Archive for October, 2006

 A Whole Year Already?

Where does the time go? It seems like he was just born a few months ago and now Noah’s a year old! Photos from his birthday party are now available in my photo album.

Dixie made good on her promise to take a picture of him every Saturday since he was born. It was a great idea, and now we have a photo album by which to remember his first year of growth. Maybe I’ll post them too, when I have a chance.

They say that the years come and go even faster as they get older. I sure hope not. This one was fast enough for me.

 All Moved In

You never know how much crap you own until you have to pack it up and move it somewhere. The old homestead was starting to get a bit crowded and we needed some room to expand, so we started house-hunting back in July thinking we would just look casually for a while (maybe a year) before we got serious.

Wouldn’t you know we found the perfect house in a matter of weeks. So we began the whirlwind process of obtaining financing, and negotiating contracts, and selling our old house. About thirty days later, we had a new house.

The night we closed on it, we started the demolition to remodel the kitchen. Six weeks later, the kitchen was functional again, if not completely done. But it was good enough to live in, so we moved in just in time to celebrate Noah’s first birthday (pictures are coming soon, I promise!). And now the unpacking begins…

 How Many Kids Have To Die?

Three cheers for Wisconsin state representative Frank Lasee for having the courage to suggest a real solution to the problem of school shootings: arm the teachers. The same people who recoil in horror at this proposition also object to allowing armed people on planes, but the simple fact is that guns prevent crime.

Within the past week, three school shootings have occurred in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, all of which could have been prevented, or the effects of which at least diminished, if people on the scene had been armed, able to neutralize the shooter or at least defend the unarmed victims. But our society’s hypersensitivity to guns has blinded us to their utility.

It is often said that when you outlaw guns, only outlaws will carry them. Nowhere is this truth more brilliantly illustrated than in the tragic theater of a school shooting. But one shooting in particular in 1997, illustrated how sensible Representative Lasee’s proposal actually is. Joel Myrick, the assistant principal at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, ran to his car to retrieve his .45 caliber handgun *after* Luke Woodham began killing his fellow students, and then held Woodham until police arrived on the scene. Myrick’s use of an “illegal” gun prevented Woodham from executing the rest of his plan, which was to drive to the nearby Junior High and continue his shooting spree. Imagine how much better the outcome might have been had all of the school’s staff been armed on the scene. Woodham may never have gotten off a shot.

Pete Pochowski, the director of safety for Milwaukee Public Schools is quoted as saying, “We have problems in our schools, but not to the point where we need to arm our teachers and principals.” At what point do the school shootings become a severe enough problem where this option can be considered, Mr. Pochowski? Four a week? Five? Ten? Before people criticize Lasee’s plan they need to remember that not only is carrying a weapon for self-defense a natural right, it is simply a good idea.