Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

June 9, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — 2 science stories speak of a God

 Two science stories appeared side by side in the paper last week. One, a complete well-preserved 10,000 year-old wooly mammoth was found in the arctic. Two, a 60 million year-old dinosaur fossil also found, believed a precursor of what became modern day birds.

We think of mammoths and saber tooth tigers and several other extinct animals as prehistoric creatures.

Then how are we humans, who are fortunate to live 100 years, to grasp the concept of 10 thousand or 1 million, or 6 million or 60 million years of unrecorded history? We cannot. It is beyond our comprehension.

And if these facts boggle our finite minds, how are we to comprehend the thousands or millions or billions of other planets, suns, and galaxies that span infinite time and space.

It occurs to me that this brief survey of these few facts, not even mentioning every tree that exists or has existed, every blade of grass, every grain of sand or every fish in the ocean, all speak of a God we all need to acknowledge and thank and worship. Think about it. “The fool has said in his heart there is no God...”

Robert L. Caummisar, Grayson

Gun control now called gun safety

Big Brother is alive and well and living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. The latest Orwellian double-speak is the use of the phrase “gun-safety” as a euphemism for gun-control.

The most telling point in this situation even needs a euphemism. The anti-gunners have to use a euphemism because the phrase gun-control is distasteful to many Americans.

The NRA, often refered to only as the gun lobby, is actually much more. The NRA trains firearms instructors for law enforcement, teaches gun-safety courses, and defends “the right to keep and bear arms.”

The first gun-control laws were “Jim Crow” laws prohibiting African-Americans from owing firearms. These laws were passed at the behest of the KKK. The NRA went to bat for the African-Americans and got those biased laws repealed.

I’ve handled firearms all my life and, according to the U.S. Army, am a qualified small-arms expert. When I was a boy I learned the 10 commandments of gun safety.

1. Keep guns and ammunition out of the reach of children.

2. Children should never be allowed to handle firearms without adult supervision.

3. Never play with guns, always remember they are deadly weapons.

4. Assume every gun is loaded until you know it is not.

5. Never aim a gun at anything you do not intend to destroy.

6. Always be sure your backstop will stop a bullet.

7. When shooting keep the muzzle pointed down range at all times.

8. When hunting always be aware of where your gun is pointed.

9. Never shoot over water as bullets can ricochet off the surface.

10. Never cross a fence with a loaded gun.

Now when someone tries to confuse you with Orwellian double speak about “gun safety” you can tell them you already know the 10 commandments of real gun/safety.

Steven Little, Ashland

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