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Twitter, Guns and Drugs...

Theres alot of talk about the bad things that social media can lead to. Twitter is huge waste of time that will make people lose their jobs. Facebook is gonna lead to date rape and child molesters finding victims. Myspace connections are the cause lots of affairs and ruin marriages. 

It's all crap.

These things are inanimate objects. they cannot make anything happen, let alone cause any harm.

Guns can't kill people.

Drugs don't ever cause a crime.

Rock and Roll doesn't make people dregs of society.

I truly believe in this country we have a fairly serious issue with accepting responsibility for our actions. When a group of folks fall into a trap of mistakes, we legislate in attempt to prevent others from making those mistakes. Instead of learning from mistakes we and others make, we rely on elected to officials to just make it illegal to make mistakes.

Please don't think I am looking down on anyone. I honestly have made more mistakes than the majority of folks out there. I have had to ask for help to save myself more than once. I am not looking down on anyone that needs help, we are all there at sometimes in our lives. I am also completely in favor of helping folks in need, so really no need to go down that road.

What I am not in favor of legislating away things and in turn removing freedoms. (Please don't make this into a constitutional issue, not saying twitter is protected by an amendment, just saying social media is a freedom we have right now)

Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc) have tremendous benefits in hundreds of different ways to hundreds of millions of people.

Guns have multiple benefits and provide many positive experiences for millions of people.

Most drugs are no different alcohol and many have Medicinal uses.

Rock and Roll... well it rocks!

None of these things ever did any harm to anyone, ever.

If we as Americans don't stand up and take responsibility for our mistakes and quit letting Legislators be our parents, well I don't what or if anything will happen, but we should.

Not saying there shouldn't be rules, absolutely should, but no inanimate object ever committed a crime.


  1. Seems to me that common thread on the numerous personal responsibility posts on CodyTalks is guns.

    Speaking about guns in particular, (but you could apply the same question to any of your issues really) what is the big deal? What are you worried about? Do you feel like someone is on the verge of taking your guns? It seems like there is a lot going on in the government right now, but not much of it concerns on infringing on gun ownership. Maybe I haven't been paying attention.

    Do you want looser gun purchase restrictions? Do you want to own bigger guns? I don't get it. What is the problem?

    It seems like you get all riled up about these type of things from time to time. What's at the root?

    Just asking. BD

  2. BD,

    I am a gun owner no doubt. I am a member of the NRA. But i really don't obsess about that. I don't really have fears that my guns are gonna be stripped away from me and that actually has nothing to do with this post or any thing I have ever posted pertaining to guns.

    The point I hope to convey is my disdain for some American's "I am right and you are wrong" attitude. Folks that want to strip guns don't like guns so they find a way to blame things on guns. Folks that want to keep marijuana illegal, don't like marijuana so they find ways to make it illegal. We have a horrible habit of ignoring personal responsibility and just legislating items instead of actions.

    The theory can be applied to any and all inanimate objects. I often choose Guns and Drugs to try to portray the fact that I am not taking political partisan sides. Both the right (keep marijuana illegal) and the left (Take away gun rights) are very much trying to make inanimate objects illegal cause they don't like them and think legislating away freedoms is the way to make up for human misjudgments.

    So in summary to your comment, Yes, I will stand up for my Right to Bear Arms and someone elses right to smoke a joint and a guys right to own a car that goes 200 mph and person that wants to own a huge collection of adult toys. I think smoking the joint, spending the money on a car that goes that fast and collecting adult toys is ridiculous. I don't want anything to do with any of them. More than that though i don't want anyone else telling that person they can't do those things.

    Objects can't, don't and will never cause a crime, ever, no exceptions.

    Making objects illegal does one thing very effectively, creates black markets and make Law Enforcements job impossible.

    People commit crimes and when we lose the "I am right and you are wrong" attitude and both sides quit trying to legislate away the things they don't like, good stuff will happen.

    Thanks very much for a cool comment.

  3. well, based on Cody's comment that "objects can't, don't and will never cause a crime, ever, no exceptions" it is obvious that he has never seen the terminator, the matrix, Wargames, Christine, I Robot, 2001, that one twilight zone with the ventriliquist dummy, Childs play....

  4. Cody,

    I'm curious.

    If you expand your comment to something most people see as benign, do you feel the same way?

    Take for example, car safety belts.

    When they first became mandatory a lot of people grumbled more than a little. Now we're all so used to wearing them, we buckle up without thinking.

    We have, effectively, been programed as a society to "buckle up".

    I also remember in the days before mandatory seat belt laws. My dad worked for a car dealership in Clifton, Kansas and they had the only wrecker. He'd get called to wrecks and often, it wasn't a pretty thing. I remember him coming home and throwing up.

    People still have terrible injuries and get killed in car wrecks but the number of deaths have decreased.

    Seat belts are "objects".

    Just curious.


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