It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
All the Rage These Days
(For a few days "until this one blows over")
A friend of mine wrote a column about Occam's Razor. In it he "simplified" the liberal/progressive gun regulation position like this:
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"Since this shooting (Parkland), I've once again heard from non-gun owning friends of mine that have proposed that the first and best solution is for America to rid itself of all of its 300 million plus guns. They say that by doing so we will eliminate any future shootings of any kind."
We live in Gunland *
I whupped up a response. Here 'tis, for your dining and dancing pleasure:
You say some of your “non-gun owning friends” think: " the first and best solution is for America to rid itself of all of its 300 million plus guns.” What wildly radical friends you have. Australians? I don’t want to be tarred with that brush. It sounds suspiciously like the “they’re coming to get your guns” (probably in black helicopters) fear meme from some of the Alex Jones types and is patently ridiculous. Please tell that to your non-gun owning friends for me.
You know I consider my self quite “liberal” (and am stuck with the label “progressive”). I think gun confiscation is supremely stupid and would NEVER work in the U.S. I would have to think my plan for working on our toxic gun culture would be pretty darn lefty, but reasonable, sensible and non-repressive… and might actually help. You know it, but here it is again:
No guns for people who have committed serious violent crime (including domestic violence), no-fly-listers, illegal aliens and “people of interest” under police observation.
A gun registry; gun law and weapon handling training - and the demonstration of competence in both.(like for our cars) Any cross-state-lines laws would default to the toughest standards state involved - even when it’s California.
Mandatory liability insurance based on the number and type of weapons owned. (The only ‘penalty’ for owning an arsenal.)
Prohibit civilian ownership of military style long guns, and specific limits on ammo capacity for all other semi-automatic weapons….But allow shooting ranges where you can get your kicks renting such weaponry and do recreational shooting for however long one wants and can afford.
[See, no confiscations!]
So as the resident liberal progressive in the gang, I offer a bet that my plan would 1.) win if it went to the Supreme Court as not violating the 2nd, and 2.) get about 75% approval by the general population of the U.S.
I’m saying 75% on the most conservative basis. Only 22% of U.S. adults own guns. 55 million out of 250 million adults. These are data from a 2016 studyby Northeastern University and Harvard.
In!! Talk about a media rush. I'm thumbing through The New Yorker, checking out the cartoons first as always, and ZOWEE! There is a picture of The Bonham Daily Favorite. Holy cats, etc.
The Daily Favorite is more to me than my home towner; I was once an employee. I was a "combo announcer" at KFYN, the 250 watt, 1420 kHz, AM daytimer station when it was owned by the Favorite. That was in 1952.*
It's in THIS edition. Jan 28, 2019 THRILLS COME IN THE DARNDEST WAYS.
Bonham, Texas has about 10,000 souls now, 7000 in 1952. A growth market! update, UPDATE I was so excited about seeing the picture of the Daily Fav, that I rushed to blog about it. Then I read the piece. It's really an extraordinary, 15 pager by Pulitzer winning biographer Robert A. Caro on his experiences researching his massive The Years of Lyndon Johnson biography, five volumes, going on six. The closest thing to a mention of the Bonham Daily Favorite is about Caro doin…
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And the websites! Longevity is a whole new category. Like Aging 2.0. And many, many more.
Here's a great Update Article on another billionaire, Brit Jim Mellon, spending beaucoup bucks investin…