Several weeks ago I watched as President Obama tearfully laid out a plan to curb the gun violence that occurs in the United States on a daily basis. I noted his frustration as he once again spoke of the need to regulate and implement tougher standards for buying or selling guns in America.
Within a nanosecond after this had aired, Republican representatives and gun enthusiasts were quite literally up in arms holding the Constitution over the President’s head like a guillotine.
This Canadian gal just doesn’t understand her American counterparts desire to obtain and have guns.
Americans have this enshrined in their Bill of Rights. It is the 2nd Amendment in their Constitution.
Curious I pulled up this document and read it through. I wonder if the forefathers knew what they were putting in place back in 1789?
Classic Six Shooter
The thing is there have been amendments made and added to change, adjust or update previous Amendments and articles of the laws that govern. From the information available one of the last adjustments made was in 1992.
That’s fine. You want the right to bare arms. But why the fuck do you need an assault rifle that can discharge 800 rounds per minute or even a semi-automatic rifle that can discharge 180 rounds per minute?
This just makes no sense to me at all.
There are now more guns in America than there are people. I find this fact a little scary.
Back in 2011 I went to New York for the first time. I loved it, however, I remember coming through the Lincoln Tunnel at 6:30 AM and seeing armed soldiers with some very intimidating weapons on their person. The 10th anniversary of 911 had just passed and the UN was hosting a major event. The Occupy movement was in full force as well. I understood the need to step up security.
Still everywhere we went our purses were checked and often we’d have to pass through metal detectors and the like. It never occurred to me that perhaps many Americans could well have firearms on their person.
Occupy New York Sept 2011
What is even more confounding is when tragedies such as the thirteen killed at Columbine back in 1999 to the 26 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 and immediately thereafter the sale of guns increased exponentially. Particularly after the Sandy Hook tragedy. More guns were sold over a six week cycle than had been sold over the last 20 years! Utter the words ‘gun control’ and suddenly its like Black Friday down in the U.S. as citizens line up to stock up on their fire arms.
Times Square at 1:00 AM Sept 2011
I’ve been watching the election campaigns for the run up to the Presidential election later this year and truth be told it is beginning to get a little scary on the Republican side of things. The fact that Trump leading is so appalling on so many levels. Out of every republican candidate’s mouth has come the statement “WE WILL KILL ALL TERRORISTS!”
For the record, terrorism is a global issue. In order to stop terrorism, we need to first understand how and why it exists. Will going in and blowing up a country solve the issue?
I believe it will only make matters worse.
Trump is going to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out. That is quite frankly, so fucked up! There is already a wall there. This to me is tragic.
Sadly some of these ‘walls’ already exist
I am a member of Toastmasters International. When new members join we mentor them. I met with Luis after our club meeting last Tuesday as I will be mentoring him. The role of mentor is to let the new member know how the system is set up and to discuss the first two manuals so they understand their responsibilities. We are also available should they have any questions during the first three speeches that they prepare or deliver.
I love the opportunity to assist any one wanting to improve who they are.
Luis is 30 years old. He was born in Mexico City. At 15 years of age he went to Los Angeles to begin a new life. He had nothing and was on his own. At 17 years of age he came to Vancouver, BC up here in Canada. He has worked two, sometimes three jobs to bring his mother and brother up from Mexico as well. He has started his own company and is now married and expecting his first child.
Luis is now a citizen of Canada and what a stellar young man!
Yet according to Mr. Trump, all Mexicans are ‘thugs and rapists.’
Current snapshot of the U.S. – Mexican border
I am very proud of Canada’s ability to build on its multiculturalism. We are proof it can work. I’m not saying we’re perfect. Far from it. Sadly we’ve been very slow at dealing with our issues regarding First Nations people.
And I’m more than a little pissed off that our governments continue to sell off our resources and residential property to offshore buyers. That, however, is another rant for another day.
I am confused by my neighbors to the south. Confused and concerned. The intolerance that I see at some of these political rallies is genuinely frightening. Trump apparently didn’t know who David Duke was. Hell, I’m a little Canadian gal and I know who once was the head of the KKK.
When ‘black lives matter’ protesters showed up at the next rally, Trump quite handily demanded, ‘Get them outta here!’ And it was as if he was inciting the crowd to a level of intolerance that was becoming aggressive.
Eagle photographed in Harrison Mills, BC Canada
And security moved in fast to do his bidding. The fact that Trump is as hateful and ego driven as he, well I don’t even want to think about the possibility of him running the show down there.
Finding a really good head of state is an arduous task but some the qualities that are inherent are as follows.
Patience, tolerance, exceptional listening and negotiation skills, emotionally and intellectually sound and balanced. The person needs to be objective and be able to reason.
Trump has none of this. He is a bully. If you don’t agree with him, he’ll sue you. In many ways he is childlike, pouting and having tantrums whenever he doesn’t get his way.
Between the gun issues and this Trump fellow, America the beautiful is losing her luster. Trump says he wants to make America great again.
Not too certain of what his definition of ‘great’ is and I hope we never discover this.
To my neighbors in the south be well. We are all on this planet together and we need to learn to live together and share in the responsibility of keeping this world of ours in good working order.