How Not To Solve a Problem


Most people who are problem solvers, or in business know that you spend your effort on things that are relevant. As an engineer, I was taught the Pareto principle which simple states that 80% of the benefit comes from 20% of the effort. I used this rule on every problem I could. When you have limited resources like engineers, salespeople, and machinists why try to solve every stinking problem at the same time? The first thing I thought of when I spotted the list above is the Pareto Principle. Using the Pareto method I can tell you that more lives would be saved if we attack heart disease or cancer first. Seven million people die from cancer worldwide. That is more than all the lives lost due to the problems in the entire list below it. I guess liberals cannot do math nor figure out that the number of lives lost to shootings is minimal when compared to heart disease and cancer.  We have all lost someone due to heart disease and cancer, yet few of us has lost someone because of a shooting. I don’t mean to disrespect any person’s life with my comments, but facts are facts.

The only time we came close to losing that many lives due to violence over disease was in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. So why are people so outraged by mass shootings? I have no clue, but it is a waste of energy to try to solve the problem when there are so many other pressing problems to solve first.

I’m thinking that the horror of mass death is too great because most of the people killed were young and vibrant, and filled with life. They had families and goals to reach. Well, how about the 1,960 kids who die from cancer every year? Dying a slow death from cancer is a lot more horrifying for the person than dying in an instant from a bullet.

Death brings out emotions within us when we hear about them, especially when they are senseless. So why spend untold amounts of money on writing laws that we will forget about within a month? We should instead spend some money on the grieving people who are outraged by these acts because they are in mental anguish. Having experienced grief myself I feel for the loved ones who survive. It is they who will suffer from grief for years, and you know what? Banning guns will not solve their problems. Chicago is a fine example of how useless gun bans are. More people are killed in a Chicago weekend by guns than were killed in Las Vegas. People who want guns get them and use them to kill regardless of the laws on the books. I read a news article this week that in London where guns are banned, and there is a ten-year prison sentence if you are caught with one, that gun crime is on the rise. In the meantime, people are still being killed by knives, hatchets, and rocks. Where are the bans on these items?

What Obama’s Son Would Really Look Like

My blogging of late has been very sparse. There are many reasons for that which are too personal to discuss in open format. Today, however, I heard something on the news about the Oregon mass shooter. I couldn’t believe it, the guy is half-white and half-black. I laughed out loud, which puzzled both my wife and daughter who were in the car with me. “This guy has taken the prize from Trayvon Martin. This Mercer guy is really what Obama’s son would look like if Obama was capable of siring a son. I just got off Drudge report after reading a post by CNN covering Mercer’s white half. They actually made his skin white to bring out his whiteness.

Of course this black-white highly confused man has given Obama another opportunity to pontificate about the need to pass tough gun laws, and to confiscate guns. I’m a white guy living in the Chicago area, and I can tell you from very recent stats that tough gun laws don’t carry any weight with people who want to kill. The tough gun laws only make the victim an easier target. The laws don’t make buying a gun harder either. Thugs know where to get a gun on the street. If they are too stupid to know that they drive out of the city to buy one in a legal gun shop.

After all the school shootings I am really amazed at how few victims stood up to the shooter. I would think that if I faced death I would want to at least give the shooter a swing, kick, bite, or tackle before dying. Instead he killed sheep. The  only logic that I can fathom is that I’m an old man and these victims are young kids. In this instance they were young adults fully capable of defending themselves, i.e. if they knew how. I’m afraid we are raising generations of victims. Kids living in the hood know how to react to thugs. White kids don’t. The only thugs they ever see are on TV. Our kids are such pansies they don’t even know what a bully looks like because our schools kick bullies out of school, and parents who defend their bully kids are drummed out of the neighborhood.

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Obama will make a big deal about taking guns away, but I think the opposite should happen. Every gun free sign must be replaced with “We Encourage Guns.” The government should arm every citizen and teach gun handling skills beginning with kindergarten. Why not, we start sex education that early? Every school should have a gun range where kids can practice their fast draw skills, and marksmenship. Gun makers should offer a range of guns that would fit small hands graduated from age five through twenty-one, and baby rattles should look like guns. Graduation from pre-school would become a rite of passage from using a pellet gun to a full-fledged kid sized hand gun. Think about that one folks. To be equal the teachers would also carry. Discipline in rowdy class rooms would be easier to administer with a chrome plated forty-five pointing into the face of a class clown.

Any way, this post has been a joy to write. It offered me a brief respite from my daily life. I feel like the high pressure valve in my brain just popped open to relieve a couple of months worth of stress.

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