This page is a work in progress. I started this because some of the web forums that I frequent ask for you post some information about yourself so that people can know you. I get tired of typing the same thing over and over, so I decided to just put it here and provide a link to it on each of the forums. Plus, it allows me to put a bit more information in here since I have been known to be a bit verbose at times.
|I grew up outside the small town of and spent my youth working on the family cattle ranch. Although this taught me the value of hard work, it also made plain to me that it is better to work with your mind than with your back. Sweating your ass off in the summer putting hay in the barn for the cattle and then freezing your ass off in the winter taking the hay out gets old after awhile.|
After high school, I went to college. Eventually, I ended up in the military and did my time just like a lot of other guys ended up doing back then. I determined that I really don't like being shot at (or shot for that matter). Sometimes, shit happens though, and you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Getting shot in and of itself does not necessarily make you a hero, it just makes you unlucky.
|BS and MS in Engineering from University.|
|I have worked as a government contractor on varioius engineering projects over the years -- some classified, some not. Although most of the technology is probably outdated by now, I was never cleared to talk about any of it, so I won't. All in all though, it was a fun career -- I have even had the opportunity to work on projects for NASA. I have also worked on projects in private industry over the years. Although they paid well, they were boring compared to some of the things that I've worked on during DoD projects. So, that means that I can talk about the boring stuff, but not the interesting stuff. Oh well, such is life...|
|Growing up in the South means being around firearms for all of your formative years. You start out with a .22 rifle for hunting squirrels and a .410 single-shot shotgun for ducks and eventually you end up with a Winchester or Marlin 30-30 for hunting deer. It was just part of our culture, but I suspect that it is disappearing from the kids these days who are more interested in text messaging and hanging out with their Gen-Slacker friends at the mall than they would be interested in hunting and fishing.|
|Having lived in Florida for awhile, I was introduced to SCUBA diving and I liked it. Back then, you really did not need to get certified. These days, thanks to liability concerns, the shops will not sell you an air fill unless they see your certification card. I probably dove for 15-20 years before I ever bothered to get certified. Life was a bit simpler back then. The caves and caverns in Florida are a great place to dive. The wrecks that they have sunk off the coast of Florida are not bad either, but they're not as interesting as real wrecks. I don't dive as much as I used to. I guess age is starting to catch up with me. Used to be that I was able to carry my tanks and gear through the woods to get to a remote sink hole. These days, I either do not go to the remote ones or I use a hand truck for the gear. Since I sometimes need a cane to walk these days, the most I am likely to walk with a set of tanks is from the gear-up area to the stern of the boat.|
Back in my more economically-challenged days when I was in the military, I would ship my seabag via Greyhound and ride my motorcycle to the new base. Sometimes this resulted in some long cross country bike rides. Times were simpler back then and I would just stop on the side of the road or at a rest stop and get a bit of sleep before continuing on the trip. These days, I guess I've gotten old and soft since I don't take those length of trips anymore and "roughing it" means staying at a Holiday Inn.
A government can no more legally (or morally) restrict what firearms a person owns or carries than it can restrict what religion that they worship. Firearms are a tool, nothing more, and to treat them as somehow different from a legal perspective, just does not make sense. A person should not get a stronger sentence for killing someone with a firearm than they would for killing the person with an axe. We need to punish the action, not the tool used to facilitate the action.
I might not be personally comfortable with certain felons owning firearms, but I am of the belief that they have a right to own them since the Founding Fathers did not provide for any exceptions to the 2nd Amendment. I am of the belief that if you start allowing for exceptions, you are letting yourself go down that slippery slope that will eventually lead to firearm registration and eventual confiscation. You have to make a stand somewhere and I choose to do it at the top of the slope instead of at some arbitrary point down it.
So, "what about mentally ill people?" you might say. Well, even if the Founding Fathers did not have a term for mental illness, I'm sure that there were people who could have been described as "bat shit crazy" back then and the Founding Fathers would have known about them. Still, they did not deem it to be enough of a concern to think that these people should have their right to bear arms infringed upon.
I think that the Founding Fathers knew that if you provided any sort of exception, you were opening the door for the government to come in and arbitrarily classify people as meeting that exception and thus be able to infringe upon their 2nd Amendmnet rights. In fact, there is a push by some in the medical profession today to classify anyone who even desires to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights as suffering from a mental illness.