What a terrible tragedy with yet another school mass shooting. The nation’s heart breaks for all the victims.
What are we to do? I hear many voices say ban guns, and many on the right say it’s not a gun issue.
I don’t know the answer, but I do want to clear up some common myths I hear.
Most guns are semi-automatic. All that means is the gun shoots every time you pull the trigger. This includes every gun that is not a revolver, pump or bolt action.
Assault rifles such as the AR-15 are no more powerful than most deer rifles — they’re less powerful, actually. A .30-06 rifle is two to three times more powerful than an AR-15 that shoots .223 ammunition. I know it looks and sounds scary when one uses the term assault rifle or tactical weapon, but it’s actually not that powerful a gun.
So unless we remove all guns from our society — which will never happen and is also unconstitutional — then the problem will not be solved.
I think we should start with looking at why these deranged people are shooting up their environments in the first place.
‘Senior’ is fine
At age 95, I have been un-young for a bunch of years. During that time, I have often been called a “senior citizen.” It has never hurt my feelings when someone has used that nomenclature. I figured they did so out of kindness to avoid calling me an “old lady.”
But there is one thing worse than being called an old lady, which I am — to be called an “older lady” or an “older adult.” Older than whom? Don’t rub it in.
Anyway, that isn’t even honest. I am not older than everyone who is old. I am only 95, for goodness’ sake. Give me a break.
I don’t care what the experts at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society say. They are not gods. Folks who want to be nice can call me anything they want. Just please don’t hang some “correct” label on us, such as “older adult.” Ugh!
The letter from the woman who says her feelings were hurt by being called a “senior” goes to show that some people need something to whine about, no matter how hard others are trying to be nice. (Feb. 12, 8A)
The fight continues
Let us applaud the women and men who are coming forward to tell their stories about having been sexually harassed or abused. And let us also remember the people who brought us what we know today about child and spousal neglect and abuse.
This grassroots movement started decades ago. The Journal of the American Medical Association published “The Battered-Child Syndrome” in 1962. Activists then thought it was a problem that one in 10 girls were sexually abused. Today it is one in five, according to some estimates.
No one believed it was happening because you “weren’t supposed to tell.” People in this movement fought to bring this information to the forefront and fought to make it safe to tell the truth.
What does history teach us? Now, our world is no longer safe. What people and what programs are solving problems in a healthy and positive way?
We must be vigilant and tenacious in our pursuit of our own education and involvement so it does not take decades more to walk in peace.
Kansas City, Kan.
Royal past, future
First, a thank you to the Royals’ David Glass, Dayton Moore, Scott Sharp, J.J. Picollo, Dave Eiland, Rusty Kuntz, Mike Jirschele and all the coaches and trainers who took us back to relevant September baseball. I remember how great it felt when we were still in the pennant race late in the season.
A special thank you to the many great players who made my life thrilling in ways no one has any right to expect. Incredible comeback after incredible comeback. Oakland and Houston — how they must hate us. From Eric Hosmer to Mike Moustakas, from Salvador Perez to Lorenzo Cain, from Wade Davis to Alcides Escobar and even Johnny Cueto. And yes, many others.
So now we have to look forward to what’s next. I am a renewed optimist this time of year, and as such, here’s to the next crop. We had hopes and expectations before, and we do again.
Again, the possibilities are endless. Go Royals!
Get out of the way
I am amazed at how nice all the venues are at the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea did a great job on all this construction.
Now, if the Kansas City Council members could step aside and not meddle in the construction of the new airport terminal, it might come to fruition.
The adage “Too many cooks spoil the broth” comes to mind. Just let the work begin with no more costly delays.
Michael R. Lawler