16 January 2013

Mid-Week Wondering

I haven't been on-line long enough to know if the President has done something horrible or not, regarding his proposals for gun control; forgive me if I don't comment on it.

The mood here in Anchorage is somber. Firearms are part of our everyday wear; you put one on, just like a belt knife, before leaving home. We have bears that roam our neighborhoods (and they don't all hibernate, no matter what some schoolbook says).

Bears have frequently wandered our parking lot, too, and sometimes employees can't go to their cars because there's a bruin standing in front of the car. Trust me, a bear big enough to stand flat-footed and look at you across the hood of your car is scary. And no matter the enviro-weenies wish, that brownie ain't Winnie the Pooh.

For the last three or four years, there have been a couple of wolf packs roaming the green belts between Elmendorf AFB & Fort Richardson (now combined into Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson); joggers have been chased, and a couple of dogs (pets) killed by the wolves.

There's a BIG mama moose & her annual twins that live in the woods adjoining our parking lot, and are frequently seen wandering between the cars, or sleeping in a snow bank where it can get heat from the automotive radiators as they cool down in the mornings.

It's not uncommon, especially in the winter when snow on the mountainside drives more moose into town in search of plants to eat, for people to be late for work because Mr. Moose was standing near their front porch, munching on a bush or young tree.

A full-grown bull moose weighs around 1,200 pounds; unsuspecting people (usually tourists) get trampled or kicked every year. That's nothing to mess with.

This is going to be an interesting time, no? But I think you'll find that Alaskans will not disarm, in general.

7 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Alaska is one of those places that could unify and say "No" as one to this garbage.

Matt said...

He left the bans to Congress to my understanding. He's asked the Attorney General to add more “prohibited categories of people” to background check system and adds medical and insurance information to background check system.

He's going after "mental illness" and it be a very loose definition of said illness.

But I'm with ya, I'm going to sit back awhile and watch what happens next. It won't be pretty.

PH is correct, Alaska needs to come out and guarantee to nullify any new gun control laws.

Rev. Paul said...

PH, agreed.

Matt, Alaska's Firearms Freedom Act (2010) only pertains to those manufactured & sold for use within the State, and declares them exempt from Federal regulation.

You're both right; it could go a LOT farther toward nullification.

Max said...

Such splendid sights to see. I still see the wonder in a pack of deer at my mailbox. Sure I could probably feed them by hand, but it's nice to talk to nature.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Max. They are magnificent, and even long-time Alaskans still drop everything & run to the windows when one is seen.

Cathy said...

"I haven't been on-line long enough to know if the President has done something horrible or not, . . ."

Rev. Paul.

If Obama's awake . . . . he's doing something dark.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Cathy. :) I was referring specifically to the press conference, but yeah.