Category Archives: Safety

Kids were tough back then!

A guy posted this old historic photo on Twitter. It was noted that it was taken at Trinity Park in Dallas around 1900.
Trinity Park, Dallas TX (1900)

The tweet received a LOT of comments since it represents a much different playground than is allowed today. Some people noted that these were the kids that helped win WWI. (These kids were also the ones who walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways.) Today’s helicopter Moms would faint at the thought of their snowflakes playing in such an area. One skeptic noted that there’s a kid on the left that appears to be falling to his death. Not really! If you look carefully you can see he’s on a swing.

I grew up in the late 40s-50s. Our grade school had pretty tall swings that allowed us to swing “way up high” … and the seats were metal! We also had 2 sizes of slides – a shorter one and a very tall one. Amazingly we survived although broken arms were considered a right-of-passage. 🙂

We were allowed to be independent – learning to make decisions on our own. If we made mistakes we had to accept the consequences. When I think of the things I (and other kids) did when young I chuckle because kids today would never be allowed that freedom. I think that freedom made us better, stronger adults as a result.

We remember 15 years ago …

Tomorrow we remember again the tragedy inflicted upon America by islamic terrorists. When we saw the damage of the first plane to hit the tower, I think most of us thought it was a horrible accident. Then as the newscasters were reporting, we saw the second plane hit the other tower. In an instant our brains tried to comprehend what our eyes had just told us. America was under attack!

Who was attacking us? Russians? … North Korea? … China?

Then the newscasters told us there was a 3rd plane that was unresponsive … then a 4th plane was unresponsive.

Tomorrow as we watch the 15-year tributes on TV, we’ll revert back to all the emotions we had on that dreadful day. Just as those of us who remember exactly how we felt and where we were when we learned President Kennedy had been shot.

We Will Never Forget
I admit that I am troubled by a photo from that troubling time. It’s the sign hung on a building that said, “We will never forget”.

Under Obama, I think we’ve forgotten what evil those people did to America and the caliphate they are trying to establish here. Obama doesn’t like America. His first tour as President was to apologize for America. Numerous times since, he’s belittled us. Just this week on a foreign tour, he said “Americans are lazy”! Really!!!!

We need to re-establish the Patriotic Spirit that we felt 15 years ago.

In Ohio, 1 in 16 people are licensed to carry a handgun!

Buckeye Firearms Association just reported on the Ohio Attorney General’s release of Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) issued for the 2nd Qtr.

RESULTS:

  • The 2nd Qtr showed a 65% increase over prior year.
  • There are 550,000 valid Ohio CHL’s.
  • Sheriffs issued almost 20 CHLs per hour.
  • Sheriffs issued over 650 CHLs per week.
  • If in a group of 16 people, odds are that 1 person has a CHL.
Concealed Handgun Carry Chart for Ohio

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As the Buckeye Firearms article indicates, Sheriffs have been swamped with requests. The process to get a CHL is to take an 8-hour training/shooting class from an accredited instructor. (I took my training at Blackwing Shooting Center.) Once you have the certificate, you schedule an appointment with your local sheriff or the sheriff of a contingent county. You complete a background questionnaire, have an ID photo taken and are fingerprinted. The sheriff sends all the info for main processing in Columbus/Cincinnati where a thorough FBI background check is conducted. Once completed, they send your license to you which is similar in appearance to a driver’s license with your photo. It was about 7 weeks from the time I took the class until I received the license, but the Christmas/New Year holidays were in the middle so that likely added time.

Today it was announced there is a Bill to be presented that would alter the number of gun-free zones. Read about the proposed bill here.

Remember how the East Coast media freaked out when they learned Ohio was an open-carry State and they were afraid of “mass shootings” during the Republican Convention? Then nothing happened! 🙂

#BlueLivesMatter

Count me in on the #BlueLivesMatter crowd. Our law enforcement officers have a tough job. They never know when they might die from the most innocent of calls. Their pay is low and some people give them little respect. Disgustingly, Don Lemon of CNN said he didn’t understand why he was expected to say “Sir” when speaking to officers. He’s a symptom of the problem.

This week two officers were videoed having to shoot law breakers. Naturally, the media and groups blamed the cops. Info has since been revealed that showed the shootings justified. The Baton Rouge guy had a rap sheet as long as your arm going back to the late 90’s. He had previously been charged with resisting arrest, was a sex offender, failed to register as a sex offender twice, charged with illegal possession of a gun, etc. He had a gun in his pocket, which could have been used to shoot the officers. (you can shoot a gun while it’s in your pocket – see video ) The guy in Minneapolis was stopped because he matched the description of a convenience store robber, not because of a broken tail light as his girlfriend said. He had a gun but the Sheriff checked and he does not have a Concealed Carry License as his girlfriend said.

Even though these stories have proven to not fit the narrative of Obama, Loretta Lynch and the liberals, they didn’t bother to learn the facts before stirring up trouble. Because of that 5 Dallas police officers lost their lives and 7 others were injured.

Over the years I’ve had very little interaction with the police. I’ve had some car accidents – none my fault – and a few speeding tickets – my fault. I’ve always found them to be professional and/or caring in the case of the accidents. It had been many years since I’ve had a speeding ticket but I got one last December. (whoops!) In this stop I noticed a major change in the officer’s actions.

I was on my way to the shooting range to take my 8-hour Concealed Carry class so I had my gun and ammo in the Jeep but separated as we’re supposed to do when we don’t have a CCL. I quickly got my driver’s license out to have it ready. I watched the officer approach my car via my side mirror. He had his right hand on his holstered gun. I thought how sad that he must do that, even though I’m an “over 70” grandma and it’s 9:30 in the morning. No matter, he can’t take a chance because his life depends on it. Before he said a word, I told him where I was going and the details about where the gun/ammo were so he would know I wasn’t a threat. That’s what we’re supposed to do.

While I didn’t like getting a ticket right before Christmas, it was my fault. I mostly felt bad that officers must assume that everybody they interact with may cause them harm. How would you like to have a job where you were in constant danger just by doing your job! It’s really sad what we’ve become.

Americans Still Exercising 2nd Amendment Rights

I’ve updated the NCIS Background Checks charts for June 2016 (see far right side bar). The National Checks are up 32% YTD, while Ohio is up 35% YTD.

As I was reviewing the YTD numbers for other states, I noticed some rather interesting results:

  • For Midwest states: Ohio’s YTD total is 442,360. Michigan’s YTD total is 303,537. But Indiana’s YTD total is 945,071! Those “quiet” Hoosiers are getting armed.
  • California is a well-known anti-gun state with even greater restrictions just signed by Gov Brown. Even so, there were 1,147,934 checks done so far this year. By comparison, Texas only has had 859,659.
  • The real surprise was Kentucky. 1,878,787 background checks have been done so far this year!

It should be noted that Background Checks are done when a person buys a gun but, depending on state laws, also when they apply for a concealed carry permit.

It’s been said that Obama has been the best gun salesman EVER! It appears he’s still doing a good job.

Are you safe mowing the lawn?

Are you at risk of a criminal attack while doing yard work? The Buckeye Firearms site just asked that question. (click to read)

I live in a very safe neighborhood and seldom worry as I work outside in the yard. The one thing I do do that’s mentioned in the article is to shut my garage door when I’m working in the back yard.

However, last year something happened that caused me to pause as to how quickly an undesirable situation can occur. I was chatting with a neighbor in front of my garage. Nearby another neighbor who is a policeman was home, as was another neighbor who is an EMT supervisor and former military guard.

All of a sudden a teenager came running through one of the yards, just as the policeman’s wife was arriving home. The kid ran up to the wife’s car then to her window. We could tell the kid wasn’t ‘acting right’ so we became alert. Soon her husband came running out of the house. By that time the kid was up to my drive and staring at me. I’ve never been around people who are on drugs, but I could tell by his eyes that “the lights were on but no one was home”. I grabbed the first big tool – a shovel – in case he proceeded up my drive. He continued on up the street, stripping off his clothes along the way.

Now the EMT guy was out so he and the cop chased and ultimately caught the kid and held him until the police arrived.

Later we learned he had been to a party another teen held since his parents were out-of-town for the weekend. They had multiple types of drugs. This kid tested to have several different drugs in his system.

This event was a wake-up call for me. I realized that someone on drugs does not act rationally and I’ve heard that they are difficult to ‘take-down’ because they don’t feel the pain. Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) was an example of this. He was a very large man under the influence of drugs. Even though the policeman shot him several times, he wasn’t stopped until he was shot in the head.

Whether watching the Boston Marathon, attending a movie, sitting in a comapny meeting or dancing with friends in a bar, we don’t know when our lives might be in danger. Our lives can change in an instant. We each have to decide how we want to handle that danger – be a victim or be a survivor.