BookExpo America New Title Showcase
Show dates: May 28, 29, 30th
New Title Showcase Booth #3105
277 White Street, Buchanan, NY 10511
8. Our Freedom in jeopardy?
(Part of chapter 8.)
While we are busy keeping our daily lives in order, and working hard, we must also have our time off for relaxation. Most of us have hobbies or play sports that we find relaxing and enjoy, I love to sail my boat as much as I can, which never seems to be enough! It wasn’t always like that. Remember when we would be entitled to two weeks of paid vacation after a full year of work, and after eight or ten years we might be allowed three weeks?
Today, many jobs begin with three weeks vacation, and I know of some that, after several years of service, have as much as nine weeks of paid vacation time per year. The term “flexible time” is used often to describe a workweek that changes the operating hours to suit the individual. These give a greater freedom to the individual worker, allowing them to spend more time relaxing with friends, and doing favourite things.
Often have I been jealous of schoolteachers, having six or eight weeks of summer vacation time. I could take that sailing trip I just never had enough time for, or paint the house all in one summer and still have enough time left over for a nice camping trip! Now my feelings are of concern for the teachers. The violence in schools has increased in frequency in recent years, and in severity as well, with mass-murder shootings on the increase. So many lives—children, teachers, other adults—
senselessly destroyed. It affects families, friends, and even whole communities.
Each time such a horrendous crime takes place, the gun control debate goes into full swing, but the real problem never seems to be addressed properly. The real problem must be with the person doing the shooting. Often there are lame excuses as reasons why the individual lost his/her mind and goes on a rampage.
One of the most controversial subjects is gun control, and of course there are many others that come into play as well, when we start something we haven’t done for a while or something altogether new. Gun control, however, is a very important subject that brings out the best and the worst in people, and there are no simple answers—considering that in countries with some form of restrictive or total gun control the crime rate is not any less.
Let me stress that not all crime is gun-related. In areas where permits are issued to legally carry concealed weapons, the crime rates have dropped to some extent. The US second amendment was created for the reason of keeping citizens’ safe. The second amendment must be protected ‘as is’ because if allowed to be changed or taken from the constitution, by those with a poorly thought-out agenda, it will be gone forever. There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights as passed by the Congress: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Gun control is not altogether bad, but in many cases it has proven to be ineffective in reducing crime. The big problem with gun control is that the proponents tend to propose ridiculous laws that target the lawful gun owner, not the criminal. There are many aspects of gun ownership that require responsibility and a serious, rigid training program should be one of the requirements before ownership be granted. Any gun control laws, to be effective, must be enforced by an authority such as a police force or similar law enforcement agency.
Some games like laser tag and paintball tend to muddy the waters, as young children and adolescents come away from these games often with the illusion that they used real guns. They looked realistic and so they killed only to have their victims get up and come along to go for a burger with them afterwards. This, I believe, clouds their understanding of reality and makes it difficult to know what is real and what isn’t. Arcade and video games that some youngsters play for hours on end are also conditioning their minds to unrealistic expectations of their actions. Some of these games are so awful and brutal that it makes me shudder.
Something to look forward to: an Atomic Bomb exploding over a big city !
The picture below is the picture of my book cover superimposed over a picture of a big city.
Very realistic as a preview, to make us aware that if President Obama continues to give in to Iran's demands for their Atomic program, this could soon be a reality and the world would never be the same.