Tuesday, January 28, 2003

I dislike days like today. Today was a political day. These days suck, frankly. All week long I've changed the channel each time someone began speaking about the forth coming State of the Union Address. Now, I sit here watching it because I have no other choice but to do so. I'm a communications major, for crying out loud. I must watch it for the sake of rhetorical study and observation.

I must also confess, however, that it makes me profoundly nervous. I dislike what the man supposedly speaking for our country has to say. His statements make me nervous. I don't want to go to war, I see no reason for us to pick a fight right now. Yet that seems to be exactly what he is doing. Mr. Bush seems to be making it quite apparent that a war is inevitable. He says that we strive for peace, yet we are going to war? This frightens me as a woman, as a 20-something, and as a human. Iraq has not provoked us directly. Why must we do this right now? This makes me want to move to Canada, honestly.

The analyst on FOX just said that this was "pretty much a declaration of war". I agree with him, that's certainly what this sounded like.

I dislike this...I very strongly dislike this.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Today I feel moved to address a serious issue: gun ownership and gun clubs.

On the boards at Scarleteen, lately the topic of women's gun clubs has come up. This topic comes in two forms. The first has to do with women's gun associations that are special interest groups. These groups are primarily interested in lobbying and in education. The second concerns women's sporting associations.

I suppose I should begin by stating my own position. I am a gun owner, and an NRA member. I highly value my second amendment rights. I feel safer knowing that I can own a weapon for personal protection and that I can enjoy shooting sports. I think that when used responsibily, guns are in no way a bad thing. They teach responsibility and other skills.

I find it rather upsetting when somebody out and says that gun ownership should not be allowed. If you don't want to own a gun or to ever touch one, then that's totally fine with me. However, I don't think it's anyone's place to take my gun away. I'm glad they run background checks, I didn't at all mind having to fill in the information form. And frankly, guns do not kill people, people kill people. Guns don't jump up and shoot people on their own. Somebody has to stand behind the gun and pull the trigger. And frankly, if someone is going to kill another person, that's what they're going to do...and it doesn't matter if they use a gun or a knife or a car. Bad people exist. That's the way it is. And if you want to keep people from using objects to kill each other, then you'd better outlaw the very rocks of the earth (cause they can be deadly too). People have killed each other since the beginning of time. They've used rocks, swords, spears, arrows, and a million other things. So doing something like taking guns away from people isn't really all that effective. I'd also like to point out that most of your random gang members who are out shooting people are not doing it with guns they obtained legally and they are not generally memebers of sporting or lobbying groups. Yes, illegal gun posession is a problem, and yes, there does need to be some sort of way to crack down on that. However, legal gun owners and members of associations are far more likely to be responsible gun owners (although I will recognize that there are people out there who buy weapons for "personal protection" who have no idea how to use them or to be safe with them...which is why I do believe we should require a gun safety course that one must take before obtaining one's first firearm) who are careful with their weapons. They typically store them in safe, secure areas and are knowledgable in their correct use. Typically they also correctly educate their children about guns and about respecting them.

Another issue that I think is relevent to address is that getting rid of guns is not going to keep the bad people from getting them. Frankly, look at what happened with prohibition. Did that stop alcohol from being obtained? Nope, it sure didn't. But with guns, the potential dangers of taking away the guns from the responsible gun owners is far greater. By doing that, you'll have disarmed the responsible while leaving the criminals with their illegally obtained weapons. That's neither fair nor intelligent. Not that I honestly believe you'd be able to actually take all the firearms away from responsible gun owners anyway. I doubt most would willingly give them up, and would probably keep them no matter what.

In short, I enjoy my rights. If the founding fathers had not meant for people to have the freedom to possess firearms, then they wouldn't have included it as an amendment. And frankly, if we amend that, and take away that right...then what's next? Freedom of speech? Freedom of the press? Once you've "proven" that something is dangerous enough to actually warrent the removal of your constitutional right, then it's only a matter of time until someone begins to lobby that speech is dangerous, or religion, or the press. The Constitution is no longer sacred at that point, it is no longer the highest law. It becomes merely a tool of control...something that can be altered at will.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

So, the new year has arrived and I have yet to make a resolution for the year. Generally I don't worry about making a New Year's resolution. However, this year I have decided at this point in time that it's worthwhile to come up with something.

My resolution for the year is two-fold. First of all, I'm going to take better care of myself. Over the past year, I've made such great progress mentally and emotionally taking care of myself. But now it's time to step up and pay a little more attention to my body. Not because I need to lose weight or anything like that...but rather because I don't feel like I'm in top form. I feel run-down and exhausted a good bit of the time. I'm not eating as well as I could be. I'm not taking my vitamins the way I should be. I'm not exercising as much as I need to be. I haven't made any steps toward lowering my cholesterol. I haven't been taking care of my skin the way I should be. And to me, that's not being fair to my body...I haven't been keeping up my end of the bargain. So, this year I've decided to step up and take responsibility for my own physical health. And more than just keeping myself healthy, I want to improve my general physical condition.

The second part of my new years resolution is to take better care of my relationship. I realized last night that on some level, I've lost track of what love truly is. Yes, my relationship is good...in fact, it's amazing. We're communicating well, and no matter how hard it is to be apart, we're making it work. But I don't feel like I've been putting enough into it. I feel like sometimes I get upset and angry when I shouldn't be. There are times when I want my way when I really should realize that maybe my way isn't the best way. I think there are times when I push him a little too much too. I push for him to see the world the way I see it, which is unfair to him. This year, I'm going to try harder to nurture my relationship more. Rather than just being happy with where we are as a couple right now, I want to help us grow together...I want to make sure I'm always realizing that I can't control everything, and things can't always be my way. I want to remember that we still have some growing up and working out to do, and that sometimes that won't be comfortable, but that I've got to be willing to make some sacrifices too. Or at least that I've got to warn him as soon as I start feeling like there is a problem.

So those are my New Years resolutions for the year. We'll see how it all works out. One thing's for sure...it's gonna be interesting! :)