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Martial arts is great for kids. Along with gymnastics and yoga, it’s one of the most helpful kinds of exercise in developing body awareness and coordination, and the self-defense skills are a practical side benefit. It’s also great for kids who maybe aren’t as comfortable with the pressure of team sports.
I learned how to zoom over the pandemic (had a zoom conference yesterday in fact) and would be comfortable meeting up that way, schedule permitting.
No one with any sense is suggesting eliminating firearms. The Second Amendment and common sense are not mutually exclusive. That’s why Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America has so many gun-owning members. Many of us come from families where sport-shooting in the back field is a common holiday activity. In my semi-rural county, I think fully half of Moms own guns ourselves, or our immediate family members do. We have no intention of giving them up. We need them sometimes, for rabid animals if not for hunting (and we eat what we hunt).
But not everyone needs to own every firearm. And some people don’t need to own any firearm. I have an extended family member – who did not grow up with guns as we did – who attempted suicide by gun. By the grace of God they survived and are healing emotionally and physically. They do not need to own another gun however, and at this stage should not be permitted to purchase one.
Our whole family was very proud of my niece when she joined her college rifle team. I suspect part of the reason she later switched sports was the aggressive paranoia that some shooters choose to enjoy. Moderation is not always welcome at the range. That’s why we have to be louder. We can’t allow aggressive paranoia to become the norm.
Agreed. When my dad was in high school in the 50s, he used to ride his bike to rifle team practice with his .22 strapped across his handlebars. He was only stopped once, by a cop who checked that the gun was safely secured. Back then, assault rifles were not an option for civilians, because Bonnie and Clyde were still relatively recent memory, and everyone understood that weapons of war don’t belong in everyone’s possession. The law was clear.
My dad and all my brothers were NRA instructors; I learned to shoot when I was 7, and passed my Safe Hunter course in the very early 70s. Back then the NRA was a respectable organization focused on gun safety, education, and sports. Then, in the mid 70s, the NRA decided to hire a lobbyist. IIRC it was 1977 when the lobbyist packed the national meeting with rabid wingnuts and successfully staged a coup.
Lobbyists know they’re out of a job if their issue is ever resolved. So the lobbyists who now operate the NRA for their own personal benefit have zero motivation to allow anything close to good faith negotiation. Their income depends upon keeping the issue unresolved, by fanning the flames of paranoia in their members. The “slippery slope” fallacy is their bread and butter, and you will pry it from their cold, dead, slippery fingers.
It’s really incumbent upon responsible gun owners to be part of this national conversation. We outnumber the wingnuts; we have to get louder than we have been.
I didn’t realize the anthology was about unlikely heroes, to tell the truth. I was too busy reading. Yes, I think it fits. There are at least three candidates in that story who fit the description.
I only ever attended one convention, Bouchercon in 1985 if memory serves. That one was close to home so I could attend; cons are generally spring and fall which are my busy seasons, so it’s rare for me to be able to travel then. In general I choose not to take offense at a perceived slight. Often it wasn’t intended, and if it was, ignoring it annoys the heck out of the perpetrator.
I’m sorry you experienced that, and hope it was an oversight on someone’s part. I have also seen cases where one person assured the group that another had been notified of an event, when in fact they had not. This happened to a friend who was estranged from her mother. Her mother assured the family that my friend had been notified of her grandmother’s funeral date and time. In fact, my friend’s mother had not even notified her of her grandmother’s death. Of course this kind of thing catches up to the liar eventually, but there can be a lot of hard feelings in the interim.
In any case, I completely support the idea that this new board offers a fresh start for all of us, so thank you dhsaber!
Happy Mothers Day to all moms, stepmoms, and godmothers! You rock!
Read the anthology over the past couple of days. The Britlingen story was awesome, along with ones by Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Chloe Neill, and one by Annie Bellet who is new to me.
On another note, I just got around to reading the April 17 Washington Post magazine, which had an article on Fort Ross (formerly Fort Russ) in California. Of course it immediately reminded me of this series. Some neat background in it.
Indeed we are!
Cool! Good luck to you.
Same here. Age hath its privilege!
So are we all, I think. The past few years have taken a lot out of everyone, and none of us are aging backwards. I say “no” more than I used to, and it’s getting slowly more comfortable. There’s only so much of us to go around.
Well, Lizbeth is still pretty young. We tend to appreciate others good qualities more as we gain experience.
We appreciate that and welcome you here. The natives really are friendly; we just get a little defensive on occasion due to experience. Ms. Harris has several good series and through her Book&Blog, most of us have been introduced to other authors we love such as Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and many more. Have fun exploring!
I am, but I don’t go by crossfox over there. I am still a little leery of some of the drama we had on Charlaine’s board back in the day, and I know some of the wilder partisans show up on Ilona’s board occasionally (one of them, I am pretty sure, is a regular) and those of other authors. Since I prefer to meet people in the moment, I have different usernames for other author-owned boards.