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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tucson Tragedy

This is going to be a little political and I apologize to anyone who does not share the same views. I am catching up on the news from this week. What happened was a tragedy and to use this as a political chess piece is shameful. A few points that I am going to raise from this are below. I am sure people will get angry at what I’m going to say. Sorry if you do but go meditate and get over it.

We need gun control.

Yes, yes it is our constitutional right to bare yadda yadda yadda. I agree and I know this might be shocking but I own guns. Do I own an Uzi? No. Do I think I’ll ever have the need for an automatic weapon? I’m guessing no but never say never.

I also don’t post YouTube videos about how I’m going to kill people or have a history of severe mental illness. Sometimes, in life it’s a good idea not to let certain people do certain things. I don’t give children lighter fluid and matches and I think maybe people, who have homicidal tendencies and are asked to leave school until they can prove they are mentally fit, should not be able to buy guns.

I’m the first one to say if I ever snap and I start posting crazy YouTube videos you should come to my house and take my guns away. At that point I have lost my right to have guns. This is not a hard concept to follow. I say I want to kill people you take away my guns.

Do I think stricter laws will stop all the gun problems in the US? No. However, at least as a Nation we have preformed our due diligence to try to keep the guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

Yes, I said it some people should not have guns. As well, if you need an automatic weapon to duck hunt get a new hobby, you’re not very good.

Being an extremist is not good.

I don’t care what political party you subscribe too or what ideation you believe you are, there are extremists on all sides. I know that I take for granted that people are rational and have common sense, but can we try? 

What the hell happened to being moderate and on the even keel? We are either bat shit crazy or we don’t care about the country. When did this happen?

If shows like The Jersey Shore can influence people (and it does) why would you believe that as a political figure you would not have some influence on individuals? Personal responsibility yes but we also can’t yell fire in a packed movie theater.  You should not censor your speech and telling individuals to take action is fine, putting cross hairs on maps with people’s names and identifying the state and location however…(shrug).

I don’t care if you get your feelings hurt.

You are a politician. You say things to illicit responses and maybe you make some bad decisions about how you put across your ideas. I don’t care if it comes back to bite you later. You have no right to whine about it. This goes back to personal responsibility. If I make a bad decision and a poor choice that is no one’s fault but my own.  People whine all the time - How life isn’t fair and the devil made me do it. It’s not my fault I can’t get a job it’s (insert whatever here).

Grow up. You’re playing with the big boys now. You made a choice to be a politician you need to put on your big boy pants and deal. If you make a mistake say YES I made a mistake. Don’t whine about how you’re so hurt and upset that someone would DARE call you to task.

People are looking for normal.

I will end with this. If you are ‘normal’ and can make educated decisions, are not an extremist, can admit when you’ve made a mistake, and have a brain in that head of yours, you should run for political office.

I think most people want someone like that.

I could be wrong but let’s try it!

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