Guide To Parenting

Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast 565

The facts about children and guns. Michael J. Woodland interviews April Cayce of @Rebound911, The Law of Self Defense with Andrew Branca, Admonition to parents.

First I want to tip my hat to those successful baby boomers that are now the gray haired group in their seventies.

This generation that survived the Civil Rights era, bussing, political upheavals, World War II, the Nazi Holocaust, fear of the H-Bomb, Korea, Viet Nam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Watergate, have raised children that have invented the internet, social media, drones, video games, remote control vehicles, cell phones and all the stuff we take for granted that the millennial can’t live without.

Somehow unfortunately my generation has forgotten that being a parent sis a full time job. We “collectively” hopefully not you my firmed, have not learned some important things from the old folks. Are you still with me?

The first lesson is that love is sacrificial. True love, real love, is not an emotion. It is not a passing feeling, or equal to I heart you!

Love is expressed more that it was said in my parent’s generation. Who remembers the Encyclopedia Britannica, the World Book and maybe even the Bible Stories series of books our parents “invested” in so we would have chance to go to college or get good grades so we could get a job and get out on our own? Those books were our Google. Remember the dictionary? My parents worked two jobs so that we had a house, clothes to wear and expensive breakfast cereal to eat on Saturday mornings. Named brand cereal too, like Capt Crunch, Sugar Pops, Rice Kris pies….

They made payments on the encyclopedia. When someone got a new car in the neighborhood or family it was a big deal Folks celebrated with you.

Oh and by the way, there where guns and live ammunition in the house. There were military arms brought home from the wars they served in or bought at pawn shops to protect the home. My maternal grandmother, mother of the church, deaconess, preparer of Holy Communion on second Sundays, kept a loaded single barrel Sears and Roebuck shotgun behind the kitchen woodstove, all my life. Nobody touched it. Nobody died from it being there, unsecured. My paternal grandmother was a little rough around the edges, she kept a loaded Belgium Browning A5 shotgun in her bedroom over the door and a concealed weapon, and an Italian handled switchblade knife in her bra.

Loaded guns, oh yeah, then there was my stepfathers family in Spotsylvania, VA. They were avid hunters and gun owners. They competed in turkey shoots, hunted on private lands. They hunted, and ate raccoon, opossum, groundhogs, squirrels, white tail deer, and muskrat. They kept rifles and shotguns in the hallways of their homes; pistols were hidden but shared when the men gathered in the garage to talk football, baseball or boxing. I couldn’t wait till I was old enough to be let in to the group where they cussed, smoked and drank alcohol. Lots of drinking.

Was the Greatest Generation any different from us? Not really, all the negative of humanity still existed. They smoked, drank, excessively, it was culturally acceptable like being gay is now. They were racist, homophobic and everything in between but one of the key things I remember that is different is responsibility.’

Responsibility – the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.

Most adults accepted their responsibility back in the day. The ones that didn’t waked away.

“Papa was a rolling stone”

Luckily more stayed than ran away so we survived. What helped is that there were enough surrogates that took up the slack.

Someone protected us. Someone fed us. Someone was there for you. We as kids did not raise ourselves. We respected authority. We respected ourselves. We respected adults. We understood that sometimes you had to wait till your mother or father came home. Sometimes you have to wait till you were old enough, tall enough, and strong enough. Our parents and adults said NO to us.

And NO worked. Do you know that you can delegate authority but not responsibility? I learned that in the Marine Corps.
Your big sister could pick you up from school but it was still your parent’s responsibility.

Today, we have kids assaulting adults, playing the Knock Out Game.
Today we have kids calling protective services on their parents for disciplining them.
Kids telling their parents what to do
Today we have kids joining criminal gang empires
Today we have kid prostituting other kids
Kids raping other kids
Kids selling dope
Kids killing other kids in schools and we are blaming the gun.

What the hell is going on with these parents?

If you love your children, then you sacrifice your time, your career, your TV Shows to teach them, train them, explain to them the truths of life.
A child that grows up alone is raised by YouTube, The Real, the Cartoon network or some horrible but popular reality TV show that is not real.

I can’t stand all the fake protesting going on for every damn thing.

The kids want to be civil rights heroes really bad. They are not. That starbucks protest is so asinine. Protest Gang Violence and the murders in Chicago. Protest opium addiction, vaping, and smoking potpourri, protect the murder of women, protest the sex trade, sex slavery, or something real.

Parents need to be parents again. Gun don’t murder. There is no such thing as gun violence, its just violence.

It’s our responsibility to educate our children to love our families again, to protect our family and to save our family

We grew up in a house of hard working blue-collar people, mixed in there were hustlers and hunters that partied like in was New Years Eve every Friday and Saturday night. And nobody touched a gun that was in the house. It’s was and is never the gun.
I know its hard to counter the repeated lies about gun control assault weapons and AR15 to a growing group of people that take NO responsibility for anything but try.

You don’t drown if you fall in water, only if you stay there.

Thank you for listening.

 

GunFacts

Myth: 13 children are killed each day by guns

Fact:Adults included– This “statistic” includes “children” up to age 19 or 24, depending on the source. 1Since most violent crime is committed by males ages 16-24, the “13 children” number includes adult gang members dying during criminal activity.  The proper definition of ‘child’ is a person between birth and puberty (typically 13-14 years old) and in 2013 only 1 child was killed on an average day nationwide, or about 0.02 children per state per day.
Fact: 411 children (age 14 and under) died from gunfire in all of 2012 or slightly more than one per day. This includes homicides, accidents, and suicides combined. 2
Fact:Criminals are included– According to the CDC, over half of all homicides of victims aged 15-19 are gang-related. The same study found that gang-related homicides are more likely to involve firearms than those that are not (95% versus 69%). 3
Fact: Suicides are included– 26% of child firearm deaths are suicides. Hence, the “13 children” statistic includes these suicides. 4
Fact: For contrast:
    • 1,446 children die per year in transportation accidents. 5
    • Parental neglect and abuse account for 80% of all child deaths (1,274) which dwarfs gun deaths. 6
  • 1,917 children die each day from malaria 7 around the world and 15 men, women, and children per day are murdered by a convicted felon in government supervised parole/probation programs in the U.S. 8

Michael J. Woodland and April Cayce

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