Gun Control or Mental Health?

Original posted on my Facebook…

I have been reading LOTS of posts and comments about gun control, banning this gun or that gun, mental illness help, etc. that is brought up every time there is a mass shooting (which in this country is becoming a regular occurrence). There are those that say “it’s too soon to talk about it” and to them I say, so when is a good time? It needs to be when it’s at the forethought of our policy makers and the people, yet we have to ensure that it isn’t a knee jerk, emotional reaction to the problem.

Yes, many of the mass shooters have had mental illnesses and yet they obtained the firearm used in the shooting legally. Which suggest to me that the MANY laws we have on the books for gun control are in fact missing an important regulation. If the shooters had gotten the firearms illegally I would be with the “gun control isn’t the answer cause bad people will get them no matter the means”. But that isn’t the case, they are legally buying the firearms and ammo to boot. So there has to be some regulation that we’re missing.

Should we all start telling the FBI or local police about everything we see that we don’t agree with? There aren’t enough law enforcement in the country to deal with that kind of work load. And even if we had more law enforcement to investigate every tip what do they do with the information? There is information sharing in place, but obviously it isn’t being used. And even if it is being used, the rules as to what information can be used to determine the eligibility of someone to get a firearm legally doesn’t include anything that wasn’t a conviction of something.

We want to “save the children” without losing our adult rights. Ok…I get it. So what’s a good common sense solution. How about we up the age from 18 to 21. I haven’t seen any one disagree with that one. How about we require, not just for a concealed carry but for every purchase of a firearm, a safety class, a range class and a legal rights class? Any one against that? How about we put in a 14 day waiting period? So far nothing is in violation of the 2nd amendment. How about we make everyone take both a physical and mental exam…you know to make sure those that are exercising their 2nd amendment are in fact the “abled bodies” the founding fathers wrote about. These are just some ideas on how to keep the up and coming mass shooters from going to the store and legally buying a firearm and ammo while still not infringing on the rights of the American citizen.

This is a mental health issue, and a gun control issue, and an important issue that needs immediate review. What it isn’t is a time to take money from, advice from and direction from special interest. That time has passed.


Are we at the beginning of the end times?

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I am a humanist through and through, but everyday I feel that our governments and our humanity is failing us. This morning I awake to hear of another mass shooting in Orlando, Fl one week before the one year anniversary of another shooting that happened in Orlando. There was a terrorist bombing the night before a fundraising concert for a bombing in Manchester that happened only a few weeks ago.

Who is doing the bombing and why? So far the major player taking responsibility for the bombings is ISIL. So in other words….religion is causing end times…a self fulfilling prophecy?

Religion, doesn’t matter which one you chose so long as the Old Testament is in their library of holy scriptures, talks about the end times and the signs that go along with it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the signs.

War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4. There is no way not to say there is war on a large scale going on. There are civil wars in several countries and the religious are constantly bombing those who do not believe what they believe.

Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6. With the droughts there is famine.


Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11. Fracking is a major cause of earthquakes in the US where there is no fault line likely.

Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, Zika, measles coming back, cancer increasing…

Increase of crime.—Matthew 24:12


Ruining of the earth by mankind.—Revelation 11:18. The US just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We are fracking up the earth for natural gas to replace our coal all of which is polluting our air and our water.

Deterioration of people’s attitudes, as shown by many who are “unthankful, disloyal, . . . not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

There are other “signs” but they become more subjective then the above mentioned. I think that religious or not we can agree that the above “signs” are definitely upon us.

But end of times, doesn’t necessary have mean the end of the world, or mankind. Maybe just the opposite. Maybe it could mean the enlightenment of the world to the unnecessary trials and tribulations of religion. That man and woman are enough and that no supernatural being controls us or our destiny. That we alone hold the keys to happiness and we alone have the rights and ability to protect our planet. And that the planet is worth protecting. How about we make that a self fulfilling prophecy?

Social Security and Illegals

have found several articles and websites that state that some 7 million illegals pay into the Social Security program by using “fake” social security numbers. And that the amount that is collected from them is some $7 billion a year that they will never be able to collect on. So that is $7 Billion a year that the government gets for Social Security that they could use to pay other beneficiaries or add to a needed surplus in the program. But they don’t. That money is set aside in an Earnings Suspense File, a pool that is used as a electronic holding place for money received from illegals and others using false SSNs. Currently estimated at $540 billion. That begs two questions. One, why are they able to work with a false SSN? Two, what is the government doing with that money?

I am aware that some legal, American citizens get false documents for different reasons: identity thefts, running from the law, want to get lost, and for tax invasion. I said legal American citizens, not law-abiding citizens. I am aware that you can ask the SSA for a new one if you have been a victim of identity theft, fraud, or can demonstrate a serious risk of physical harm from others having access to your number. And I am fully aware why illegals get false documents, simply because there are some businesses (although all should be the word used because of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act) that require such documentation to work there. My question would be than why is there not some law in all 50 states and our many territories that require more than seeing the documentation to get the job? Why is there not a database that employers can access to see whether the number was issued by the Social Security Adminstration and a brief description about the person (i.e. age, gender, race)? If a store can instantly check to see if my personal check is any good, why can’t employers do the same for social security numbers?

Now, the government is a “business” in the sense that they are required to show the American people how much money they get, from where, and what it is used for ….”profits and loss”… “an expense sheet”… “a financial report”, because we the American people are the shareholders of said nation.

So I did a little more research on the issue.

Here is the big problem in our government and it stems from we the people. We want our privacy. We don’t what others to see what we are doing, or have the government tell one another about what we make or where it comes from. When we think that someone else is using our number we can’t see what they are using it for, to ensure that it is indeed being used by someone else (credit bureau laws deny request based on the invasion of the other person’s privacy). The banking industry is not allowed to share information with anyone when they came across multiple people using the same SSN. The SSA is not authorized to share your SSN with a “third party” (that would be the employers or other government agencies)… it’s between you and the SSA only. The SSA doesn’t share information on the mismatched names and SSN with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Internal Revenue Services (IRS) or the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The same reason is used by all “privacy concerns”.

However, the SSA has created internet options (no limit), telephone hotlines (up to 5) and paperwork (up to 50) that allows employers to verify a SSN. But there is no legislation granting the government the authorization to invade our privacy and share this information with one another when the same number pops up with different names…privacy concerns. They can wiretap us, read our emails, and put surveillance on us… but they can’t check to see if we are who we say we are and match our SSN with the correct person. And there is no legislation that requires that EVERY company, business owner or consultant verify the SSN of an employee, potential employee or consultant used. These types of legislation will probably never go through unless identity theft happens to enough people in power. Why? Because it is easy money for both the government and the businesses and it keeps the prices of things low for the average American citizen.

Businesses want to be able to use the cheap labor, day labor, of the illegals because it ensures that they are able to keep their prices low so that the average American will continue to buy their stuff while lining their pockets with profits. Government agencies are able to collect money that is earmarked for nothing. The IRS collects billions of dollars that it doesn’t have to refund as no tax return is filed. The SSA collects money that sits in an untapped file until the government needs to “borrow it” and then “repay it” at some future time. And the American people are sitting there with untold number of people using their SSN, but hey… their SSN paid into the system, they are legal and one day they will reap the benefits that they didn’t actually pay for.

To put it another way… the liberals in government won’t ask for changes because they are for immigration reform, conservatives won’t request a change because they support cheap labor and corporate profits and the American people won’t beg for the change because characteristically… we want it all!