Why Grandpa Carries a Gun

I’m not sure of the author or if the figures are exaggerated, but as a firm believer in the Second Amendment, I do not need this story to find strength in my conviction. I hope, if you need it, it will gift to you a better understanding the reasoning of our forefathers.

The quintessential reason why Grandpa carries a gun.

Please take time to read this and pay particular attention to  “A Little Gun History” about half way down – staggering numbers!


Why Carry a Gun?

My old Grandpa said to me, ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin’.’


I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.


I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.


I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.


I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.


I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.



I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.


I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.


I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.


Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.


Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’!





· In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:

· From 1929 to 1953,  about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


In 1911, Turkey established gun control:   From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Germany established gun control in 1938:

From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were         unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.


China established gun control in 1935: 

From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Guatemala established gun control in 1964:

· From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Uganda  established gun control in 1970:

· From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Cambodia established gun control in 1956:

· From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.          


56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.          


You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.


· Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.


With guns, we are ‘citizens’; without them, we are ‘subjects’.


During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!


· Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!


· If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.


· The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.


· The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.     






I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

Where is the Talent?

by Beth Kellerman

Every day, you can find news stories reporting about our rapidly changing business world where cutting edge companies are discussing how to reinvent their corporate environment.  Many of them feel that Project Based Product Development will be their means of survival.  Who is asking the question – where are these companies going to find the talent with the experience, ability to integrate subjects, critical thinking skills, collaborative skills, and communication skills to be successful in these new business models?  Typically, the Fortune 500 Companies look toward the best universities to provide this talent.  Where will these universities find students qualified to enter these Project Based Learning programs?  I can tell you one place, Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia.

What is Project Based Learning?  Michael Groman of the Buck Institute for Education in his Blog, STEM, and PBL… A Natural and Essential Connection writes “PBL, with its emphasis on authenticity, connections, inquiry, and process, is able to provide these disciplines a necessary pedagogy…  Integrating the subjects encourages students innovation, promotes authentic learning and allows students to see connections with their community and between content areas.”

My son, Zachary is entering the sixth grade at Trickum Middle School in Lilburn, Georgia.  He is fortunate enough to have been chosen by a lottery to participate in only the second year of this school’s STEM Program.  There were 125 sixth graders chosen from 175 who entered the lottery.  These 125 spots are distributed among students participating in the Gifted and Talented, General Eduction and Special Eduction programs based on the percentage of the total grade population in each of these categories.  The four core subjects of math, science, social studies and language arts are combined with engineering/technology and computer science to teach the sixth grade curriculum through problem/project based learning.  According to the 2017 Trickum Middle School STEM brochure, “Sixth grade STEM students will learn how to collaborate, think critically, and actively engage through the use of project-based learning experiences.  These students will also begin to explore and discover solutions to real-world problems, developing their communication and technological literacy skills for everyday life.”  This is just the beginning for Zachary and other kids in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  The STEM Program is part of a much greater effort by Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia.  They have created an entire Department of Academies, Career and Technical Education dedicated “to better prepare high school students for the demands of the 21st century economy and postsecondary education.”

Why is the activity of one county school system in Georgia so very important?  In May, 2017, IBM announced that many of their remote workers were being given the option to move to work from one of IBM’s six hubs or leave the company.  The majority of the articles that I read on subject shared the views of Jeff Boss of Forbes who wrote, Why IBM’s Move to Rein In Remote Workers Isn’t the Answer.  In a nutshell, Mr. Boss commented that while IBM may be able to “create greater moments of serendipity, ” and “drive greater innovation, communicate and make decisions faster,” he feels IBM’s move will fail because of the negative impact on employee morale.

My question about the success of IBM’s proposal goes beyond changing these employees work situation, and negatively impacting company morale.  Just suppose for a moment that many of these employees have been classified as remote employees for five, ten or more years.  By putting these employees together physically, does IBM, and other companies like them feel that former remote employees will magically be able to shift their skill sets to more problem/project based just because of proximity?  I agree this is a first step, but what else needs to be done?  Will these employees have the basic problem/project based learning?  To take this challenge further, there is an entire generation of millennials replacing this aging workforce.   Until the Middle Schools, High Schools and Universities are able to provide these companies with graduates that are already comfortable in the problem/project based work environment, who is going to create/train the talent with the particular cognitive and soft skills needed for problem/project based work to populate this new corporate environment?

Is this real?  In June, 2011, Steve Jobs proposed to the City of Cupertino his vision of a new campus for Apple.  Five years after his death, Apple’s new campus was completed.  In Steve Levy’s article for Wired, One More Thing, he describes his walk with Jony Ive through the nearly complete Ring, which is the main building on the Apple campus.  “It’s frustrating to talk about this building in terms of absurd large numbers,” Ive says, “It makes for an impressive statistic.  While it’s a technical marvel to make glass at this scale that’s not the achievement.  The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk.”

In my humble opinion, the technology sector has always been the testing ground for new business ideas and models.  Steve Jobs was known for being far ahead of his time.  I have often heard that the success of Apple was the team.  In 2011, shortly before his death, he felt strongly about creating an environment where people could successfully work together by easily being together.  There are many more facets to this problem/project based model.  I think the challenge will be for the IBM’s of the world to figure out how to train their existing talent how to thrive and be happy in this new world, as well as ensure the project based product development situation will embrace some of the better aspects of remote work scenarios like respecting work/life balance.


The night before Thanksgiving, I am trying to concentrate on all the wonderful things I have for which to be thankful.  The number one thing is the ability to see the glass half full instead of half empty.  I have to admit that this is not always an easy task.  There are times where I have to use little tricks.

My first trick, I call “there by the grace of God go I.”  No matter how bad I feel, there are always people in situations worse than mine that are able to get up every morning with love and joy in their hearts that they have been given another day to celebrate.  How can I, who has been given so many opportunities and gifts, not at least try my best to create a day where I do at least one thing to make the world a better place for myself and my children?  By reminding myself “there by the grace of God go I,” I find it easier to be thankful and celebrate every day.

Another trick?  Years of Al Anon, taught me there really is something to the adage “fake it ’til you make it.”  When Alyn died a friend told me, “even though you don’t want this, you get an opportunity for a do over.”  It took me a while, but after careful thought, I made some decisions on the person I wanted to become.  I started to pretend to be that person.  Several months passed before I realized I wasn’t pretending as much any more.  I really was becoming this new person.

I’ll end this with two more quick things.  It really does take less energy to smile than frown.  I also find it very difficult to feel bad dancing and singing to my favorite music whether it be in the bedroom or the kitchen.  Turn up that radio!