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The Gun Sense Chronicles

bullets on Ben Franklin currency

The country was speechless after Sandy Hook. It took America’s breath away. It was like Americans got a gut punch we thought would never happen. After months of no government action, in September 2013, I wrote the blog post below. I thought it would be the first and only piece I would write about gun violence. I was wrong.

Ask not

President John F. Kennedy

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard came from President John F. Kennedy.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

For years this seemed backwards to me. What was so profound about asking what I can do for my country? It was me that needed the help. Then the other day, it came to me in a blinding flash of insight.

Indigenous

Earthday

I saw the above picture on Earth Day. I added the caption, but after I did, I realized that while it is a nice sentiment, it is in error. Earth was not created for anyone. Earth is a magnificent biological system. We are each blessed to be a small part of it.

Staying High

flying bald eagle

Whatever demagogues would have us believe about our country, we can be proud of each other until the time our government works not to make America great again, but one that recognizes and builds on the greatness we have achieved throughout our history and works to uphold the principles We the People believe in.

Big Brother Is Talking

foot crushing civilization
Photo Credit: Stefan Keller

Today our airwaves are being assaulted by the drone of newspeak. Big Brother was only the bogeyman in the closet until the Trump administration came into power. They have pushed him out and he walks among us.

World Without Walls

Hot Air Balloon Fest
Photo credit: Alfred Lichtenhauer

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. John Lennon"

What Do You BELIEVE?

stardust

photo credit: Pixabay

One question that comes from believers confuses me.
"Aren't you afraid of finding out there is a God after you die?"

Sin Is a 4-Letter Word

Sin
Picture credit: Gellinger

Sin can be defined as the negative aspect of the human rationale of right and wrong that varies from culture to culture.
Throughout the world, there are at least 80 words for sin, but what is sin, really?

Paradise or Paradox?

Heaven on Earth
Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash

The idea of heaven is much more of a paradox than it is a paradise. The world would be a better place if people would come to terms with the idea that Earth is an extraordinary place in the universe. It is one of the very few that supports life as we know it.

Why Are You an Atheist?

Biblical references do not explain the existence or non-existence of god(s). Only science reveals facts that allow us to reach logical conclusions.