Tragedy and Faith

December 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

I can not escape the impact of the Sandy Hook School shootings and I don’t even live in the same country.

As a Canadian my view about gun control is much different than many of my southern neighbours, where the tragedy occurred.

Why do normal, everyday, law abiding, metropolitan living citizens even feel they need to own a gun?  I can understand if you lived in the woods and hunted game for your food.

What I don’t subscribe to or believe is that if my American neighbours banned guns is that there would be a rise in violent crime. We live in a gun control society and our violent crime rate is not higher. This most recent incident being a perfect example.

If said young man hadn’t had access to multiple guns and ammunition, 20 children would be with their families right now instead of in a morgue. The argument that guns don’t kill people is pure bullshit. Guns DO kill people, in droves, little kids in numbers, without discrimination.

If said young man had showed up with only his fists and a knife, let’s say, he would not have been able to do as much damage as he did.  Yes, granted, irreparable damage would have been done. But not on the scale that it was because a sick young man had access to multiple, quick firing, remorseless weapons.

As much compassion as I feel for my southern neighbours, I’m ever glad that I live, and store my faith, in a country that puts the right to health care before the right to weapons ownership.

Christmas and Commerce

December 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

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Christmas is a joyous time of year, it is also very expensive.  I won’t digress and delve into what I think about all the unnecessary spending and just accept that it’s a reality of our current culture.  In any case, last year we decided to try something new in our family that would save everyone a lot of money.

We agreed that everyone over 18* would buy one non-gender specific gift worth no more than $10. We put them all in a box then later in the evening we each, in turn, drew a gift from the box. We made a rule that no one was allowed to SAY anything when someone else was picking, but it was a hoot to see the expressions and gestures we all made trying to veer each other it was like a game show.

It was so much fun and we’re doing it again this year.

*Grandkids (0ver 18) notwithstanding because Grampa bought them all their own gift anyway.  😛

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