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Writing Out My Rant: My Protest To Wake Up The World!!

Updated on August 21, 2016
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I Am On The Verge Of Giving Up

Do you ever just want out, out of living in a world of fools, out of feeling so desperately hopeless for change when it seems simple to you and somehow completely irrational for others? And what is the illogical part, you incomprehensive people may ask? Well, maybe that some of us see what is behind almost every single violent act in which we encounter too often in America, while others fight for that reason because of a document that was drawn up in the 1700s? Whether it be from terrorists, or crimes of hate, or psychosomatic illness; this weapon I'm going to discuss here is bringing this world to an end, and if you live here and don’t see that, I will have to state that you are as dumb as Donald Trump’s repeated stupid antics on how to bring change. Unfortunately, many are just that nonsensical!

He Is Not Smart People...

Let Me Spell It Out; Gun Violence, It Needs To Stop ASAP

I don’t care if you believe me. I don’t care if you think you are the smart one, and I’m the dumbest woman on planet earth for saying this. Guns help murder! They get the intended job done, whereas some of you have a total lack of common sense in saying things like; it’s the people, not the guns, or a knife could kill, or even a fist could kill is all totally true, but so insanely illiterate in the comparison now isn’t it?


Every day I watch more hate, and more mentally deranged persons buy these weapons and carry out extreme crimes, and cause so much death. This is not what we were taught about America! This is a war zone, and everybody has become the enemy. It is not land of the free, home of the brave anymore. It has rapidly become the land of the oppressed and home of cowards with guns. Nevertheless, hey, let’s just forget about all those other lessons we were taught in school. You know, the Declaration of Independence that states all men are created equal? Remember that one, the one we just celebrated days ago? The one that celebrates the freedom of all, but I promise you a lot of us did not celebrate. How can you celebrate something that people are trying to tear down? And you might come back with, “well, what about the second amendment, people like yourself are trying to take that one away?” Ummm… NO! I do not see where keeping weapons out of criminals' hands by doing extensive background checks and mental check-ups and making waiting periods longer to obtain a gun is going to ruin that goddamn little piece of paper! Stop hiding your silly reasoning behind an amendment that at the time, when written, took a person five damn minutes to load the guns they carried back then.

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Grief! The 1700s Had Some Major Weapons. NOT!

This is a demonstration this man, Keith Burgess, was asked to do for a New England history spot. I thought it would be extremely valuable in explaining how the only gun that was around back in the day when the second amendment was written is loaded and used. It is also two parts of no less than four minutes. Now, think about that... when the amendment to bear arms was written, this was how a gun was used. Mind you, it was never a sure shot and may not have been a powerful enough powder explosion to do damage if not close up. If I had to be totally honest, I couldn't even get through the whole demonstration.


Today, if we only had these types of guns "to bear arms with" anyone who was a threat to us would have maybe had one round loaded, may or may not have hit us, then they would have to open a powder keg, poured it in the barrel, took the tool that packs it in and packed it in well, and by that time, we would have made our escape or crawled to safety. I suspect 911 would have been called, and help would be on the way, and who knows; someone could have rustled the idiot to the ground. Nevertheless, all in all, we have a good chance of survival.


Now, honestly, I don't know if this is the correct way to load a gun like this, I did say I got pretty bored with the steps. In saying that, it says a lot doesn't it? I mean, back in the 1700s, to bear these kinds of arms wasn't a total threat to life now was it? Let's stop hiding the fact that the persons which insist to protect this amendment are really just defending their own personal want. To me, that doesn't even make sense when you think about it though, considering if you are a stable human, you will not get your little toys taken away anyway? Can we grow up with some common sense values now??

This Is What Is So Easy To Get Our Hands On These Days. Big Difference Isn't It?

Colt AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle
Colt AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle | Source

If You Don't Feel Stupid For Voting For The Donald And For Guns After Watching This; Face It You Are As Crazy As These Killers

Things Have To Change, Let's Be Smart Enough To Roll With It

Things change people! However, I can tell you one thing that has not changed; the divisions' slavery created, the hate which was spawned from the cruel intentions of one race to another so many years ago. Granted we have come a long way. Some of us grew up learning the history of that time period and were lucky enough not to live in it and be effected as far as making friendships, and so it becomes our responsibility to keep it that way, for our America, for our freedoms. At the same time, some unfortunately, were still taught to hate growing up, which has been terribly dangerous in respects to where we are at today. It has helped Donald Trump do his campaign damage and bring these types out of hiding; not only in everyday households, but in the police department, in the military, even on children’s playgrounds. It is not solely one color either. Hate is taught in all races.


If we were ever on the right track to stop the hate and love one another, we have back tracked to a latter day of thinking with all this violence that we are now able to see for ourselves through social media. It really depresses me. Even so, maybe it’s all been necessary. Can we finally find a common ground with each other through the hate we all stare at day after day, or are we going to let it keep festering into more hate between us? Can we start erasing all the senseless killings and update an amendment that will not change it but make it better for our generation, for our safety and unity? Are you brave enough to love one another and stand together for change that will keep us alive instead of destroy our existence? What do you stand for? How American are you?

Wake Up America Before It's Too Late

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May They All Rest In Peace. It Is Up To Us, Will We Continue To Bury Innocent People or The Guns?

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile | Source
Christina Grimmie
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Pulse nightclub victims
Pulse nightclub victims | Source

The Main Reason For My Rant

I know this is completely a form of ranting, but people who know me will not be surprised. It is my way to the truth, my way of fighting for what I believe in. My way of sharing common sense knowledge, I feel everyone possesses, but not everyone admits to having. It comes from one after the other senseless crimes we all witness through media outlets. The two innocent black men who were killed by white cops, the Orlando nightclub massacre that was stated to be a terrorist crime carried out by a Muslim American, but it's easy to see it all points to hate. Let's not forget the crazy killing of Christina Grimmie at the hands of a mentally unstable stalker. Every incident mentioned happening all in days and a month of each other. I mean we can’t kill these lunatic people who do these irrational and hurtful things, but we can help by taking their guns away. Don’t you see that? And it will not be an easy task, but it will be for a better America, for a safer world. We as Americans should be a pleasant example for other countries that have always fought for whatever reason. However, we have become just as bad as those countries of hateful division. We are not supposed to live like this here. It’s not the American way. Wake up and let's save ourselves!!

A Final Food For Thought On This Subject

If You Are Against Gun Control Laws...

What Is Your Real Reason? Stop Hiding Behind An Amendment That Will Not Change.

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I Found This Song and Had To Edit It Into This Hub. Thank You David Bowie. It Speaks Volumes.

A Thank You To My Readers...

Thank you to all who are taking or took the time to read my hub today. If you would like to comment please do. I should say that if it is in a negative context and rudely displayed, I will not take the time to comment back. This is about bringing awareness to a growing out of control problem here in America. It's about reaching the ones who have common sense, not the ones with closed minds for personal purpose. I want to speak for victims. I want to try and wake up the world in the only way I know how; writing my thoughts. Thanks Again!

© 2016 Missy Smith

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Here here, Missy. I couldn't have expressed it better myself, and if I rant about gun control I am just dismissed as being an outsider who doesn't understand the USA and it's culture. You are a brave woman. Maybe you need to move here. Well done.

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      Hari Prasad S 10 months ago from Bangalore

      Missy a commendable hub you have written. Hatred has to go.

      Until it stays,

      Fear stays,

      Gun stays,

      Within missing is Peace.

      Check my recent poem 'peace dilutes hate' on similar lines.

      Thanks for the hub. Sharing.

      - hari

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey John, I know this seems to be a dead in the water topic since no one is leaning toward one side, even when the obvious choice would be to join forces against the ones who do not need these guns. I guess for some it is more important to hold onto their guns without having to go through an extensive background check, more than human life matters. It hurts to be honest. It hurts to know this is the world we live in now.

      I would like to apologize for not sticking around hubpages a lot lately. I feel quite lost in translation, and do not know how to convey much of what I think or feel at this time. So, in that way, it has been difficult to write or read anything.

      When these latest tragedies happened, I decided to give my view one more shot at waking people up, but in my quest, I know, deep down inside myself, it will just bring more arguments. Heck, my 9 yr. old son even said that as he watched me feverishly write this piece last night.

      I would really love to move out of America and have always heard awesome things about Australia. I have a cousin who lived there for a few years, and she loved it. :)

      What will become of me here? I don't have a clue at this point. All I can do is try the best I can and hope for a better future for my children. That is the most important thing for me. As always, John, it is a pleasure to hear from you dear friend. Love and Peace. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hello Hari, I have just read both of your poems that you suggested in comments. You too are a great inspiration for me as well. I feel your deep desire to bring peace to a lost world. I connect with you in this way, and believe we have special connections with others in this way, and it is a joy when we find those people we relate to.

      Please continue to suggest your poetry to me when you comment or just whenever you would like. As I told Jodah, I haven't been here on hubpages much except to write. There are several reasons for that. Life as a mom is always busy, but as I stated above, right now I have a deep-rooted confusion inside of me that has made it difficult for me to write or read anything. I hope to come out of this slump soon. :)

      I am so happy to hear from you, and hope that we stay connected and never become estranged here. Take care, ~Missy

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      I never thought much about this issue growing up. Then I moved to TX where it is not unusual to see guns now that it is an open carry state or to know that many had concealed guns out in a crowd. You would think I would be afraid, but I'm not. Can I say I feel safer because these good guys with a gun can eliminate someone crazy enough to shoot in public just because he can? No, not really. But I am not afraid of the guns themselves.

      I'm more afraid of the fact that such hatred still exists and always will. There has always been war on earth and there always will be in some form or another. I'm more afraid of the fact that there are people so psychologically disturbed that they will so shit like that. I was just in Dallas not too long ago and if not there, it could happen anywhere. And I'm all for better gun control, but I also don't think it will matter much to curb this violent trend here in America and around the world. There are guns in the hands of criminals and you can bet they'll keep getting more on the black market.

      I'm too afraid my children would get ahold of it and I just don't want a gun. I'd never go hunting for sport. I have no reason to learn to use one. But I do know children who grow up around them and learn from a young age how to handle them, respect them, etc. It's a sport to some people even if they don't hunt. I can't see myself owning one ever.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      P.S. - I like your new profile picture? Or is it new? Either way, I like it!

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Missy. I like this issue raised by you and support all your views expressed here. I myself am much worried about all this use of guns. In my opinion, guns are meant only for army and security personnel to protect the country and civilians. They should not be kept by public. There should be a complete ban on keeping guns.

      I was writing a comment yesterday night when the lights went off around 10:30 pm and I had to shut the computer and sleep. (it is morning now 10:45 am here).

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I remember sitting in the student union building during a protest back in college, and we all sand "Get Together" by the Youngbloods, and we kept chanting "Things Have to Change!" and here we are, 2016, and we are chanting "Wake Up World, Things Have to Change."

      Sadly, social change takes decades and decades and decades, and it is paid for in blood. I wish it were not so but I've seen no evidence to the contrary.

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I just landed on this page again to see how others have reacted and found the video of David Bowie. It was very terrific. It suits your hub. People should read this article and view the video also to see what the hell it would be if gun control is not implemented. I again stand for a total ban on the use or possession of guns.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Shanmarie, yeah, I believe the gun issue has escalated extremely through the years, especially during these 2000s. I didn't really worry about it much when I was younger, even though my cousin was killed by a gun, kids who shouldn't have had a gun at 13. Then, I knew of some others through the years who were killed by a gun. However, I do believe the issue became more prevalent when the towers came down. The high-powered weapons started popping up more and more on the streets.

      I understand your point with the black market, but gun control laws, I believe, would eventually make that problem less major sooner or later. I mean, I don't believe any of us that are fighting for these laws, think that the problem will be solved overnight. It will be a process, and it could be a long one, so what we are saying is it's time to get started. Let's get this law in action for our future, for our children's safety and their children's safety. It will never change if we don't start somewhere.

      Thanks for your input on this issue. Have a blessed weekend. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Venkat, I'm so pleased that you are so interested in the views on this matter. You are right, guns should be issued to the correct personnel that has proper training and job qualifications to use one. Unfortunately, as we here in America has seen lately, sometimes it is the cops and the military that uses them in bad ways. Cops here are killing black males for sheer paranoia, or just unlawful vengeance, and a black military man retaliated by killing some innocent police officers. So, the gun-control law will need to apply to all. Military and Police officers also will need a thorough mental check before they are issued a weapon. It's really sad.

      I'm glad you thought the video worked well with this piece. I thought so too. It jumped out at me to add it when I viewed it. Take care Venkat, and thank you for your support on this issue. ~Missy

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      I am not against gun control. Maybe I'm just being a pessimist. LOL

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Bill, I hate to admit that you are right. It hasn't changed much. I think for a while, it wasn't as noticeable, but the racism, terrorism, and pure out mean spirits have come back full-force now. I have to realize that, but ask myself the question that just because it hasn't changed, should we give up the fight? I can't do that. It may never change, but my voice will shout out the reasons it should forever.

      I love that song, and it still makes a relevant point in this day and time. It's a reminder that we are still fighting similar issues here in 2016. Thanks for commenting and sharing your memory. I had an image of you back in your college days holding hands with your peers, some holding signs with peace emblems, wearing bell-bottoms and sporting long side burns, chanting as this song played in the background. It was a cool image. Peace and Love. ~Missy

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Back again Missy, like Venkat, to read the comments. I notice in one of yours you mention you had a cousin killed by a gun at 13 and thought of other aquaintances as well over time. Would I be right in assuming that most Americans would know of at least one friend, family member or aquaintance who had been killed by a gun either accidentally or deliberately sometime in their life? Well, I am in my late 50s and can say I have never had a family member, friend or aquaintance ever killed by a gun or any other weapon. We haven't always had gun control..only since the late 90s I think, whenever the Port Arthur massacre occurred. I can't remember off hand. Anyway, here in Australia our greatest worry in regard to dying is cancer or maybe heart disease. People are still killed and murdered but it is a very minor percentage threat to life here that we don't even think about it.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Jodah, Welcome Back! Yes, I think I would be confident in saying that most of us here in America has experienced a tragedy from a gun, whether it be a family member, a friend, or just an acquaintance killed. It's very interesting that you mentioned that, because I never thought about it before you brought it to my attention, but if we took a poll here, I bet most have experienced a tragedy which occurred from a gun.

      You know, when you think about it, it would go to say that we don't need a poll to know that. As Americans, anyone and everyone who is tragically killed here with a gun in such a senseless way, even if we do not know them personally, still affects us all. This is our home. It is crumbling, and becoming more and more against the definition we stand for. It is heartbreaking.

      We, of course, also have losses from cancer and heart disease too, but those are deaths we can all usually prepare for. When it comes to gun deaths, there is no way to prepare, and it impacts all of us. We are America! We are viewed by other countries to be the land of opportunity, safety, and equal grounds for all who come to live here, and all who have been taught about our history. And when you think about that, this gun issue is making the whole world feel helpless, disappointed and sad along with us. It is important for it to stop now. Not for only America, but before it continues to affect the whole world.

      Thanks for stopping back by to further discuss this important issue. ~Missy :)

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      PDXBuys 10 months ago from Oregon

      Not sure why Trump is getting the flak for this. Gun control in the U.S. has been a problem for over 150 years. Trump does not want criminals to have guns any more than you do. Also, if you outlaw guns then only outlaws will have guns. Cocaine is illegal in the U.S. but it is quite easy to get it if you really want it. Why is that? There is no easy solution. Bill Clinton couldn't solve the problem after eight years. Obama couldn't solve the problem after eight years. Hillary will not solve the problem. It is a complex issue and it will take decades to resolve. We need to address the other social issues such involved such as mental illness, racial divide, criminal behavior, poverty, policing, media influences, just to mentions some. Keep in mind, if you are a young black man in the U.S. you are far more likely to be shot by another black man. Much less likely to be shot by a white man or by the police. Or by Donald Trump. The FBI murder statistics have clearly shown that.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hi PDX, Listen, I don't believe I am giving Trump the flak for the gun violence that we suffer today and have witnessed through the years. However, I am saying that he does not make a situation better, he is extremely good at making it worse. He more or less says we all should strap on our guns and join the blood bath. Does that make any sense to you, really? I mean, please think a little about what he is suggesting. If we are to live by his rules and standards, what is happening here today, will get much worse? If I'm honest, I believe it has been his antics that have given some of these gun-happy people the nerve to shoot. They follow him, and so, they feel empowered that this man will let them hate freely! I envision us strapping on armor and guns every time we want to leave the house for a night out if he was to become our president. If we live the way in which he has suggested, we will have no other choice. And what about our children? This is the kind of life we want for them? I'm a bit confused when you say that he doesn't want criminals to have guns no more than I do? With the above statement I just made being true, and we all know he has said we should all carry guns, how would criminals be excluded from this? No gun laws...no exclusions!

      You are right, cocaine is criminal here, and I wouldn't know how easy it is to get it. I don't do it, and since it is "illegal" unlike guns, it could bring up the question in my mind of how you actually stated to know that it was so easy to obtain? Nevertheless, it's a problem that we are aware of. It is illegal, and there is drug take downs everyday. It's a process, and maybe we will never win the fight against drugs, but you damn sure don't hear about those dealings as much as you do the killings with guns. And we have not or will never give up that fight. As we continue to fight to keep drugs off the street and out of hands of babes, we too need to fight to keep guns off the street and out of the hands of people who will use them recklessly and for intent to kill. I'm not shoving cocaine up your nose, don't shove a gun up mine!

      Now, about solving the problem, well, maybe they won't be able to solve it, but haven't you heard that term, " if you don't try, you will never know" if we give up, if we don't try to put some kind of law down to who can obtain one of these dangerous weapons, mind you, just like drugs were made illegal and that fight is getting some of those bad people off the streets, then we are all doomed to die. I think that is obvious! It's not deniable.

      I'm sorry PDX, I just can't seem to understand the confusion on this topic of gun control with some of you, or your confusion on why myself along with a million other Americans do not want Donald Trump to be president for that matter. It is absurd that people watch this man, know he has no real plan or even knows the issues we face. All he has been concerned about is running down our current President like this is some kind of brawl at the school yard. He is an egotistical five-year-old trapped in an old orange body. Gesh! How can you not see the ridiculousness of his propaganda?

      I promised myself I would not respond to people who do not have the best interests of this topic in mind here. It has been with much stress that most are as hard headed as my nine-year-old son who can't seem to comprehend why he doesn't need to play video games all day every day. It is like talking to a brick wall. Children. I'm sorry. I don't want to offend, but that is how I feel.

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      PDXBuys 10 months ago from Oregon

      Trump is not saying we should "strap on guns and join the bloodbath". Where did you get that idea. He, like many Americans believes that people should have a right to defend themselves. That is a Constitutional right - and not likely to change soon. I am capable of doing research and that is how I know cocaine is easy to obtain. People offer a personal delivery service in New York. My point was that if you make guns illegal you will not eliminate guns. I don't want' gun violence any more than you do. I am all for more background checks on gun buyers. I am also in favor of longer prison sentences for violent criminals. You main point seems to be more that you dislike Trump than anything about guns. This issue, as I mentioned, is very old and it is being politicized again just in time for the election. You are being manipulated by the left to believe that things are worse than they seem. In fact, the U.S. murder rate today is much lower than it was in 1995. I know that because I read the FBI statistics.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      It is about both, PDX. It's about my total dislike for a bigot and my extreme anger about all the gun violence. This is why I initially said I did not want to even answer people who had a different view than myself. I like discussion of a common kind, discussion that will lead to a feeling of unity and similar resolve. I wouldn't complain if I changed some minds that happen to disagree with my outlook on what is going on. I definitely would like to wake the people up who think Trump and guns are the answer. They're just not. They will inevitably become a bigger problem.

      I don't know if I would trust the FBI statistics. I don't think they are always about the truth. I believe Edward Snowden when he said they are full of BS. I'm certainly not going to believe that the murder rate is lower than it was in 1995. I definitely wouldn't believe that by FBI statistics for sure. I live in Florida, not that far from Orlando, and 49 were killed in one night, and this has happened multiple times in different places since 1995. I can't see where their statistics are true at all. I'm not blind to what has happened in this world since back then, are you saying you are?

      In saying all of that, I do feel like I want to be big enough to apologize for getting so wordy with my opinion in my first response back to you. It's really what I try to avoid. It does no good. So, sorry for that and I wish you a nice week ahead.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      My political opinions aside because I don't like either candidate, and with all due respect, Missy, what did you expect? Your title calls this piece what it is; a rant. You start by calling those with opposing views names. You are bound to get an intense response from some.

      I for one, am not against better gun control. I was simply trying to say it's a much bigger issue than making it harder to legally buy one. And bigger than psychopaths and murders even. Until illegal guns are at a minimum, it will always be an issue. And I feel that way no matter what "side" of this issue people are on.

      If I didn't feel that way and had a completely opposing view, a rant that insults me would not persuade me to your side.

      That said, good for you for believing change can happen.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Are you kidding Shanmarie? I don't care what my title says, I also state very clearly in this hub , in so many words, that I understand that people may think and feel differently than me, but it would be unnecessary to say it. No point. I would rather talk to ones who understand me.

      Another thing, it's a passionate prose of words about issues I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT and THAT I WROTE ON MY OWN HUB. That is my prerogative if you don't mind. I believe I also warn of this in my summary as well. Were you reading this or did you skim it?

      Also, are you taking up for someone here? I mean, I was apologetic for my passionate prose to PDX, but again, my page, my opinions and emotions. I don't remember ever ranting on anyone else's. What did I expect? I don't expect to be asked what do I expect when I spelled all this out clearly. That's what I expect. Like it or not. Have a nice week.

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      PDXBuys 10 months ago from Oregon

      Missy - If you don't believe the FBI crime statistics do you believe the FBI is telling the truth when it says Hillary did not commit a criminal act when she mishandled classified information? I am assuming the FBI gathered the aggregate data from all 50 states. It would take a vast conspiracy of all 50 states to misrepresent that data. What do you think the correct numbers are? What is your source?

      RE: The accuracy of the FBI data

      FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)

      "Submitting UCR data to the FBI is a collective effort on the part of city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to present a nationwide view of crime. Participating agencies throughout the country voluntarily provide reports on crimes known to the police and on persons arrested. For the most part, agencies submit monthly crime reports, using uniform offense definitions, to a centralized repository within their state. The state UCR Program then forwards the data to the FBI’s UCR Program. Agencies in states that do not have a state UCR Program submit their data directly to the FBI. Staff members review the information for accuracy and reasonableness. [The FBI distributes the data presentations, special studies, and other publications compiled from the data to all who are interested in knowing about crime in the nation.]

      The national UCR Program is housed in the Operational Programs (OP) Branch of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. Within the OP Branch, four units (the Crime Statistics Management Unit [CSMU], the CJIS Audit Unit, the Multimedia Productions Group [MPG]), and the CJIS Training and Advisory Process [CTAP] Unit), are involved in the day-to-day administration of the program."

      The quote above was taken directly from the FBI website.

      Here are the numbers for 2014:

      https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the...

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      PDX, I appreciate your intent to show me these statistics, but I hope you appreciate my intent in saying the numbers will not change my mind to the tragedies and real evidence we see everyday.

      As far as believing anything when it comes to Hillary Clinton, I wasn't going to vote for her anyway. My choice was Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, we now have two candidates that quite frankly, both irritate me, and I cringe to know one of them will inevitably be sitting in the commanders seat. If I must weigh those two out though and pick one, and since Bernie was my initial choice, and he will back Hillary, then I'm going to continue to back him in that way. At least she has the correct experience. Donald Trump has no clue.

      Again, I do apologize if I became too aggressive earlier in my comment back to you, but like I stated in my summary, I do not apologize for writing my anger out here. I write my emotions out. It's just what I do. Thanks for visiting my page.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      Yes, I did read it and I only commented in an effort to be supportive. You are passionate, for sure, and that's not a bad thing by any means. It's just my opinion, that's all. I'm not taking up for anyone in particular, at least not here on HP. But I'll tell you one thing, I almost didn't read past the first few paragraphs because they are insulting and I had no idea if we had similar beliefs or not. I have a lot more I could say, but I don't like to nor do I want to butt heads. I see no need for that.

      As for the summary, I didn't see it because I came here from an email link and not directly from your hub profile.

      You have a good week as well.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      I thought about it some more and realized that I am taking up for myself. Myself as your reader, if you really want to know.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      It's one thing Shanmarie, to be my reader, it's another to purposely continue to come back here, read my comments, and try to start a heated discussion with me in the form of shaming my intentions. My intentions are right on with my values. So, that's an insult. You came here, read it, commented not once but twice on several returns. You said you are not against what I stand for, but my first few lines are an insult. To who? To you? Because, if you weren't in total disagreement with my feelings on this subject they shouldn't have bothered you at all. It's like you took offense to something you initially tried to agree with. The truth is isn't it, that you took offense because you support everything I don't? Obviously, I think that has to be the truth. I appreciate that you take the time to come here and read my hubs, and your comments are welcomed also, if you are not commenting out of vengeanceeven if you disagree. I can handle that you are not in agreement with me. What I don't like is what I just stated above. You coming back to try and find a way to insult my intentions to a problem I feel passionate about. There is passion in my words, yes, it's a rant like my title stated. It's my words of protest to try and wake others up to stop gun violence and that is stated very clearly before you start to read it. I made sure I put that warning in my summary.That is why I asked for people with similar beliefs to comment. I wanted ones who are ready to see this problem solved like I am to put in their opinion, I did not want confrontation in an insulting way. PDX did not bother me with his opinion. He stated his beliefs and I'm alright with that. I stated mine back. I do admit I got a little "passionate" again while doing so and apologized for that to him. Again though, my page, my topic, my article of protest. You have known me for a little while now here. You know my style of writing whether it be poetry or this type, and you should know by now it is going to come with strong personal emotions and no apologies. Do not tell me you really expected anything less from me? It's who I am and how I write.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      I decided to change my title to further my explanation of what my intent was in writing this. I have the title, the summary, and the thank you at the end if you did not heed to the other warnings at the beginning and decided to read anyway. I believe I have made valid attempts to explain the purpose of this hub. It's hopefully "A READ AT YOUR OWN RISK" eye-catcher now for those who don't like the type of article it is. Again, I thought my initial title was good enough to do that along with the summary, but tried to make it even more clear. I have no problem in doing that. I hope it helps.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      That wasn't my life intent. Your discussion with others has nothing to do with what I was trying to say. I'm just direct in what I say. I'm not going to argue. And I am not going to attempt to explain myself further. Take it as you wish. Feel free to delete my comments of you want. The truth is I'm neither angry nor am I offended, just opinionated.

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      Paula 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Missy....I read this right after you published it and attempted to leave a comment. Unfortunately I was having issues with my computer and after taking the time to write a long comment, it vanished (POOF!) right before my eyes! Could you hear my profanity all the way in Florida?? I'm sure my neighbors did!

      Anyway, about your rant~~As you know, I'm a firm believer that "rants" are beneficial to our health. Most of the time, due to all our pent-up anger, frustration & passion, rants are as necessary as fresh air!

      What is going on, obviously spreading quickly throughout our country, has the vast majority of us in a state of frenzy & fear. IMHO, most of what is occurring is due to the lax attitude of politicians and their lack of "proactive" response. (We must face it that these insane shootings have been going on for FAR too long.)

      I cannot pretend to know what the long term solutions may be, any more than the next Senior Citizen. However, I agree with your belief that some serious force of action must be put in place on an immediate level. Continuing to "talk" about this, argue, bitch & complain.....well, let's see, just exactly how far has it all gotten us? Furthermore, how many times & how many more lives will it take?

      The reality is that the obstacles are huge walls of steel, known as the NRA....(& a few others) as well as the staunch Constitutionality. While I fully respect & appreciate our Constitution in it's entirety, I happen to believe that an all-inclusive effort has to be able to arrive at a feasible solution to all concerned. I'll never understand why there's such an insistence by some to have "All or Nothing!" Getting past that would be a huge step in the progression of this issue.

      Bravo for stating your opinion and presenting your case. We can all learn to appreciate a popular quote: "If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything!" Peace, Paula

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Which has been my point all along Shan. We all have an opinion. I get that, but why make yours a battle with someone that don't share yours. I am thrilled that you want to drop it now. It exhausts me to argue with others if they don't see my reasons for writing mine out. It's fine that you don't. It's fine that you say you don't, but don't try and put shame on my purpose. That is all I asked.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Well, as always Paula, you perfectly state my position for my rant. It's not that I don't know how hard it will be for some to get my intentions. I certainly don't think problems will be solved overnight. Obviously, because they have, like you said, been going on way too long. However, what is the answer? Is it to watch all this violence getting worse not better and just let it be because of an amendment that people feel will be changed if we take some kind of action? No, the amendment will stand for the ones who use the contents of it in the correct manner. Where is the understanding that we are too far along in the future from the 1700s when that piece of paper was drawn up, common sense has to take a role now in our world?

      The sad thing is, I can't see it changing either. I agree with Bill on that. Even so, again, should we not try to bring change? What are we here for if not to fight to live in a peaceful world? Even if the outcome we fight for will never come about, I don't think we should ever give up hope that future generations just might be able to see the point one day, and in that way, change this outcome of violence.

      When I mention Donald Trump in these hubs, I use him as an example what we do not need. We do not need a bigot running a nation of all races and religions. That is what America is. That is what the world is full of. And without being religious here, because you know I'm not, that is what God made in his vision. A world of difference to come together and learn to get along and love one another. We are failing miserably. I will not disappoint him by giving up the fight.

      I thank you, Paula. You are certainly an inspiration to me, and you help me keep relaying my thoughts here. At this point, I hope it brings some to see the light of a terrible reality if it doesn't change, but mostly, it does help me keep sane when I get so depressed by what is happening throughout the world. There is nothing wrong with ranting and protesting against evil ways, and hoping for better ways to bury that evil. Thanks again. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

      Missy I won't leave my opinion. but I must say I enjoyed the hub and the other comments bless you girl :)

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Frank, and thank you. I think I can live with that. :)

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      Ken Burgess 10 months ago from Florida

      You are misguided... the problem is not guns, not at all, not one bit.

      It is the radicalization of young men and women... it is the organizations and entities that feed them their beliefs of hate and terror.

      It is that simple.

      It is that obvious.

      Our current Administration has done nothing to protect the American people from those entities and organizations that espouse the evil that drives these young people to massacre innocents... if anything the current 'leadership' of our country has enabled this violence to occur, here and abroad.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Ken,

      I don't believe I'm misguided, nor do I think you are totally wrong in your assessment on this issue either. It is true that some organizations feed upon young minds into radicalization in order to expand further their delusional cause. Even so, the gun problem is beyond terrorism. And that is the specific problem you are talking about, am I right?

      However, in some instances it is bred purely on hate. I don't believe an organization or religion had much to do with the killing in Aurora, or Newtown, for example. I believe those are purely out of mental instability for whatever reason, but not for radicalized purposes from an organization, but moreover, the shooters instilling in themselves their own beliefs and hateful visions to solve their own very personal problems. Therefore, the gun issue is still a valid issue to take notice to and try to control, and it is not as simple as you stated it to be.

      Our Administration, in my opinion, is doing what they can to obtain a measure of responsibility on this issue. It is the people that make it seem uncomplicated and one-sided. It, again, is not just a one-sided simple issue of terrorism. The gun problem has many different reasons for the need to control it. I also must add that it has nothing to do with the second amendment. It only has to do with preserving a safe way of life for the people of America. I think our Administration, better known as President Obama, is doing his signed duty in attempting to wake people up to this and get it under control.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Ken Burgess 10 months ago from Florida

      It is a misdirection from the real threats. Criminals have the ability to get weapons (guns, trucks, pressure cookers) because of their nature, they are criminals determined to pursue their goals.

      There are also the mentally unstable, delusional, etc. and then there are the terrorist/militant organizations... making guns illegal for those who obey the laws will do nothing to stop those intent on doing harm to others, they have no intention of following the laws.

      Accidents do happen, but I have to wonder, how many massacres that we have seen recently could have been avoided if even 1 out of every 100 of those injured/killed had been carrying a concealed weapon and been able to fight back? What if even a couple had been off duty police officers legally allowed to carry in those venues?

      Maybe the solution is allowing people the right and ability to defend themselves from the insane and evil people in the world?

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Alright Ken, I do get what you are saying to an extent. However, I can go back to your points and show you why my thoughts are, to me, more apt to the big picture. If you don't mind I will do that, if you do, I understand, and you don't have to read.

      So, we agree that there are many types of mentally unstable people in this world, including the terrorist groups. What we, by your view, do not agree on is how you say making guns illegal for those who obey the laws will do nothing to stop those types of harmful crimes. First, I don't believe I ever really disagreed with that point. As I recall saying in several articles of mine, is that gun control laws are not about taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. The President has even said this much many, many, times. No, we do not want to change the second amendment in that way. All we, meaning the people who want better laws to control who has a gun, is just that; it's about controlling the ones who are delusional and unstable from having them. This has nothing to do with dependable citizens. All law-abiding citizens need to do is prove that they are stable by submitting to better background checks and hopefully psychological evaluations. I don't know Ken; I don't feel it's too hard to submit to doing that for a safer America. If you are deemed to be sane, you get your guns, right?

      Accidents do indeed happen; I can give you that one on the fact that we can't stop parents from coming home tired sometimes and forgetting to lock the gun cabinet, then little Timmy goes and decides he wants to play Cowboy, and well, you know what comes next. No, we can't control those types of accidents, but I do think and hope that if there were better gun laws that worked to keep these weapons out of criminal hands, then maybe dad and mom could start feeling safe and secure enough to at least not have guns in the home. It's a dream of mine Ken; I can't help it. You can't deny that you see and hear about these kinds of accidents happening a great deal. Actually, more than necessary and it is sad.

      As far as massacres and people having a gun to strike back with, well it's a halfway sensible thought, unless you are like me and again can see the big picture of what would happen. I'll use the Orlando shooter, for example here. Imagine him coming in strapped with his guns, and he starts shooting, then others if they are not riddled with shock, grab their guns and start shooting towards him, all good so far, but what about the people in the crossfire? Don't you think that by retaliating with guns going off everywhere that it would not save, but probably be a bigger death count? Chaos! I mean more than one shooting in a crowded place? Not everyone is going to be a perfect shot, do you see my vision now?

      I can see your solution is a valid one for you, and I cannot change your mind on that; however, maybe there is another solution that doesn't bring more violence but would eventually bring more peace and help unite America in the way it should be united. If we worked toward that goal, we have a better chance at survival and growth for our nation. Hey, but that again is my opinion. I suppose I'm just a dreamer.

      I know a lot of people take me for an angry woman, who hasn't woken up to this day and age. Oh, but I have. I am wide awake. I know that violence without a plan of action inhabits more violence. It has all been proven in these last weeks and days. We wake up every morning hearing about it on the news. I am awake and wanting to bring change in order to save us here. Even so, if it never works out in the way I hope, I guess it was all meant to be. It had to end one day, right? I just wish it wouldn't end in so much violence against innocent people. We should not all be singled out as awful because of race, religion, etc. We all have bad and good in every culture, it's time to stop the blame game, and work toward building bridges.

      Thanks again for your comments. I can tell you are a very respectable man who states his beliefs in a manner that makes your point without being so harsh and rude, and I appreciate that. Peace, ~Missy

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      Ken Burgess 10 months ago from Florida

      I appreciate the detailed and moderate reply/viewpoint Missy.

      I wish it were a world where we had little need to concern ourselves with being able to protect/defend ourselves. Unfortunately our world is changing right before our eyes... the ability for travel across borders, the radicalizing of youth that come from backgrounds with no hope and no future, the massive amount of people without work, stagnating wages, the collapse of social order, of entire nations, throughout Africa and the Middle East, so many things are driving the turmoil and acts of terror we see today.

      The matter of guns is not an issue for just America or Americans, because as a nation, as a society, we are no longer separated from events going on beyond our borders... the tragedies and travesty we have so often see unfold in foreign and seemingly far away places are now finding their way into our neighborhoods with growing frequency and increased severity.

      I am half a century old, and for most of that time, America was not a country where you ever heard of or concerned yourself with people bombing innocents or hunting down police... there were tragic events where the insane/evil individuals would go do something unimagineable to the rest of us... but nothing on the scale or severity of what we have seen in recent years, not here in America.

      You say "I'll use the Orlando shooter, for example here. Imagine him coming in strapped with his guns, and he starts shooting, then others if they are not riddled with shock, grab their guns and start shooting towards him, all good so far, but what about the people in the crossfire?"

      That is why I used the words "misguided" or "inexperienced" in my past posts... not to insult your position or view. But the absolute truth is, had even a few of those 50 dead, 100 wounded victims been armed and capable of fighting back... there would not have ben 50 dead and 100 wounded, quite simply, that evil would have been stopped long before so many had died.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      Hey Ken, I agree with a lot of what you are saying about past America up into today's situations. I also agree the problem does carry over to other parts throughout the world. It has become a global issue. However, the solution should start here in our home of America. We are what I believe other countries look at for a role model, or we should be anyway. We stand for freedom and bringing a world that is full of diversity and alliance in living that way, but we are not showing that anymore. We are talking about building walls now, and deporting all Muslims. It just does not sit rightly in my mind.

      Now, as to my earlier example; well, I continue to stand for that, although, you make a good argument. I can't deny that 50 people still would be dead and 100 no doubt wounded. However, I don't agree with your assessment of how the evil would have gone down. This may be a crazy vision of thought to you, but I see common sense entering this discussion. Why would anyone go to this club and want to carry a weapon for one? I don't believe everyone is on the same page about carrying a weapon around with them everywhere they go, and I don't foresee that they will be in the future, unless, of course, we are made by law to do so. I hope that day never comes, that sounds like we will live our days out in war instead of a peaceful union.

      I may not have the experience with weaponry as you do. I can admit that; even so, don't you see there are a lot like me as well? That does not want to resort to carry these weapons to survive in everyday life? We would much rather find that solution, so we don't have to.

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      Ken Burgess 10 months ago from Florida

      Again, it depends on your experience, or perspective. When you go to Arizona, you will see plenty of folks walking around with guns on their hips.

      When I was in Israel many years ago, at that time they had a policy of citizens walking with rifles strapped over their shoulders everywhere... you don't maintain peace through inaction, you can only maintain peace if you are willing to fight for it.

      America became what it did because it was willing to fight for it, war against the Native Americans, the British, French, Spanish, Mexicans, Germans, Japanese, etc. ... the greatness this nation attained was due in large part to war efforts and a well armed and willing to fight populace. That is just the truth, like it or not, we were not a peaceful people, and we did not become what we are through peaceful intentions and negotiating with those wanting to rule over us or dictate to us.

      What makes America so special is that individuals had OPPORTUNITY the freedom to pursue happiness, and liberty become whatever they could achieve. In most countries even today, this is not the case, but back when America became an independent nation it was unprecedented.

      Yes I do see there are a lot like you Missy, and it saddens me, it is hard to maintain strong social order and a prosperous society. It is hard to explain the horrors out there when our own media/news sources tell you nothing of it.

      If you fully understood the ramifications of Islam/Sharia law and saw it fully in effect in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, I would bet you would be willing to pick up a weapon yourself to fight against it, rather than let that become the norm here in America.

      In order to maintain strong social order and a prosperous society, we cannot allow millions to enter into our country unchecked because we do not enforce borders... examine the state of California, consider the growing problems they are having maintaining order, the highest taxes in the nation, the civil unrest, this is being compounded year by year and cannot continue, it is economically impossible for us to continue to add millions onto our social supports while building trillions in national debt each year... economic collapse is inevitable outcome if it continues, as well as a continued disintegration of societal norms, including being safe on our own streets, and a break down of order.

      Its not like these issues are far off into the future, they are here, now, growing worse with each passing month... and right now we have no one in a leadership/authority position doing anything to stop it.

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      Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

      The type that thinks like you, Ken, saddens me as well. As hippie as I may sound, life should not be based on guns strapped to our sides with an one-eye-open state of mind. I'm a mother, that is not what I want for my children and their future. I will never want that, and excuse me for seeing a more peace-loving way out of it. Although, again, I do not say that it will ever become a perfect non-partisan place to live, but it could become a better environment through determination among the people who want it to be.

      I'm sure you have seen some major depressing things in your life since you, out of duty, had to go in those places, but I still don't agree that all are without a want to make life better here. I think wherever you go, you have both sides of the spectrum; it's just about getting on the same focus of an issue. I believe Americans more than anyone else can work together instead of divided since we are so diversified.

      I'm thinking really hard about when it was that the President or anyone in a border position, for that matter, allowed immigrants to come in without being checked. Does that seriously happen these days? I've never heard of that, but I suppose some feel that the Syrian refugees did so. Although, they are stationed at places and are not allowed out until thoroughly checked, which does take quite a long time from what I have watched and read.

      I don't know. I guess I can see with the terrorists' threats we have had here that people are scared some terrorists would make it in once again since the 9/11 attacks did happen. I suppose it could happen again. In that way, and I believe I said this myself before, we need stronger border control into the US, not to keep immigrants out, but to make sure they are not a threat before entering. I just don't believe building walls is the way to go about that. That's not really a logical way of thinking, in my opinion. Researching ways and putting plans into action is more rational.

      This is what I do think, and I still stand by this, and say it until I can't say it no more; I live in America; we are not only fighting against terror groups, although they are a threat, and I am conscious of that. Hell, everyone is aware of that. However, when it comes to what is going on here in America with the violence contributed to guns in the hands of the unstable, terrorism does not go to the top of the list in threats for us. In fact, I believe that terrorism is the one issue that we are fighting full-force. The President has constantly sent out airstrikes to those terrorists groups. When we destroy the main culprits of that, we have a better chance of eliminating terror from terrorists here. I think we are doing that.

      However, our fight here in America goes deeper than just terrorists. We are fighting our own as well. There is a need to put plans in place to stop the corruption in positions of authority. People here need to submit themselves to thorough examination before being given a gun and set out to do a job that is sworn to protect us all. You cannot do that if you are racist or plain trigger happy. And no, I'm not accusing all people in these positions to be like this; some are very good people, but we need to fight it all, but do it in a smart, correct, way.

      I don't believe anyone has a full force solution, Ken. There is one way some think is the proper way, your way, and then there is another way that seems correct to others, my way. That's really what it comes down to. We either fight it in a logical but peaceful way to try to maintain no more bloodshed, or we go along with Trump and fight it with guns strapped, building walls, and seeing bloodshed daily until all of us become obsolete. That's how I see it.

      You know what the saddest part is when I stop and just think about it all, Ken? It is that there may not even be an answer. It will just play out in whatever way it plays out.

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      Deb Hirt 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I was in police work, it took a three day waiting period for a concealed weapon permit, and all that was required was a background check. It would also show up if the person that applied for a concealed weapons permit had been in a psychiatric hospital. Even the sellers of guns were required to do a background check before they sold the gun. Imagine that.

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      Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

      All good things, but too short of waiting periods. What if they were found to have been in a psychiatric hospital, would that be grounds to not legally sell them a gun back then? I wonder where these laws went, or were they never properly put in place? Like I said, the waiting period definitely needed to be extended so more facts on a person can show up in case any negative ones that would cause concern appeared.

      Thanks for commenting, Deb. :)

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