It is kind of odd that I find myself writing with the intent to teach people about evolution. It would seem very few people actually know what evolution is. And there are a lot of reasons for this.
One big reason is that textbooks do a really poor job at explaining evolution, most actually get it wrong. Even the teachers at grade schools and high schools often don’t understand what evolution is. So they end up teaching a faulty version of evolution. Most often, they say it is one animal turning into another. Even the textbooks in schools are often incorrect, mainly because the people writing them don’t know what evolution is let alone how to describe it. Then you even have those who reject evolution writing the textbooks and putting their own false version of it down in print. Only to end up being taught to children.
So what is evolution? In the most simplistic way possible to describe it, it is change. Nothing magical or extraordinary about it.
Nothing actually ends up turning into something else. Instead, it’s just a variation of what it once was, even if it looks vastly different than its ancestor. A good way to think about it is if you take a piece of clay and mold it into something. It’s still clay no matter what shape you make it.
Another example is the termite. The termite simply is a variation of a wood eating cockroach. It’s a social wood eating cockroach. It didn’t stop being a cockroach when it evolved, because it’s still a cockroach, just a variation of them.
Even humans are just variations of our ancestors. All of us are still eukaryote, unikonts and opisthokonts, despite how we look so vastly different. Just as we are still primates and mammals. When we say ‘Homo sapiens’, it is just a name for specific type of variation of our ancestors.
Again, there is nothing magical or special about it. One organism does not turn into another completely different type of organism, that because does not outgrow its ancestry.
Some 40 years ago children and teens it was normal to take their guns to school. Many schools even have shooting ranges. However, today they are extremely rare and you no longer see kids with rifles on their back walking to school, nor rifle racks in the back of trucks school parking lots.
Today, almost all schools have ban guns if they have not already been banned by local state laws. And unlike 40 years ago, there have been many mass shootings. Despite this people are blaming the guns, not the areas that are attracting these shooters to them. Areas like schools that can no longer fight back or have almost no resistance.
Earlier this month there was yet another mass shooting at a school that was a gun free zone. Sending a shiver up my spine, more so when I think about how it could happen at my son’s school. And like usual, there’s a push to ban a tool.
When I look at the situations with this Valentine’s Massacre, we find that so many things had gone wrong. Yet, it is the guns that are being blamed. The shooter himself even said he was going to become a school shooter in a public forum. Yet no law enforcement agency acted on it, doing anything to stop this monster from killing others. He also had many other posts on the internet talking about how he wanted to shoot people and die fighting. Instagram and YouTube have these comments reported to them and did nothing.
Well this happened over the course of 7 years, Police had shown up to his house 39 time and could not or did not take any action. Even the Uber driver that drove him to the school dropping him off with a rifle bag and did not report this to anyone.
This was a failure in every way. From how nearly everyone just ignored every red flag with this shooter. Ignoring every sign, not reporting what they had seen, police inaction, even removing people’s ability to defend themselves by creating a gun free zone. Yet, it is a tool, a firearm that is getting the blame. A tool that could have been in the hands of a good guy at this school that could have stopped this early on.
You want to blame some, blame the people who see the shooters post about shooting up schools and did nothing. Want to blame something, blame the system that did nothing. But don’t blame the solution, firearms. Or you will just make the problem worse.
Yesterday we found out the sex of baby to be. We are having a another boy. So we have a spare…
All kidding aside, it wonderful news. I know Luz wanted a girl, but is happy nonetheless. Me, I’m happy no matter the sex of the baby. I do know this means Luz will want to try again at some point, something you wont hear me disagree on.
Now, comes the hard part, choosing a name. Something we are finding is harder this time around.
After every mass shooting the first reaction of many people is to demand gun control. Ironically, if such people are asked what law do they want, a law that would have stopped the shooting, we find they dont have any ideas. The reason for this is because when forced to think about it, they realize that no law would work on such people.
After all, if such people are willing to break our highest law of the land, murder… Which has life in prison and even the death penalty attached to it. Then they are not going to be worried about a law that they can easily ignore. Made worse is how we see, that if they can’t get the firearms legally, it easy to get them illegally.
Now I’m not arguing how we should not have laws, no I see them as great after the fact ways of putting them behind bars. It’s just that they do nothing to stop or reduce people from going on killing sprees with firearms. They only work after they kill someone.
What may come as a surprise to the pro-gun control people is how we actually can reduce gun violence without gun control laws. That’s because because the solution is not new laws and regulations of firearms. The solution is to look at what are the motivations and locations people do this at. So here is a list of things we can do to reduce gun violence.
1.) End the war of drugs:
Most murders where a firearm is used are drug/gang related. From a drug deal gone wrong, to an addict who robs a store to get money to fuel his or her addiction. So, if we end our war on drugs, controlling it and stop discriminating people who use drugs, we are removing the main reason that people kill other people.
With something like 80% of all firearm related murders being drug related that could translate into almost a 80% reduction in gun related deaths. Something, no gun control law could ever archive.
2.) Make mass shooters into a laughing stock:
Many, but not all mass shooters tend to be society’s outcasts. In away, they are a byproduct of how people treat others. Which is to say, not very good. However, this is part of human nature making it unlikely we can change that.
Anyway – When we look at the mass shooters, to them, they are trying to get indirect revenge for the way people treated them. So, one solution to this is to take away their ability to feel like this would give them the revenge they want.
To do this, we encourage media outlets and comedians to immediately start mocking them, making the mass shooters a laughing stock. Effectively turning mass shooters into a meme immediately after a shooting and continue for a long time after. Making the next perspective shooter afraid that their so called glorious act will become something they would be to embarrassed to have happen to them if the do it.
Making them think that that their act of revenge will only make the world make fun far beyond anything they experienced. So instead of cry ing over their atrocity talking about how many people they killed. Start talking making fun of every aspect of their life.
3.) Encourage people to carry a firearm:
Contrary to what many people think, most gun owners leave their firearms at home. If, however people started carrying their sidearms everywhere, mass shooters/killers and criminals could be stopped sooner. As well, if criminals start seeing others commit crimes being met immediately with firearms, it could result in them rethinking their crimes. Thus, not only reducing murder rates, but overall crime rates.
This should also extend to people in the work place as well.
4.) encourage training:
We should never force people to take a firearm training class, but we should encourage it. Even a simple firearm safety class is a good thing. We could even give incentives to encourage people to take such classes, like tax breaks if they can show proof they took such class in that year.
This could reduce accidental deaths, while making people more effective at stopping a criminal or mass shooter.
5.) No longer allow gun free zones:
What is one thing most mass shooters have in common? They go on their shooting spree in areas that are gun free zones, or areas where they think it is unlikely they will met with armed resistance. So, if we remove gun free zones while encouraging people to carry, we could stop shooters sooner, while sending a message to people thinking about doing it.
California seems hell bent on doing some very stupid things, while giving the middle finger to the constitution and the people who live their. Leaving me scratching my head and asking, what is happening in California?
Just look at some of the things they have been doing. Things like, reducing the punishment for not telling someone they have AID’s/HIV to a misdemeanor. To hell with the recipient, who now must spend a lifetime taking drugs to stay alive. Oh, let’s not forget about all their gun control laws that are an infringement upon its citizens second amendment rights.
However, now in California, they are charging a man for the crime of criticizing Islam. That’s right, apparently it is a crime in the state of California to express your opinion about a religion that is completely incompatible with the Western world. A religion where its believers seems so unable to defend their police with reason and logic, that they need laws in place to prevent others from even saying anything that reveals just how dumb Islam is.
Our first amendment protects everyone’s right to free speech. Not just mine, Christianity, Judaism, islam, males, females, whites, blacks, etc… it is meant for every America. Yes, this even includes hate speech and obsessive speech. Yet in California, saying something offensive to Muslims is now a crime.
Of course we won’t see the SJW, ANTFA, etc…. Come out and protest this injustice as this is what they want too. They are the useful idiots who are only helping to strip peoples rights away.
If someone criticized Christianity, or attempted to attack what I believe, I would not cry and want to have them silenced, face fines or go to jail. Instead, I would be one of the first persons defend their constitutional right to say whatever they want, even if they are wrong. I would even defined their right to do so in court.
I am thankful that I don’t live there. However, California should be seen as a warning to us all. A warning that it can happen here too. So, it tells us we need to help the few people left in California that are still fighting for people’s rights. Because, if they can get away with it there, it will spread out among other states and become harder to stop.
Just a quick update: My wife and I will be having another baby. We found out a a few weeks ago, I just did not have the time to announce it on my blog. With that said, next month, we may know the sex of the little one.