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Thursday, October 12, 2017:   Tebowing During the National Anthem
For the life of me, I can't figure out what the big deal is about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Kneeling is generally associated with reverence and submission. Various religions employ kneeling as a position of prayer. The Catholics genuflect and kneel during religious ceremonies. Muslims kneel during prayer. Those being knighted in England kneel before the monarch. Traditionally men get down on one knee as part of a marriage proposal. In many ways kneeling is similar to bowing in that it is a sign of respect as much as it is a protest as in the case of the NFL players.

So in my humble opinion, the players are simply paying their collective respect to the United States Constitution that gives them the freedom to express themselves on the grave issues facing our nation and the abject failure of the current administration to address those issues.

Don't know what "Tebowing" is. Google it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017:   What Happened to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?
We have reached a point where the supporters of the Second Amendment are violating our collective right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is time to change the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and if our elected representatives are too cowardly to do it, maybe we need to throw the damn fascists out of Washington and start all over.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Tuesday, October 3, 2017:   A Gruesome American Reality
"The worst mass shooting in American history". This is it folks. The new American reality. Get used to that phrase.

Thanks to the NRA, we have now reached a point where Americans will be dying in mass shootings on a regular basis and it won't be from immigrants or Islamic terrorists. It will be some millionaire nut case with an assault rifle.

Which brings me to another point. The NRA has done a yeoman's job of manipulating their messaging. They have managed to get the media to refer to assault rifles as long guns as if an assault rife is somehow equivalent to a hunting rifle. It is not. An assault rifle is designed for one purpose to efficiently kill other humans. Going forward, that is how they will be used and innocent Americans will continue to be murdered in mass. The NRA will make sure of that because gun sales go up after an incident like the one in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is America's First Amendment reality. Like all the other mass shootings, we'll grieve and cry and spend hours of news coverage on the victims and the perpetrator, but nothing will change. No, I take that back. Congress is now considering legislation to make silencers more easily available and more difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to consider some types of ammunition "armor-piercing". And in Michigan, which is the epitome of legislative stupidity, Lansing is considering a bill that would eliminate the the training currently required to get a concealed weapons permit and another that would allow gun owners to carry weapons in places like schools and churches that have declared themselves gun free zones.

Copyright J. R. Avery
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