In defense of water guns

When we talk about gun control I think a lot of people get up in arms (pun intended) because weapons speak to a deep seated ancient need. Weapons are some of the first tools that humans developed, and we relied on them throughout thousands of years, perhaps 99.9% of our history as a species, we relied on weapons to feed ourselves, to defend ourselves against animals and enemies. But now they are so taboo. Children aren't even supposed to have water guns any more. I have many friends who find the idea of hunting abhorrent, but I know many good hearted, kind people who find it to be a fulfilling ambition. (Obviously I'm not referring to big game hunters and horn thieves.) I don't think the hunters I know are bad people, they find it a nice opportunity to get out in nature and, for the most part, they take their game as food. I don't think that's something they should be ashamed of. I think weapons are important, even in this day. I think children should play with water guns, even then they sense the power they hold when they wield one, and the disparity when they are on the receiving end. I think they should hold knives so they know that they can be cut, but also that they can carve beautiful things. Weapons are often beautiful things, art pieces in many ways, and we shouldn't be afraid of them. But we have to recognize that boundaries are what we require to create a human experience we all want to live in. Sex is beautiful, but only when two adults decide to create it together. Cars are fun, but only when we all abide the rules of the road. It's time to stop talking in absolutes, all guns or no guns will never work in America, but I believe we can find a happy medium.


When I was growing up there would be too much water it seemed, the fire department would come around and open up a hydrant and of course all of the kids would play.

That was east coast living, always plenty of water.  Now that I reside in California I understand the true meaning of the word drought.  The other day I heard that scientists are predicting dust bowl like conditions for California.

I'm doing my part, and by that I mean not getting my car washed very often.  And sometimes, if no one else is going to be around, if it's yellow, I will in fact let it mellow.

But what good do these small measures do when we have the fracking industry pouring thousands of gallons into a ditch by the minute, cows requiring hundreds more gallons of water per pound of food than the vegetable counterparts, heck even bottling what little water we have here to ship elsewhere!

The drought in California highlights what we already know to be true:  We as a species cannot afford to go on living like this forever. 

All is not lost.  I still believe in American ingenuity, it's one of the few natural resources we have here.  Social media makes it harder for people to keep their head under the covers, hoping all the problems will go away.  For every problem there is a solution, and I look forward to seeing what we come up with next!