just a thought or two as the year fades

Got to thinking about a few things …..

Does anyone recall the line in “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, where he sings, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die?” Remember the cheers from the inmates at the prison where that was recorded?  Those cheers of approval seem to be the mindset of more than one generation.  That is NOT a good thing.  The Manson family slaughtered not for profit.  They did it for fun. “Just to watch them die.” And Manson didn’t use guns.  He and his sick friends had no guns.  Sadly, none of his victims did either.
And that’s why people want guns for home defense, in spite of the folks who use home gun accidents as one of many argument against gun ownership. 

When I was growing up, there were gun stores doing business with signs in windows and some with a gun shaped sign hanging outside.  You could if you wanted to, buy a gun at almost any pawn shop. And back then there was hardly any profile check. I honestly do not recall a single report of any shootings and certainly not the sort we have today.  Celebrities were hardly ever targets of madmen. Popes could travel in open cars and so could presidents till Kennedy.
It is all very depressing really.

I just happen to think of this, although it’s nothing at all to do with guns. It’s knives. When I was growing up in a far different time, just to give you an idea, when radio was actually worth listening to, most young boys had a small pocket knife. At recess we could often be found playing games whose names I have long forgotten, where flipping the knife onto the ground to land in a specific place within a circle, was thought to be quite fun. There was no time whatever when any of us ever attacked another kid. Not once. No, we weren’t sweet little boy scouts but the culture of the day just did not have the kind of violence as entertainment we see now. I’m talkin’ even before TV folks. Ain’t that amazing? Ah well, that was Htfd, Ct. in the 1940s. Another world. A damn well safer one and with better radio too.

Keep your powder dry. 

Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 12/31/2012 at 07:54 PM   
  1. I use to play Mumbletypeg as a kid and no one ever got hurt (always wear leather shoes,no flipflops). Kids nowdays are all turning into pansy ass metrosexual wankers and the world will regret it.Try stopping a Muslim Hoard with calls to “Peace Out Dude”.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   01/01/2013  at  01:15 AM  
  2. Ah, my first quotable quote for 2013 end year. Thanks Rich.  And well said too.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   01/01/2013  at  11:44 AM  
  3. Sorry to disagree, Peiper, but Tex Watson was carrying a Hi Standard .22 Buntline Special, if my memory isn’t broken.
    However, most of the carnage was spread with knives. Except for the guy in the driveway, he mostly used it for crowd control. Manson carried a 9mm, but never really used it. The family had a considerable armory for the “Black Revolution” and practiced with them regularly but except for Watson shooting a drug dealer, Sebring, Frykowsi and the kid at the gate who was leaving to go home.

    Posted by Doctor DETH    United States   01/02/2013  at  07:43 AM  
  4. Doc, Thanks for the info. I always thought it was just knives cos that’s all I’d heard about and naturally the butchery. Which was pretty damn bad.
    Appreciate it.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   01/02/2013  at  05:01 PM  
  5. That was the main reason the whole Manson thing was as big as it was. They were absolutely brutal. The knives were the main focus of the whole thing. The major parts of the crime were blades, as well as a rope.
    It was a scary crime then, it is a scary time now.

    Posted by Doctor DETH    United States   01/03/2013  at  05:55 AM  
  6. I do agree that if one person in the house had a gun and the training to use it, things would have been a whole lot different.

    Posted by Doctor DETH    United States   01/03/2013  at  05:57 AM  
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