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How do we stop senseless shootings?


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My heart is heavy as I contemplate the atrocities in the news. A shooting in Florida and then another shooting in Pennsylvania. My heart is broken for those families facing these tragic loses. I read one lady was in her 90s. She is a martyr now, along with her fellow worshippers. I love my Jewish friends and mourn with them that hate appears to be escalating against them. I could not help but think of the six million of their brethren murdered in the Holocaust. Many of my Jewish friends are the grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of folks who narrowly survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps.

When I was six years old my dad ask me to come watch a TV documentary about the Nazi concentration camps. I can still today recall the narrator’s voice as he described the piles of shoes, eyeglasses, clothing, and other personal belongings of the people being herded naked into the gas chambers. For weeks I had nightmares about the atrocities described, which included mass graves.

Years later Daddy told me he had me watch the documentary because we had to be sure America never let it happen again. He believed that was a reason to carefully preserve our 2nd Amendment rights. He believed an armed population was essential to making sure a tyrannical government could not rule in this country nor could invaders conquer America easily.

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I am a gun enthusiast because I believe we have an American Constitutional right to bear arms. I believe hunters need to be able to hunt. Conservation dollars (90 percent) in this country are tied to hunting and fishing licenses and boat registration. The animal populations must be controlled to help animal populations stay healthy. Hunters and fisherman put food on their tables by doing what they love and I believe it is their right to do so. I believe when guns are outlawed the outlaws we fear will still have guns.

I have always been outspoken about our right to keep and bear arms but then the news comes of mass shootings. I could not sleep last night. I was up all night. I kept trying to come up with a solution. We are a gun-toting society here in the mountains. I think it keeps us from being targeted. However, I keep mulling over the question of what can we do to stop this senseless killing of folks no matter what the disparities. I wonder if the political unrest in our country is not the root cause of people to make crazy ploys to discredit to opposite side of the aisle. I believe there are those on either side who would perpetrate the killing of innocents to further their political goals. Power is money and money is power. I believe greed is the culprit.

I wish I had an answer to these questions I have broached. I personally believe we might not survive a total ban on guns. I also have a fear that giving any ground, whatsoever, on gun rights could cause a “give them and inch and they will take a mile” effect. I believe it is a well-founded fear. So I ask you to mull over these thoughts I have set forth, I don’t ask that you agree with me. If we meet sometime I would be very open to hearing your thoughts on guns and if they differ from mine we will not argue, I promise.

Don’t forget to come and hang out with us at the Center when you can. We have Wi-Fi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices. We, also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family and visit us.

It’s a hate free zone and you are invited!! Come and linger among friends!

Thanks to the Letcher County Fiscal Court for the help with the issues with the sewer at the Center. We are so thankful to Judge Jim Ward, Magistrate Terry Adams, and the other magistrates responsible for this much needed upgrade.

Thanks to MACED for the energy efficiency upgrade and the promise of further help on our solar project. MACED is a valuable friend to folks like us who struggle with energy costs. Special thanks to these wonderful folks!

Halloween Safe Nite: Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring the kiddos!

Weekly Quote: “In every community there is work to be done. In every nation (community), there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson

Schedule of Events:

Oct. 31: Halloween Safe Night 5 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 1: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 2: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin with Will Caudill and RT 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 6 : Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30

Nov. 1: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 2: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin with Will Caudill and RT 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 6 : Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30

Nov. 8: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 9: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin’ with Ronnie Dale and His Band at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 13: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 16: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin’ with Ronnie Dale and His Band at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 : Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30

Nov. 22: Closed Thanksgiving

Nov. 23: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin with Cross Country Bluegrass at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 25: Shape Note Singing 2-5 p.m.

Nov. 27 : Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 29: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin with Will Caudill and RT 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

Inclement weather policy: Check our Facebook page for cancellations. Cancellations will be posted at least two hours before any scheduled events.

For more information on events and catering: (971)-86-SHEEP, (971) 867- 4337

Hemphill Community Center is located at the old Hemphill Grade School building at 2514 Hwy. 317, Jackhorn, KY 41825.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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