Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Too Many Guns Essay

“When it comes to guns? We have just too many guns,  On the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods.”

-- Former Senator Hillary Clinton, 21 Apr 2016

Basically, she says that there's just too many guns, and we need to lessen the number.

Then she just leaves it at that.....letting the audience applause and news people wept tears from their eyes.

So the percentage to cut back?  One-percent?  Three-percent?  Nine-percent?  Eleven-percent?

Generally, if you draw a hundred gun-owners into a forum, and you ask each.....not counting their military-related time.....how many of them had ever shot someone....you'd probably have one guy stand up.  He'd ever be a law-enforcement guy, or just some unlucky soul who had some punk kid advancing at him at some quick-and-stop gas station with a gun in his hand.  The other ninety-nine folks will just nod, and note that they've never had to fire on anyone.....YET.

I grew up in a rural area of Alabama and if you asked a hundred farmers about their gun situation.....all of them will say that they've got some type of weapon on the farm.  It might be one single shotgun, or just a pistol they keep in the kitchen cabinet.  Most will respond that they might have used a gun two or three times to shoot coyotes on their farm, or some pack of wild-dogs.

My general suggestion for Hillary is to make this kinda interesting and offer a $400 tax-credit for anyone who goes down to the local county sheriff and turns in a weapon of any sort.  Five weapons.....five $400 tax-credits.   Naturally, no one will comment much on this, but these might be old guns which weren't really operational, and the $2,000 will be used to buy a new rifle and maybe take the wife to some Vegas casino for her birthday.

Oddly, after endearing almost eight years of the Obama presidency.....we can be fairly confident that there are probably ten-percent more guns in America today.....than there were in 2008.  Why?  That would be a good question to ask the president.  I'm guessing he'd prefer not to answer that.

One might eventually get to the other questions of importance.....is there too much beer in America?  Is there too much whiskey?  Are there too many bars?  Are there too many sluts in America?  Are there too many snakes in the country?  Are there too many obese or fat people in America?  Are there too many mentally insane people in America.  If numbers matter.....maybe we ought to talk about a lot of topics with the gun subject.

I'm guessing that might scare folks.....we might actually get to the one difficult subject to handle......do we have too many politicians in America?  And what would you do.....to get rid of them?

The Truth About Truth Commissions

Truth Commissions:  a device or gimmick....which is appointed to a job or task, with discovering and uncovering past wrongs by a government or event, with the ultimate goal of being resolution and preventing future events of a similar circumstance.

Various governments (the US, Mexico, El Salvador, South Africa, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, etc) have used the instrument to give the public an image of straight information.  Sometimes it works.....in a few cases, it fails.

For the US, one of the better examples of a truth commission is the Warren Commission, which took ten months to produce a 888-page report that said that Oswald acted alone and put the public at rest.

Another example....sadly....is the 9-11 Commission, which eventually put the settled upon the end conclusion that Al Qaeda acted upon the event without any sponsorship.  The blame was settled upon bad security practices at the airports, terrorism, and Ossama bin Laden.....oh, and the evil regime of Saddam Hussen was more or less added into this mix of issues.

After last week's revelation of Saudi private citizen sponsorship of the 9-11 act.....there's a lot of pressure building for the 28 pages of classified material to be released and better understand the actual sponsors of 9-11 terrorists themselves.  The value of the 9-11 report?  Pretty zero at this point.

This brings me back to the Oswald episode and the Warren Commission.  If the 9-11 report was to persuade Americans not to blame anyone or go any further....you have to wonder about the Warren Commission.  Did the mafia play a part in Oswald being there and getting the blame?  Was Oswald supposed to be shot in the theater, and the cop got shot instead?  Did Jack Ruby do the job to clean up the mess for the Mafia?

This is the problem with truth commissions.....they serve more to put the public at rest....rather than settle upon the truth.

My suspicion is that the 28 pages of secret information on the Saudis will be dragged out by some hacker, and the public will be infuriated by both Bush and Obama....demanding something be done about the Saudis.