You are wrong…

Hey, just giving an FYI to all you people that:
  • Don’t believe there is a problem with police brutality in this nation.
  • Don’t believe their is a problem with racism, especially with concerns to our criminal justice system, in this country.
  • Keep chanting #BlueLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter despite the fact that you didn’t give two hoots about “blue lives” or “all lives” until people wanted Black Lives to actually matter.
  • You Donald Trump supporters, who (generally be default) fall into all three of the above listed categories.
The world largely disagrees with you. The United Nations disagrees with you. We have a problem. You can be as angry or ignorant about this problem as you’d like. You can try to yell it away. You can try to hate it away. It is not going away. The world wants you to know that you are wrong.
 
Here is the thing, however. Being wrong isn’t bad. Being wrong can actually be one of the most beautiful things life has to offer. Being wrong allows you the opportunity to become better. Being wrong allows you the opportunity to grow as a person. Embrace being wrong and look within yourself and look within your community and look to whatever powers you must look towards for growth as a human being. We are all in this world together, as one.
Anyways, feel free to click HERE to read more about this, or just copy and paste the link below.  I also intentionally used the Al Jazeera article just to infuriate some of you racists.  Us normal people know that Al Jazeera isn’t some evil thing.

Gary Johnson the opportunist.

I am sharing here a post I just put up on my Facebook page with some of my thoughts about Gary Johnson and his campaign so far:

Gary Johnson has got to be the best opportunist around. This guy has been able to take advantage of other people’s screw up’s and dirty games to look like the cleanest candidate ever.
 
Fact: Donald Trump is a loud-mouthed POS who doesn’t deserve the attention he is getting for his filth.
 
Fact: Hillary Clinton has faced more scrutiny than any candidate in history and there still hasn’t been any evidence of criminal activity. Yet, people still are calling her a criminal (and Gary Johnson is essentially pedaling this, too).
 
Many Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Johnson, despite the fact that they know very little about Johnson and his policies. They go from the progressive in Bernie to the life-long Republican in Gary Johnson. If Gary Johnson were so great, then why didn’t they vote for him in 2012? That’s right, many of them have zero idea that Gary Johnson even ran in 2012!
 
Johnson is taking advantage of a situation for his own gain. Bernie Sanders was a class act, especially when he defended his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and acknowledged that the multiple witch-hunts against her were purely farcical. Gary Johnson, however, does not possess that kind of class and honor. Gary Johnson is pedaling the same “Hillary and Trump are both evil” garbage that the GOP is trotting out because they know they’ve been dealt a terrible hand with Trump winning the popular vote. The GOP knows that Trump might sink their party at the national and state levels. The GOP is the reason why you anti-Clinton people believe that she is a crooked individual, when she has done NOTHING but act with the same class and dignity that should be expected of our elected officials.
 
The same people who tried to convince you that Barack Obama was a Muslim, was born in Kenya, etc. are the same people who have you hook, line, and sinker on Clinton being a criminal. You’ve been fooled. You believed the clever social media memes. You believed the Fox News. You believe the 140 character long tweets. Now we all have to suffer because of it.
 
Do the rest of us a favor and actually do some research on all three candidates. Look at the plans all three candidates have laid out. These can be easily found on their campaign websites. Stop believing every-single-thing you see on social media. Don’t make the rest of us suffer from you ignorance. I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but dammit, please make an informed vote for your sake and the sake of the rest of us.

Let’s get a party going!

Gary Johnson, the champion of all those who have been terrorized to the point of giving up.  He is our savior!  He will save us from the blood-drenched claws of Trump and Clinton, as both of them try to burn the United States to the ground, destroying each and every one of us!

*Note: I will tell you the one reason for voting 3rd party in this… I promise… Just read on*!

In all honesty, my feelings about Clinton and Trump aside, I have been hearing an awful lot of people fighting over whether or not to vote 3rd party for this upcoming election.  I’ve tried explaining to people that change doesn’t come from the top and that it is literally impossible for Gary Johnson to win the election.  I’m not going to go so far as to say you’re throwing your vote away, but truthfully many of you Johnson supporters have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about or what you’re doing.

First off, let’s be hypothetical here.  Let’s say that Gary Johnson wins the election in November!  We’re saved, right?  Well, not necessarily.  So we’d have our first POTUS who is a member of the Libertarian Party!  Okay, let’s do a quick recap of how the other lesser elections have gone.  First off, we have zero Libertarians in the Senate.  Congratulations Libertarian Party.  Alright, let me go over to the other house.  Lo and behold! We have zero Libertarians in the House of Representatives!

*Knock knock knock…*

Hello?  I am reality.  I am here to inform you that your savior, Mr. Johnson, has been a lifelong member of the Republican Party.  A quick Google search you can do yourself will inform you that Johnson entered politics in 1994 in New Mexico.  He was very successful, first running for governor and beating a certain Richard Cheney 34% to 33% to obtain the Republican nomination for governor.  Overall, Johnson won the general election and become the new governor of New Mexico.  This would be, the new Republican governor.

Johnson ran the state like a typical Republican would.  He called for cutting taxes, cutting spending, etc.  Many tax cuts he called for didn’t actually happen, and he appeared to be the champion of the people.  We see this state by state.  Makes a good sound clip to say, “I will cut all these taxes!”  Yippie! *Note: It was the gas tax.  Johnson also did a very typical Republican thing in 1995.  Johnson stood with 20 other governors during the 1995 federal government shutdown, calling upon the Republican leadership in Congress to obstruct against the Democrat President stand against the Clinton administration in budget negotiations.  We look at the Clinton Presidency and all we see is an amazing 8 years full of economic growth, unemployment dropping, government surpluses, and blowjobs.  Overall very successful, sounds like something I’ve heard of in very recent memory.

Point being, however, is that Gary Johnson is not and has not been a true Libertarian, has he?  Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat, but never pretended not to be a Democratic Socialist, right?  If Gary Johnson is so great, why didn’t he just run as a Republican in the first place for POTUS?  Why didn’t he run as a Republican in 2012, too?  Why are we only hearing about him now.  The vast majority of Johnson supporters I’ve spoken with had zero idea he even ran in 2012.  In 2012 when Johnson ran, he received 1,275,971 total votes.  This is less than 1% of the vote.  Where was all the Gary Johnson love?  He ran on the same principals, I promise you that.  Can you even name 3 of his principals off the top of your head?  I dare you to do so.  No cheating, no Googling!

I bet you couldn’t, yet here you are, adamant about voting for this man, are you not?  You truly have zero idea who  you are voting for, but you’re pissed as can be at Clinton and Trump.  You’re pissed at the system.  Why are you pissed off?  I can totally understand why you’re pissed off at Trump and/or the GOP.  They dropped the ball big time, but after hearing their filth the past 8 years you truly cannot be that surprised, can you?  This is the same GOP that obstructed for 8 years.  This is the same GOP that tried to tell us we had a Muslim in the White House (which honestly… why does somebody’s religion matter?  There was a time where a Catholic POTUS was viewed as evil *cough* JFK).  This was the same GOP who tried to tell us we didn’t have an American in the White House, while also trying to put a Canadian in the White House.

I’ve got news for you, champ.  Hillary Clinton isn’t evil.  Is Hillary Clinton still a part of the system?  Absolutely!  Is the system still broken?  No…  The system is working just fine, which is precisely why Hillary Clinton is i the position she is in.  That doesn’t make Clinton a bad candidate.  Trump, however, is a terrible candidate.  The thought of that man representing the U.S.A. and everything it stands for should send shivvers down your spine.  Do you want to be represented by that lying, adulterating, conning, bankrupting, bigoted, vile human being?  Hell no.  But I will digress on this point.

Here is the point though.  Why vote Libertarian in a Presidential Election?  Despite the fact that no Libertarian candidate has ever gotten more than 1.5% of the vote in the general election, there is some upside to voting 3rd party in general!  If a 3rd party candidate can muster 5% of the general election, then that 3rd party can gain access to federal election funding from the government, and also appear on the ballots easier.  Gary Johnson is already going to be on the ballot in 48 states, due to his campaign fundraising, but 5% takes some of this burden off.  Had the Libertarian party received 5% in 2008, then Gary Johnson would be receiving nearly $10 million in campaign funds.  Does this work to even the playing field?  A little.

Here is the thing though.  Funding isn’t going to solve our problem.  Right now we have this thing called the electoral college.  The electoral college means that any candidate needs to win 270 of the 538 electoral votes to become POTUS.  What happens if a 3rd party candidate who is popular enough comes along and splits that 538 enough that no candidate reaches the 270?  Then how do we decided a POTUS?  Well boys and girls, then it is decided by the House of Representatives!  They get to vote on the top 3 candidates.  As it sits, the Republican Party has control of the House of Representatives.  Let’s just say Johnson does a bang up job and get 10% of the vote.  Hillary and Trump split evenly and each get 45%.  Nobody quite reaches the 270.  Remember how I told you that there are no Libertarians in the House of Representatives?  Which way do you think the House of Representatives votes?  Certainly a member of the GOP wouldn’t vote for Clinton?  Paul Ryan, despite condemning whatever Donald Trump seems to be spewing each week still says he would never support Hillary Clinton.  At what point do we realize that a vote for Gary Johnson is almost a vote for Donald Trump?

Ultimately I will say this.  Yes, the electoral college is bad.  It needs to change, absolutely.  The two party system has made two parties grow too large, yes.  Too large doesn’t inherently mean evil, however.  The Democrat party, for all it’s flaws, is still the party of integrity right now. The GOP has been showing it’s true side for the better party of a decade, and now the flood walls have broken and we’re left with the party of Donald Trump.  Yes, a 3rd party getting recognition is a step in the right direction, but this year there is too damn much at stake for us to risk a Trump Presidency.  This isn’t me saying “vote the lesser of two evils!”  This is me telling you the choice is pretty damn obvious if you’d take your blinders off for a second!  We have a highly qualified candidate in Hillary Clinton.  This lady has been investigated more times by the FBI and various House Committees more than Nixon and each time has turned up ZERO wrong-doing.  Give me a god damn break on thinking Ms. Clinton is anything but qualified.  Do some research on your own for a change.  Turn the damn television off!

If you want your 3rd party then you need to earn it from the bottom up, just like every other party.  If you want that 3rd party candidate, vote for that 3rd party candidate in your state and local elections.  This will help grow that support.  If it grows from the ground, then vote it for the national elections.  If it keeps growing then guess what, it’ll be at the top and can make the change for you.  You’re not going to create a stronger foundation on your house by putting a new roof on it, same with the government.  You need that strong base for that change.  This is sadly why Bernie was defeated.  We are at a point, however, where if many of you take that blind anger and turn it into a researched cause we can have real change.  The choice is yours, however, be angry or be informed.

Our current situation…

While introducing Donald Trump at a rally, former New York City major Rudy Giuliani just said, “By the way, under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”
 
This is just dangerous rhetoric here. During the Bush administration we had 9/11. This has been the single most deadly terrorist attack to strike this nation. Not to mention the [about] ten attacks on U.S. embassies that happened during the Bush administration.
 
People, you all need to get it together. These are the same people who are trying to say that Hillary is a crook, liar, cheat, etc. These are the same people who have been blatantly lying to everybody, yet have been taken for their word. This is dangerous. You know who else did this and had a lot of success? Hitler. Only Hitler blamed the Jewish people and his governmental predecessors.
 
This is disgusting. I wish people cared about real events that will actually affect their lives more than they do about whatever bullshit TV show is popular right now, which celebrity is banging who, etc. The world would be a better place. This is why we desperately need change in our education system. We don’t teach children to question or think anymore. We teach them to take a test. We under-fund our schools. We alienate our teachers. It’ll be a great day when the army has to have a bake sale to buy a bomb…

This week in Police Murders

This week in the news police murders we have two black men who have been killed when they did not need to be.  I know some people right away are starting up the, “Well you see, he had a gun on his person!” rant.  The thing is, however, these are the same people [usually] who are giving the, “Well if somebody had a gun on their person, then all these lives would have been saved!” rant.  What is the common denominator here?  I won’t even say, but I think you can all figure it out.

With Alton Sterling, yes folks, he was committing a crime.  He was selling CDs in a parking lot.  That savage!  Multiple videos have shown Mr. Sterling was down, being fully restrained by two murderers officers of the law and that he was not reaching for the gun that he had in his pocket.
“But Trevor!  He still had a gun!  How are those officers suppose to know what his intentions are?!”

Well my dear lad, I am glad you asked.  As it turns out Louisiana also does allow for open carry.  So truthfully anybody can open carry.

“But he didn’t have a permit to open carry!”

Ah yes, but how would any officer [or civilian for that matter] know this?  Unless you’re judging a book by a cover [I’m kindly not trying to call you a racist] you are merely assuming that somebody who looks a certain way wouldn’t have a permit.  So truly, does open carry make us citizens safer?  If you’re interested, here is a quick summary of Louisiana’s open carry business.  If you’re even more interested in the murder of Alton Sterling and don’t believe that he wasn’t reaching for a gun, you can see for yourself here.

Now even in my home state of Minnesota there is another example of police murdering citizens who don’t deserve to die.  This time it is a man who was pulled over for a broken tail-light, by the name of Philando Castile.  The only video we have [so far] is from his girlfriend after he has been shot.  The girlfriend gives the background of what happened.  Castile was asked to show his ID so Castile was reaching for his wallet.  Castile had also informed the officer that he had his conceal and carry permit and also had a firearm.  Again, this is in complete compliance with the law.  The officer then fired a few rounds into him, right in front of his girlfriend and a young child who was right behind.  I’m no gun expert, but I know how dangerous it is to fire at such close proximity to other human beings, especially a young child.  In the back you hear the officer sounding distraught and trying to say, “I told him not to…” while the girlfriend, amazingly composed, reminding him that he asked for his ID.

“But Trevor, how would the officer know he wasn’t reaching for his gun?!”

I’m sorry what?  If a man is telling you he has a conceal and carry permit and he is telling you that he is reaching for the ID that you requested, why would you just automatically assume that he is going to kill you?  If somebody has the intentions on killing you, he doesn’t let you know that he has a weapon.  Element of surprise.

“But for real doe… Blue lives matter man!  How would that officer know?!”

Remember what I said above about judging the book by its cover?  What is the common denominator here?  You can’t kill somebody just because in your mind they look scary.

“We don’t even have the video of what happened leading up to the shooting though!”

This is true.  We do not.  Judging by the tone of that officer’s voice, he sounds like a man who just realized he did something awful.  He sounds like a man who is trying to figure out how to get out of s*** creek.  After they cuff the girlfriend, who committed no crime, the video still runs.  You hear an officer (assuming the murderer) saying “f**k” over and over.  I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but seriously.  You can see all of this here.

I have a question for my pro-gun people.  This is going to sound very pointed, but I am being very serious.  Does the 2nd amendment only apply to white people?  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that I am a white male.  I am not saying that being white or being male makes me superior.  Being white, however, makes me less likely to get treated like garbage and shot by police.  Being male also gives me advantages, such as not having to worry about being sexually assaulted by police or others.

These shootings aren’t even a 2nd amendment issue.  This is an issue with police brutality in America.  We’ve all seen the statistics of shooting in America compared to other 1st world countries, so I won’t rehash that.  Honestly, what are we doing here?  Our inaction isn’t helping anybody live longer lives.

I will leave you with a short video of a radio host who, truthfully, says it best.  The problem needs to start with the police policing their own.  Period.  Here is the video.  I have nothing else to say.  This is disgusting.  Have a good day.

More on the gun issue…

A friend of mine, whom I have a lot of respect for as a person, and I were having a very great discussion on Facebook about the gun issue in general.  He made a very good post that I am going to share, along with my response to it.  To bring the context of this into light I have left the screen shot of it, starting with my response to a piece of literature he posted opining if the mass shooting in Orlando was actually done by multiple gunman.  Essentially this piece said that for a man to kill 50 and wound 50 others in a matter of minutes was so insane and so far-fetched that there is no way one single shooter could have done so.  My personal feelings for conspiracy theories aside, this is a valid thing for one to think.  It is crazy, the amount of destruction that was able to occur.  This, sadly, is also one of the heated points of discussion this country.  Why should anybody be able to carry such destructive tools?

Convo

Also, please note in the picture above I have blanked out my friend’s name and picture.  I respect this man and even more I respect his privacy.  I’ve even messaged him this blog post after submission asking his permission to use it.  If he does not want me using this, I will promptly delete this post.  Just my disclaimer.

Anyways, I wrote a lengthy response I would like to share, because ultimately many of the points I bring up are many of the same points being brought up across the nation.  He also did make great points, truthfully, in his post.  It is refreshing to have a civil discussion with another person about such a terrible and heated issue.

Right now insanity IS the norm. So far this year we’ve had over 130 mass shootings. That is averaging about 3 a week. The year isn’t even over.

15 years ago 3000 people died one morning. We didn’t take away box cutters or planes BUT we starting screening the heck out of anybody getting on a plane, this is why everybody complains so much about the TSA. Post 9/11 the regulations to get on a plane skyrocketed. Somebody tried to blow up his shoe to get on a plane, now we all have to take our shoes off at the airport.

The Titanic sank because of nature. We cannot ban nature. Icebergs, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. will always exist. We have, however, created rules and regulations to make passenger ships safer, with mandatory safety and evacuation plans.

Creating smart, reasonable gun laws isn’t changing the game, at all, either. In Major League Baseball a few 2b players got injured due to take-out slides. Guess what the MLB did, despite players, coaches, fans, etc. being very vocally against it? This year they enacted a ban on take-out slides. They also did it a few years ago with collisions at home plate after a few high profile catcher injuries. They updated with the times, and guess what? Baseball is still great! 🙂

Our gun laws are a mess and they’re inconsistent state by state. With Omar, he was on the Do Not Fly list, but the FBI couldn’t legally do anything about it. There was a push to ensure that people on the DNF list couldn’t purchase firearms in ANY state. The NRA cried foul and the NRA backed politicians wouldn’t even let any of those bills get out of committee.

We regulate the crap out of cars, too. Is it a perfect system? NO! People still die. But guess what we have now that we used to not have? Mandatory seat belt laws. No texting while driving laws. No drinking and driving laws. Speed zones for different areas, depending on risk (i.e. you can only go 20 mph past East High School during certain times of the day). Obviously NO system is going to be perfect, but we have to do our best to ensure the MOST safety. There is no 100% safe method, but that doesn’t mean don’t try.

My personal feelings about pot and the “war on drugs” in general aside, too. We make drugs illegal. Yes, it doesn’t 100% solve the issue. It does, however, make it harder to gain access to drugs. Drugs are also way more expensive. Marijuana is fairly cheap in states such as Colorado and Washington, but prices have remained the same (so I hear) in states such as Minnesota.

Again, no system is perfect. Just because “somebody can still do it” even though it is illegal doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. There is still a problem with child prostitution, but I doubt any sane minded individual would be against creating a law that said it is illegal to pimp a child (or anybody) out, correct? It is NO DIFFERENT with any sort of crime. What happens when you make it illegal is that you make it harder to do. Sick pieces of garbage cannot just openly pimp out children on Victory Drive. There was just a child prostitution sting here in Mankato that netted three arrests. Laws made that possible. Is child prostitution still a HUGE problem in southern MN? Yes! At least we’re trying though.

Bottom line, though, is right now there are only two options being floated around to something we can all admit is a problem. Option one is to create reasonable gun laws. Option two is to continue to do nothing. So please, if you have any other reasonable, viable options, please speak up. I and the rest of the world would be more than happy to listen to ANYTHING that could potentially help this situation. Also, good guy with a gun isn’t a viable option. More guns isn’t a viable option.

I made sure to go through every point, piece by piece.  Please let me know your opinions.  I welcome them all, even if we disagree, just so long as we can be civil.  If anybody out there has any other reasonable ideas to fix this terrible issue, please, we need to know.

Something about being “well regulated”

All things Orlando aside, I am just going to start off this post quite simply:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Militia is loosely defined as: a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.

Well Regulated (i.e. regulated thoroughly)-To regulate means to control or supervise. To do that well, means to have some strict control or supervision.

In other words, regular, untrained citizens aren’t a part of any “well regulated militia”. This leads into the question of, “Why do I need an assault rifle if I am untrained, unregulated, and not a part of a militia?”

We’ve been seeing far too often citizens of our country take up arms in the name of killing innocent people.  Often times they do this out of the name of religion (ironically, when it is out of Christianity, the media ignores it) but mostly out of the name of hatred.  Maybe they hated Doctors giving women the proper healthcare they deserved, maybe they hated African-American men, women, and children praying to God.  Maybe they hated homosexuals.  Maybe they hated school children.  Whatever it is, it is all senseless.

It is time that this country does something about this.  We’ve lost more people in the past week to mass shootings [defined as 3 or more subsequent killings] than Canada has in the past two decades.  One side tries to tell us that we cannot compare America to Canada, or to Australia, or to Japan, or to Great Britain.  I ask, “Why not?”  Is our culture so much more different where lives matter less here?  Is our obsession with guns that intense that we cannot realize that they are created with one purpose and one purpose only?  Anybody who denies that guns are not an invention purely meant to take lives is living with their head underground.  The Chinese did not invent gun powder purely to have parlor tricks and entertain children.  They knew that they needed to have the most effective stick for killing their enemies to stay alive.

We live in a world where it is perfectly acceptable for the government to ban WalMart from selling two boxes of Sudafed, yet you can go into WalMart and buy one box of Sudafed and two dozen boxes of ammunition to go along with the firearms you also purchased there on the same trip.  Are we that delusional to say “THIS!  This is where the line of control is!”  People give the argument with guns that it won’t stop the criminals.  Will limiting Sudafed stop the production of meth?  It won’t work anyways, right? I mean, people are going to make meth no matter what. Plus they can easily make meth in Mexico and bring it over. Plus people will still take meth. Now replace the meth with firearms and all of a sudden it’s too much control. At least with meth you cannot go and kill 50 people in an hour.

One of the saddest pieces of this whole Orlando business is that many of those politicians who are “offering thoughts and prayers” are also the very same politicians who fought so hard to prevent these LGBT individuals from having their God given rights, all to make sure people have their “God given rights” to carry a firearm.  Any firearm they want.  While these politicians are accusing LGBT individuals of being monsters and perverts in the bathroom they’re also failing to protect them from the real monsters.  And we’re okay with this?  Where the f*** are our priorities?

People need a little lesson in the amendments.  Yes, amendments are essentially set in stone.  Once it is there, it is always there.  But, you can also make amendments shutting other amendments down.  We created this amendment banning alcohol, because we, as a society, decided alcohol was evil.  A few years later, we realized this was a stupid amendment and we could just regulate alcohol, instead of banning it all.

There was once a time when it was somebody’s right to own people.  They used the same arguments, too.  It is my God given right to own slaves, you cannot take them away from me.  Just because somebody else abuses and mistreats his slaves doesn’t mean that mine should be taken away from me.  What did we do, however?  We created an amendment saying that slaves are actually just human beings, like the rest of us.  This was meant with a ton of resistance.  Not sure if any of you recall, but we fought a war over this.

We also had a time in our country when women could not vote.  What did we do?  We updated with the times.  We realized that women are just as capable of thinking as men.  So we created an amendment that allowed them to vote.

Why it is, then, that we cannot keep with the times and the technology with guns?  When the 2nd amendment was created, guns were muskets.  Even the most skilled marksman could maybe take out 3 blokes in one minute with a musket.  These days, however, most people can walk into a store that sells guns and walk out with one.  Even without much training, somebody can upgrade the parts on their gun to hold more bullets, give it a better sight, add better aiming and maneuverability, etc.

An example I like to give is transportation, since people like the excuse, “you can kill somebody with a car!”  When the Constitution was created, transportation was essentially by horse or foot.  That was it.  Fast forward 150 years.  Now we have the automobile.  Sure, it’s not that quick, yet, but it’s coming.  These days?  There are speed limits.  There are limits on who can drive.  There are limits on where you can drive.  You also must register all cars.   You also must take a written test to use this car.  You also must pass a practical test to use this car.  You also must have X amount of of “behind the wheel” while you’re training to use this car.  Imagine if we treated guns like that?  Insurance, registration, having to buy “gun tabs” every single year, etc.  Personally, I think your “behind the trigger” training would be a blast.  Wouldn’t gun enthusiasts love that, too?  Having a trained instructor taking you to the gun ran for 30 hours before you’re licensed to use your gun on your own.  Also, keep in mind, there are restrictions on how powerful cars can be on the road.  I cannot buy a NASCAR or Indy car and take it out on the streets.  Why should guns be any different?  We can reasonably restrict the intensity of the guns, much like vehicles.

By the end of the day, the underlying issue ultimately is that guns are much to readily available.  A good friend of mine, from Canada, on Facebook opined, “As a non-American living in America your gun regulations and laws are an absolute joke and a huge factor in the massive lead your country has over every other developed nation in gun violence. I’m not legally entitled to work in your country [for about a month] and yet I can purchase a weapon. Good call.”  The nutcase from Orlando?  He was on an FBI watch list, but thanks for NRA backed politicians, his “God given right” to own a firearm, purchase firearms, and purchase ammunition was more than protected.  How is this right?

Ultimately, in the end if we want to realize what the problem truly is in America and how to solve it we need to not focus on who suffers from the problem, or even who is committing the problem.  We truly need to focus on who is profiting from the problem.