Happy 4th of July
We are so thankful for all the men and women who serve and protect our country. Therefore, we dedicate this issue to our military, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders. Without them, the flag wouldn't still be there.
God Bless America and its people!
How I Got This Way...
I labored a bit over whether to post this piece or not. The subject is controversial, to say the least, with zealots on each side of the fence, ready and willing to attack the idiots on the other side of the wire. So let me begin this with my own personal admission…I used to carry a gun for a living. Fortunately, I had a badge, too.
The problem in the firearm situation is not gun laws; we have plenty. I watched a lady on television the other morning as she pointed to a hundred-round magazine and claimed it should be banned because it’s only purpose was to kill people. While I believe that hundred-round magazines are quite a ways over the top, that lady was wrong. The purpose of any magazine is simply to contain ammunition.
The problem is not the police. Cops are in a re-active business. And, unless you can afford to hire your own force to be with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you simply cannot be completely protected. Even if you could afford your own herd of bodyguards, the situation is still pretty dicey. Ask the Secret Service.
The problem is not with guns. By itself, a gun is no more that an expensive paperweight. The lust for, and the thrill of, power is the largest villain. It’s part of our human nature. Most of us control it or manifest it in more socially acceptable ways. We become government officials, owners of companies, CEO’s, shift supervisors, high school principals, politicians, and such. Some of us become grade-school bullies, wife beaters, child abusers, rapists, killers, or writers. Others of us serve the lust for power by trying to do away with all the guns or advocate owning our own personal arsenal to protect ourselves from the United Nations.
The statement is trite; the statement is true. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. The guns are already out there, and all the laws on the planet won’t control those weapons or that tiny fraction of the population that misuses them.
The true issue is safety. We want to feel safe. We want to know that some severely bent individual will not come into a crowded theater and kill several of us on a well planned whim, bringing sorrow and grief into dozens of families who did absolutely nothing to deserve such horrific abuse. We’d like a guarantee.
Sorry. Safety is an illusion. Of the three big “rights”, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, number three is the only one to which we are entitled. We have no right to liberty or none of us would be in jail. And as for number one, jump out of a boat five miles off the coast of Florida and ask the ocean about your right to life. You will be sadly disappointed.
Some years ago, I took it upon myself to teach women how to effectively use handguns. I decided to instruct only women because women are that segment of our population most controlled by fear. People, they will hopefully never meet, tell them when they can go out, where they can drive, what time of day they can freely move about, where they can park, what laundromat they can use, on and on.
It was a very rewarding experience for me to watch the empowerment that came to a woman as she mastered the use of a firearm. The loss of perceived helplessness and the gain of confidence was marvelous to see. One thing I did not teach was self-defense. The very term implies that someone is already a victim. I taught women how to resist violence with overwhelming counterattack. From me they learned when there is no other choice, when there is no other option, when the situation is in the gravest extreme, how to kill someone attempting to harm them.
Those wonderful women were prepared to accept the responsibility for their own lives and not blame their fate on an inanimate object. They learned that responsibility for their own lives is simply the ability to respond. A lot of whiners don’t want us to have that skill, just as a lot of fools would have us band together and react as a group. The capacity to respond is not something a crowd, government, or police officer can do for us. Laws, gnashing of teeth, screaming of platitudes, pointing of fingers…none of that will help. Taking responsibility for ourselves does. And yet, it seems a lot of us are more concerned with fighting plaque than fighting for our own lives.
To become a victim does not require us to be victimized. It is a mindset. It is an attitude that is becoming alarmingly widespread. Taking care of ourselves is loosing popularity. Well, understand this: the most certain way for any animal to attract a predator is to appear weak.
Now, get off your computer or your phone or your tablet or whatever other device that you might be reading this on. (I am sure they have invented more than I am aware of...who can keep up with all this technology anyway?)
Go celebrate this great country!!
We named the channel David R Lewis. So, you can just type in David's name, and the YouTube search engine will pull it up, or you can click on any of the links below.
David performs some excerpts from his books, shares some memories of his youth, and rants a little about the writing process.
AND, HERE'S A DIRECT LINK!
David R Lewis
The Crockett Series
The CROCKETT series:
Remember: eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere. Here's the links:
Amazon Fear of the Father
Barnes and Noble Fear of the Father
iBook Fear of the Father
Kobo Fear of the Father
As we mentioned last time, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books. At present, 7 are out. Number 7, Behind the Badge, was released in eBook format, January 27, 2017 on Amazon and Smashwords and has made its way to other major distributors now.
Take to the TRAIL
DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. GLORY TRAIL was released on December 25, 2016. That makes 8 books in the TRAIL series.
Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. Below, we've included a few of the links.
Amazon Deer Run Trail
Barnes and Noble DEER RUN TRAIL
iBook Deer Run Trail
Kobo Deer Run Trail
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