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California’s Do-Not-Assist Living Communities

In Daniels articles on March 21, 2013 at 12:08 am

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A couple facts about cardiac arrest..  #1- It only takes from four to six minutes from the time your heart stops till brain death occurs.. #2- The national average response time for an emergency call is over 10 minutes..   These two facts alone make me wonder why an “independent living facility” in Bakersfield California has on it’s books “In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community, our practice is to immediately call emergency personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives”  Why even make the call?  Friends of 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless

Glenwood3have to be asking themselves this very question after she died on Feb. 26th.   They could have asked Lorraine herself had a nurse, working for Glenwood Gardens,  listened to the emergency operator (Tracey Halvorson)  who begged her to start CPR on Lorraine.. this is a part of what was said on  on that emergency call..

Dispatcher: “We must start CPR”

Nurse:  “Yeah, we can’t do CPR at this facility.”

Dispatcher: “OK, then hand the phone to the passerby. If you can’t do it, I need, hand it to the passerby, I’ll have her do it. Or if you’ve got any citizens there, I’ll have them do it.”

“No, no, it’s not,” the nurse says.

Dispatcher: “Anybody there can do CPR. Give them the phone, please. … This woman’s not breathing enough. She’s going to die if we don’t get this started.”

Silence

Dispatcher””I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient. Is there anybody that works there that’s willing to do it?”

“We can’t do that,” the nurse says. “That’s what I’m trying to say.”

Dispatcher: “Are we just going to let this lady die?”

“Well, that’s why we’re calling 911,” the nurse replies.

Dispatcher:  “We can’t wait. She can’t wait right now. She is stopping breathing. Is there anybody there that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”

Nurse: ‘Um, not at this time.”

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Even reading this conversation really irks me, what harm would it have done the nurse to give CPR?  would she have been fired for saving the life of a resident?   I really feel bad for the Dispatcher who did everything she could, everything she was trained to do, to save the life but she wasn’t able to get past the “it’s our policy to call and let the emergency workers do what we ourselves refuse to do..”

And the family?  They seem to be okay with the actions of this nurse.. They have gone on record as saying “Mom had full knowledge of the limitations of the home and is at peace”.   Yet their Mom was not on file with a “do not resuscitate” order..  it would seem to me that the children are assuming their Mother was okay with no one attempting to keep her alive..  yet she wasn’t in a hospital or nursing home, so it would seem to me that Lorraine might not have been done living yet..

Perhaps the issue, the one no one is talking about, is the fact that the California’s Good Samaritan Law,  does not protect as many Good Samaritans as was widely believed.   In a 4 to 3 decision, the court determined that Good Samaritan protection from civil lawsuits extends only to one who renders emergency medical care at the scene of an accident.   Lorrainne had collapsed in the dining room.  However, the dispatcher had told the nurse on the phone that the home, Glenwood Gardens, could not be sued if anything went wrong in attempts to resuscitate the resident, saying the local emergency medical system “takes the liability for this call”.

I asked my co-blogger, Dr. Fogg, about this case (as he ran an assisted living home in England for years) and his reply was “When we ran our home we certainly would never refuse any treatment to save lives however old the person may be, and did do cpr on several clients.  except there does come a time when a person is clearly dying when it is obvious their death would be a happy and expected release.  In those cases we wouldnt have dialed 911 (999) in the first place.   A policy of NO cpr is very worrying.”

I couldn’t agree more..

As a last thought, I would like quote CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford, who said ” but then the real question is, is there a legal responsibility and legal liability.  is there a legal liability. That depends upon two things: first is, what’s the agreement that this woman and her family had with this home, and…it was a residential facility, not a nursing home, assisted living. Very different if it was that. So if their agreement they say specifically, ‘We do not provide emergency medical care. We will get somebody for you,’ then that could shield them from some problems. Then other question is, what are your reasonable expectations. When they sold this as a sales pitch, did they say, ‘Look, we have wonderful workout facilities, wonderful dining facilities and we have medical people on site here.’ Well, you know then, despite what might be in the agreement there, you have a reasonable expectation.”

To bad Lorraine Bayless herself can’t weigh in on this issue..  I wonder what her last thoughts were peaceful as her family claims or if they were, as mine would have been, scared to death that no one was going to help me..

~ Daniel

 

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Have I Got A Tip For You…

In Daniels articles on February 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

TipsIn 1938, one of the acts congress added nationally was the minimum wage law to help us get past the Great Depression, although many states had such laws dating back to 1912, they applied only to women and children.   Myself personally, I have seen minimum wage double itself just in the years I’ve been part of the workforce and I seem to barely be able to stay one step ahead of it..  however, there seems to be a loophole in the minimum wage laws, one group of workers who employers are not required to pay the same as everyone else..   waitresses..

It seems that the “Federal Fair Labor Standards Act” separates people by their jobs..  and there is a class of employees they call “Tipped” that fall into the rule that says “The employer must pay a set wage, that when added to the tips the employee makes, equals or is more than minimum wage” and if it is lower, the employer is required to make up the difference.

When we go out to eat, this is the reason we are expected to tip the waitresses..  Is passing this part of the employees wage onto the customer a good idea?   If there were no tips, the employer would have to pay more in salary which in turn would have to be passed onto the customer so they could stay in business..  regardless how we look at it, the money will need to come from us and I can see why it should..  it lets the waitress know how we think about the service we receive,  did they keep up on our drinks?  were they polite and helpful or did they ignore us..

Normally, with few exceptions, I always tip around 20 percent of the bill..  I have found rude service (ignored or treated disrespectfully) and still managed to throw a couple dollars on the table..  I can not imagine not leaving something..

which brings us to Saint Louis,  January 25th 2013.   Alois Bell, 37, a preacher at Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries Church, enjoyed a large dinner with friends at the local Applebees restaurant.   When it came time to pay for her meal, she handed the waitress her debit card and was shocked when the receipt came back suggesting a 18 percent tip.   In her anger at reading this, she wrote “I give God 10%, why would do you get 18%?”.. She then crossed off the expected tip and wrote “0” as the amount.

I’m sure her waitress was angry at seeing this but what could she do?   Mrs. Bell and her friends left and the table was cleaned and the next customers were given the booth.  This could have been where the story ended except for one thing..  another waitress who worked there happened to see the receipt, took a picture of it and posted it on a social network site called Reddit.    This second waitress, Chelsea Welch, commented “”I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it to Reddit because I thought other users would find it entertaining..” however what happened was the receipt went viral and somehow some of Mrs Bell’s friends saw it and informed her.   She then informed Applebees who felt they had no choice but to fire Mrs Welch for posting the receipt (even although it doesn’t show the restaurant name or any debit card numbers for Mrs Bell).

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On facebook, there are sites that exist today who feel sorry for Mrs. Welch and want Applebee’s to give her back her job, many people have offered to pay the tip and some people have even managed to find and harass Mrs Bell over her “lapse of her character and judgement”.

Before we judge Applebees, here is their official statement..

We appreciate the chance to explain our franchisee’s action in this unfortunate situation.

Please let us assure you that Applebee’s and every one of our franchisees values our hard working team members and the amazing job they do serving our guests. We recognize the extraordinary effort required and the tremendous contribution they make, and appreciate your recognition and support of our colleagues.

At the same time, as we know you will agree, the guests who visit Applebee’s — people like you — expect and deserve to be treated with professionalism and care in everything we do. That is a universal standard in the hospitality business. That includes respecting and protecting the privacy of every guest, which is why our franchisees who own and operate Applebee’s have strict policies to protect personal information — even guest’s names.

With that in mind, here is what happened in St. Louis:
– A guest questioned the tip automatically attached to her large party’s bill by writing: “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?” on the check.
– A different server, who did not even wait on the group, photographed the receipt, posted the photo online and commented about the incident.
– The guest subsequently heard from friends who identified her from the posting, where her name is clearly visible, and the restaurant was notified. There was no further communication with the guest.
– The team member was asked about posting the receipt and admitted she was responsible.
– When she was hired, the team member was provided the franchisee’s employee hand book which includes their social media policy and states:
“Employees must honor the privacy rights of APPLEBEE’s and its employees by seeking permission before writing about or displaying internal APPLEBEE’S happenings that might be
considered to be a breach of privacy and confidentiality. This shall include, but not be limited to, posting of photographs, video, or audio of APPLEBEE’S employees or its customers,
suppliers, agents or competitors, without first obtaining written approval from the Vice President of Operations. The policy goes on to specify: Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
– As a result of her admission to violating a clear company policy intended to safeguard guests, the team member is no longer employed by the franchisee.

Our franchisees are committed to acting in the best interests of guests and team members. This is a regrettable situation and we wish it had never happened. However, the disregard for an important policy left the franchisee no choice but to take the action they did.

We hope this provides you with some additional insight. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to explain the facts involved.

I believe that Mrs Bell, (a person who I would hope attempts to set an example of living as God would want us to), got “holier than thou” in her reply on the receipt..  yet she was wronged far worse by having the receipt posted than the friend of the waitress who took it upon herself to show the billions of people on the internet just how stupid some customers can be.   Chelsea, by posting that receipt that belonged to the restaurant, opened them up for a lawsuit just so she could have a few laughs?   I don’t blame Applebees for terminating her and I hope she understands why she was wrong.

There was no winners in this..  Applebee’s now, due to the public exposure of the case, is taking a lot of bad press by people feeling they fired someone for sticking up for her rights and people are swearing to boycott the restaurant.  They did nothing wrong.   This Minister, who through the actions of one dinner, is now receiving threatening phone calls and being harassed and some young girl who just lost her job has gained notoriety in it’s place.  The one person who is missing from this story happens to be the young lady that waited on the table in the first place.   She seems to be the only person who was thinking clearly that day..

The next time I sit down at a restaurant for dinner, I shall think about what happened..    I know the waitress deserves the tip and it’s just a little way I can tell her “Thank You”..   I know I’m not easy to wait on, I like things prepared without this or with extra that and when they bring me the food..  I know it’s because the waitress was listening to me. Perhaps they should do away with the entire tipping thing and just pay waitresses what they pay the cooks..  or perhaps things should stay like it is and allow us, the customer, to say “thank you” in our own way..

~ Daniel

Till Death Do Us Part?

In Daniels articles on December 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

ImageToday we live in an era where we share our lives on social media sites as facebook and myspace,  we can keep in touch with family and friends, have conversations (and develop friendships) with total strangers, all without having to leave our home..   We can view pictures of people as they get older and change hair color or go to events, we can follow along as they face trials in their lives and even make little comments to let them know we are still around..  Social Media has really changed the way the world communicates, much in the same way the telephone did for our grandparents and their parents.   Our lives are now much more open to the world..

but what about our deaths?  It is estimated that 30 million people have a facebook account that has out-lived them..  Is it a good thing to be reminded of someone’s death long after they have passed?   facebooks policy is that if a close family member sends them proof of that someone has died (obituary or death certificate) than they have one of two choices.. they can set up a memorial page or they can delete the account.

A memorial page provides access only to friends of the deceased, allows them to leave tributes and blocks things such as the “recommend friends” feature from having their name show up..  This page is much smaller than a normal profile and it does hide some sensitive info.

A year ago my oldest sister died,  She was the first person to welcome me to facebook and I have private messages back and forth to her, from a few months earlier, where she talked about the day she would die.  Reading these messages fools my mind into believing she is still alive but deep inside I know better..  Her facebook page still exists and every so often members of my family write messages to her..  not that we feel she will be able to read them  but because it helps us deal with her loss..  I have not left a message on her page since she died because I have not found the right words but it warms my heart to read others who miss her as much as I do..

Not everyone thinks leaving a facebook account open is a good idea..  one man, who goes by the name “damianmann” wrote “Joining Facebook means you’ll never die. Your self respect and dignity might take a hit. But, it’ll be there forever…..for everyone to comment on. Creepy. VERY creepy.”   in agreement with him, a lady named Kathye wrote “I find it disturbing when I google a person who has passed away and Facebook still has his account.”

Then there is stories like the one told by Lewis Bartholomew, who wrote “Facebook can be a double edged sword. In 2011 my son went through some serious issues. In a phone call to me while attempting suicide I used facebook to post 911 requests on his, his fiancee and my facebook profiles to get help to him several hundred miles away. We succeeded that time. However, eventually my son was successful in his attempt and keeping his FB account was something of a dilemma. Some of his friends knew how he died, others didn’t know he had passed and others were in between.”

I recall that I myself learned this last year about a friends sudden death via facebook, and I again was at a loss for words for his family and loved ones but at least via facebook they knew how big of an impact he had on his friends.

My thoughts are facebook provides a wonderful way to help people to share their grief together and helps keep alive the life on the person who died.  But I don’t know about 50 years from now when facebook will be a 3 billion plus cemetery of profiles of people who are not living anymore..  perhaps there should be a way that after a certain amount of time, these profiles are, if not deleted, at least linked to another site where they can be put to rest with their creators..

~ Daniel

No Second Chances..

In Daniels articles on August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

Meet Travis Iosue, as a young child, he was what you would call a bit aggressive, always wanting the attention and never wanting to stand still..   His worried Mother took him to see doctors where he was diagnosed with severe obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  He was still seeing a doctor back in 1995 when he was invited to “hang out” with some friends of his.   Travis, although he was 17, had the mind of a 12 year old, and as a result many of his friends were younger than he was..  this night, he was the oldest child in a room with three young girls and another boy.  At some point, one of the girls sat on his lap and Travis says he “pushed her off” but never was he alone with her..

The next day the Police arrested Travis.   The girl had told her mother that Travis had put his hand on the outside of her shirt, over her breasts, and touched her for sexual gratification..

That night, however..  according to the testimony of the other three children in the room, the girl had not said anything and acted like everything was fine.  She laughed and played like normal.

Still, Travis was arrested and put in jail, in spite of the witnesses that said they believed the girl was lying.  Travis’s court-appointed lawyer, Randy Lepley, pressured Travis (against his Mothers wishes) to make a deal.   In the deal, Travis would plea guilty and get five years probation but he would be allowed to “go home”.   All he would have to do is have no contact with minors..  Travis, being a minor himself, violated his probation in less than a month and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, next to murderers and rapists..

Prison is not a good place to be, regardless why you are there..  but to be sentenced for child molestation means the prison population will make an example out of you.  Travis had his nose, right arm, eye socket, shoulder and front teeth all broken as well as he now suffers from dizzy spells..

Travis spent 16 years in prison.

When the victim’s mother was called, after Travis’s release, she said her daughter “still has nightmares about it” and she feels Travis should still be in prison.   However, her voice is alone..  The victim’s father was reached separately and he felt that his daughter made up the story and wanted to come forward with the truth but was in fear she would be arrested..

Still, after 16 years..  Travis should be able to put his past behind him and move forward?

unfortunately not..  Travis must register as a sex offender.  Meaning he wears a GPS device around his ankle, can not live within 500 feet of where children gather and anyone with a computer can look up his address and harass him.   Try getting a job with that on your resume.

America has quite a history with the sex offender registry, the first state to pass such a law was California in 1947 however communities were not told who was on it till 1996 when “Megans Law” was passed requiring all states to make public who were sex offenders and their personal information.  In 2007, The “Adam Walsh Child Protection Act” was passed giving states more legal permission to “throw the book” at offenders who don’t register.  One person was given a life sentence in prison because they couldn’t register with a home address because they were homeless..

What does it take to wind up on the list?  using the bathroom outside (even if the one inside is broken) would do it, sending a friend a picture of yourself in the nude would do it as well..  I even read of a teacher who was given jail time because a computer in her classroom somehow showed porn and they felt she was “to slow in stopping it”.

So it seems clear we need to be a little more detailed on what gets you on the registry.  Crimes against children, without a doubt..  However, in cases like Travis, where the facts do not add up..  we need to think twice before we react.

The government spends how much money taking care of these people in prisons?  that would be much less if they could get a job after they were released, but due to the registry.. who wants to hire them?

As for Travis, he went back to prison again..  seems something set off his ankle bracelet in the middle of the night and his parole officer thought he took to long responding to it, then the next day he had his family over for a 20 minute birthday party, at the half-way house where he is forced to live, that wasn’t scheduled with his parole officer..  These two events cost him two months in jail..

There are two things most commonly heard amid those in the sexual offender registry..  the first is “I wish I were dead” and the second is “I would have an easier time if I had murdered someone”..   both are true.

While there are ways to get off the registry, it is rare it happens and it always takes years.  There are legislators trying to make changes in the law but unfortunately it takes majority votes and the people who vote all represent a population who is afraid to live near someone termed a “sex offender”.

I am glad that there is a system that keeps track of sexual predators, but still, I feel sorry for Travis, and others like him.. who were given a title they didn’t deserve and will continue to pay for it for the rest of their lives..

~ Daniel

Will The Real Joker Please Stand Up?

In Daniels articles on July 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

In the comic series “Batman”, creator Bob Crane has tried to balance the good and evil.  Batman represents the good in mankind, Batman doesn’t have superpowers so he has to use his creative imagination (and the endless money flow of his alter ego,Bruce Wayne) to fight injustice.   On the other end of the moral scale, you will find “The Joker”.   He has been Batman’s greatest nemesis from the first ever story.. causing the paralysis of Commissioner Gordon’s wife and the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd.

The Joker has been played on screen by three actors.. Cesar Romero took the role in the television series while in the movies both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have donned the makeup.  After Heath Ledger died, people viewed his portrayal of the Joker as something more somber..

Then came last weeks shootings in a movie-theater in Colorado.  One person dyed their hair orange and opened fire on a crowd of people watching the premier of the latest Batman movie..  According to media reports, when he was arrested the first thing he claimed was “I am the Joker”..

Whenever there is a national tragedy, our country comes together in support for the community, in shock over the crime and in fear there may be someone out there who might copy the crime.

Folks at Pitney Bowes had that fear when one of their employees, Neil Prescott, phoned in a threat that said “I’m a joker, I’m going to load up my guns and blow everybody up”.   Seems Mr. Prescott was only days away from being fired and not happy about it.   When Police arrived at his house, he was wearing a t-shirt that said “Guns Don’t Kill People, I Do!”.  Can you guess what they found in his home?

as you can see in his picture, his arsenal included one assault rifle, two shotguns, nine handguns and three rifles.  Was he serious?  The only law he broke is verbally threatening his co-workers, he shot no body and all of his weapons were legally purchased..  Does not our Constitution give him the right of free speech, that he can threaten anyone, just so he doesn’t act on it?  Before you say “no”, remember that hate groups have this right.

Should we have waited to see if this guy was going to kill someone for real?

Allow me to introduce you to someone else..  His name is Stephen Kennedy.  He was also placed under arrest.

His crime?  Stephen is a student at the University of Kentucky and involved in a discrimination complaint.  He wasn’t very happy with the fact that the Associate Vice President wasn’t returning his phone calls so Stephen e-mailed him a picture of Heath Ledger as the Joker.  That’s all, no death threats, no guns..  just a simple picture of a movie villain.

The college called it a “threat to do the vice president harm”.  Stephen was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening..  Kennedy’s defense?  “The Joker has been my profile photo long before this months shootings, the whole thing is one huge miss-understanding.”

I’m at a loss how we can arrest someone just because they sent someone else a picture, one that everyone has seen millions of times, of a fictonal villain called “The Joker”..

Not to make light of the lives lost, but that was one persons evil rampage.  It has nothing to do with the Joker, Batman or anything beyond one sick person who wanted to make himself famous at the cost of 12 other lives.  The public themselves have spoken by making this new Batman movie one of the biggest selling movies yet this year.  We should embrace these characters because the people who died, in their last minutes..  did.

However, thanks to a couple idiots, it seems the real joke is on us…

~ Daniel

 

To Shoot or Not To Shoot

In Daniels articles on July 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

Back in the old west, a cowboy could count on two things..  His horse and his gun.  His horse might run away but his gun would always have his back..

So began America’s love affair with the gun.

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There were guns on the Mayflower, in the form of a modified .66 calibier Italian single-shot wheellock carbine carried by a guy named John Alden.  It didn’t take the Indians long to learn how deadly guns were, they bought, stole and traded for this firepower from the Gods.   Guns were so important that our forefathers included the rights to have them in the second amendment.

America, it can be argued.. Would still be a British colony if it were not for guns..

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Personally,   I remember watching “The Lone Ranger” as a child and wanting so much to have a toy gun to play cowboys and Indians with..  This desire of mine was ignored by my grandparents for two reasons..  #1- I was an only child on the farm, who would I “shoot” and #2- guns kill..  I know we had a gun somewhere on the property because I remember my Uncle going to the pond to shoot at the turtles that were drowning the baby ducks but I never once saw it..   Then..  When I was around 12..  I was given a B.B. gun for Christmas..  I felt like Ralphy in  the movie “A Christmas Story”.. I felt very strongly that this was the first sign I was becoming an adult..    I was so  thrilled and soon everything and anything on the farm was my “target”..  I’m also sure that was the year the cows really started hating me..  They didn’t have to worry for long, however, because this new toy was taken away from me after I accidentally  shattered a large solar panel behind the house.    Still that didn’t ruin my love for guns..

When I was 17, I tried to hang out with the “wrong” crowd.   Yes, it was an attempt to be someone “cool”..  One of the people who I knew at the time thought it would be funny to give me a real gun and tell me to go to the convenience store with it.. And I did..  Nothing happened and I went home thinking how powerful I was..   However, all these illusions were shattered only six months later when I lived in Houston, Texas.

It was very late, around midnight, and I was parked in front of a club that had a restaurant  next to it.  I was enjoying a snack outside, sitting on the hood of my car, with friends when suddenly we heard what sounded like fireworks going off..  I didn’t think nothing of the noise but I did find it odd when everyone around me hit the ground..   After a couple minutes, everyone except one man stood back up.. He had been murdered.

I didn’t know the guy or even, to be truthful, see who shot him..  But it did for the first time occur to me how deadly a gun can be..  I vowed at that moment that I would never want to own one.

But this is just me..   Allow me to introduce you to  Andrew Lee Scott..

Andrew has a real job but to earn some extra spending money he sells drugs on the side.   Not exactly an income you would want to tell your parents about but still something that many people do..   I’m not here to judge him for that..   However, Andrews problem became deadly when someone knocked on his door last Monday night in Lake County, Florida.   Andrew was sure it was someone after his drugs and he wasn’t going to allow that to happen so he thought it would be a good idea to get the jump on someone before they got the jump on him.    He asked “who is it” but there was no answer..  Yes, it has to be someone after his drugs..

So Andrew grabs his gun, points it at the door and opens it..

I doubt if he lived long enough to realize he was standing in front of  four or five Sherriff’s, weapons drawn, looking for an attempted murderer who happened to have parked his motorcycle in front of Andrews house.

Yes, they had the wrong house..  The guy they were after was across the street, but in that split second when the door came open and they saw Andrew’s gun..  They had to act.   I don’t blame them at all, the guy opened his door with a gun.   Sure, they could have identified themselves as the Police but remember, at that time, they thought the person behind the door was someone who was wanted for attempted murder and would have tried escaping out the back window..  They still had the element of surprise and to have identified themselves would have given it away..  Besides.. Who would have imagined that the person opening the door was not only someone else, but someone else with a gun..

I feel Andrew was one of those people who would have worn that shirt that said “you can have my gun when you pry my cold dead fingers from it”..   After all, Andrew was inside his rights to own the gun.. .  American’s have had guns so long there is no way we could ever give them up..  People would die for the right to hold onto them..   So getting rid of guns isn’t  the answer..

Gun control perhaps?   In 1981, our President was shot by a crazy man who was trying to impress Jody  Foster.  The only good thing to come out of it is something called “The Brady Law”.  It requires background checks on anyone buying a gun plus a five day waiting period.    We can still have the guns we want, we just have to wait a couple days  plus hope we don’t have anything in our records that would make people wonder what we would do with it..

Then this week, at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight” in Colorado opened our eyes to one mans evil.   12 people lost their lives  to a guy who is probably  a lot book-smarter than me.   This guy trapped people in a theatre and shot them as they tried to escape.    It turns out he followed all the laws on owning weapons by the book, he waited his time and allowed the background search..  His worse offense?  A speeding ticket.

I’ve read some people who said “If I would have been there with a gun, I would have stopped him before his second victim. “   I fail to see how a shootout inside a crowded theatre would be any safer but perhaps  it might have been..   The sad thing is this guys motive..  Which I have yet to hear from the media but it is clear to me..  The same reason Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon..  To be famous..

In conclusion..  I don’t believe we can spot people like this guy..  He showed no signs before and , like Ted Bundy, will probably impress the judge that gives him the death sentence..  “If only you would have used your talent in a good way”..

So this brings up the issue of why are guns that can fire 100 rounds a minute for sale to the public?   What are we going to need that sort of firepower for?  Killing squirrels?   To me a gun is just like a car..  Both can kill people depending on who is in control..  There are cars that can go 150 mph but we are not allowed to buy them..  They are reserved for “professional race-car drivers” but we can buy a normal car that will do 80..  So why can we buy such guns?   Why are they covered by our second amendment?

I want to wish all the families and survivors from the shootings in Colorado the best..   The road to recovery will be uphill but you will not have to walk it alone.   I do hope that perhaps, somehow, something good can come from this..  America needs better gun control laws to keep people from attempting to find fame thru the barrel of their gun..

~ Daniel