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This is my spot in the blogworld to rant and rave and ramble - three things I do extremely well - and to just talk about my life in general. My blog has opened up a whole new world to me, and I hope you enjoy reading and commenting! Please feel free to do both. I appreciate your feedback.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
But this weekend was special because I got to meet and get to know his wife of almost 3 years, Megan. Along with Gavin, their 3-month-old son. I think Megan and Gavin were pretty worn out from all the holiday travel (they just got back from a week in Texas on Wednesday), so I tried to be as low key and low maintenance as a guest can possibly be. Craig and I talked for hours on end, Megan got a word in edgewise every now and then, and Gavin definitely got his 2 cents worth in, though I sure wouldn't describe him as a fussy baby at all. We drove around the VT campus which I hadn't really seen in at least 5 years, since all my friends have graduated, so I have no reason to go out there any more, then Craig and I stole away for a while so I could see the house my mother was born and raised in, and to make a quick stop at the liquor store since the night before, Craig and I did kill off the bottle of bourbon I brought with me. All in all, it was more than worth the 7+ hours of driving (round trip).
Craig, by the way, was in the middle of stint as a company commander when DADT was repealed. His only observation was all the money that was wasted on "training" could have been used more constructively. As everyone should feel, who you sleep with isn't anyone else's business. He knows I'm gay, couldn't care less. I guess all those afternoons and evenings with me at my house and riding around all over the place (his parents were gone a lot, I filled in for a lot of transportation) proved what most of us already know: gay != child molester.
Now for my political rant du jour. Everyone in the world is aware of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. It breaks my heart to even think about it. Well, of course the liberals now want to ban all "assault weapons" and the 2nd Amendment wonks want to prove that guns don't kill people, people kill people. What kills me is the latter's STUPID STUPID comparisons and statistics that they post. I honestly thought that most of my friends on Facebook (whom, with very few exceptions have been or are friends in real life) had more brains than this. I'm not going to argue either point here, but I am going to rant about the chosen statistics.
I thought most of my friends would be smart enough to realize that the majority of murders are "crimes of passion" - a husband catches the wife cheating or vice-versa, or some a drunk playing poker catches another drunk cheating. An awful lot of murders are committed under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or rage. They grab the first thing handy (which is seldom an assault weapon since they are in such a small percentage of peoples' homes versus baseball bats, knives and rolling pins which are probably found in 90% of peoples' homes. Most of these murderers are "one timers", they're not hit men, they're not mad men (well, they're mad in the sense of incensed as opposed to mentally ill), they've killed, they've gotten it out of their system, they are usually remorseful as hell, and they wind up in prison even though there's a good chance they'd never kill again even given the same set of circumstances. Now I know there are drug-related deaths, and gang-related murders, but again, they are a small subset of the murders, and they are almost always carried out with small handguns (they used to be called Saturday night specials).
So, am I arguing that it won't do any good to ban assault weapons? No, I'm arguing that smart people ought to use smart arguments to try to influence others to come over to their side, or at least see their side of an issue like gun control. Stop posting disingenuous crap that means nothing, doesn't contribute a damn thing to the "conversation" and for Pete's sake (whoever poor old Pete is), you better be ready to have a conversation because it's coming, and trying to dig in your heels and not be willing to compromise usually means you won't get what you want, or even a small portion of it.
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- Jay M.
- Richmond Metro area, VA, United States
- 50ish gay man, pretty much OUT and thrilled to be there! So happy to be finding friends and like minds...say hello if you wish! Feel free to follow and comment.
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