My first inclination was to add a delightful GIF of George Takei saying the phrase ‘oh my!’, but I’ll wait until the feeling passes.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner people. So if you’re one who’s been tasked or volunteered to handle the turkey cooking this year, and if you haven’t already, you should probably take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge. Rarely does frozen turkey turn out yummy, just saying. Plus no one wants to deal with food poisoning at any time.
Time passed, still want to share it. https://goo.gl/images/XKX4Hm
This has been an interesting month for me. My son is in kinder this year and he, and all his classmates, were asked to be a part of a Veterans Day parade. Given we live in San Antonio and there are a few military bases around us, the parade was able to thank and honor around 200 veterans, per the school newsletter. Unfortunately he was home sick that day, so he didn’t personally get to be a part of the parade, but he was stoked to be able to take part in a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the kinder classes when he was well enough to go back, so it balanced out.
Also, in my perusal of news stories and such, I came across an interesting conversation of sorts between the NRA and doctors. Basically, on Twitter, a realm of social media I don’t dabble in, there was a tweet from the NRA wondering why so many articles in the “Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control” and being bothered why no one else (i.e., the NRA) was consulted on those articles. Doctors had a lot to say about the tweet, but especially noteworthy is the fact that a day after this tweet was posted, the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting occurred.
Now, here is where I’ll be blunt and honest with you. I don’t own guns, I don’t want to own guns, BUT I respect many of those Americans that do want to or already do own guns. I think guns are really fascinating mechanical examples of a lot of physics and chemistry lessons all wrapped up in typically metal “jackets” of sorts. I also feel that more should be done to stop certain types of guns being sold and limitations on certain types of ammo, but that part of the conversation is later on here.
The replies I was seeing from doctors regarding the original post from the NRA were really bad on the typical bedside manner scale, but they were blunt and honest. If you’re keen, check out #ThisIsOurLane on Twitter. The overall theme of the doctors retweets of the original NRA one were all about the strides they take as doctors to correct physical damage, heal and attempt to save those whose lives are severely altered by guns.
Now here is where things may get… divisive.
I’ve been trying to get a better understanding of the possible reasons why there is so much gun violence in America. There are pro-gun and anti-gun arguments that are pulled out after every shooting and instead of rehashing those, I tried to find research about guns in America. In my search I came across a very interesting article from Vox that shares some interesting points.
America does not have a monopoly on mental health issues, bigots, or extremists. What is unique about the US is that it makes it so easy for people with these issues to obtain a gun.
Not being a gun owner myself, I don’t know what steps would need to be taken in Texas to get registered and licensed to own a gun, but after doing a quick Google search I found this article that is both eye-opening and personally shudder-inducing with the lack of both a waiting period for gun purchases and lack of a background check.
I needed to complete a background check to work with the youth at our church. Every job I had, from flipping burgers to working in the mortgage industry, required a background check. Why would wanting to own a gun exempt you from that same step?
Estimated for 2017, the number of civilian-owned firearms in the US was 120.5 guns per 100 residents, meaning there were more firearms than people.
Being a crafter, I tend to collect craft supplies; yarn, buttons, beads, fabric, stickers, construction paper, glue sticks, etc.; so I can understand the desire to collect things, including guns. I know there can be historical significance in certain types of guns; flintlocks, old muskets, and the like, but I don’t see why you would need multiple guns that take high capacity clips. Could someone calmly and patiently explain that point to me? I am willing to listen.
The numbers complied about gun violence by researchers is chilling to consider:
The Gun Violence Archive considers events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot (but not always killed) in the same time period and place as mass shootings. By this count, there have been 311 mass shootings in 2018, resulting in 314 killed and 1,270 wounded. That’s almost a mass shooting a day.
Read that last sentence again: “That’s almost a mass shooting a day.” Guys, a mass shooting a day? Seriously? I got chills reading that and then I thought of the day in 2001 when I was sitting in the cafeteria and someone shared that a plane had flown into a building in New York. I was only a teenager then, but felt fear and anxiety that things wouldn’t be the same after that tragedy.
My brain then flashed to the time after the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012. I saw the news footage of children, CHILDREN, being led in a single-file line out of their school after the carnage happened and they most likely lost siblings, classmates and teachers.
My son has already had an active shooter “dry run” this year. I don’t know if that was the only one the school will do this year, but when we got the notice that his school would be doing that I thought back to Sandy Hook and wanted to hold him close and not let him go to school that day, dry run or not.
I am glad that training is happening in the schools to hopefully avoid scenarios like the Sandy Hook tragedy, but I wonder if limiting access to guns or even having a state wide, or even federal background check mandatory for all buyers of guns would help curb those purchases of guns that are then used for violence against other people.
All this to say, I don’t think I will every be comfortable with having a gun in our house, but I respect those who do keep guns in their house AS LONG AS the guns are safely stored away from children and the ammo is kept separate from the guns.
If you would like to have a conversation about guns with me, I am open to listening to you and having a civil conversation. Name calling, stereotyping and nasty behavior is not tolerated.