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Saturday, January 26, 2013


For the best effect, please be sure and watch this video recording of a news report from KTXL-TV Channel 40 in "FULL SCREEN" mode.

I'm grateful to William Brock Townsend at the FREE NORTH CAROLINA web site for bringing this to my attention.

This video recording of a KTXL-TV Channel 40 news broadcast of comments by Sandy Sheedy, a former member of the Sacramento, California City Council, representing District Two, was posted at the YOU TUBE web site on 06 August 2010 by J. J. Kessel.

Actually, the lady happens to be quite CORRECT in her statement, as any experienced firearms instructor and/or afficianado will readily confirm.

For proof, here is an excerpt from one of my favorite authors, MARK TWAIN, in his 1882 essay, "ADVICE TO YOUTH" - - - :

"Never handle firearms carelessly. The sorrow and suffering that have been caused through the innocent but heedless handling of firearms by the young! Only four days ago, right in the next farm house to the one where I am spending the summer, a grandmother, old and gray and sweet, one of the loveliest spirits in the land, was sitting at her work, when her young grandson crept in and got down an old, battered, rusty gun which had not been touched for many years and was supposed not to be loaded, and pointed it at her, laughing and threatening to shoot. In her fright she ran screaming and pleading toward the door on the other side of the room; but as she passed him he placed the gun almost against her very breast and pulled the trigger! He had supposed it was not loaded. And he was right -- it wasn’t. So there wasn’t any harm done. It is the only case of that kind I ever heard of. Therefore, just the same, don’t you meddle with old unloaded firearms; they are the most deadly and unerring hings that have ever been created by man. You don’t have to take any pains at all with them; you don’t have to have a rest, you don’t have to have any sights on the gun, you don’t have to take aim, even. No, you just pick out a relative and bang away, and you are sure to get him. A youth who can’t hit a cathedral at thirty yards with a Gatling gun in three quarters of an hour, can take up an old empty musket and bag his grandmother every time, at a hundred. Think what Waterloo would have been if one of the armies had been boys armed with old muskets supposed not to be loaded, and the other army had been composed of their female relations. The very thought of it makes one shudder."

, i.e., "MARK TWAIN" (1835 - 1910)

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