I have a friend who lives in the Duluth area. If you know Minnesota, the area north of Duluth is called the Iron Range, due to the iron ore industry. The Canadians think there may be a huge cache of diamonds up there, too. (Probably left over from the Dwarves that used to live in the vicinity centuries ago.)
Anyway, the folks who live in this region are all a little nuts for the outdoors. The economy is almost always difficult in that region, but most people stay there anyway because of the quality of life.
I mean, who needs a civilized grocery store when you can simply shoot and eat things from your kitchen window, or walk ten feet and drop a line in a river or lake?
This friend of mine is a clever fellow. I was often jealous of him in college because he was and still is much brighter than I am. (Which probably isn't the most difficult task.) He's working on a Phd. in something when he isn't out eating Bambi and Thumper. Suffice it to say, my friend likes his guns. You need to be aware of that.
He posted the following on Facebook today in response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. over the weekend. I thought it was a good post and asked him if it was okay to use it as a guest post for my blog. I doubt highly that everyone reading it will agree with all that he says, but that's fine. This is written from the perspective of someone who loves to hunt, shoot and enjoy his guns.
My own thought is that it is high time for this country to have a mature, adult discussion about guns. I have owned two since I was 14. (Don't have anywhere to use them now, but I still have them.) I believe in basic gun rights, but I look at them as more of a Responsibility than a Right, per say...once upon a time I think those were two sides of the same coin.
Like it or not, America is one of the most violent countries on the planet. We can pretend otherwise, but that doesn't help. I pray that America will repent of it's worship of lesser gods, but I'm not holding my breath.
At any rate, I now give you the views of my friend Doug, who looks simply splendid in a red tank top and red shorts while trout fishing.