The other day I popped onto Twitter, something I like to do every now and then. I’ll randomly Tweet replies to people trying to insight thought into the world… or piss them off [which is really my true goal].
One of the first tweets I saw after the Seattle Pacific University shooting was this:
Anybody who knows me knows that I’m pro-guns; however, I am very much anti-guns-in-the-hands-of-stupid-people. To do this I feel we need to work very diligently on creating less stupid people. I have not exactly figured out HOW we are going to do that, but I have ideas. Lots and lots of ideas.
My response to the moronic quote above was simply:
If I had a gun and was there, that shooter would be dead. If more people had guns there would be less shootings, if any.
To which he replied:
He didn’t reply to my next Tweets:
Ah, incorrect. For example The CO theater shooter specifically picked the theater BECAUSE it was a gun free zone.
If everybody had guns, and nobody wanted to live there, at least the would have the power to make that true.
I would rather live where citizens were armed and able than live in a fantasy world where the insane are the only sane.
Its insanity to think gun control will stop the death.
It didn’t dawn on me until yesterday, but at the time I had no idea that the person I was tweeting to was actually an actor from one of my all-time favorite TV Shows, “Lie to Me” [Seriously broke my heart when that show ended]. @Brenden_Hines was one of my favorites. Kudos to your acting skills, you play an intelligent man very well. Clearly great acting! 😉
As a thinker, and a planner, its a scenario I have ran over in my head a million times over. Not ONE time I’ve run over this idea have I considered that the best option for me is to be not carrying SOME sort of weapon. That being said, its been about nine years or so since I’ve handled a gun, though I was raised with them.
Truthfully, I’ve avoided guns due to the circumstances I was in, and the PTSD [and TSD while I was in it] from a severely emotionally abusive [or as one friend put it, torturous] relationship that has affected me on many levels. I sold the S&W .380 my dad gave me when there were visitors over at my and my then boyfriends house to pick up various forms of non-prescription recreational … yeah, I’ll just be blunt. Drugs [Weed, Mushrooms – the plants. Nothing really crazier than that.]
I wasn’t comfortable knowing that people knew there was a weapon in the house. At that point, the gun didn’t scare me, but the people around me terrified the crap out of me. It DEFINITELY didn’t help that I took this boyfriend shooting and he didn’t understand, know, or care to know and understand “The Rules”. It is VERY important if you’re shooting with me that you live by these rules. If you wave the gun around like a dumbass, then it’s clear you don’t understand or respect what is in your hands and it very well MAY go off unintentionally.
Aside from all of that, the issue with the world is NOT the weapon itself, but rather the people who are weilding it. We don’t need to take away guns from people. If we took away things that killed people then life as we know it would be AWFUL.
In 2012 there were 34,080 deaths from automobile accidents.
So much for cars! Clearly we don’t know how to use those.
In 2012 there were 69,071 deaths from Diabetes.
Damn you sugar, you gave me the sweet, sweet taste of death.
In 2012 there were 31,672 deaths by firearm in the United States.
(Somehow that feels a little high to me…)
In 2012 there were 8,855 murders by firearm in the United States
(Ah, there. That feels a little better. Where the hell are the rest of those numbers coming from?!)
Total ADD Moment:
At this point in my research, the numbers are hurting my brain. It’s 1am. Why am I still awake?
The United States is the Number 1 country when it comes to Rank of Ownership, that is, we have the most number of guns per capita at 88.8 firearms for every 100 people [damn, I didn’t expect that number at ALL.]
While the United States may have a large ownership of guns, we don’t tend to carry them around. I won’t lie, having a gun next to my bed is incredibly comforting, but what good is it if I’m not there? What good is it if its on the nightstand safe when I’m in the mall parking lot at night? What good is it if I can’t carry a weapon from work to my car when I park in a dark alley? What good is it to not even allow me to carry it in my car at work if I have to drive to the city later that day?
If I’m in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere, hell– the middle of somewhere!–and a gun is pulled on me [likely by a criminal who already isn’t allowed to have them], what should I do?
What good does ownership of a weapon do if we’re not allowed to have it with us when we might need it the most?
There are a LOT of things to consider in The Great Gun Debate, but the biggest one to consider has nothing to do with guns at all, and it has EVERYTHING to do with our children. I feel this blog is really going to need to become more. . . s0 more t0 come.
Despite all of this, I was watching Suits last night and saw Brendan on TV. I giggled and pointed and squealed “Hey, that’s the guy that called me stupid!”.
Brendan, thank you for once again making me realize that there are people out there that are irrational. I would be happy to discuss this further, but I’m pretty sure you’ve already made up your mind to stay closed.
[Now, if only I could convince him to adlib my name, “Eternity” into one of his lines as an acknowledgement to agree to disagree… what? I’m a writer… Girls got to have hope somewhere, right?]
I’m looking for a job that will allow me to go back to school. I would really prefer a work-at-home opportunity as I’m a driven, hard worker, and I work far more efficiently and productively if I work by myself. Odds are I can complete tasks in about half the time expected.
I’m looking for about $13-$16/hour and in the last week have easily filled out about 40 applications. The one the I’m MOST interested in right now is a PERFECT fit for my life circumstances and working towards graduate school and being able to still maintain my mortgage (which is hard as a single mother of a 3-year old).
The other nice thing about the work-at-home opportunities is that I have recently taken up bicycling. I lost 40lbs last spring alone on my bicycle, and I really enjoy going on long bike rides. The longest ride I’ve done so far is 60, with 2 50s, and several 40 mile bike rides. Theres something so refreshing about finally being able to spend time with ones own thoughts.
Currently I’ve applied at: Comcast, Verizon, Lockheed Martin (Security), Rite-Aid, Wal-Greens (Pharmacy Technician), Lowes (Cashier), Home Depot (Cashier), Target, Sterling (Call Center/Insurance), Logos (Call Center), Starbucks (Barista), Cash America, Check Into Cash (Manager), Transworld Systems (Collector), First Transit (Dispatcher), Amica Mutual Insurance Company (Associate Account Representative), DT Marketing, Amazon.com (5 different positions), Various jobs that look reasonable on Craigslist, Go Wireless, Best Buy, UPS, RadioShack…. and many many more. I think I have at least 50 applications in at this point.
If that doesn’t say I’m a hard worker, I don’t know what does.
I grew up with the impression that you should spend at LEAST half the amount of hours you’re looking for in a week looking for a job. And, if you want more than minimum wage, that number needs to increase.
I have the time to spend working for you. I’ll do a great job, and I want to do it. It turns out, its not that hard for me to look normal, either. I removed the studs in my face and its not so bad. Now, I just need to get some eyebrow pencils to practice these eyebrows with.