty Harry, but in reality, a potential Travis Bickle...It never goes like your fantasy. But, of course the arms industry and their lobby is driving and feeding the madness. The far right conspiracy blowhards on the TV and radio have discovered that they have a discovered the mother load in stoking and exploiting the economic and racial paranoia that lurks in the dark recesses of American Psyche.We create our own monsters. The people who generate this type of rhetoric, whether they are politicians, pundit, bloggers, or anonymous commenters, need to own these violent acts. Their words are directly responsible. The only difference between the talkers and the doers is that one group actually means what they say, and I don’t know how to tell them apart anymore.

    1. The right wing gun supporters are encouraging anarchy.

  3. Guns don't kill people; Americans with guns kill people. For no reason. I will not be shot by a cop in Russia just for the hell of it, only if he is paid.


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