Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Really Strange Stories of Young and Old

Now, in no way am I going to say that either of these stories is funny-ha-ha, but they are funny-ironic. While we normally get to read stories about young men behaving badly with handguns, these take us out of the realm of the young men.

First, for the young woman (instead of a young man).

Honors Student Allegedly Pistol-whips Mom to Get Sports Car

Mother tells deputies her daughter was accepted to several Ivy League colleges



Fort Myers, FL


FORT MYERS, Fla. — An honors student is accused of using a stolen gun to pistol-whip, then threaten her mother in order to get a sports car, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office reports.

On Thursday, March 24, 17-year-old Rachel Hachero called her mother from a car dealership and asked her to co-sign a loan for a vehicle. When Rachel's mother Linda Hachero refused, Rachel threatened to kill her, reports said.

Around 7 p.m. Rachel arrived to their Mossy Glen Drive home and confronted her mother with a 9 mm. She struck her mom in the head with the gun, reports said.

Then, Rachel pointed the gun at Linda's head and told her they were going to the car dealership and demanded her mother co-sign for the car, reports said.

Rachel and her mother went to Sutherlin Nissan, where her mother signed for the car. Rachel left in the 2004 black Nissan 350Z, reports said.

After contacting deputies and reporting the incident the following day, Linda told deputies she didn't want to prosecute her daughter because she is an honors student who has been accepted to several Ivy League colleges on scholarships, reports said.

Despite signing a waiver of prosecution, the deputy said there was probable cause to arrest Rachel for aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, one count of battery touch or strike and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18.

A check of the gun's serial number revealed it was stolen from a Lee County Port Authority Law Enforcement officer in early July 2010.



As for that story, I have to come up with three questions: 1-What kind of honor is there in taking a stolen gun, hitting your mother, and forcing her to co-sign a loan? 2 – What happen to Mom’s paddle?  3 – Why a USED car?


OK, now for the story for the older generation:

Cops say Wife Got in Parting Shot Before Killing

By O’Ryan Johnson

Tuesday, March 29, 2011



Photo by Nancy Lane

With her final words before she was fatally shot, Elaine McCall needled her husband for missing with his first shot yesterday morning inside their Wakefield home, police said.

“ ‘You can’t even shoot,’ ” she said, according to her husband David McCall’s reported statements to police.

The 72-year-old husband was charged with murder after hitting his wife with the second shot from the top of the stairs, police said. His 69-year-old wife’s body crumpled to the floor near the front door, shot in the chest, police said. David McCall walked to the kitchen, called 911, and then tried to shoot himself, according to police, but he missed again, grazing his chest through his sweatshirt.

“The Glock is on the floor,” he told cops when they arrived, according to the report. “I shot my wife,” he told police.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone told reporters that when McCall dialed 911 he told a dispatcher there had been a “murder-suicide.”

“Apparently, he didn’t make good on the suicide,” Leone said.

McCall was held without bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation after he was arraigned on first-degree murder and discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, according to court documents.

It took Middlesex County Sheriff’s deputies several minutes to walk the frail McCall from the courthouse door and seat him in a prisoner van that would take him to jail. During the walk, reporters asked McCall if he had anything to say.

“No comment,” he shouted hoarsely. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Leone said there was no history of police calls to the home, though police said McCall told them he and his wife had fought for years. He told police that yesterday morning’s fatal dispute started when she told him she would not “cook or take care of him anymore.”

When police found McCall he was sitting at the kitchen table of their yellow, two-story Lowell Street home, police said. The walker he used to get around was in front of him. The alleged murder weapon was on the floor beside him, with a loaded clip beside it and a spent shell nearby.

Elaine McCall still had a pulse and was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Neighbors said the couple had lived there for decades, described them as “quiet,” and said they “kept to themselves.” County records indicate the McCalls had a reverse mortgage on their home, valued at $532,000 in 2008, the same year a lien was placed on it for an $800 unpaid water bill.



This guy missed his wife on the first try and then missed himself on the suicide attempt. Around our house, this wouldn’t happen. Whether it was Jo or me doing the shooting, our aim is too good.

Should anyone have misgivings about individuals owning weapons, keep these two things in mind.

1. Outlaws will have guns, even if they are outlawed. I imagine that about every criminal that is carrying a gun is carrying it illegally.

2. The news media SELDOM EVER reports the stories where a law-abiding individual with a concealed carry permit uses their weapons to prevent or stop crimes.

Just as a third point, yep, Jo and I both own weapons and know how and when to use them.

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