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Ross Bishop
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What really is prejudice? We read a lot about it, but what is it, really? This article may help: http://rossbishop.com/blog/2016/07/11/prejudice/
by Ross Bishop Sometimes we just accept things without really looking at what's behind them. Take prejudice for example. It is largely an oxymoron. You can't dislike a whole race or group. It's not possible. You can dislike some of “them” for what they do – their morals, lifestyle, social values ...
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If you have any interest in nature, know that while you have been looking the other way, conservatives in Congress have been engaging in a planned program to attack the Endangered Species Act.
I am part of a group that is fighting to preserve the Mexican Gray wolf. Mexican wolves are considered one of the most endangered land mammals in North America, yet their reintroduction to the wild has been clouded by cattle grazing that overlays the area where these wolves have been expected to re-establish footing. Ranchers are keen to preserve their way of life and are, at times, disinterested in adopting new tools or practices in the name of keeping wolves from attacking their cattle. Conservationists come down firmly on the side of wolves, saying that it was their forest long before it was ours, and they have a right to be there." This land was once teeming with wildlife that has been systematically killed off by the ranching industry.
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To the next mass shooting victims:

I want to say farewell to you now, because the U.S. Senate just signed your death warrants.
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In the summer of 2014, Paul Simon went to Brazil to visit a faith healer. No special treatment. No entourage. And no guitar.
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I have just posted a blog article "Being Happy" http://rossbishop.com/blog/2016/06/08/being-happy/ from my video series "A Shaman's Path To Inner Peace." (We've changed the pricing to make the series more accessible.)
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The harsh reality that no one wants to hear . . .
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When the funerals in Orlando are over, the memorial candles have died out and the Facebook posts have faded, your interest in this issue will wane - as it did in Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora, San Bernadino, VA Tech and Charleston before that. The NRA and Congressional conservatives are counting on that.

Although they receive publicity because they are sensationalistic, there are about 25 mass killings every year in this country, and that has been true for decades. Every year there are about 150 to 200 victims of mass murder in the U.S. And that is not to take anything away from tragic events like Sandy Hook or the Pulse nightclub, but those numbers pale in comparison to the 12,000 homicides and 22,000 gun suicides that occur every year in America. And we should add to those numbers the 84,000 non-fatal injuries that occur every year from guns. That's where the real gun problem to society lies.

Let’s accept one thing, a gun is an instrument of violence. The purpose of a gun is to kill. It has no other purpose. In his NY Times column, Nicholas Kristof pointed out that, "More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on the battlefields of all the wars in American history.”

The modern gun’s lethality combined with our refusal to provide meaningful help to the many angry, depressed and otherwise troubled or hopeless people in society has made gun violence the focal point of a perfect storm. Whether it be depressed housewives, troubled students, overstressed business executives or ghetto kids who feel they have no other future, easy access to guns make the 34,000 lives lost each year truly tragic.

The only way to ultimately solve the problem is to ban guns, as every other civilized nation has done. The facts are incontestable - homicides and suicides drop dramatically wherever guns are banned. It isn’t that suicidal people, for example, just find other ways, those suicides just don’t happen. Same with homicides. Homicide rates in domestic violence cases escalate dramatically when a gun is present. Guns simply make the taking of a life, yours or someone else’s, just too easy. but in the meantime, there are steps we can take.

I have researched the situation at length and have written two articles that address the problems and propose some solutions. If you are interested in more than the current sensation, you might want to read them:

The Problem
http://rossbishop.com/blog/2015/09/22/gun-violence-2/

Solutions
http://rossbishop.com/blog/2015/10/15/solutions-to-gun-violence/
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With great sadness for the people of Orlando . . .
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  • Drake University
    Business - Economics, 1960 - 1964
  • University of Iowa College of Law
    Law
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Shaman, author, healer
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Shaman, author, healer
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Working with people's shadow side, cooking, gardening. Those three are not necessarily related.
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    Shaman.
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