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.”

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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.

Proud to be Born Southern

Being born in a southern state and living in the south my entire life is a great feeling as I have reached retirement age. You see, as a southerner I can say I have many experiences about life that you get when you live in the south.

If you live in the south or you were brought up in the south you have learned a lot through life experiences, and most of what you have learned will make you a better person. How’s that you may ask? I am glad you asked that question, so let’s get started.

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A true southern delight, biscuits, and sausage gravy. so good! Photo from bng.com images.

We learn from an early age to eat grits. In fact, grits with about anything is good. With butter, with salt, with eggs, with bacon. With sausage, with toast, with coffee, with sugar. Yes, we like our grits. Homemade biscuits, milk gravy, eggs, homemade jelly and jams, canned food…. YUMMY!

We may not get out and walk a lot, but we love our cars. Old cars, new cars, American made cars, we love them all. We fix them up and we fix them down. Sports cars, luxury cars, and vans.

Oh, we can’t forget the trucks. We really love our trucks. Big trucks, little trucks as long as it is a truck we are happy. Diesel or gas, big engines or 4 bangers, they all are good. 2×2 or 4×4, we love them all.

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Trucks come in all shapes, sizes and brands. Southern people love ours big, powerful and 4×4. Photo from bing.com images.

We love our greasy southern cooking. That is healthy eating for us. Fried chicken, fried fish, fried potatoes, fried veggies. French fries, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, backed potatoes with everything on them. Bacon burgers (3x extra bacon please). Pulled or chopped BBQ with homemade sauce, homemade slaw, onions. Catfish, crappie, brim… Are you hungry yet?

We love to hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail, dove, just to name a few.

Big homes and no traffic with lots of farm lands. Small towns where everyone knows everyone. Summer evenings watching little league baseball games, cooking out, sitting on the porch talking with family or neighbors. Fall evenings watching our high school football games, drinking hot drinks, hollering until we can’t speak.

We go shopping and see people we know. Friends, relatives, coworkers. We stop and talk and share our life with each other. We laugh, we cry we share our emotions.

We take care of each other, starting with our families then our friends. Family and friends are important to us. We believe in each other and we believe in what we stand for.

Back to sitting on the porch, watching the lightning from distant thunderstorms. Feeling the cool breezes from the storms or from the coming autumn. The smell of the rain coming, sound of the rain drops hitting the leaves and the ground. The mist of the rain blowing through the porch.

We shout at our neighbors as they drive by or walk by. The kids play in the yard. We hang our clothes on a clothes line, mow our yards, turn our gardens, grown our vegetables. Raise our cattle, pigs, and chickens.

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Southern people love our guns. We can tolerate a lot of things, but don’t mess with our guns. Photo from bing.com images.

We love to shoot our guns and then buy more guns. Go to turkey shoots, shoot at outdoor ranges. Teach our children how to handle a gun safely. Watch them as they shoot the gun for the first time. Take our guns apart, clean them and then put them back together.

Swimming in the lakes and rivers. Fishing in the same lakes and rivers. Camping out, cooking on the camp fire. Outdoor showers and toilets when camping. Sleeping bags or no sleeping bags. Crystal clear skies to gander at the millions of stars that light up the sky. Clean and fresh air to breath. Waking up to a chill in the air, cranking the fire up to get warm and start cooking.

There are many other reasons being southern is a great way of life, but the best reason is we value love, traditions and country.

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