Sad that this has happened since such a tragic event but I believe a lot of factors are playing into this whether accidental or intentional. Sincere Smith age two found his father’s gun on the living room table in Conway, S.C. It only took him a second to perish when he pulled the trigger putting a single bullet through his chest and out his back. The father had turned away to call Sincere’s mother who was visiting a friend. The father scooped him up and rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. Now all they have is memories from that Christmas morning to remember the happy boy by. Two weeks earlier, the father had bought the .38 caliber handgun to protect his family from another potential break in. He has no answer for the national gun debate, but he wants that second back. The father Rondell Smith has had deep regret since the incident and has considered taking his own life. The saddest part of the story is the little boy died alone as police interrogated the father eventually charging him with involuntary manslaughter which his court date is set for Feb. 8. There were 28 other shootings across the U.S. on Christmas including a soldier shot in his barracks in Alaska, a man murdered in a parking lot of a bar in Orrville, Alaska, a 23 year old shot at a party in Phoenix, a L.A. County Sheriff’s employee was killed in a drive by and a 2o year old man in Louisville, Kentucky was shot after walking his sister home. The last one had posted a message on his Facebook for all his friends and former classmates that had been gunned down that day. A 10 year old in Memphis, Tennessee was fatally wounded when his brother’s gun fell off the bed the boy was jumping on and discharged when the 12 year old brother picked it up. The older brother has purchased the gun after being bullied at school. There were 41 homicides or accidental gun deaths on New Year’s Eve and 54 people died of bullet wounds on New Year’s Day. The Huffington Post traced homicides and accidents through the US since the Sandy Hook Massacre on Dec. 14. There were 100 deaths the first week after the shooting and seven weeks after there were 1,280 gunshot homicides and accidental deaths. Including police involved shootings, the total gun violence tally adds up to 1,475 shooting incidents according to Slate. The list of death, destruction and heart break for family, friends and a nation continues. When will it stop? We as a nation have the power to stop such violence from continuing but when will we unite as one voice to stop this. It is our choice not the governments or special interest…IT IS OUR VOICE THAT WILL BE HEARD. Please read the whole article to find out about the many others that have perished due to the inaction by our government and raise your voice and speak for those who have been silenced by the violence whether accidental or intentional. We all have children, grandmothers, friends, aunts, uncles, etc. Now is the time for action not for silence.
This is a very troubling situation that happens more often than people think. Drug trafficking is a billion dollar industry with a lot to lose all around especially for drug smugglers whether voluntary or forced. In Bali, Indonesia a British grandmother, Lindsay Jun Sandiford 56, was sentenced to death by the court for smuggling $2.5 million in cocaine in her suitcase to a Bali island resort. The prosecution was only asking for 15 years not death. She had claimed in court the act was forced upon her because a gang threatened to hurt her children. More than 40 foreigners are currently on death row in Indonesia mostly for drug charges. Sandiford’s lawyer will appeal the case and the process could take years. So far, two other British citizens, and an Indian have been sentenced already in connection with the bust, while her so called accomplice awaits a verdict expected out Tuesday. The Bristish Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said on Wednesday the government strongly disagrees with the verdict and has offered assistance to the Sandiford family. In the verdict, a panel of Denpasar District Court judges determined that Sandiford damages the reputation n of Bali’s tourism and weakened the government’s drug prevention program. Sounds like they are making her an example to other foreigners not serving justice, but their own egos. The president has given clemency to only four drug offenders on death row and the most recent still remains in prison.
I commend this mom for teaching them the value of community and staying grounded. Since 1998, 53 year old Chinese real estate mogul Yu Youzhen wakes up everyday at 3 am to sweep the roadway for $228 month. Why does she do it you ask? To set a good example for her kids. Not too many millionaires would be willing to do this unless court ordered. “I want to be a role model for my son and daughter. I don’t want to sit around idly and eat away my fortune,” Yu told local newspaper Wuhan Evening News, according to the SCMP. Yu refuses to give up her contract job because she believes that “Work is not just about the salary, it makes one focused,” Yu told the Wuhan Evening News, according to the Telegraph. “Laziness gives rise to all sorts of bad habits.” Don’t worry though her two kids have salary jobs, but she has given them an ultimatum that she will relinquish her real estate to the government, if her children don’t continue to work, local media note. Kudos to this mom for setting a good example for all kids everywhere. More parents should take a page out her book you might be surprised at the result.
Sorry to bring this one up and I apologize for straight men like this who are so misinformed and stuck in the dark ages that I am embarrassed for him. Shout to my LGBTs out there love y’all and I am straight just to keep it straight. I think is sad in any country for anyone with any sway whether political, media, or entertainment to make such hateful comments when it is really no ones business but your own to make your own decision about your life. Freedom of speech in the U.S. I think is used and abused all the time and here is one of those times. If I hear one more person say that marriage is between a man and a woman, I will go crazy because again people that is not my business what you do. By the way side note, what happened to separation of church and state? Anywho, before i get too much more off topic Limbaugh the attention whore that he is stated that there is a movement to “normalize” pedophilia, a movement he says is similar to society’s “normalization” of same-sex marriage.
How can you compare the two and as far as I am concerned the two are very different subject with nothing in common. Limbaugh is oppose to gay marriage as he says Obama has waged war on traditional marriage. The comment was sparked because of a recent article in the Guardian discussing various lines of research on the brains of pedophiles. “There is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality,” writes John Henley of the Guardian. Henley cites one researcher who says society may be wrong about the classification of pedophiles, but notes many who are against any such reclassification.
However, Limbaugh claimed such a discussion points to a “movement to normalize pedophilia” and likened such “normalization” to the recent progress that same-sex marriage has made in the U.S.
I thought this deserved an honorable mention today. A woman eating at a Red Robin was pleasantly surprised along with her husband and two year old to find the manager had comped her meal plus left her this nice note on her receipt. These are the act of random kindness I like to do and talk about because he might not of changed the world but he did make someone’s day a little better. Let it inspire you to help out your fellow man. Read more about it above and tell me what you think.
As the children of Sandy Hook Elementary return to school and some sense of normalcy, the president still remembers that day as the worst day of his presidency. The photo above was release by White House photographer Pete Souza’s which shows Obama being briefed on the shooting by his chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan. December 14 for the president marks the worst day of his presidency but for all of it marks the worse day for America.
Okay parents and relatives who are buying gifts anytime of year and they are refurbished, make sure the device doesn’t have anything from the previous owner like racy photos. This poor dad and son got the shock of their lives when they turned on the boy’s gift to find racy photos from the previous owner. That boy will be traumatized for a while and the dad has a lot of explaining. Oh GameStop’s corporate branch said about the incident that sometimes things slip through the cracks. That is a mighty big crack.