Life – not a John Wayne movie

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Feels like some have watched
far too many
John Wayne movies
The time of settlers
and pioneers
is long gone
No more need to shoot the nasty Indians
merely trying to hold on to their land
although to be fair it wasn’t exactly guns
used to exterminate Native Americans
but much more subtle means
and to subtle, add obscene!
I won’t dwell on this genocide
It’s not part of the agenda
I guess my point really is
who are you trying to kid
with your “rights” and “constitution”
blabbering on like it’s going out of fashion
most of the pro-gun advocates
spew so many inaccurate
facts and utter rubbish
I wouldn’t trust them with a fork
let alone a gun
or any kind of weapon
regular shootings don’t happen
in any other
civilised country
but America
The maiming and killing of innocents lives
the misery and pain of the ones left behind
Enough already!
You don’t live in a war-torn country
Your streets are not a jungle!
(please nobody mention downtown LA)
Safety is an illusory concept anyway
but in any case
it is not to beΒ gained
with the “right” to carry a gun
move on from the pathetic vigilante mentality
and do everyone a favour

This is my 5 minutes write-up of the day, I’m nursing a hangover and this just came spilling out, so here it is in all its (non) glory πŸ˜‰

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39 thoughts on “Life – not a John Wayne movie

    1. I understand that, I really do, but if one takes the time to learn all the facts then surely it is not rocket science to make deductions based on those facts…knowledge is the remedy to fear and paranoia, don’t you think?

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  1. America is so full of propaganda no one knows which way is up or down. You’re right, our constitution is utter nonsense. I grew up around gun toting rednecks and they are the main ones touting their right to carry. War-torn country, I know, Americans think this is the end! Oh, the horror! Poor idiots. I’m also afraid that there’s a scheme here to make sure the citizens don’t have guns but our psychopathic cops can. Good god! I just don’t know what to say. Our cops are just as crazy as the citizens. It will be interesting to see what happens here. Americans don’t know true suffering. What the hell would they do without their cell phones! I mean, I used mine a lot as I work for myself but damn, we’re not Siamese twins. Ok, now I went on a rant. Thanks, glad I’m not the only one who does πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, propaganda, I do realise that. To be fair it has become very difficult even in Europe to learn actual facts rather than what the media wants you to know and believe…but I think America is a terrible place when it comes to news, I still remember Fox news (I think it was them) producing so-called experts to describe the “no-go zones” in France…and I sat there in utter disbelief that on NATIONAL TV over there they were blatantly making things up! I was outraged and of course it turned out that the so-called “experts” were frauds, had never even visited France and had no idea what they were talking about – frightening!
      So, anyway, I’m having a rant too but I do know what you are saying!

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      1. Wow, I’m not surprised about Fox news. I don’t watch the mainstream news, except to see what lies they’re spewing. Of course, they may sprinkle in truth here and there. I am getting tired though, of giving people the excuse of propaganda and such. It’s high time the masses educate themselves properly. Maybe I’m just dreaming…

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      2. Yes, same, I look at the mainstream news just to see what they are saying but I don’t trust their versions. I was trained as a journalist so I’m all too aware of the politics involved with newspapers, and not upsetting the sponsors that newspapers rely on so much, and who owns the papers…etc…not to mention that I was trained to deceive people in simple things like getting your title just right to hook people…even if the title of the article is deceiving, etc…but even before I trained as a journalist, I never trusted facts in the newspapers without questioning them and checking sources, etc…
        I agree with you 100% when it comes to people educating themselves! It’s about time they did instead of being sheep and swallowing everything they are fed without question. It’s something I really can’t understand at all, why wouldn’t you want to know??

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      3. Then again, people seem to like believing everything and not questioning any of it. When you see that shows like x-factor and other “reality” shows are so popular, that viewers believe those shows are real and not scripted…well, it makes me think people are stupid or just happy to be deceived, I don’t know…I watch 2 minutes of those shows and I can literally see the strings being pulled behind the scenes, how heavily edited it is to “tell” the viewers what to think…urgh!

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      4. It seems some people don’t want their illusions tampered with or maybe they’re neurologically incapable. When I worked as a counselor and told people we had confront the issues they often did not want to continue. They wanted wholeness without the work. Thus, they just checked out of reality. Maybe that’s why they love the hype and lies. I have family members like this. I can’t be around them or I’d have to pretend and I can’t do it.

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      5. Weird, isn’t it? That you’d rather bury your head in the sand than face reality because it’s too “painful”…I mean, I understand it in principle, but I could never live my life that way

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  2. Superb. The bullshit going on here with guns is disgusting. I wonder, if gun nuts shot up NRA conventions and rich, white conservative Republican males ONLY, would we be hearing a different tune from gun rights advocates? Hmmmm. It’s always kids, colleges, and churches that seem to get attacked.

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    1. Good point! If one of the armed lunatics decided to go on a killing spree, it would be better if the target was a bunch of right-wing politicians anyway…but no, it’s usually their college where they proceed to kill everyone who ever gave them a dirty look or made them feel shit. I mean, I know those shooters are disturbed individuals, obviously, but if they didn’t have the ability to lay their hands on some serious artillery, then they would do a hell of a lot less damage when they finally lost it. And that, is a fact! Sorry, I’m ranting again πŸ˜‰

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      1. Your rant is correct. The easy access to these weapons is the issue. Far too many of them are available to whack jobs wanting to kill people. Tight gun control is needed, but the NRA has billions and they are powerful politically because of this. Sickening.

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  3. Dear Lord! If I was half this coherent with a hangover! I’m lucky if I can find my face, let alone a pen or keyboard. And to that sad, tired “guns don’t kill people, blah, blah, barf”; you raise an excellent point about The People… “Blankets don’t kill People, the first immigrants kill The People”.
    Oops! I think I just got a little Indigenously political there!

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    1. You did indeed “go there” Karin, but I went there first didn’t I, so it’s fine! Facts are facts, facts involving blankets are obscene facts but facts all the same…gosh, I hadn’t planned on being this controversial when I woke up this morning and stumbled down the stairs…guess you never know how you’re going to react to a hangover…

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      1. You in a hangover is worth two of a few folk I can think of ;-). I hope you’re feeling much better now and if not, good ole Alka Seltzer (or it’s equivalent) never fail to get me back on an even keel.

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  4. Well…Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed your post, I have also enjoyed all of the comments. This is just terrific… I found myself agreeing with all of it. The guns… the media… It is truly all ridiculous what they feed us. The problem is that there are so many Americans that ‘believe’ fox news is the only “news” outlet telling the truth and they are the very one’s pushing for more guns. It’s all a plan, I think, of the dumbing down of Americans. The whole country is becoming more and more “conservative”… which in actuality is more radical… Then add all the crap we do in the middle east… agitating every country we can… Killing people on the streets of foreign countries with our glorious drones… arming rebels everywhere… It’s not going to be a pretty ending… Okay… Now I’ve had my rant too… Thanks… Keep up the reality posts… I love them…
    And you wrote this with a hangover? I think I’m due to earn one of those myself…
    Hope your weekend is going well… (other than the hangover)
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael for acknowledging my little post, I’m honoured!
      Yes, I agree with you and the “dumbing down” of Americans…there certainly seems to be some agenda of the kind…it’s really sad that we live in a time where there has never been as many opportunities to be informed (think how grateful – or not – previous generations would have been for the almighty internet) and yet most of the information you have to sift through…to try and decide which is trustworthy, which is just propaganda, etc…
      I do think there is a massive problem in America, it is becoming more radical and I’m afraid that too much time and power over there is given to people who really don’t deserve it, who don’t have the brain capacity to make important decision for the rest of the people.
      I’m still reeling over George Bush and the Iraq War, I still don’t understand how that could have happened, I’m still aghast because of Sarah Palin…there’s so many things that leave me dumbfounded…
      I’m afraid you are right and that it is not going to be a pretty ending…
      What gloomy predictions for a saturday night, gosh!
      Let me end with my heartfelt thanks for your visit and taking the time to let me know of your thoughts, I truly appreciate them. The hangover is under control, the weekend is back on track πŸ™‚
      I hope the rest of yours is beautiful and inspiring.
      Warm wishes – Nathalie

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  5. I agree wholeheartedly regarding gun control, but from what I understand things were a lot more civilized during the days of John Wayne films, etc. At least folks could go to the movies and not worry about being shot. Perhaps we had some control over the vicious video games our kids are watching/using and hateful social media propaganda it would be a step in the right direction, and I won’t be told it can’t be done because they can certainly censor sexual behaviour and nudity but somehow can’t censor violence. Go figure.

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    1. Yes, those western movies are quite tame compared to some of the things that happen now, my point was that people watch them with some kind of misplaced nostalgia…if you know what I mean.
      Regarding video games, I do think that kids should be kept away from anything with mature content…but that is up to the parents really, if you knew the number of times I’ve seen mums or dads buying games clearly marked 18+ for kids that were no older than 8 or 9…so many times… and I always want to shake them and ask them what they think they are doing…but obviously I don’t because it’s not my place. I know parents invoke the fact that their kid’s friends are allowed to play them so how can they deny their own child? etc…personally I don’t hold with that, if every parent out there was injecting their kids with heroine, I still wouldn’t do the same with mine because of peer pressure…extreme example but you get my point. Is it any surprise when a child who’s been exposed to extreme violence from a young age grows up having failed to understand what blood and death actually is? They become immune to it, desensitised.
      All that said, I feel very strongly that video games and violence are still not the biggest culprits here, in Europe kids play violent video games from a very young age too (alas) and some of those kids are going to be disturbed individuals who might one day explode…but those individuals *do not have easy access to dangerous weapons* hence whatever damage they do will be limited compared to the horrifying killing sprees we see in the US. To me, gun control is vital and it should have happened eon ago
      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts and sorry for the loooong reply πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you for the lovely response, I do agree. It is a convoluted issue, we must control access to guns here, we have such a strong lobby for the NRA and so many conservatives threatened by the very thought of regulation. Hopefully, we will do something very soon, the threat of violence in our schools is terrorism at its worst. Again, thank you for a most intriguing and thoughtful text.

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      2. You are totally right. As per usual, if money and power were not behind the NRA, gun control would have happened by now.
        Hopefully the public outcry will finally force the issue. I’m French and I now live in the UK so I have never had to live with this gun issue, but the thought of my child going to school in a country where guns are the norm makes me feel sick…every time I hear of another school shooting in the US and see the videos on the news, my heart breaks for the families involved, I just cannot imagine what they must be going through…such senseless and unecessary deaths.
        Thank *you* for this most interesting discussion, it’s been a pleasure πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you very much! It might have been written quickly but it’s something I feel strongly about so I’m very glad you agree with it πŸ™‚
      The hangover is gone, thanks, but judging from the responses I’ve had with this, maybe I should do more “hangover writing” πŸ˜‰

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  6. I agree! These gun nuts are just that…NUTS. They are so paranoid that someone is trying to take their guns. Its insane!! I’m a big proponent for comprehensive psych evaluations for anyone that wants to own assault weapons. I mean, why on earth do you need a weapon like that?? Must be compensating for something!

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    1. Definitely compensating for something πŸ˜‰
      And I agree with psych evaluations too!
      Thanks Matt, I’ve missed having my twin around I must say, so get your arse into gear and start writing again πŸ˜›

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      1. I thought that the slaughter of small children at Sandy Hook Public School would be a tipping point. It wasn’t … the gun lobby is simply too powerful.

        I no longer have any hope or expectations for change.

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