Where Did Reason Go?

It took two full days to clean, sort, organize and rearrange furniture in my office. I am pleased as punch that I did it, but honestly did not anticipate it taking that much effort.

Like many others, I was shocked to see the vote in the UK to leave the European Union. It remains to be seen, who’s side was a better predictor of what is to come now. Unrest for sure. The US market plummeted, but for how long and how far down is yet to be seen.

Humans have great capacity, but my fear now is that we fall victim to an era of fear, that we let it overtake us. We humans do not react positively to fear, in fact, we act very poorly in fearful circumstances. That reaction kept us alive in the cave days, but we aren’t in caves anymore. We’re just acting like it right now.

When Congress can’t sit down and hammer out a bill that makes sense to both sides of the aisle, they are acting for party only – not for the people. Take gun control for instance. Maybe we should call them Gun Safety Laws. If we could get Legislators to think of gun safety laws the same as speed limits on our highways, maybe they could get something done. (BTW – is there an NRA type organization fighting against Driver’s Licenses and Driver Education courses?) Speed limits don’t stop fatalities on the highways, but they reduce them significantly. ‘No fly- No Gun’ rules might slow the process down for suspected terrorists. It’s worth it if it prevents just one death. And wait periods? Come on! My dad was a hunter. I know NO ONE plans a hunting trip without applying for a license, sometimes waiting months to find out if they drew successfully, planning where you’re going to go, planning the trip to buy groceries before you go. If you need a new rifle for this year’s trip, you buy it well ahead of the hunt.

If a terrorist can’t buy a gun, what will he do? Go to the Black Market, right? Ok, so he has to pay thousands of extra dollars to buy one there. So? I’m just saying, reasonable people could figure out the best solution possible (it won’t be perfect) and move on.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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