Friday, October 20, 2017

Democrat Infighting! No hope for the future

As the media is pointing out, Berniecrats are looking to divide the party. They don’t want to hear what the voters have to say on issues. They don't care about anyone point of view but their own.  Their candidates are not supported by mainstream Americans. Their platform issues are far too extreme to ever get pasted into law. They are working hard to get republicans and Trump reelected in 2018 and 2020. Their whole heart desire is to start a civil war.

Their hate and anger wants nothing more than to destroy the Democratic process and to remove all laws and rules resulting in total pandemonium. I fear that in New Mexico they are insuring that Republicans will win every race. I have no hope for a brighter future with these individuals in charge of our party.God help us all!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Gun Control versus Responsible Gun Ownership

I was raise in Southern West Virginia where guns were as common as grass.  There was not a high rate of deaths while I was growing up for one reason. Parents took seriously their responsibility for training their children from an early age the correct way to handle a gun and to respect the power of a gun. Mentally ill family members were not allowed around guns. At that time most mentally ill people were locked away in hospitals for the safety of the public and themselves
Still I had an aunt shot and killed by her sister because they were playing with a gun. My aunt left behind an infant daughter who was raised by an older aunt and my grandfather. Sylvia Marie was 25 years old when she died from a gun shot wound to the chest. I was taught how to use a gun at age 10. I was always told never to point a gun at someone unless you planned to kill them and accept the consequences of your actions. 

In the early 1980s president Ronald Reagan closed the mental hospitals in this country promising that community treatment facilities would become common as grass. Well that did not happen and because of it our society has unstable individuals wondering the streets. These individuals are free to buy or steal guns from people who take no responsibility for ownership. There are no consequences for selling a gun to a mentally ill individual who then turns around and kills mass numbers of people. Where there are laws they are simply not enforced. There is no personal liability for people who sell guns to unknown characters at gun shows. It is not like when I was growing up and you knew the person that you were selling a gun to and knew that person’s character.

Automatic guns have no real purpose in this country other than to cause mass casualties. No one would ever hunt with one of those weapons.  It would be un-sportsman like from the beginning. I can understand having cubs that own those types of guns if the public wants the experience of firing one but private ownership is just plain stupid. You are inviting a criminal to break in and steal those types of guns for the express purpose of killing law enforcement agents.  

Now I firmly believe in owning a hand gun for self-defense as long as the owner practices responsible ownership. Which includes being trained how to fire one and how to clean and store a gun in a safe manner. Anyone living in the home of a gun owner should also be trained.  Except for gun collectors no gun owner should have more than five weapons in their own home at any time. Gun collectors should be held to a higher standard of ownership where they are expected to have gun safes and protections to prevent their guns from being taken by criminals. 

As far as gun laws are concerned I believe you should only have laws that the law enforcement agencies are expected to fully enforce. If they don’t enforce them and someone dies because of it then they should have to answer for that failure.  Gun owners should be required to take training and pass an exam both written and practical before they can take a weapon home.

If these rules were instituted, I am reasonable sure we would have fewer mass shootings.  As long as we as a society allow individuals to buy large numbers of semiautomatic and automatic guns and allow gun sellers to sell to anyone without reasonable assurances that their guns will be responsibly care for and used then we are inviting more mass deaths.   

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The danger of being a pedestrian and a bus rider in the City of Albuquerque

This is my rant on this issue. I am trying to get a healthy amount of walking in during the day. I also decided to try our bus system within the city. I want to be environmentally proactive.

The major issues with this are: 

  1. The dangers of walking to the bus stop are many. Especially when you are a handicapped old woman. Nothing prepares you for the fact that even when you have the light to cross a major streets such as Gibson and San Mateo that cars will keep turning right on red. People who work at the military base feel entitled to run walkers down if you dare to step off the curb at an intersection. Just this morning I had a hard time crossing the street even though the crossing light was clearly on. Drivers don’t think they have to follow the traffic laws because there is no one to enforce them. The police are far too busy guarding the local Wal-Mart to be bothered with enforcing traffic laws in this city. 
  2. Now once you get to the bus stop then you have to deal with the homeless who have taken up living on the benches at the bus stops. Drug deals are only too common at those benches and out in the open in most cases. Drunks are not even pretending to be sober.  Again no police present whatsoever. The criminals and homeless think it is OK to drive normal working people away from the area. Why would any women feel safe at a bus stop when homeless people are asking to use their phones or asking for money or even offering them a beer? 
  3.  After you get on the bus then you have to deal with the drug addicts and the criminals that have been released from jail. People are often talking about what crime that they have committed on their phones. They tell the drive that they are going to see their parole office. They share stories about their crimes with other people on the bus. And the mentally ill and homeless that can get enough money to ride the bus are only too willing to take up five or six seats with their personal belongs. They are very on guard to protect their belongings and won’t allow anyone near them. They will attack for no reason if you get too close so you end up having to stand and hold on to a strap.  Perfectly healthy people will take up the front seats designed for handicapped and the elderly.You got to be a fool if you think they are going to move.

So my question to the people running for mayor is what are you going to do to change these issues and make it safe for working people to ride the bus system in this city?  If things don't change in a major way then why are you spending our hard earned taxpayer dollars on a system to transport criminals, the mentally ill and homeless people?