Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Holiday season is upon us and we are dealing with shootings in California, a Presidential race that is a year away and folks being upset that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving away all of his fortune. My thoughts.

1. If you really think that everyone having a gun is the answer to nuts killing people, I’m concerned about you. I have a license to carry a concealed handgun. I don’t think it was that difficult to obtain the license and I seriously doubt whether the State has any idea of my mental competence or what I may be capable of doing if I snap. I enjoy the right to have guns in a country where guns are lawfully owned. I’ve told my kids I believe the next civil war in our country will be fought over the right to bear arms. A lot of amazing people will continue to lose their lives until we figure out some way to help people that are sick or have so much hatred they want to kill others including friends, family and co-workers.

2. Social media has totally changed the way we receive information of mass shootings. Avery showed me a Snapchat slide show today that was made within minutes of the shooting. It already basically showed everything you need to know about what happened – not why, but facts of what was taking place. Incredible. When I was a kid the worst news was the nightly 10 p.m. Vietnam report of the number of soldiers killed or harmed in action. My folks could control my news source by turning off the television. Parents can’t do that today.

3. Have we become socially numb to the killings? How many people will have to die before some real action is taken. I hate to say it but it seems as though 10, 20, 30 dead is not enough. Until we see thousands die in a single event it appears we will standby without taking action (although I readily admit what action it is, I don’t know).

4. Instead of talking about how to make our communities great, I hear how amazing the country will be without President Obama. I understand not being excited about this President, but how can simply changing the person in office make a change locally for us without “us” taking some uniform action to make it happen. We’re going to have to start breaking down our own barriers and working our tushies off to make things great for everyone.

5. If Mark Zuckerberg wants to give away his $50,000,000,000, who has the right to criticize? Saying his intentions are not sincere, the company he created is not a non-profit, etc. … Well Mr. Zuckerburg, if you can read my blog, you are welcome to come help us run our business anytime without criticism. I think what you and your wife are doing is amazing.

This might be considered a rant. Sorry if it sounds that way.