Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gun Control: Make Your Own Opinion

   Gun control has always been a huge debate in politics. the question is :should there be a ban on ban control? Due to recent events the debate has flared. We have had to deal with the massacres of a movie theater, mall, college, and an elementary school as the most recent tragic event. After an array of facebook posts from the news, media and from friends I have realized that everyone is pulling a Romney (no offense to him). You all in the past have believed in guns in homes but with light restrictions or more restrictions but now you are flip flopping and changing your mind. Here is my belief on that:

   You all aren't just hypocrites but you are uneducated niave hypocrites (and my apologize on the cruelty). People who flip flop on there beliefs flip flop because of two reasons 1. is money and power (seen in politics on a daily basis) and 2. is knowledge on what you believe in. So allow me to educate you a little bit so you can make your own opinion on the fact and that you can actually believe in that opinion.

Fun history facts about Guns:

  •  1774 there was a ban on guns and ammunition in the colonies pushing the conflict between the colonies and Britain into a full blown civil war.
  • There is a huge debate on what the second amendment states. If you read it in it's grammatically correct form it does not say that all people have the right to bear arms but that the people have the right to have a militia that can bear arms to protect the people. 
    "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Bill of Rights 1791
  • Firearm regulations didn't begin till 1927 when mailing concealed weapons was outlawed. 
  • This one is sad; In 1929 the Soviet Union placed extreme laws on gun control and later 20 million unarmed civilians were exterminated because they couldn't defend themselves. This isn't the only country to ban guns for the purpose of power: Turkey, Germany, Uganda, Cambodia and other countries begin with "gun control" then extermination of civilians. It's called GENOCIDE! 
  • After gun control laws were placed in Austrailia, Homiced by gun control increased. 
  • Japan passed stricked gun laws and restrictions in 1971 and has the lowerst gun related homicides. 
Lets Talk Japan. It's not that guns are completely bannned in Japan. In fact any person can get a gun in Japan they just have to work for it. In Japan you have to begin with taking classes and taking a test that only occurs once a year. That does not inclue the classes and test required to take at a shooting range (something that should have been done before someone gave Cheney a gun). After these tests you are ordered to go to a hospital to get a mental assessment and a drug test which need to be done periodically as well while owning a gun. The last test is a background check to make sure you haven't already done anything scetchy or you don't belong to like the KKK or something like that. While owning the gun you have to send a report to the police yearly about where your gun and ammo are placed at home which also need to be placed seperately and locked away. Lastly the police get to inspect the gun and where you hold your gun yearly. 

alright the yearly police check ups my be debated but everything else I feel is legitate! Why not have all these tests done? Think about it..... Every story you here about some psychotic homicidal bastard (excuse my language) is about A. how easy it was for this psycho to get a gun B. get numerous guns C. the lack of mental stability in his/her life, and D. Where was the gun control? Japan that isn't the question at all. 

What are the federal laws of gun control?  First know that the National Firemarms Act  taxes manufacting and distributing of machine guns, pistols, short barrel guns, revolver and other guns seen as "especially lethal." WTF is "especially lethal mean? That which can kill? Can't all weapons kill? 
The gun control act of 68 prohibits selling mail order guns, guns to anyone from out of state, not of age, and to persons wich criminal background. It also prohibits imprtation of guns not used for sporting firearms (seriously WTF does that mean?), and requires records of all commercial gun sales and sets the penalties of the use of a firearms in drug trafficking and violent crimes.
  Basically if you tell them your sane and get a license not only can you buy guns but ou can sell them as well. 

Let's talk about today's sad stories of young children being killed. A man who was seen as having some proplems was able to get more than one gun, shoot his mother at home then go to an elementary school and shoot up a firestorm killing over 20 people including a large percentage of children. WTF!!. I would never want to bring down the emotions that we all should have towards this horrible situation. It is devastating and my heart goes out to everyone. There is a but.... But I don't believe guns should be completely banned. I believe that guns should be more strongly ferderally limited like they are in Japan. Having not only rules against the types of guns used and where those guns can be used but have any person who owns a weapon like a gun go through mental and background checks as well and have to annually have these test redone along with other laws. I believe that a person should have the right to be able to protect themselves and a person (although I wouldn't do it myself) has the right to have a gun for sporting reasons (deer hunting, bird hunting etc..) and I believe a person should feel safe with a person next to them with a gun. I feel safe whenever I see a gun on the streets in Israel knowing that A that person has been trained in shooting their weapon and B it is most likely that person has that weapon because he is there to protect me and the other people around me.

Please Please Please don't go flip flopping your ideas of what is right and wrong just because of a tragity. Take this situation to really understand fully what you believe than give your opinion. I will gladly say I have never changed my belief in the rights of others to protect themselves but I also believe that I myself should never own a gun because I know I am not mentally fit for a weapon in my hand and people should have those restrictions.

I hope you all take this into consideration

Till Next Time!
Nicoly

Saturday, December 15, 2012

my first freelance writing

If you are keeping up with my facebook statuses I have been doing so freelance writing on the side. Ok so far I have done one article for the product Sukugo. Anyways I just finished and here it is:
Sukugo

Family Holiday Fun



Have you ever realized the true memory of the gifts you get on the holidays isn’t when you see them under the tree or even when you tear apart the wrapping paper but it is the time you spend after with the gift you have gotten? With clothing it’s when you wear it, whether you love the clothes or not, With the toys you got it’s the memories of playing with your friends and family, with food it’s either how sensational that high quality Swedish chocolate tasted or how you have to  feed the rest of that nasty burnt home fruitcake to the dumpster, and when it’s money you remember that with that $25 you bought a new CD you have been wanting for so long or a movie.

Because of this I have been on a mission to find a gift I can enjoy with friends and family. Something I can buy (really for myself) so that I can enjoy my time with my parents, brothers, grandmother, cousins and friends. I have looked all over, I looked at decorations for the house, movies that my entire family would enjoy together, food, recipes to attempt, a small trip somewhere (even if it is just to the zoo), but nothing came up that didn’t cost to much or that everyone would really enjoy. The only people who would appreciate decorations for the home would be my parents and myself, choosing a movie everyone likes is just down right impossible, and a small trip (no matter how small) is still pricy and food isn’t really that sentimental unless it’s made by my grandmother and it is her ice cream cake or my grandmother (not by birth) who makes these spectacular brownies that non can beat and my recipes are experiments that may or may not go wrong so why should I even attempt. Don’t be let down just yet because I finally have found what I have been looking for, Sukugo!

What is Sukugo? It is a Sudoku board game made to be shared and played in groups. Sukugo is litarly a board game shaped as a large Sudoku with two different shaped chips for the board. The Smaller chips represent what may fit in the specific spot and the large chips are the correct numbers that should be placed in a spot. For those who are unfamiliar with Sudoku, it is a brain puzzle square-shaped game, there are numbers placed randomly in the puzzle in each square (there are nine within a large square), and with those numbers permanently placed you need to figure out how to get all the rows, columns, and squares to have numbers one through nine written down. Usually you find Sudoku books being sold at gifts shops in the airport or in the puzzles section hidden away in a bookstore and it is made to be played alone when you can’t sleep, are board or are flying to the end of the world and back at least that’s when I usually play. I was just on a flight to Israel and finished an entire book of Sudoku. I love the game and I know many people who love it but sadly it is not a multi-player game. That is, it wasn’t a multi-player game until now. Now there is Sukugo, the multi-player version of Sudoku. A game I can enjoy with my little brother on Saturdays instead of playing monopoly, a game I can take to my grandmother’s when Lucy is there and actually playing Sudoku together rather than just sharing our Sudoku stories, or having some bonding time with my mother which as a child used to be over Chinese checkers.

As I do more and more research on the game, I see it being sold as a learning tool for kids. I think now a days that is how every toy is being sold. Just the other day I watched a commercial about a soccer ball that teaches a baby to talk and

1.       Rather than using standard educational methods…  teach kids numbers and logic by playing a game.
2.       Rather than playing Sudoku alone… have fun while collaborating and cooperating with a friend using teamwork..
3.       Rather than being afraid to ask “why”… challenge each other and change your perspective.
4.       Rather than limiting yourself to black and white numbers…add vibrant 3-D color to your day.
5.       Rather than writing little numbers in squares… set smooth rounded pieces on a large board.
6.       Rather than exercising only your left brain with numbers and logic… engage your right brain at the same time with colors and creativity.
7.       Rather than just seeing and writing… engage your senses with a hands-on tactile experience.
8.       Rather than buying one type of game for kids and another for adults… get a game everyone will enjoy.
9.           Rather than sticking to one game… use your imagination to invent new games.

what Ipad game doesn’t have some sort of lesson for children? That didn’t really interest me at all especially since I don’t have any kids myself. What interested me was when I was on the homepage of the Sukugo site (http://sukugo.com) there was a list of reason’s why I should go on Amazon.com and buy the game. The three out of the nine reasons that caught my eyes were: numbers 2.  Rather than playing Sudoku alone… have fun while collaborating and cooperating with a friend using teamwork, 8.  Rather than buying one type of game for kids and another for adults… get a game everyone will enjoy, and 9.  Rather than sticking to one game… use your imagination to invent new games. Number two pretty much explained throughout this article already but what about numbers eight and nine? Eight I did touch base on a tiny bit but let me go deeper a little. Sudoku is a game known to be played by the older generations or by puzzle nerds like myself so you know you can get adults to play if they play sudoku as for kids it’s a fun new game to play with the family. Imagine your son or daughter opening up that board game under the Christmas tree. As I mentioned he/she might be stumped considering it wasn’t a more known game like Monopoly or Apples to Apples but then you say, “how about we all play together?” If your family is anything like my this game will turn into a full fledge competition to see who can get the most chips on the board or it will become one of those games you get to see who can finish the game the fastest because heaven for bid a board game stays peaceful. Both you as an adult, your kids, and even grandparents can enjoy this game and as I mentioned it might even become a tradition. I did pretty much just explain number nine a little bit. How can you be inventive with a game that is pretty much self- explanatory? Make it a competition! It will become a competition in my family and with my friends. How about changing up the rules like you would with an extreme Sudoku book? In a Sudoku book you can find different ways you have to place the numbers like having the diagonal lines also needing the numbers one through nine or a zig-zag and so forth. Why not pick an extreme Sudoku book with these types of puzzles and make it into a Sukugo game? You can do so much with one board game why not explore a new way to play on the holidays?

            Sukugo, Sudoku for everyone to enjoy after opening up presents. The game you can make a tradition during family time around the table. Sukugo, a game you can enjoy, your kids will enjoy, and your friends can enjoy for the holidays and for holidays to come. Now go buy at least one and then one for your friends who live far away (make it a social networking game). My plan is to do just the same. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Sukugo!

Ok for some reason the pictures aren't showing on my blogger but there were some there. sorry about that.