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Get home from work on Friday, and plan to sit in front of the biggest AC vent in the house all weekend. A steak, a few beers, and movies with the family sounds like a fine plan.
Then I hear about Colorado.
Sympathy, anger, resignation for the inevitable Brady Bunch to start screaming. Again.
Aurora. Colorado Springs. Virginia Tech. Columbine. On and on.
I was always under the impression that as I get older, my patience and tolerance would increase. It seems to be the opposite. As I look at the rash of shootings over the last 10-15 years, my tolerance grows thin, same as my father. It seems as though nearly all of these shootings occur at "gun free zones." Turns out these zones are not so gun free after all. And yet they continue. And will continue.
Because nothing is done to deter them.
We all know that outlawing guns or any restrictive legislation will have the same success rate that outlawing drugs has had. None. It is at this point that I feel I have turned into the same grouchy, intolerant, angry person that my father is. The solution is simple, yet the majority cannot see it. They feel that the solution will add to the problem. Their solution is what would truly add to the problem. And this frustrates me. Yeah, the antis will get their day in the sun, more legislation will be demanded, the families will bury their dead, and it all gets forgotten until the next one.
And more will die, because we have legislation to save us from ourselves.
They fear us, the ones who can and certainly would help. We who play by the rules.
Funny thing. As I get older, I sound more and more like my father, a combat vet. And know I know why.
Universal Background Checks...the next step towards registration and confiscation.
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Yeah, one morning you just get up and look in the mirror and there's your old man looking back at you. Surprisingly, he looks a lot smarter than you remember him.
"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come." ~ Confucius
As similar things happen I notice the same thing happening to me in regards to the old man. It makes me truly thankful for who he is and that I had and still have him around.
"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" ~ Mark Twain
As I got older my father seemed to get smarter and make more sense. When he died it was like a whole library had burned down. I miss him.
"Confidence is food for the wise man but liquor for the fool"
I realized that I had turned into my dad shortly after he died. More amazing is that my 27 - year old son is turning into me. He joined the Army because I had recently retired form it. He became an Airborne Ranger because my first branch was the Navy ( he wasn't about to go that far) & I was in the UDT, later the SEALs, both of which required being Airborne qualified & I was a Paratrooper in the Army. I never talked to him too much about the military or what I did but that's the route he took on his own. He felt he had to keep the tradition going.
My dad, my son & I profess Christianity, freedom & 2nd amendment advocacy. A love of God, family & country. Since I was in the Army during my son's early childhood I don't believe I was such an influence on him as to "brainwash" him. My dad was soft spoken & rarely would you hear him talk about politics. But I knew.
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The tolerance level builds to a certain point, then you just turn into a crotchety old man!
Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.
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Seriously, though, you're right: nothing will change so long as nothing gets done other than cleaning up the messes. So long as those daring to carry the means of their own defense are criminalized, and so long as criminal-empowerment zones are so plentiful, murderous cretins will continue to be drawn to prey upon the most vulnerable. Sad, when it's our hirelings (the political hacks and judiciary types) doing it to us.
Your dad's been through the mill, your just catching up!
You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This means you have grown up and matured into a fine individual. You don't get old by being stupid. I told my wife my goal was to become a grumpy old man....well, I can check off the grumpy part and I'm well on my way to the old part. The older I get, the more I understand my Dad...and the more like him I get. Knowing the kind of man he is, I'm proud...as I'm sure you are as well.
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No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.
It means your dad raised you right. I keep reminding myself of that every time my wife says, "You sound just like your father!".
Beyond the dead and wounded in Aurora, I would be disappointed to find out one of them was a holder of a concealed carry permit who chose to go unarmed along with the sheep. And from this point on it will be even more stupid because of the copy cat devils out there.
How bad do you really want to see this goofy movie?
Well, pretty bad. I did bring a wee arsenal with me, heh-heh.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.