12/31/12

Howdy all!  I MISS YOU!!  I’ve been so busy, and at times lazy, true.  The last time I wrote to you was December 2.  Well, I am still the guy who you might remember.  At least I think I am.  Probably am.  I guess I should do this more to help me remember something.  Any guesses what that is?  Well, if I go too long please forgive me.

Any hoo,..

Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! ~ Psalm 14:1

[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. ~ Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

Today is the end of a very hectic year; highs, lows, successes and tragedies.  Sometimes I read a news article that pops up on my screen and I just want to cry, or shout out loud.  Sometimes I jump for joy, and yes, sometimes I yell out “it’s about darn time they got what’s coming!”  But none of it helps.  Because it’s just me saying.  So, what really matters?  To me, I can say family, friends, fiscal freedom, etc.  But it truly lies in three things.  Sorry I wasn’t going to say God, Family and Friends.  Well they are part of it, but they are captured in these three things – Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Sound familiar?  Remember these three things?  Those who said the words first were willing to give of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  They were willing to give everything for us.  Yes, us.  We are their legacy.  We are their descendants.  Because of them, we are Americans.  We have the life of free men and women.  We have the ability to strive for our own successes, AND failures.  And above all, we are Americans; US citizens. 

These things also carry a great burden.  We must ensure that what the founders gave us is preserved for those who are to be our American descendants.  The most important part of our preservation comes in the manner we have for protection - the second amendment.  To take away the Constitution, the way of life we have and to transform it into something else, the right to bear arms must be ended.  This is an historical fact, proven time and time again.  So, what is the argument against guns?  They can cause serious bodily harm, and even death.  But do they do it themselves?  Obviously not, guns don’t go off on their own.  Even if there is a discharge from a weapon too close to heat, a person put it there to allow it to self-discharge.  The founders knew from their own personal experiences, and their pledge in the Declaration of Independence that they needed to protect what was to be preserved.  We need to protect what is to be preserved.  Not only the nation, but our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor need to be preserved, and therefore protected. 

Horror is horrible.  Loss of life is horrible, especially when innocent children are lost.  Worse, the innocent children who witnessed the loss of their friends will have to suffer the visual memory.  It is horrible, and something needs to change.  But what to change?  Guns?  Assault weapons?  Hmm, ok, why guns?  Is there anyone out there who truly believes that if a ban or restriction on any type of gun is set in motion, that the evil people who wish to do horror will obey it?  What is the definition of an assault weapon?  Does anyone know?  I have what I believe is the closest to correct.  An assault weapon is that weapon which is used to assault.  And what is the definition of assault?  It is the threat of violence towards another.  So, an assault weapon is that weapon of any type that is used to threaten another with violence.  Can a gun be used for that horror?  Sure.  Would it be any less horrible if the same people are killed with a knife?  How about a high speed car?  Sarin gas?  Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer and diesel.  Jeffrey Dahmer ate his victims.  Cain had no gun when he killed Abel.  9/11/01 was not perpetrated by guns.  These were evil people.  EVIL PEOPLE.  And what about those innocents killed in a school in China, by a person with a knife?  Do we do what has been proposed in England?  Ban all long, sharp pointed kitchen knives?  Even today, New Year’s Eve, we hear of someone who potentially wanted to kill, and without a gun!  A pregnant 27 year old woman, and her 31 year old boyfriend were arrested in NYC with explosive materials and papers titled “The Terrorist Encyclopedia”.  And the guy is a Harvard graduate and an OWS idiot!  Guns?  GUNS??  Should we also get rid of knives?  Let’s also get rid of Harvard Graduates.

Emotions will always run very high when a tragedy occurs.  It is then, that knee jerk reaction becomes the ‘fix’.  They never work as intended.  They are Band-Aids on a broken arm.

I don’t want to pontificate, (even if I am a little).  There is a reason why these things are happening.  It is not the presence of guns.  These people who commit horror needs to be stopped.  And they need to be stopped BEFORE THEY ACT.  The focus must be on the people who would act.  If you focus on the guns, these people of horror will watch the guns be turned in while they get a knife, a car, some diesel and fertilizer, or whatever they can get their hands on –LEGALLY OR NOT- to commit their horror.  Don’t buy the headlight when the transmission is broken.  We need to protect what we wish to preserve.  And we need to stem the horror.  But we don’t need to make these mutually exclusive.

Take care, God bless and especially, ESPECIALLY at this time in history,

STAND WITH ISRAEL!!!

Tom Kiley

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