I stated before in a previous essay that the reason that 12-21-12 was chosen was because the Mayans just ran out of room on the big round rock!
2012 was a weird year here in the USA. We had a Presidential election that threatened to tear this country apart. There were very strong feelings on both sides of the issues.
I admit that I was one of those who had strong feeling about the way this country should go but apparently other, less intelligent voters, saw things differently than I.
There have been other things in the news besides the election. We had a few mass murders that hit the news. Most notably was the one in Colorado where a mentally deranged person shot it up in a movie theater and another mentally unstable person killed a classroom full of children.
Of course, as a result, the anti-gun idiots are having a field day! When are they going to understand that these killings cannot be blamed on the guns. This is a matter of security and mental health - or rather lack of mental health.
No person has ever been killed by a gun. I said it! I have loaded guns in my home and I'm here to tell you that not one of them in all of my many years has ever jumped from it's shelf and attacked me or my wife. Never!
For a gun to become a weapon, someone has to pick it up and use it with ill intent against another. Someone. Not the gun alone.
If guns are to be blamed for violence, then we'd have to blame forks for obesity and automobiles for drunk driving. The arguments that the anti-gunners use are ridiculous.
Many people cry, "There ought to be a law!". There are laws - many of them. They are just not enforced until after the fact. Laws don't prevent crimes. Penalties will prevent crimes to a certain extent, but laws in and of themselves do not. Illegal drugs are, well... illegal. So apparently it's impossible to buy and use these drugs. Right? ... Right?
No one ever says to themselves, I'd better not drive over the limit because it's against the law. They say I won't drive over the limit because if I get caught, I'll have to pay a hefty fine that I can't afford.
Laws are only good as a means to a punishment, not as a prevention. More people should recognize that fact.
Laws only persuade honest people from becoming criminals. In most cases, honest people don't even need laws because they'd act responsibly in any case.
If guns were to be banned by the government as they have been banned in Countries like Great Britain and Australia, and they were all confiscated, criminals would still find a way to arm themselves and prey on the honest folks who allowed their arms to be taken from them. This is not the way to combat the problem of mass shootings.
In Israel, and in Switzerland the populace is armed and their crime rates are some of the lowest in the world.
I mostly try to not editorialize in my blog, but at the close of this past year I realized that there were a few hot topics to talk about so this will be a rare exception to my self-imposed rule. See what I did there? I'm breaking my own law!
We have a new year before us! We have a chance to make it a better one than the last one. We have a leader that is attempting to lead our country into Socialism and away from the vision that our Founding Fathers held for the future of this country. (If you disagree with my assessment, please tell me why in the comments section below ~ click on 'add comments' or 'no comments').
There is a quote by Henry Ford that I'll post here for your consideration: "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian".
"Liberty can have bad consequences" Jerry Patterson
Happy New Year and Good day from the Geezer!