You are all such great folks here! Queenie, and DJ, I hope to get an email off to you soon. Thank you very much for your concern and hugs!.......and Donna, your invitation to seek refruge with you in PA, was such a kind gesture. (((((((((hugs to all))))))))
Genuine thanks also to: Shera, DakotaRed,Plumkrazy, LB, Francois, No Apologies, Animal, Mrs. Shakita, SixofNine, Perry for your post replies.
Francois, I certainly take no offense at your remarks. Actually, I applaud you for your honesty. Someone close to me has been trying for years to tell friends and family most of the things you talked about. That while we have been living the good life, we have been neglecting to keep "our fence in tact", and some badness has crept in. The fact that this country is blinded into giving so many rights to everyone else, that we are losing our own. Now our country is filled with "strangers", people who hate us. People who are in these terrorist cells just waiting for an opportunity to attack americans. And, our own fellow Americans ready to go "out" in a blaze of glory for their cause. There are lots of people who hate us and it's scary.
I am a woman, but I am going to say this much. If I had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and it was in my car, and I per chance came upon an incident where I saw someone take aim to kill another person, I'd just have to try to do something, shoot their tires out, their windshield, anything. I told my husband yesterday as we were driving down the road, that if I was in the midst of something going down, I would ram my car into them, I would sound my horn. If we all run scared, they just gain more control. I believe that more and more folks are beginning to think along these lines. (hubby says no doubt, the killer would just take aim at me, or I would be the one arrested...probably true)
Can our government protect us? Good question. Well, they haven't been able to save some twelve people here, and this could happen in sections all around the US. I agree with Animal. I don't believe we can truly count on our government to save the little people--too much politics going on. They will save themselves first. There is evil everywhere in this world. But, when evil has a following, and evil can group together, we are in deep $hit. As we speak, they have proven over and over, that we can only "react" to what occurs. We cannot stop it. So where do we go from here? What are our choices?
I've decided to live my life. If I get shot, then I will be shot while "living my life". I'm tired of being too scared to be anything but nervous and anxious. We've been trying to plan our trips to see family members before all the shootings began around here. Tonight we finalized our flights. Am I frightened? You bet. Like you Plum, I wonder whether these things are starting up all over the US. We will fly out of Dulles in November on two occasions, and right now that is a hot area. I figure if they can't protect us there, then we might as well just all hold up in our little boxes and pull the lid tight.
And that's not really living at all. As LB said, "this will pass". I sure hope so.
Love to All,