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Nine is a great age to be. Your old enough to be aware of what is going on in this country. You are full of ambition! you are into sports, a take charge kind of girl! One day a member from congress is going to speak at a supermarket and you are excited to see her. The sun is out, its beautiful in Arizona in January.

Your there in the crowd and in a moment you have seconds to live. A young man starts shooting, your nine, smart, you start running away from this evil person. In a nanosecond, your world has gone from being a happy 9 year old: to dead. This coward shot you in the back, Christina Green. The bullet hit your heart. The bullet was the 13th or 14th out of the ammo magazine in his rifle. Once the law said you could only carry 10. Folks felt that was taking away freedom from them and everyone in America can carry larger ammo magazines.

Its said if The coward had only a 10 bullet magazine limit, a nine year old girl probably could have lived. If I were in power, I would think no one would argue should we limit the size of ammo magazine to 10 bullets. It takes seconds to put in another. I am amazed the logic used to argue against even doing that. Anything that people see as a threat to the 2nd amendment: the answer is no.

A neighbor of mine has more guns and rifles than I have seen in my life. I kid him and ask him what does he think is about to happen? He never laughs back. He says,” I am ready for anything, and Obama is not going to take away my guns!” That’s the reason congress can’t pass any gun control law. They want the vote of the 2nd amendment crowd. These folks hate Obama and don’t believe what they see on television.

They only watch Fox news and maybe Alex Jones or Sara Palin. They feel the Government is a block away from knocking on their door. Some feel give an inch, more rules they say will lead to a ban on guns. The fight must continue, because stupidity always looses in the end. We have on our streets now, thousands of every type of gun and rifle you could imagine. Guns are like drugs; give me a little bit of time, I could get you what ever you want to buy. Most people are not like me and if you make it tougher, you could slow the shooting down and the killing.

I wish I could say if you passed every gun control act asked for, the country would suddenly be safe. It would be a little bit safer but that’s all. Good and Evil will always be with us and evil always finds ways to do its bidding. jail terms should double if you had a gun, shoot someone, life even if the person lives. Make it so bad that if you shoot a person in a crime, your life is over. You are off the streets.

In every city in every state in this country a person will be shot today with a gun and die. Mothers will weep, congress will do nothing but fight with each other but we have to keep trying to reduce the size of ammo magazines. Lets try and get congress to pass that one thing. How tough can that be? write or call the people who represent you and ask them to draft a bill asking just for that. Think back to that January day when that little 9 year old was running away in the parking lot. She was shot with the 13th or 14th bullet. Do it for her.

8:21 PM PT: It has been three years now. Gabby Gifford was giving a speech. A 9 year old girl came to see her. Three years!  Congress hates 9 year old  girls

or they are complete cowards

Originally posted to Vet 65 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:11 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  I was just thinking about Christina Green on (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, Vet63

    the other day.  I admire Gabby Giffords but I think skydiving on the anniversary was not as respectful towards those who died as another gesture might have been.  Just my opinion....

    What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot

    by Catkin on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 11:16:25 PM PST

    •  Catkin (1+ / 0-)
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      I did not think about that, She might have mentioned the liitle
      girl. Maybe she is not ready yet. She came close to beinf killed herself,
      thanks for yoir message,

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 04:53:49 AM PST

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      •  Good point, Mike... (0+ / 0-)

        as I said, just a reaction not very well thought out:)
        I just grieve for children cut down by violence we all do.
        I appreciate your diary.

        What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. Crowfoot

        by Catkin on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:08:06 PM PST

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  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 03:52:55 AM PST

  •  he didn't have a rifle (2+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, ladybug53

    he had a handgun

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 04:03:39 AM PST

  •  It's baked in. (0+ / 0-)

    This is not a "bumper sticker" communication. It's not able to be distilled into a sound bite. It is a coherent thought that takes some effort to introduce to you and is still not gift wrapped for the Instant Gratification Crowd. Well, there is a two word construct that sums it all up, but working out what I mean from just Social Epigenetics would take longer than just reading the rest of the comment.

    Almost everyone understands evolution, to at least some extent. Some folks understand it through an example of small changes over a few dozen thousand years - a very detached perception of the process. Others, they have an immediate "in your face" perception of the process through examples they can see happening such as animal husbandry or dog breeding.

    The fundamental aspect of such physical evolution to be held in your mind is the rate of such changes - it is generational NOT chronological. At the reproductive rate of a dog a single person might be able to commandeer darwin's Natural Selection and steer into existence a chihuahua the size of a labrador.

    This same generational rate of change is also at work in our social structure, as beliefs and methods of perceiving the world are passed from one generation to their immediate individual children.

    Examples of this generational rate of change in society can be seen in the way that the worst treatment of blacks in the south largely held sway until those who had fought in the civil war had largely aged out of their ability to continue to perpetuate their most closely held slaveholding beliefs and their personal methods of perceiving the world (discriminatory). The children of those immediate participators do hold some of those beliefs, but not as strongly nor as closely. Strom thurmond's actual talking filibuster required more emotional investment in the issue than any of the subsequent generation has regarding the slavery / black citizenship / black equality issue. Count the years - a guy of 20 who fought in the civil war and then had a child right afterwards that was taught to hate blacks and yankee northeners and abe lincoln etc.... That child would have been on their own deathbed hearing that guy MLK talking about having a dream, because that child would have been born around 1870 and been around 93 years old come MLK giving that speech. That original participator - he was enough of a believer that he was willing to kill for it.

    I'm speaking in broad strokes here. OF COURSE there were some civil war soldiers who fought for the south merely because of reason X or Y or Z that was entirely different than fighting to keep their right to buy people. But they were more of an exception rather than the rule. Because while that original participator in the civil war was willing to kill, he was also enough of a believer that the possibility of dying in pursuit of that belief was not large enough to send them all to their homes.

    Another example would be gays. This is more easily seen because more of it has happened recently, and many people even here on DKos have commented that discrimination against gays is ending as the oldest generation dies out, taking their discriminatory beliefs with them to the grave because they have not (largely) been passed on to their children. Yes, there are a (relative) few who have taken on their parents' anti-gay discrimination with fanatic zeal, but statistically they are also the exception rather than the rule.

    Now, to tie these together.
    I have taken an example of "Change happening in a life form on the grand scale" and pointed out that Grand Scale change happens at a Grand Scale rate, not by years.
    I have taken that Grand Scale Rate and given two examples of how the status of what is and is not socially acceptable also shifts at that timescale, not by years.

    I submit that the whole "Guns!" issue is also subject to that Grand Scale rate.

    Right now there is an amount of "Hold to your guns" that is being engraved into the public at a "First Generation" impact level. Lilith Gardener asked about the "Registration List Becomes Target List" issue a while back, and I spend just an hour on google finding examples of the whole "Gonna Take The Guns" performed both here and abroad. Link to comment thread.
    The public sees the legislative history of the registration list in california being used as the Search Warrant list.
    The public sees the legislative history of the original ten round limit being put in place in New York state and the subsequent "Next Step Down The Slippery Slope" where that limit was reduced to seven rounds in the NY Safe act.
    Now the timing of this one is important: Having seen ten rounds be "The Number" for years, the colorado public sees NY make "The Number" lower - just before the CO legislature steps right up to the stance where NY had just been. It's like standing and watching someone step up to the curb and then leap into the road, followed by the next person stepping up to the curb in just the same manner - suddenly there is worry that this next person is also going to leap into the road just like the first.

    These things are engraving a series of beliefs and methods of perceiving the world onto a significant portion of the population NOW. A series of beliefs and such that only strengthens each time there is encouragement for a course of action that can be described as "The Nanny Is Taking This Away From You". Whether that description is or is not true is not very relevant, it is the PERCEPTION that the nanny is coming that is what is driving these "Hold To Your Guns" beliefs to take deeper and deeper root.

    And what happens to beliefs that are engraved deeply into people? Those beliefs remain active in their minds for the rest of their lives. Just like beliefs of white superiority remained active in the minds of the soldiers of the civil war AND THEIR CHILDREN, fading slowly... So too will the people who feel wronged by this era's gun control movement continue to remember and pass their experience on to their children.

    It is exactly this simple: The more that the 'Gun Control' groups actually act like a haughty nanny, the more that the 'Gun Nuts' will dig in their heels and refuse to give any more than the entire bureau of laws that are now on the books.


    I leave you with the fable of the sun and the north wind, and I ask you readers to think about which one would be preferred if they were the traveler and they were clutching the first amendment.

    The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak.
    They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other.
    Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveler fold his cloak around him;
    and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak.
    And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two.
    •  JayFromPA (0+ / 0-)

      I am so sorry I missed your powerful message.I am asking for
      laws that allow loved ones with 2 Doctors agreement, to lock
      up the mentally ill. I have no desire to enter any gun debate,
      Chicago has harsh gun laws, nearly 500 were killed because of Guns in 2013.
      I have a very ill son,he will shoot you if he decides your evil. It is a very low threshold to be called Evil by my son. Mentall illnesses  kill people. Have 10 bullet ammo clips, why is that so bad? The little girl needed a second or two more, and she MIGHT still be alive.

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 08:08:50 AM PST

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