What Martin Luther King Day means to me

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Let’s not be shy, King talked about equality for all, not just for African Americans, but short fat loud mouth German-Czechs like me.

Increasingly, we have become a nation separated by the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. some of us are white, some are of pigmented skin.

Lets not forget that King’s message is about opportunity and freedom for all.

In a world dominated by the gun culture, and right wing dominance, now more then ever we MUST join hands in fighting tyranny. In our work place, in our churches, in our families and even in our play places. We have a government more concerned about what we are all doing, instead of worrying about our well being.

We must hold hands, we must break bread together and we must solve the challenges of violence, equal pay, racism, fairness in the judiciary and reach a common goal of common goodness, and peace.

PEACE!!!!

Wars are not won by the barrel of a gun, they are won by words, honesty and integrity.

Americans will make this country great again by holding hands, having conversations and by seeing the enlightenment in each of us.

I think King said it best, “Judge me by the content of my character.”



16 comments ↓

#1 grudznick on 01.19.15 at 9:30 pm

short is a relative term, Mr. E. You are not so short after all.

#2 Bill on 01.19.15 at 10:26 pm

I have.

#3 rufusx on 01.20.15 at 12:15 pm

Well, first off – this state, and to a very much lesser extent this country may be highly influenced by “the gun culture” – but “world”, and “dominated” – nyet!

Likewise to the “right-wingedness”.

Please don’t project the (your) local culture onto the world at large. That distorts your view of said world and its occupants and you will never be able to understand it – or accept it.

And really – that is more the message of Dr. King – there are ways of seeing and being that are not at all aligned with yours, but every bit as legitimate.

#4 rufusx on 01.20.15 at 12:18 pm

BTW – tall and short are also location/environment relative. For example, here in SD – I’m a relatively small short person – every single male relative of mine is at least 5 inches taller. In California – I towered over most people in the grocery store check out line. You could find yourself much “taller” (or shorter) depending on where you lived as well.

#5 LJL on 01.20.15 at 7:25 pm

Wow. I gotta agree with Ruf on that. After reading your post, you really have no idea what Dr. King was about.

Also your blather about a gun culture but ending with “We have a government more concerned about what we are all doing, instead of worrying about our well being” is terribly ironic.

I agree we must work together to solve these problems, but when you start a thought with “a world dominated by the gun culture, and right wing dominance, ” YOU are the problem and the reason people cannot work together.

With diatribes like these “the content of your character” is in question.

#6 l3wis on 01.20.15 at 7:38 pm

I had a long response, but I will simplify it for both of you. Instead of reading blogs and watching FOX news, you both should take up playing cards and drinking prune juice, and please, sell your guns.

#7 LJL on 01.20.15 at 10:34 pm

You NEED me to KEEP my gun. Cuz when the government YOU don’t TRUST comes for YOUR keyboard folks like ME will make certain you retain YOUR rights to bitch about everything.

Keep that cranium firmly in your rectum while the rest of us keep a firm grip on reality.

Type on little man, type on.

#8 rufusx on 01.20.15 at 11:21 pm

Don’t watch Fox News. I own a gun -.410 single shot – but I don’t l know where I’ve stored it off-hand – I think in the garage somewhere. Last time I fired it was in the mid ’70s. Quit playing cards a long time ago. I make my own grape juice (10 gallons last year) from my own grapes; why would I buy Prune Juice? Blogs are quite entertaining.

You should explore your anger issues with a professional.

#9 Poly43 on 01.21.15 at 11:45 am

After reading your post, you really have no idea what Dr. King was about.

I agree we must work together to solve these problems, but when you start a thought with “a world dominated by the gun culture, and right wing dominance, ” YOU are the problem and the reason people cannot work together.
I think Scott may have used one word incorrectly inadvertently. Substitute nation for world and he’s not far off the mark.

So humor me ljl. Tell us what MLK was all about.

#10 Poly43 on 01.21.15 at 11:53 am

You NEED me to KEEP my gun. Cuz when the government YOU don’t TRUST comes for YOUR keyboard folks like ME will make certain you retain YOUR rights to bitch about everything.

This is what cracks me up about you charlton heston wannabes. In a nation where there are more guns than citizens, ahead of the rest of the world by leaps and bounds, you have to realize if the wrong element wants your guns he’s going to take them from you. Your Hollywood version of prying that gun from your cold dead fingers works in movie theaters. Not so much in the real world.

#11 LJL on 01.21.15 at 7:50 pm

As far as MLK is concerned you should do your own learning. You’ll find being divisive and inflammatory towards others is the absolute opposite of his philosophies.

As far as your regurgitation of gun control talking points…It is I who has said several times within this site that the NRA is as equally radical than your beloved left wing groups. Seems your insight about this subject might be a bit grandiose and horribly misinformed when compared the vast majority of citizens who own guns.

Yours and Scotts viewpoint about gun owners is analogous to if any dumbass were to proclaim all muslims must rounded up because the religion is the reason for all the terrorism. But because the gun is an object, not a race,sex or belief, your BS is allowed to fester and cultivated to grow within the likes of those who cannot form their own beliefs based on facts. Both of you 2 would be examples.

You must understand that if the wrong element wants to take your right to be a moron away, without a defense you will be powerless. Couple a dozen of countries in the middle east can be used as an example.

If YOU are content with the thought that any “wrong element” can take anything from you, you’re already fucked. THANK GOD our forefathers didn’t have your mentality, otherwise we would all be speaking German or Japanese.

Poly, your horseshit is as equally destructive as any mal content gun owner. Both of you are using a Constitutional right to do harm.

And yes I won 2 guns. And 2 boxes of ammo. A deer rifle and a .22 OOOHHH be very afraid. Don’t think I can defend myself with these? COME GET EM. Don’t think I can defend your rights with them. Pretty sure millions of law abiding responsible gun owners will show you.

#12 rufusx on 01.22.15 at 11:20 am

t MANY of us ARE speaking German and Japanese. The THREE generations of my own family who were citizens of this nation before me ALL spoke primarily German in the home, and even within their small town community. The villainization of non-English speakers isn’t what Dr. King was all about either.

?Comprehende Senor?

As to gun ownership – “well regulated” – is all I’m gonna say about it.

We can get into the discussion about the historical significance of the term “militia”, and the abhorance of a standing military the founders held if we want, which are the NRA ignored parts of the 2nd. My position on those elements CERTAINLY is not aligned with the NRA’s.

#13 Poly43 on 01.22.15 at 5:00 pm

ljl, you own guns. Fine. A bird gun or bolt action rifle for wild game I got no problem with. But this country is infatuated with other types hardware. Rapid fire. Concealed weapon type firearms. To me, there is no place in our culture for them. Why? Here’s why. Stories like this one just the other day.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nine-month-old-boy-accidentally-shot-brother-elmo-missouri-n289381

And this ABC report from last January.

Kids and Guns: By The Numbers – ABC News

Hidden Camera Experiment: Children Drawn to Guns Found in Classroom

ABCNews.com

Our ABC News special report, “Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special,” takes a sharp look at children and guns, and parental responsibility. From families with children that keep guns in the house, to parents who have talked to their kids about the dangers of guns, the numbers below are a part of our larger conversation on protecting your loved ones.

Watch “Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special” on Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m. ET

1.7 million – The number of kids under age 18 who lived in homes with a loaded and unlocked firearm in 2002. (CDC)

31 – The percentage of U.S. households with at least one child and a gun in the home in 2012. (General Social Survey)

1,337 – The number of American kids under age 18 who died from gunshot wounds in 2010. This is trending down from 1,490 in 2005 and 1,544 in 2000. (CDC)

7,391 – The number of American kids and teens under age 20 who were hospitalized from firearm injuries in 2009. That means that on average a child or teen is shot almost every hour. (Yale School of Medicine)

98 – The number of American kids under age 18 who died from accidental shootings in 2010. This is trending down from 150 deaths in 2000 and 417 deaths in 1990. (CDC)

85 – Roughly the percentage of accidental shootings of children where the shooter was also a child in 2003-2006. (Catherine Barber, MPA, Harvard School of Public Health)

80 – The percentage of accidental shooting victims who were boys in 2010. (CDC)

72 – The percentage of parents (both gun owners and non-gun owners) who say they have spoken to their children about gun hazards. (ABC News/Washington Post poll, May 2000)

14 – The number of states, along with the District of Columbia, that currently have laws that hold adults criminally liable if they fail to store guns safely, enabling children to access them. These states include California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Texas. (Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence)

1 – The number of states with a law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearm. That state is Massachusetts. (Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence)

#14 LJL on 01.22.15 at 10:38 pm

I agree with all those statistics, but as already stated, we have strict gun laws already on the books.

If you look at the original statement,”dominated by the gun culture, and right wing dominance” adding more laws won’t solve the problem. And removing guns from the country will never happen. This statement was nothing but inflammatory.

We need to look at the sociological issues which are driving the violence and hold people accountable for children involved in gun accidents.

I believe every gun must be sold with a lock and guns must be locked when children are in the home. Thats a long ways away from removing guns from people (which you and Scott are in favor of) and will never be supported by the NRA crowd.

So which side of these 2 radical groups is Joe average, law abiding, safety minded gun owner suppose to stand? They are more worried of losing their right and less trusting of the gov. SO THE NRA NUMBERS KEEP RISING.

Being inflammatory and radical is helping no one. In fact it’s making this worse. So lets start pointing the finger at the real problem and stop the grenade throwing.

#15 Poly43 on 01.23.15 at 11:32 am

Strict gun laws? Been to any gun shows lately? I can fill this page with threads about all the gun show loopholes.

And concealed carry? We have millions of these for what reason? Last year 2214 guns were discovered by the TSA in carry on baggage in airports. Most locked and loaded. You can explain that?

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/01/23/tsa-record-number-firearms/22207731/

Like I said I got no problem with your guns lj. I do have a problem with these. And there are millions of these pieces out there. Odds are Gary’s gun shop has every one of these models and they fly off the shelf. For what possible reason?

http://youtu.be/C917QJH9GNM

#16 Dan Daily on 01.24.15 at 9:14 am

Gun ownership is a constitutional right. The courts recognize it. There could be revision and the gun show loophole should be closed. For some, concealed carry is necessary but stricter justification is warranted. I contend guns preserve our safety and freedom. A felon doesn’t steal from you and police don’t knock down your door without a reason and because you might be armed.

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