Common Sense From Dr. Stiff (@middledude) At The Blog, Grace Underway: Decision Time.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Decision Time.

 

By drstiff (@middledude)

 

It was one of those things you never see coming, until you do; if you do. Usually, it’s too late to avoid the hit, but when you see it coming, as I did, you CAN try to limit the damage.

 

A cool, clear evening during the fall of 2012 was the setting for potential tragedy. Cool air and solitude accompanied me on a walk to my buddy’s house, one block from my own. The shadows faded as I extended the distance between myself and the corner street light. I was alone. All was well.

 

I traveled the block in silence until my footsteps crossed the threshold of his front door. Robert was a recent acquaintance, and a welcome one. Even though he’s a gun nut, as in LOVES Guns, he does so in a responsible way, so we were cool. I’m not anti-gun; they’ve played a MAJOR role in my life; I like and respect them. We chilled, chatted and handled guns for a while until I felt the tug of my wife’s request to not overstay my leave. We packed up, I stood up, and headed out the door.

 

I scanned, up to the near street corner, and down the sidewalk towards the dim streetlight at the corner nearest my home. It’s my custom. Again, I was alone, walking. That didn’t last.

 

Two houses below the one I’d left, I felt the urge to check behind. I don’t ignore those urges. It’s my custom. Looking back revealed that I had company. Three young boys in their late teens were behind me, and they intended to rob me. Shit!

 

Four houses from my street corner, they were one house behind me. Shit! I doubted that a 48 year old man was going to grab this blue ribbon, but, I decided to try and make it to the corner street light that now seemed milesaway.

 

Checklist. In my possession? A crappy cell phone and a Bic lighter. Three houses to go. No wallet? No. WeaponTwo houses now …. One. Six hands introduced me to the ground. I wasn’t having it. I pushed my way up from the ground and screamed what would become my rant, “You are FUCKING UP, Guys. You have no idea how badly you are fucking up!”

 

They ignored me. Safety in numbers, I suppose, so they held me in place, two searching my pockets, the other held my arms, and my gaze. I repeated my rant. They ignored me and continued to search for spoils, even releasing my arms, but exposing a small knife. All while voicing disappointment in their haul. I repeated my rant.

 

I studied my options and decided that, so far, Things were manageable. I hoped they’d stay that way.

 

Eight feet away, a huge sheet glass window. In the ground next to me, a waist high piece of steel pipe. Sharp. Even rocks big enough to open a skull and close a casket. Was that going to happen?

 

I hoped not. I’d decided not, unless I had no choice. The voice in my head was playing now. If they stop at possessions, I’ll swallow my pride. But I’d had enough; I repeated my rant.

 

They didn’t ignore me. I looked at each of them. I’d convinced them. Fight or flight? Almost before I’d asked fate that question, I had my answer. It was flight, and I was relieved when they released me and ran with my crappy phone, lighter and their lives.

 

Decision time had come, and my decision had been made before they’d caught me. If they stop at possessions, I’ll swallow my pride. Luckily for me and the boys, things worked out just that way.

 

Was I mad as hell? Did I want revenge; retaliation; restored pride? Yes. Yes, yes and HELL YES! Luckily for me and the boys, I didn’t get what I wanted.

 

So, if all’s well that ends well, why is there more to read below this line?

 

This happened in Florida. The three Teens were Black. I am a 48 year old, White, Retired Professional. With my background, their crimes, and the Florida Stand Your Ground Laws, I could have killed those boys, and that’s wrong. I could have slaughtered them in the dim street light, walked home, called the Police and smoked a cigarette, and that must not be allowed to happen. That I could have, and still can, say I felt my life was/is in danger and use any lethal action at my disposal; those days must end.

 

Without requiring some respect for withholding escalation of force, deadly force and a punch in the face are equal, and equally acceptable in the eyes of the law. We know they aren’t equal responses.

 

The problem lies in that inequity. The problem lies with Inequality.

 

Stop the problem. It’s no legacy …. No future. It’s decision time.

 

Thank you drstiff (@middledude)

 

Please stop by Grace Underway and visit his blog site.

 

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JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO END GUN SALES ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM: Moms Demand Action Releases Video With a “Closer Look” at Gun Sales On Social Networks.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO END GUN SALES ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM

 

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Systrom,

 

Your platforms unfortunately allow users to buy, sell, and trade firearms without requiring criminal background checks.

 

Other online platforms including Craigslist, eBay, and Google+ have already prohibited these sales.

 

I ask that you put an end to this completely unregulated social media gun show and prohibit gun sales from your platforms immediately.

 

Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers.

 

Most of these sales and trades can take place without background checks, meaning that there’s no way to stop a Facebook or Instagram user from potentially selling a gun to a felon, a domestic abuser or another dangerous person who would otherwise be prohibited from obtaining a gun.

 

Send a letter to Facebook and Instagram’s chief executives and tell them to end this social media gun show now.

 

 

A Closer Look: End Facebook Gun Sales

 

Published on Feb 7, 2014

On the heels of Facebook’s 10th anniversary and the “look back” videos that have dominated newsfeeds this week, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released a parody video to take a “closer look” at how Facebook makes it easy for guns to be bought and sold online — without criminal background checks.

SHARE our new video and ask your friends to SIGN our petition asking Facebook and Instagram to enact policies prohibiting gun sales: http://www.DemandAction.org/Facebook

 

 

 

Moms Demand Action Releases Its Take on Facebook Anniversary Videos With a “Closer Look” at Gun Sales on the Social Network

 

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On the heels of Facebook’s 10th anniversary and the “look back” videos that have dominated newsfeeds this week, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released its own riff on the videos to take a “closer look” at how Facebook makes it easy for guns to be bought and sold online – without criminal background checks.

 

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Last week Moms Demand Action launched a campaign to call on Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) to prohibit gun sales and trades on their site. Unlike other online platforms like Craigslist and Google+, Facebook and Instagram allow gun sales and trades – making them unregulated online marketplaces where felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people can easily obtain firearms.

 

The campaign has shed a light on the vast, unregulated market for private gun sales on the internet. An estimated 6.6 million gun transfers occur every year without a background check, many through online transactions like those initiated via Facebook and Instagram.

 

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In 2011, the City of New York conducted an unprecedented undercover investigation of firearm sales online by determining whether unlicensed sellers advertising guns for sale on the internet are complying with federal law to refuse to sell to people who admit that they could not pass a background check – a disturbing 62 percent of these sellers agreed to sell to buyers who said they probably couldn’t pass a background check.

 

Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have called on supporters to share memes, post comments on Facebook, and tweet to #EndFacebookGunShows. The petition asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has already received more than 30,000 signatures.

 

 

Moms Demand Action: No More Silence

 

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December 14, 2013, will mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is partnering with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will culminate on December 14 with more than 50 events in 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over

 

 

 

 

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About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

 

 

I Used To Support Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s Bid For Texas Governor. I No Longer Do.

 

Wendy Davis supports open carry gun law in Texas

 

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I Used To Support Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s Bid For Texas Governor. I No Longer Do.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From By ASSOCIATED PRESS:

 

Wendy Davis supports open carry gun law in Texas


AUSTIN, Texas — The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that.

 

Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.

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History suggests that Davis’ position is a pragmatic one…Not if you use common sense. | AP Photo

 

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

 

Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign.

 

The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would “help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.”

 

But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree.

 

“There is little or no public safety justification for open carry,” said Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party.

 

Kellye Burke, who leads the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, also opposes Davis’ position. She said the open carry of firearms, whether rifles or pistols, “is meant to be a sign of intimidation. It’s not about protection.”

 

“I don’t think people are aware of it. They just haven’t seen it yet. People are completely shocked how strange and lawless it looks to have that kind of firepower in our daily life,” Burke said.

 

History suggests that Davis’ position is a pragmatic one. Former Gov. Ann Richards, a Democrat, vetoed a concealed handgun measure, but Republican George W. Bush made it a major campaign issue when he defeated Richards for governor in 1994. Texas passed its concealed handgun law the next year.

 
Thank you ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

I was a proud supporter of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis…but she took that support and traded it into the NRAssholes and gun manufactures without a care in the world. I am staunchly Anti-Gun. I support NO gun candidates for public office.

 

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Two Statements From Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Founder, Ms. Shannon Watts.

 

Statement by Moms Demand Action Founder, Shannon Watts, on Wendy Davis’s Open Carry Announcement

 

By Moms Demand Action

 

Earlier today, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced that she supports new laws that would allow Texans to openly carry loaded firearms in public. Davis’s position is disappointing and dangerous given that there is no federal or state requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Texas, making it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns.

 

In November, while several members of Moms Demand Action gathered in a restaurant outside Dallas, nearly 40 open carry activists stood in the parking lot with long guns – including semi-automatic rifles – waiting for our mom members to leave the restaurant. This episode of intimidation illustrates clearly that with rights come responsibilities, and passing background checks on all gun sales should be the priority before passing laws that allow open carry.

 

Davis has voiced her support for background checks – this past September she said, ‘If I were governor and a bill came to my desk that provided for background checks atgun shows, I would sign that.’ And just this week the commissioners of Travis County, Texas, stood up for background checks at gun shows in their county.

 

As a mother, as an elected official, and as a champion of survivors of domestic abuse victims, we expect State Senator Davis to do the same and close the background check loophole to protect Texas families.

 

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About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

 

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Two Statements From Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Founder, Ms. Shannon Watts.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts on Defeat of the Paul Amendment to Allow Loaded Guns in Post Offices

 

By Moms Demand Action

 

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We are pleased the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs rejected an NRA-backed measure today that would have allowed concealed, loaded guns to be carried in post offices. Moms from across the country came out in full force to oppose this dangerous amendment – making calls, tweeting and sending emails – and we are happy to see our political leaders heard us loud and clear. Forcing gun lobby priorities onto unrelated bills – with little debate and less concern for public safety – has been a tried and true tactic for the NRA. We’re encouraged that the Senators rejected the most extreme measure today, and we hope that the Senators will continue to work to improve public safety.”

 

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Statement by Moms Demand Action Founder, Shannon Watts, on Wendy Davis’s Open Carry Announcement

 

By Moms Demand Action

 

Earlier today, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced that she supports new laws that would allow Texans to openly carry loaded firearms in public. Davis’s position is disappointing and dangerous given that there is no federal or state requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Texas, making it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns.

 

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In November, while several members of Moms Demand Action gathered in a restaurant outside Dallas, nearly 40 open carry activists stood in the parking lot with long guns – including semi-automatic rifles – waiting for our mom members to leave the restaurant. This episode of intimidation illustrates clearly that with rights come responsibilities, and passing background checks on all gun sales should be the priority before passing laws that allow open carry.

 

Davis has voiced her support for background checks – this past September she said, ‘If I were governor and a bill came to my desk that provided for background checks at gun shows, I would sign that.’ And just this week the commissioners of Travis County, Texas, stood up for background checks at gun shows in their county.

 

As a mother, as an elected official, and as a champion of survivors of domestic abuse victims, we expect State Senator Davis to do the same and close the background check loophole to protect Texas families.

 

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About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

 

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Moms Demand Action: Daughter Speaks Out After Years of Gun Threats from Father


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Daughter Speaks Out After Years of Gun Threats from Father

 

By Moms Demand Action & Ms. Kathleen (Last name withheld by request)

 

How do you get over gun violence? The answer is you never do. It is always there haunting you, disturbing your dreams, creeping into your life, slowly but surely it overtakes you, until you start fighting back.

 

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On a bitter cold February evening, when I was 13 years old, I was watching Dynasty on the television. This was interrupted by a knock at the door. It was my father, who sounded drunk and angry. My parents had recently separated, and my father, a NYC cop and a supposed “good guy,” frequently had a gun at his side.

 

I was a little scared to open the door but when he ordered me to, I listened. He came into the house with much rage and a cold, blank look in his eyes. He did not hug me and tell me he missed me, he instead held a loaded .38 revolver to my head and asked me if I wanted to die first.

 

He then pulled the gun away from my head and asked me where my mother was. My sister was in the hallway, trying to protect her. My other sister climbed out of her bedroom window with her boyfriend, and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. I did not know that at the time, I was just in the moment, frozen and scared to death.

 

I then ran into another room, and soon after ran barefoot through the snow to another neighbor’s house. I left my family to die, and to this day I feel guilty for what I did. My neighbor was a police officer too and went to my house to try to calm my father down. I had no idea if everyone was okay or not. I just stood there frozen and feeling very alone, though I was being comforted by my neighbor’s wife.

 

Fortunately no one died that day, and despite the many tumultuous years and threats of gun violence, we survived. But part of me died that day, and has never been the same since. My life has been a constant struggle to fit in, to feel normal, and to find serenity.

 

Until you have had a gun pointed at you by your father, or someone you love, or even a stranger, you cannot understand the toll it takes on your life.

 

Think of those you love, think of your friends and neighbors, and children, would you want this to happen to them? Statistically, if we do nothing, it very well might happen to them, or to you.

 

My father is no longer with us. I felt a strange mixture of sadness and happiness when he passed. I no longer hate him; I understand he had a mental illness. That illness could have easily been under control if he had sought help. I no longer fear him, I only hope he has found some peace.

 

Now that I have a family of my own, and have finally found happiness, I fear that gun violence will enter my life once again, especially since I live in an open carry state. I constantly hear tragic news stories, and have to silently fear for my family’s safety nearly everywhere we go.

 

I am glad that groups like Moms Demand Action are fighting back to make this world a safer place. I’m glad that they are honoring and paying tribute to all of those taken by senseless acts of gun violence. I’m proud to share my story with them, and I’m proud that I’m starting to bare my soul and fight back.

 

To all my fellow survivors of gun violence, and to all those fighting to make our nation safer for all, I wish you nothing but love and happiness., and I hope you thrive.

 

This poem expresses the fear I felt for so many years.

Alive

When you held the gun to my head
part of me died
But, the part that remains
is very alive

 

I’ve fought many battles
to try to break free
From the prison you imposed
that day onto me

 

But I’m still standing
though I falter at times
I have climbed many mountains
and will be just fine

 

For I’m a steadfast survivor
and I’m still alive
you have not broken me
I WILL BE HAPPY AND THRIVE

 

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of gun violence and would like to share your story with Moms Demand Action, please email facesofcourage@momsdemandaction.org.

 

 

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