Tuesday, November 18, 2008

On religion

I don't tend to discuss my religious views.


Because most of the time, people would look at me funny, and attempt to commit me.

So, instead, I read. I read blog posts my friends make as they go along their religious journeys. I read about various religions, new and old. I respect the strength of faith that allows an individual to firmly believe in their chosen religion...and I wonder what led them down the path they've taken. I find myself in the midst of religious turmoil from time to time, and that usually spurs on this thought process.

For the record, I was raised Roman Catholic. It's an alright religion at its core, but I feel it misinterprets a lot of what is printed in the bible. I also disagree with a lot of its teachings. I find myself drawn to more Earth-based religions...I suppose it has to do with the reality of the planet. I can see it, touch it, hear it, smell it. I see it change, and I respect that without it we would not exist. I don't question how we came about, as I wholeheartedly believe in evolution. I also believe there are other planets like ours, full of life and potentially intelligent species. It just seems more realistic, to me.

What are your opinions? Where do your beliefs lie?

Friday, November 7, 2008

"evil black guns"

My partner and I recently put our paperwork in to purchase stripped AR15 lowers from a local gun shop. We intentionally went in to get them BEFORE the election because we feared the inevitable price hike (and potential ban after January).

While we are waiting for the paperwork to clear, I've been talking about the purchase with friends online, in the hopes of getting info about what would be a good upper and stock combination. Because of the method of discussion (blogs and forums), the conversations were open to non-gun-owners...and, unfortunately, they are generally not too keen on educated, intelligent discussion about firearms.

Some people have even expressed disdain over potentially coming to visit, because of our soon-to-be-built "evil black rifles." I've reminded them time and again that a gun in a closet/safe/on another floor cannot and will not hurt them, and they say "oh yes i understand" but fail to see the truth of the statement. I've told them that while the guns can seem scary, the only thing scary about them is the person behind the trigger - again, they say they understand, but refuse to really understand. Frankly, I'm getting sick of explaining and reexplaining my side of things.

In light of that, I'd like to educate the general populace about firearms, and just how scary these "assault" rifles can be...and just how wrong these people really are. Please enjoy the video.

This video discusses the power behind various calibers...and may be an eye-opener.

Remember...I'm not a gun hoarder, and I'm not out to murder someone. I keep firearms for personal protection, for a sense of freedom, and to give myself a stress relief by going to the range and firing a few rounds at paper. For me, there's nothing more mentally settling than forcing oneself to calm down, focus, breathe, and squeeze that trigger. Sometimes it can put me in a better mood faster than sex...it's instant gratification, but it provides a lasting effect.