The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


If you’ve followed this blog for any period of time, you’ve heard constant references that I make to the dogs with whom I’ve shared my life.  There was a dog in our home when I was born and I hope there will be one by my side when I pass from this earth.

Dogs have brought me so much joy with their simple ways and honest behavior.  They have in many ways been my guide – as important as any spiritual advisor.  It was not through their words but their acts that I learned.  So if you’ve concluded from this summary that I have a passion for dogs, you are certainly correct.

And that brings me to what I have learned from my companion dog Gracie.

Gracie doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.  She is one of the gentlest creatures who has ever walked this planet.  She interjects herself between other dogs at the dog park if she feels the playfulness is getting a little too contentious – acting as hall monitor.  I have often worried that, if there were a dog who was truly vicious while she was busy interceding and who attacked her, she would have no idea how to respond to this assault.

I’ve met a few dogs in my life who were, indeed, vicious.  Their number is far less than the people whom I could categorize thusly.  Those dogs, like many of those people, were unfortunate victims of their upbringing.  And as we look at our world today, it seems to me that our general abandonment of principle and love (other than the self-centered kind), has loosed far more vicious people on the world than it once knew.

We are now about to embark on a discussion on “gun control”.  The media, already bought and paid for, will show us scenes of horrible tragedies, mass shootings and stories about the helpless victims and the toll their deaths took on their families.  We should all bow our heads in prayer and reflection over what caused these tragedies and mourn those who died in them.  That is the very least we should do – and it is probably all that most of us will do.

Soon the rhetoric will begin on Capitol Hill and from the White House.  It will sound good if you fail to listen closely to the underlying emptiness of the conversation.

It will talk about the number of violent deaths caused by weaponry – and will totally ignore the walking deaths caused by welfare.

It will address itself to the undeniable tragedies of Newtown, CT and Aurora, Co and will lay the blame squarely at the feet of guns, while ignoring the fact that there are mentally ill people in this country for whom we provide limited assistance or help.

It will necessarily re-write history and ignore the reasons that the Founding Fathers incorporated the Second Amendment of the Constitution to uphold the First – Freedom of Speech.

It will ignore the facts about areas which have allowed gun ownership and have among the lowest crime rates and that areas which have restrictive gun control laws have consistently had more murders committed due to the use of illegal guns.

In essence, it will be a lie – as much that emanates from Washington has proven to be.

So today I made a decision.  I will admit that it was one at which I arrived after a lot of kicking and screaming.  I made a decision to purchase a weapon – not because I have any intent to go out and shoot up the town or rob a bank but as a matter of defense – for Gracie’s sake and well-being.

I am not thinking of it as a “gun” but rather, an “insurance policy”.  And while, as with all insurance policies, I hope never to have to call on the benefits for which I have paid premiums, I will be armed – and Gracie will be safe.

That is what responsible parenting is all about.  Isn’t it?

Comments on: "ON BUYING INSURANCE" (11)

  1. nearlynormalized said:

    “Protecting Gracie”….Do you have a concealed weapons permit? Are you going to protect Gracie at home? Are you going to take the gun to the park? We best beware, he be armed and loaded…

    • Despite being encouraged to get a concealed weapons permit by some advisors on the matter, the insurance plan I’m contemplating is a “home defense” plan. I am not expecting to transform into a “pistol packing momma”.

      • nearlynormalized said:

        So glad for you…Gracie will surprise you; in defense of you, I bet the Grizzly Bear comes out.

      • nearlynormalized said:

        I really could not visualize “Make my Day” kind of situation. Gracie, I believe, would become a Grizzly Bear if you were in any sort of danger and she was around.

  2. Isn’t it comforting to know that we have a choice whether to arm or not, whether to keep our decision to arm or not private and whether to carry concealed or not a personal choice so long as we remain law abiding citizens? Freedom is a wonderful thing and something that we should fight until our last breath to keep. As someone once said, dying is easy, everyone dies; it’s how one lives that matters. I’ve spent my entire life living as a free man and intend to spend what is left of my life the same way. Excellent article, as usual. May you and Gracie have many happy, loving years ahead together.

    • Yes, it is a great thing to have the ability to freely make choices – but given our present direction, I’m not sure how much longer that freedom will exist. That was one of my principle reasons for acting now on this issue – while I still may make that choice.

  3. A wise decision. but follow up and get training and practice, practice, practice. It’s a skill that has to be worked with as does the mental conditioning to make use of it effectively.

    But it’s the right thing to do.

    • Your advice resonates with that of two chaps from the dog park both of whom have extensive weapons collections and who guided me in terms of what they think I should select. I do realize that practice and simple matters like cleaning are both things that I will need to work on. Otherwise, instead of just shooting my mouth off in this blog, I will have the ability litterally to shoot myself in the foot.

      • I haven’t tried that but I’ve been reliably informed that shooting yourself in the foot is painful, and hard on mobility.

        In general, it’s one of the things I worry about, people who are not trained to use their weapon and/or prepared mentally to use it.

  4. We are supposed to have strict gun controls in this country, but somehow the bad guys seem to get their hands on dangerous weapons. It’s surprising how much illegal stuff the police find every week. Fortunately the problem is confined to the criminal world gangs nailing each other

    • A person would have to be incredibly naive to believe that the crooks and thugs are going to comply with any law to surrender their weapons. Obviously, they don’t comply with the law – or they wouldn’t be crooks and thugs.

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