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Life Liberty Over Killer Liberty; Many People Are Too Stupid To Have Guns

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by Drogo

Gun advocates may not respect me for various reasons. Although I have fired, and own several types of guns; I sometimes do not use correct terminology for them. I also prefer collecting and using blades over guns for various reasons. Also as an adult, I prefer Peace over War.

However I am still a warrior, a fighter, and a veteran soldier (5 years service in the ANG). Also I respect and like guns as a tool for killing enemies worthy of death; or for hunting, although I am not a hunter.

All that being said, I have also been:

1.  Shot at by drunk rednecks

2.  Threatened at Gun Point several times

3.  Had several friends die from being shot

If you have had any of these type of incidents happen to you, and are afraid for your life, or have a similar PTSD like I do; and you still want to defend the freedom of everyone to have guns, over the need to reduce the amount of guns and people that have them… then i will respect your opposing opinion. If you have never had any of these terrible things happen to you, and you support gun possession over gun control; then you are probably ignorant and should shut the hell up before some-one shoots you or you shoot some-one else. I speak from experience, because I once favored gun violence freedom (when I was a kid and teen), over the right for people to live that want to live in peace. I now think I was wrong, and that way of thinking is ignorant or unethical evil produced by fear (Nazi shit). Trust me, I do understand that way of thinking, i just think it is wrong.

So yes, I may sometimes call a gun an automatic weapon, when it is only a semi-automatic model; or some other semantic issue that someone thinks is a huge problem. I however think that the thousands of guns, untold amounts of ammunition, and unknown amounts of insane people that will use them irresponsibly, are all together a far larger problem.

As a warrior I do not believe that adding more guns to the situation, will solve much; that is why I do not carry my guns with me in most cases. Mexican stand-offs often create more tension, and more potential for shootings to be provoked. Although if all testosterone driven gun-addicts shot each-other, that might make the world a safer place (after the mass shootings are over).

I have also heard the argument that other countries without guns have higher blade violence, and such things like the insane person would just use a blade or bomb instead. I do not believe the statistics support these claims, and certainly do not compare in number of deaths. Guns are simply easier for insane idiots to use, that is why they are used to get the body counts. If the crazy people have to work harder, like have skill with a blade, or build a bomb, the odds are that they do not do it, as other factors stop them; or if they try they are unsuccessful at killing as many people. The people that use bombs, would most likely be the same people that want to use bombs in the first place, and people that would have otherwise used guns, would not be able to use other weapons in the same way for numerous reasons: psychological, intelligence, skills, and environmental factors. The simple fact is many people are too stupid to have guns. I admit I may be one of those people, because I think I should have guns if anyone should; and I am sure people more unstable than I am feel the same darn way. I think there should be a grandfather clause for existing gun owners, and then start restricting a little more, at least until we have evolved enough to behave ourselves on the whole. (which may be never)

http://timelines.latimes.com/deadliest-shooting-rampages/

“In one year, GUNS murdered 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States.  http://bradycampaign.org/facts/

The GUN Murder stats per 100k > US: 4.14 Canada 0.76 Australia 0.44 Germany 0.22 England/Wales 0.07. US has the highest gun murder rate.”

World Homicide Rates = USA 4.2 vs UK 1.2 = we have 4x the homicide rate that England does; combine that with the Gun Murder Rates, and Cultural Psych Studies, it is clear that the availability of guns is our problem. It is not because we are more violent a culture than England.

* This all being said, I end this article with a prayer for all the innocent victims of gun violence against them, or accidental shootings. May my friends all rest in peace, and the souls of all those victims, even ones I would never know, go on to a better state of being, and may their remains rest in peace. May we learn to resolve our problems in this world more peacefully from now on, and may we not have to worry about gun violence in the future, whether by some middle-ground or by a safer way of living. *

So mote it be. – Drogo Empedocles

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Related articles: https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/batman-vs-guns/

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Batman vs Guns

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Legal / Laws with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by Drogo

This article is written in response to all the shootings and mass killings that have happened as a result of guns; most recently the Colorado “Batman Movie Theater Slaughter” (apx. 70 shot, 12 killed). Also the author has had several personal experiences with muggers, psychopaths, and convicted felons.

For those that do not know about the comic book character Batman*, let me start by saying that although he is a violent vigilante, he is against guns and murder in general. Batman is against guns in principle because his parents were shot and killed by a mugger outside of a movie theater in the 1940s. So Batman uses intimidation, martial arts, non-lethal weapons, and citizen arrests to deal with criminals. Although he has dark periods when the horns on his cowl get longer, and he may feel like dealing justice by killing a criminal, he fights against the urge to do that because he would become too much like the enemy, and because he specifically fights against armed people that hurt others.

“Far, far more Americans are killed every year by firearms, in this country — 31,000 in 2010 alone — than were killed on 9/11. We have terrorism right in our midst.” – Dan Rodricks NPR fb-blog

Historically it is true we killed each-other more often using primitive weapons, however i believe in our culture today it is harder to kill someone by using a primitive weapon because we actually are more ethical in general. The 2000 US Census clearly shows guns being the primary weapon used in murders, and all other weapons were significantly less.

Guns kill more people than would be killed if we did not have them today, simply because guns are easier for idiots to use, and it is an easier weapon to kill more people with (than a blade for example). By using a gun, one is less connected to a victim, and there is less time for empathy, morality, ethics, or someone else to stop you.

Despite the fact that gun murders are higher than any other weapon, no one is going to take guns away from us (2nd Amendment to the Constitution). However it is safe to acknowledge the fact of the statistics as a basis for conversation about how we can help people like that shooter to either be more responsible, or if we cannot help them enough mentally then we should make sure they do not have access to guns (or any weapons for that matter, which means confining them or banishing them).

Now granted, in the case of this shooter in the theater, he may have just resorted to using explosives if he could not get guns; but the statistics do seem to favor the use of guns for people into killing other people. Whether every person that killed using guns would have killed using another weapon, i do not think so, but im sure some would have. Im not saying take guns away from responsible people, im saying we should improve the desire for people to be responsible in communities, and to do that we need to be more responsible.

I personally relate to Batman because although I am a conscientious objector to wars (see my book “Ten COW” that I submitted to the US Air Force), I am not a strict pacifist because I believe in self-defense, some hunting, and the ability to use force to defend others. So like Batman, I would prefer to be peaceful, but sometimes there is a need to meet violence with violence, even though violence is wrong. Also like Batman, I prefer not to use guns.

So in closing, I would like to say that we should all be more like Batman; because he clearly cannot handle the work load by himself. Sure not all of us are fit enough, trained enough, wealthy enough, or brave enough; but we can still be more like Batman by looking into the shadows for other lost souls to help by being their friend, or to find help for if we can do nothing ourselves.

RIP all my friends who have died from accidental or intentional gun use: BJ McMurray age 13, shot by his brother in the heart while hunting; Martin Mouser died age 20, put a beer can on his head while drunk for his friend to shoot off, and got shot in the heart; Mike Mihalik aged 20s, gun shot in the heart; etc… those 3 boys were known and loved not just by me, but many other friends and family members. May they not be forgotten.

* note: Batman is a trademark character of DC Comics and this is not for profit.

Historical Modern Genocides

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by Drogo

Modern Governments, Wars, and Leaders Caused these death-tolls:

50+ million dead: Mao Ze-Dong (China & Tibet 1949-70)
12+ million dead: Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) – concentration camps, civilian deaths and POWs
8+ million dead: Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908)
6+ million dead: Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39)
5+ million dead: Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44)
2+ million dead: Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-22)
1.7 million dead: Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79)
1.6 million dead: Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94)
1.5 million dead: Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78)
1 million dead: Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970)
900,000 dead: Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982)
800,000 dead: Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994)

* Native American genocides number in the millions, but are harder to estimate.

Pine Beetle Plague

Posted in Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Drogo

Ponderosa Pine Northern Mountain Beetle Plague

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum: Arthropod

Class: Insect

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Scolytinae

Genus: Dendroctonus
Species: D. ponderosae

Pine Beetles have been decimating the forests of Montana, Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, and parts of Canada. The current outbreak of mountain pine beetles is exponentially larger than previous outbreaks. It is the worst outbreak ever seen by many loggers, as millions of acres of trees have died since 2007.

The mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is a species of bark beetle native to the forests of western North America, from Mexico to Canada. It has a hard black exoskeleton and measures less than half an inch. Mountain Pine Beetles inhabit the mountain pines trees for which they are named; particularly: Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Mountain White Pines such as Limber and Scrub Pines, and Scots Pine. Other pines are less commonly attacked.

During early stages of an outbreak, trees already injured from poor site conditions, disease, old age, overcrowding, storm or fire damage are attacked. As beetle populations increase, healthy trees are attacked. The beetles kill the trees by boring through the bark and feeding on the phloem layer, where they lay eggs. Pioneer female beetles initiate attacks, and produce pheromones attracting other beetles for mass attack. The trees respond to attack by increasing their resin output to defend itself. In addition to the amount of burrows, the beetles carry blue stain fungi, which can block the tree resin defense. Over time (usually within 2 weeks of attack), the trees are overwhelmed as the phloem layer is damaged enough to cut the flow of water and nutrients. In the end, the trees starve to death.
The damage can be seen from afar, in the form of reddened needles. Entire groves of trees after an outbreak will appear reddish for this reason. Usually, the older trees die first. After long and hot summers, the mountain pine beetle population can increase dramatically, which leads to the deforestation of large areas, and wild fires.

White pines are slow-growing trees and may not even bear cones until they are a half-century old. John Muir counted tree rings in the California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. One white pine trunk was just six inches across, yet over 400 years old.

WARNING: Rising temperatures during longer summers speed up beetle metabolism, and therefore not only increases their diet, but also speeds up their cycle of reproduction. It may be the largest forest insect blight ever recorded in North America. Climate Change has worsened the situation so far, and Climate Change is furthered by the significant effects of the plague on forest capability to filter greenhouse gases.

Here are some mixed approach recommendations if you are a property owner with trees that are dying:

1. Cut the dead ones, and keep thinning your woods (just as you would for fire protection)

2. On single trees you can try packs of pheromones, but the effectiveness is uncertain. Like with Deer repellent there are too many variables that get in the way of the desired effect.

3. Hire a company to spray your woods (get together with others)

* Fun Fragging Facts:

The lifespan of a single pine beetle is about one year.

Temperatures less than −40 °C for days, kills most pine beetles.

Although Climate changes may be increasing plagues in warmer areas, some hope may lie in Climate changed areas that are colder, with longer winters (like winter 2010 on the East Coast).

Creative Humans Vs. small crushable Beetles = Humans win!