Tuesday, September 11, 2007

6 years on

I wrote this piece last year for the 5 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Outside up updating it to say "6th anniversary" and so forth, I see no need to change it. Successes from the surge aside, it seems that we're still in about the same place.

I fear that if we don't soon understand that we're in a real war, one to the death, our children will die cursing us if they're fortunate--or do the same in slavery if they aren't.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Rule 4

Xavier has a fine piece on charges files against two police officers in Noble, OK, who killed a 5-year-old kids while trying to shoot a snake.

This entire tragedy is brought to you by Rule 4: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.

If either of these officers had considered Rule 4, this would never have happened.

Now, for review purposes, let's go over Col. Cooper's 4 Rules, with a bit of input from yours truly, shall we?

1. All firearms are always loaded

That means always. ALWAYS. I don't care if you just looked, it's still loaded. I don't care if your buddy just took it out of the safe, checked it, showed you the empty chamber and then handed you the gun. You check the chamber, it's empty, and the THE DAMN THING IS STILL LOADED. Got that?

2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy

Guns are fun. They are also destructive when used improperly. Once fired, a bullet has no eyes, no ears and no sympathy. Point the muzzle in a safe direction all the time.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot

This is simple. GUNS JUST DON'T "GO OFF". Got that? I don't care if the moron who was playing with the .357 said so to the oh-so-sympathetic reporter after he just shot his kid sister. It went off because you pulled the f'ing trigger. If you keep you finger off the trigger, no boom. Very simple.

4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it

The most anemic round ever invented can kill you from a lot further away than anyone should be comfortable with. It is a moral imperative that you, the person who has successfully followed Rules 1, 2 and 3, know exactly what it is you just aimed the muzzle at, and know what is behind it to stop that bullet should it go through the intended target. And if it isn't safe--if you wouldn't want your sainted maiden aunt 200 yards behind that target when you pull the trigger--then you take your finger off the trigger, point the muzzle in a safe direction and carefully safe the gun.

These moronic "police officers" (and I use quotes because no one this stupid truly deserves the title) should have the book thrown at them. And when it smacks them upside the head, I hope it hurts just as hard as the parents of Austin Gabriel Haley, dead on August 3, 2007 at age 5, hurt every day for the rest of their lives because two fools couldn't follow 4 simple rules successfully.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle, RIP

Author Madeleine L'Engle is dead at age 88.

As a young teen, I read "A Wrinkle in Time". Later, as an older teen, I read "A Wind in the Door" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" many times, even though they were supposed to be "kid's books". I could go back and read them now, and I think I'd still find them entertaining and enlightening. As she said, she didn't write down to kids, and I think that made her something of a rarity.

It's odd that, as a part of the article on her death, I find that there are 5 other books that continue the story that began in "Wrinkle". Time to track them down, and enjoy one of the pleasures of my childhood again.