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The Dreaded Thought of Gun Control

After the recent Las Vegas massacre by a supposed lone gunman armed with multiple assault weapons, sevral people asked me for my take on the possibility that this individual really acted alone and basically what I think of common sense gun control. I'd like to wait for a final conclusion of the investigtors on the ground at the scene before theorizing too much about the first question, but The overall idea of COMMON SENSE gun control has always appealed to me. I DO NOT advocate banning all guns from civilians entitled and qualified to purchase and own them; any legislation pointed in that direction is nothing more than a waste of time and a disaster waiting to happen. However, the laws as now written are disjointed nationwide and in need of COMMON SENSE refurbishment. A quick fix would not be overly difficult, but should be addressed by people who understand statute law, the public's right to basic protection from incidents like these and the point of view of the average law-abiding gun owner.

Following the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT years ago, I wrote a novellette that I thought answered many of the questions people asked about how or why could such a thing happen. Unfortunately, the publisher I had at the time refused to handle it, stating it was too controversial. A few years later and a new publisher on the hook, she also declined to publish it for the same reason. Finally a publisher in the UK, uneffected by the taboos of mentioning US gun law inadequacies, published it as part of an anthology where the proceeds from the sales went to charity.

Now, I'd like to post PAPER TRAIL on my blog to allow anyone to read my thoughts about this ongoing problem. The procedures contained within the story are sound and  based on my twenty years as a detective and police administrator. The laws, as existed at the time of the Sandy Hook shooting and still exist, are accurately depicted and based on my experience as a holder of a federal firearms license for twenty-three years.

This not a short story. It's 11,000 words. It should take an hour to read.

 

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Cheryl Peyton
This is a remarkable retelling of a senseless and, arguably, preventable mass killing of innocents by an unbalanced individual. It... Read More
Friday, 06 October 2017 22:08
Wayne Zurl
Thank you, Cheryl.
Friday, 06 October 2017 23:19
Sam Bledsoe
Wayne Zurl has written and shared with us a sad but powerfully moving story about guns in America. He has broad experience in this... Read More
Monday, 09 October 2017 15:20
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Insights

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                                                                          Jerry Morton

 

 

“Mr. Jerry, Mr. Jerry, guess what?” the four year old excitedly shouted as he entered the Sunday morning classroom for three –to-five year olds.

 

Several children were crowded near the door’s entrance as I stood there trying to welcome each one with the ritual hug. The excited child circled his arms around my leg and then looked expectantly into my face.

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Cheryl Peyton
Funny exchanges with children. You're a fine teacher -- you listen respectfully and don't over-react to emotional outbursts. Very ... Read More
Monday, 07 August 2017 11:38
Wayne Zurl
Very good, Jerry. You're an expert in child psychology.
Monday, 07 August 2017 13:03
Susan L Kite
Cute story, great reaction. Someone's mommy or daddy need to have their mouths washed out, not their darling's. ... Read More
Monday, 07 August 2017 22:15
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June's Predicament: A Short Story from the Book Women Among Men: The Story of three Sisters from Eastern Kentucky

Harlan County, Kentucky. One sunny Saturday morning in early August of 1943, June Brittian woke up feeling out of sorts. Her period was a week late and she was starting to worry. At first she hadn’t thought much about it; maybe she had miscounted. She counted the days again–twice; no, she had not! She went outside and sat on the porch, uneasily mulling over her predicament. What if I’m pregnant? What would Jim think about that, she fretted. And what would Momma do? Her thoughts frightened her. She couldn’t decide which was worse.

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Susan L Kite
Nice crisp dialogue, Sam. Good hook, too.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:50
Cheryl Peyton
Wonderfully authentic characters and emotions seen in your dialogue. You were able to speak through the mind and words of a woman.... Read More
Sunday, 30 July 2017 10:30
Cheryl Peyton
This is a late notification of being a subscriber to the posting I've already commented on.
Monday, 31 July 2017 14:11
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Ten, Nine, Eight...

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The official launch date is tomorrow, July 21, for DAY OF THE DARK: Stories of Eclipse. Why July 21st? Because it's exactly one month before the total solar eclipse, the first one in North America since 1918. The last one across the continent was in 1900. To star-gazers (and sun-gazers, but don't actually gaze at the sun, OK?) this is big deal.

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Wayne Zurl
Congratulations and good luck, Kaye. Sell a million.
Friday, 21 July 2017 07:51
Kaye George
Thanks, Wayne. From your fingertips to the buyer's pocketbooks.
Friday, 21 July 2017 11:24
Kaye George
I mean the buyers' pocketbooks! I hope there's more than one. ... Read More
Friday, 21 July 2017 12:18
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My Home in Montague, MI – A Very Special Place

On Saturday or Sunday afternoons my father would often want to take a little ride.  We would pile in the car and off we would go to places unknown.  I say unknown because it was always my father’s desire to find a two-track road that we had never been on before.  Our 1935 Ford would take us through the very bumpy dirt roads, the winding roads and sometimes to dead-end roads.  When dad came upon an old vacated house he would stop and we would take the tour. As we were walking through these old homes, I can still remember my dad saying, “If only these walls could talk.  Wouldn’t they tell a story?”

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The Letter

My brother Jim joined the Air Force in 1955 with two of his high school friends.  Jim was called upon to study and complete a course in Serbo-Croatian language at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. As he could not explain what his mission was to be, we had no idea what he was doing or the danger that it entailed.

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Gale Frances
Wow! We may never understand why things happen the way they do, but one thing for certain is that God is in control of all things!... Read More
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:43
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A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl

This piece was destined for a contest that required everyone to begin their story with the line, “Have we met before?” I got that far, but drastically exceeded the word limit. So here we are. I gave the detective/hero of this saga the name Ian MacDonald because I wanted it ending with him getting the girl. And it would have been inappropriate for the long time married Sam Jenkins to do that.

A Too Perfect Crime
By Wayne Zurl
2011

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Cheryl Peyton
First, I love the title. Goes well with your Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe-style slick plot and spare dialogue. As usual, you have a su... Read More
Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:34
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Proud to be an American

Almost every day I put our American flag out at dawn and take it down at dusk. I often think of my dad and our neighbor Mr. Ford.  I was very young when I first noticed Mr. Ford, early in the morning, raising the American flag on his tall flagpole.  I watched as he pulled that flag higher and higher until it was waving high in the sky.  He secured it tight and then stood back and saluted. At dusk I would see him go outside, and slowly lower the flag, fold it neatly and go inside.  I remember asking my dad why Mr. Ford did this every day, weather permitting.  

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That's an amazing story about your dad, Adele. As usual, he had his wits about him and knew just what to do. BTW, I never heard ab... Read More
Sunday, 28 May 2017 22:44
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More Eclipse Teasers by Kaye George

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The place I first heard of the upcoming total solar eclipse (coming closer every day!) was on Earth and Sky. http://earthsky.org/ In fact, I subscribe to their posts and get them every day. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen me repost some of their things. I’ve always been fascinated by what’s up there in the sky—and by what’s down here on the earth.

 

The 24 authors who contributed to DAY OF THE DARK, our short story anthology of eclipse-based stories, decided to give some of the proceeds to charity. Guess what I chose? You’re right, Earth and Sky! Two others chose that, too. We’re a varied group, so we have a lot of different interests. Here are the charities that will benefit from our sales:

 

I like to say that these donations are going to these great causes in the spirit of light and life: Earth and Sky, Petconnect Rescue, Natural Resources Defense Council, Science Center in Finland, DonorsChoose.org, Friends of Goldendale Observatory, Friends of the Earth, Morehead Planetarium, Texas Museum of Science and Techonology, DAPCEP.org for STEM education for future astronomers and scientists in Detroit, and personal friends in need. 

 

Here are teasers for 4 more stories, coming out July 21st, a month before the total solar eclipse in North America, from Wildside Press.

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Cheryl Peyton
Love the cover. The touch of red makes it pop even more. I'll mark July 21 on my calendar for the first Eclipse.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 22:33
Kaye George
Thank you!
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 22:42
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A WALK WITH MOTHER

One activity that I enjoyed with my mother was to take evening walks. It was a time for me to tell her about my accomplishments and disappointments. It was a type of therapy for me and I believe it was for my mother also. She didn’t work outside of the home, and didn’t drive a car, so ‘getting out’ was something I believe she looked forward to.

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Kaye George
What a great story! Thanks.
Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:45
Cheryl Peyton
Well done, Adele! You had me going all the way through and I laughed out loud at the end. What a nice memory for Mother's Day. Tha... Read More
Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:07
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