Rumors have it…

If you want to know the newest and in most cases the oldest rumors floating around, go to your social media blog. Yep, it is simply amazing how many rumors just take on a life of their own.

People do not care anymore if they are telling the truth or if they are telling a lie. My friends, if you pass along a lie, it is a lie coming from you. Should I repeat this?

I would hope that all of us were taught to not tell lies and I know I try my best to make sure what I post is not a lie but is the truth on my social media accounts. However, I also know that I can make a mistake and post something that is not true. If I do, I hope my friends on that account will tell me so I can remove it.

This article is to those folks that are constantly posting without checking the facts. Oh, I know, it is a feel-good thing. “Pray for this girl, she has been missing and the worst is feared…” Oh, you didn’t check it out, she was missing 5 years ago, and found dead two days later… REALLY!

Some are just outright lies, there is no truth in them and we still post them, no matter how unbelievable they seem to be. “A hole is found in the ocean and the sea will dry up in 10,000 years” Ha, even if it was true, I promise you it would not affect me when I hit my 10,062-year-old birthday…

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Image was obtained from a google search. snopes.com

I use snopes.com to try to verify my post before I post them. I have found it to be reliable and it is simple to use. There may be others but this one is my choice.

Let’s all clean up our own back yards and stop the rumors we post and that others post. If you see something and want to repost it, check it out and make sure it is factual based and true. If it is, go for it and post it.

If it is not true, post the link of the information that backs up your findings on the original post you found it on and call it what it is, outdated, not true, not factual, etc.

Look at the source of who the original post was. As an example, an article from a mainstream news group is probably okay. One that is from lies4news, well may be questionable.

Here is just a couple of post I found today on snopes.com:

Did an NFL Player Burn an American Flag in a Locker Room? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/nfl-player-burned-american-flag-in-locker-room/

Is the Mississippi River Going Dry? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/mississippi-river-going-dry/

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

Where is the love of God in a mass shooting?

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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In reading the accounts of the mass shooting in Las Vegas you may wonder, where does the love of God go during a mass shooting?

The accounts were graphic and told a story of death from above. The shooter picked his targets at random in a crowded concert venue. The automatic weapon he was using sprayed death like we would spray water from a hose in our garden. By the end of the shooters reign of terror, almost 60 people had died, over 500 people were injured. The majority of the deaths and injuries were from the bullets sprayed by the gunman. He didn’t have to be accurate, he just had to keep firing.

While the shooting was going on people were trying to escape the bullets. Some were trying to hide from the bullets. Some were saying their final prayers while others were asking for God for safety. All were brought together in a mass of confusion and unity that few of us will ever know.

Blood would pour freely this night and the smell of the blood would be in the nostrils of all.

Screams, people shouting for help and whimpering’s would be heard. The rata tat tat of the gun fire would seem like it would never stop. Last breaths would be taken.

So, during all of this carnage, God where is your love?

God’s love was in the hearts and deeds done by the first responders. God would take on the role of protector and healer through the police, fire and paramedics. These people would rush in to save as many people as they could, regardless of the danger presented to everyone, they were doing as they were trained. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the concert goers that would help each other. The ones that used their hands to help stem the flow of blood from people shot. The ones that put the injured onto the back of pickup trucks, loaded them into SUV’s and cars and then drove them to the hospitals. Some shielded love ones and strangers with their own bodies, some cried for the dying and some cried because they were alive. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

God’s love was with the hospital staff that came from all over. Those that were off work, those that were scheduled to work and probably just volunteers wanting to help. The doctors, the nurses, the techs, the administrative assistants, the supervisors, the cleaning crews, the maintenance people, the IT people, they were all letting the love of God flow. God was with them all and with the people they touched.

Yes, God’s love was in the air that faithful night. Where there is darkness, God will shine His brightest.

Christian Flag and Church
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In the coming days, weeks and years many will ask why? I am not sure anyone can answer this question. There will be more tears, and anguish. Anger and loneliness will come to some. The empty chair at the table, the empty place in the bed. That phone call of panic, or words that no one wants to hear from the doctor or priest. God’s love is still at work, but we just may ne be able to see it.

As a nation, we will try to comfort each other. We will give our hearts, money and prayers to all the victims and families.

God’s love has not gone anywhere. God’s love is always with us and

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

The author is a Christian and this article is written from that viewpoint. 

Guns in America, the endless debate starts again

The mass shooting in Las Vegas from this month has so far killed 59 people and has caused the injury of over 500 people. According to police, one gunman is responsible for the carnage that was left behind. The shooter committed suicide when police entered his hotel room.

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Photo of people trying to hide during the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA. Google Images search.
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Photo of hotel gunman was at when he was shooting people at he concert. The winds shown in the lower right is where he was shooting from. Photo from Google Search Images.

But, not only is this another national tragedy for the United States, it has restarted up the debate about gun control. This is a very emotional hot topic in America and there is no easy solution.

The Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution reads: “Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” According to this part of the document that the United States was formed by, it is pretty plain, the RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

I think this leaves no room for debate, everyone has the right to keep and bear arms in the USA. One gun or thousands of guns, we have that right to own them all.

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Guns and ammo, they are a part of America, just like our apple pie and ice cream.

It seems that guns have been a part of the United States since the very beginning. There are many different opinions on being able to carry a weapon in the USA. You are reading mine now. I have been around guns, rifles, shotguns, and pistols almost my entire life. Since I was 21 years old and even to this day I have always carried a weapon with me most of the time. I have a valid concealed carry permit.

So, back to the shooting. According to Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account she wrote to put politics aside, but then makes a political statement in the same tweet. She says to fight the NRA “to stop this from happening again.”

Hillary Clinton
Photo of Hillary Clinton from a search by Google.com, images.

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Okay to Hillary and all the other people who want to change our Constitution. Let’s just say for the sake of argument a law was passed to outlaw weapons in the USA. Would this have stopped what happened in Las Vegas? I don’t think so and this is why I say this.

After the 1998 Port Arthur Massacre in Australia the Government passed the “National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996”, restricting the private ownership of high-capacity semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.

I visited Australia several years ago. While there I was speaking with a friend that lived there. He told me that the government bought weapons from the people and didn’t care if they were possessed illegally at the time or not. After this law as passed there was a period of time to turn in your weapons.

He went on to explain the police warehouses were “stacked to the ceilings” with weapons. I also spoke with a police officer while I was there. The laws are so strict in Australia, the police officer cannot carry a weapon home and must account of all the ammo after each shift when they turn the weapon and ammo in. By the way, this was within the past 7 years I was there and they were just starting to change of from a revolver to a semi-automatic weapon.

Yes, gun deaths are down in Australia, but they still have homicides and mass murders. The difference is that most are committed with chains, axes, knifes and various other means. The thing to understand is if someone wants to kill someone, they don’t have to use a firearm.

Now, where does the USA rank in homicides worldwide. Not including wars and suicides, the United States ranked 107 out of 218 countries in homicides in 2014. We are not even in the top 100 countries. This report was put together by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. According to same study, firearms was the choice of weapons in the majority of murders worldwide, there were still many that did not include firearms.

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Now, the people who want to regulate firearms will tell you if we regulate the firearms, instead of 50 plus dead, there may be only 3 or 4 dead. Wow, that’s great, unless you happen to be one of the 3 or 4 that was murdered.

The bottom line here is no matter what the USA does, people will always find a way to kill other people. This happens all over the world, in many different countries each day. So, with keeping this in mind, I will keep my firearms so I can defend myself against people who would like to harm me and my family.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.