Pieces of Metal

“Fear not the weapon, but the person who wields it.”

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We live in a time when political factions are working hard to influence you to take a side on “gun control”, whether you live in the United States, where gun ownership is written into their constitution with the reasons why it’s important, or if you live in a country pieces of metal 1where gun ownership is illegal – politicians are working hard to sway your opinions.

When I was a child, my father owned two high-powered rifles and a WWII 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol (he was a WWII veteran) and a few other firearms. My mother on the other hand, has always hated firearms. She was never afraid that the guns alone would harm anyone, she didn’t like the fact that someone could cause great harm with them. In like manner, she didn’t like hunting knives, for the same reasons, but did not fear kitchen knives; she respected their sharp edges, but wasn’t afraid of them.

Around us every day are pieces of metal. In our pockets, we have keys, and if you know what to do with them, they are also weapons – should we make them illegal? Keys are to lock and unlock our prized possessions, but as my father taught me, “Locks are only to keep honest people, honest.” Keeping that thought in mind, if locks only keep honest people honest, and keys can become weapons, what difference does it make if we own keys, knives, ball bearings, bows and arrows, hammers, screwdrivers… an endless list of metal objects (and non-metal objects) that can kill? Humans make these objects, and they’re harmless until a human uses them to kill.

swords and gunsTravelling across the U.S. many years ago, via bus, I came into a city where we had a well deserved lay over. When we returned to the bus to continue our journey, much to our surprise, the bus company was scanning passengers for weapons, much like what the TSA does before boarding an airplane. Longer story short: I normally carry a small Swiss Army knife all the time, an old habit my father taught me, and I happened to have at that time a “Leatherman” tool kit on me as well – both of which my father gave to me, so I didn’t want to lose them. Security wouldn’t let me board with them and since my baggage was already on the bus, they wouldn’t let me put it in the stowed luggage. The bus driver heard our conversation and offered to hold them until I reached my destination.

When I reached my destination, he gave me my knife and leatherman kit, and I thanked him. I also pulled him aside, took out my wallet and showed him my martial arts instructors ID and told him that I was far more dangerous than a small Swiss Army knife and a leatherman tool kit. His eyes grew as large as saucers, then we shook hands and I left.

The point here is, there are MANY things which can become weapons with someone who knows what to do with them, including parts of our own bodies. We cannot outlaw everything. What we NEED do is to understand what the politicians don’t want to talk about, publicly:

  • WE have to take responsiblity for our actions, and stop blaming inanimate objects for the harm we do to each other;
  • WE also need to talk about the pharmaceutical industry and their drug pushers, mainly, psychiatrists for drugging us and our children – read the side effects of the drugs given for just depression, you will be surprised;
  • Lastly, we need to educate ourselves about what IS, not just what is being fed to us by whatever is your typical source of information.

One more quote in closing:

“I have seen the enemy, and it is us.”

 

All the best for your future!

Conservatism and Responsibility

Over the past few years, more so than the past few decades, we have seen a huge wave of liberalism sweeping through the United States and the world. Most notably the forced acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and trans-sexual “rights”, and more.

During the 1950’s and before, there was no such thing as rights for this “community”, as a matter of fact, same sex people were often considered to be mentally unbalanced and sent for psychological treatments.

In my lifetime, I’ve met and befriended some gay, lesbian and transgender individualsfree speech and learned that, at least with them, they tried heterosexual life, but found that they had a very strong attraction to the same sex that they didn’t experience with members of the opposite sex. They came to terms with those desires and accepted themselves.

While conservatives – not speaking of political conservatives here – have softened their view of this community by accepting them as individuals, liberals have resorted to forcing the acceptance of this community by violating the rights of others, conservatives or not, by forcing, for example, the supposed rights of this community to use whatever restroom, locker-room  they so choose. Now there is fight over what pronouns to use when addressing people. I for one will address a person with the pronoun that fits the persons appearance – male or female.

In the 1960’s, there was the era of liberalism which swept the world, and I embraced it almost wholeheartedly. Being brought up in a conservative home, as most of us were in that time, we wanted a more liberal society, but we knew how to push limits, not fall off the ledge. When you listen to the songs of the 60’s and early 70’s, before Disco music, the songs were still of love as well as the protest songs of the era. Now days, songs have fallen off the ledge morally and hit rock bottom. I can’t help but remember a song from the early 2000’s titled, “I Want to F___ You in the A__”. The limit’s in that song do not exist.

responsibilityThe really horrible thing about the age in which we live now is that everyone wants to have a voice, but not listen to others. Yes, we have free speech in most countries, but to shut someone off because they have an opposing point of view, whether backed with facts or not is not a reason to fight, verbally nor physically. We as a worldwide society now will not advance/grow until we learn to sit with each other and have discussions, even debates and at least learn to listen to understand, not just respond. We have to take responsibility for our words as well as our actions, not blame others or situations. We have the ability to make changes, but they have to be done with understanding and responsibility.

While this post addresses the sexual community, this applies to all aspects of life, including, but not limited to guns, immigration, culture, religion, economics, security, the internet and of course other situations which affect all of us, no matter how much.

If nothing else: conservatism as a base, your foundation, then liberalism as something you understand as a freedom and its consequences should be our goal.

Only the best for ALL, not just a few, please.