Bump Stocks

Pizza night with my grandsons. The oldest one ate five pieces. Wow. I think, perhaps, he might be growing. We have no extraordinary plans for the weekend, just sleeping in, playing at the park, and maybe some ice cream or a movie. Who knows where the spirit will lead us. Their parents are far, far away for the weekend, so we can be as creative as we want.

I put new tires on the car. Good thing because they are predicting snow at home the day before I return. Not what I had in mind. Usually if you take a precaution like that, you don’t need it. All the hoses are drained, but the sprinkler system has yet to be blown out. It is scheduled. That’s all I can do for now.

I got in a good walk, two laps on the walking track around the field behind the nearby school. The boys were on bikes for that part and then got in a half hour on the jungle gym equipment.

I’m going out on a limb here to say I don’t believe any civilian needs a bump stock. There is no valid purpose, hunting or otherwise for a bump stock. If you think it’s your right, you are wrong. It’s no more a right than civilians owning nuclear weapons, or being able to drive without a license, or squat on someone else’s land. We are a land of laws, that’s part of being civilized, and we do what’s in the best interest of everyone. Do you tell your child to wear a bike helmet? Me too. They would rather not, but they are safer and get used to it, You might be fine as a bump stock owner, but the next guy – who used to be fine – might be about to snap. You can give it up.

I realize the manufacturers make a boat load of money selling bump stocks, and they want to continue doing so, so they’re going to whip up a frenzy over this issue, never once mentioning how much money they make, or how much money they are willing to pay lobbyists to keep that money machine going. Please, read between the lines.

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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