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Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Journey into Mystery #103 from April, 1964. This issue is notable for featuring the first appearance of both The Enchantress and The Executioner.
Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Journey Into Mystery #103, from April, 1964. This issue was notable for featuring the first appearance of both The Enchantress and The...
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People at work today were talking about participation trophies. I think that mindset behind them - not necessarily just the trophies themselves, but the parenting methods they represent - are a big part of the rise in teenage suicides over the past several years.

The "you're a winner if you try" approach to raising kids sounds great on paper, but it side-steps the harsh yet CRUCIAL truth: when a child loses, they need to KNOW that they've lost. I know, that sounds brutal. But it is possibly the most important lesson a person will ever learn. You have to teach them EARLY that there are going to be times when they lose. Not "there will be times when you're not #1," not "there will be times when you don't get the biggest trophy" they need to learn "there will be times when you LOSE." When you FAIL. When you fall flat on your face. Because that's how life works. At some point, EVERYONE is going to fail, and fail hard. And they're going to fail hard.

So, you've got two choices: you can have them start learning that lesson when it's a soccer game, and the result of said failure is that they don't go on to regionals, or they can learn that lesson when they don't get a job and the result is not knowing where they're going to get the money to live. And I'll tell you right now, if you chose the latter? If their first taste of real, true failure is when everything is riding on success, and they've not developed the skills to cope? If their entire lives, the only thing they've known of failure is "don't worry about it, as long as you tried, you get a trophy" and now they're being told "you tried your damnedest, but effort alone won't get you this job?"

That's a tough pill to swallow. 

As parents, people want to shield their children from pain. That's totally understandable. No one wants to see their loved ones hurt. You kiss the boo-boos when they fall down and you do everything you can to make sure they have every opportunity as they grow. That's what good parents do. But you also make them get shots and swallow bad-tasting medicine and (HOPEFULLY) eat their veggies instead of giving them Capn' Crunch for dinner. Because you know that sometimes you have to do what's best for them, even if you know it will make them unhappy. Well, teaching them how to lose - and how to HANDLE losing, how to get back UP when they fall on their face - is just another plate of veggies. Failure and loss are VITAL teaching opportunities. For the good of your kids, don't pass them up. #parenting  
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     You know, I believe that assault weapons should be banned outside of military and law enforcement. No question. There’s no reason for civilians to have them. Their purpose is to kill as many as possible as quickly as possible. There’s no reason for that.

Now, all that being said?

Saying 

Instead of controlling guns and inconveniencing those who would use them, we are rounding up and silencing a generation of schoolchildren, and terrifying those who care for them. We are giving away precious time to teach and learn while we cower in fear .”

Makes me mad. It’s gross over-simplification. And worse, it politicizes a tragedy to push an agenda that doesn’t really even apply to this situation. 

He pontificates on the theoretical shooter’s “effortlessly obtained XM15-E2S rifle” while talking about the poor children and drawing on the emotional impact of that thought.

But here’s the rub. Let’s say, for a moment, that we instituted strict gun control tomorrow. Let’s say we adopted the same level of gun control Canada has. In fact, juuuust for the sake of discussion, let’s say we banned everything bigger and more lethal than a hand gun. IN FACT, let’s even go so far as to say we found a magical way to, in one swipe of a pen, passed such a law, AND simultaneously called in every single gun in this country that violated that law. Instantly. All gone.

Even with those laws in place, a man with no criminal background and no history of mental illness, who decided he wanted to do this? Who made a pre-meditated decision to go on a rampage? He could still purchase 2 9mm GLOC hand guns. Each of which come STANDARD with 2 15-round magazines, replaceable with 22-round magazines. That’s 44 rounds. The killer in Oregon? Killed 9 people. By my math, that’s almost 5 shots per person, who are being shot at point-blank range.

In short? Common-sense gun control is important. There are good, logical, fair, RESPONSIBLE reasons for that. But pretending that having such laws in place would put a stop to things like this? It’s not only illogical, it’s WRONG. It’s monstrously irresponsible. Because every time we turn a tragedy like this into nothing more than a reason for gun control, we are throwing away an opportunity to discuss mental health and what is actually DRIVING these people to do these things. Because THAT is the problem. THAT is what needs to be addressed – the WHY, not the HOW. A man who is determined to kill? He’s going to kill. The only way to  totally stop shootings would be to impose a 100% gun BAN; which is not only rare in this day and age in ANY western nation, the logistics of it in a country with as many existing firearms of mine would be an utter impossibility.

So yes, we can, as the article’s writer says “control guns and inconvenience those who would use them” or we could address the source of the problem.
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lol you're delusional.  Just because you don't have a need for them doesn't mean that someone else doesn't have one

Then why can't you name a single reason?

There's a place for them and people fill their need with them

Yes, there is a place for them. It's called military and law enforcement. "I sometimes miss when I'm hunting" is a need for practice and training, not for assault weapons.

Other people want them

So what? People want a lot of things. "Cuz I want one" is not a valid reason for civilian to have weapons designed to efficiently kills as many people as possible.

and should be able to have them if they want.  Period

Why? Why should civilians be allowed to have such lethal weaponry when they have no need for them?
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Today on my journey through comic book history, I read The Amazing Spider-Man #11, from April, 1964, featuring a defining moment in the life of Spider-Man’s first love interest, Betty Brant.
Today on my journey through comic book history, I read The Amazing Spider-Man #11, from April, 1964, featuring a defining moment in the life of Spider-Man’s first love interest, Betty Brant. In this...
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   Today on my journey through comic book history, I read The X-Men #4, from March 1964. This issue is significant for featuring the first appearance of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; and not just as a group, either.  Toad, Mastermind, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver all debuted in this issue.
Today on my journey through comic book history, I read The X-Men #4, from March 1964. This issue is significant for featuring the first appearance of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; and not...
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My dad had an extra pass from his company's picnic that he gave me, so I'm going to enjoy a nice vacation day at Kings Dominion. It's Thursday, so most kids are in school and most adults are at work. Should be short lines!
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Today on my journey through Comic Book History, I read Daredevil #1, from April, 1964. This issue, as I'm sure you guessed, features the first appearance of Marvel's Man Without Fear, Daredevil.
Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Daredevil issue #1, from April, 1964. Hopefully I don’t have to explain the significance of this issue. It features the first appearance of...
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 Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Tales of Suspense #52, from April 1964, featuring the death of the Anton Vanko, the original Crimson Dynamo, the first (and only) appearance of Boris Turgenov, the second Crimson Dynamo; and most importantly, the first appearance of Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova, AKA The Black Widow!
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Screw your hashtags. This is how you deal with ills of the world. You role up your sleeves, and you say "someone's gotta step up, may as well be me."
When an assisted living home closed in California, many residents were still there with nowhere to go. But a cook and a janitor stayed, without pay, and took care of them.
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Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Tales of Suspense #51, featuring the first appearance of The Scarecrow.
Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Tales Of Suspense #51, from March, 1964. This issue features the first appearance of The Scarecrow Ebenezer Laughton was an escape artist and...
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First thing's first. If you want to be in one of my G+ circles, email me at my GMail address (WraithTDK). Unless you're 100% positive I know you by your real name, please include where I know you from, and what you're known as there.


     I’m a non-denominational protestant Christian. I work as a network administrator in Vriginia, I'm an avid gamer, and I have a passion for technology.

     I’ve been into martial arts since I was seven, and fitness since the late 90’s. A lot of people see body builders as “muscle heads.” You’d be surprised how much planning and study go into effective fitness. The best builders know more about biology and anatomy than just about anyone short of a phd. If you don’t know WHY your body grows, you’re never going to effectively learn HOW to get your body to grow.

     On October 10th, 2010, I married the most wonderful woman I've ever met, +Siobhán Young. We met through an internet forum dedicated to Canadian comedy troop Loading Ready Run. She is the absolute light of my life.

     So, to sum up, I’m a Christian. I’m a geek. And I can kick your butt if you have a problem with either.

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