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Re: It\'s OK Ozarkjeep, we\'re fine.

Well, growing up in Wyoming - I shot my first gun with my dad in 1st grade - and I knew the "LAWS" of gun safety and safe handling by that time. By the time I turned 12, I was trusted by the family to own and carry my gun, unsupervised, out into the field or up in the forest to shoot whatever animal was in season and bring it home for dinner. We had loaded guns in the house (what good are they unloaded?) where I could touch them - but I knew better, because I knew dad would have beat my butt until my butt cheeks fell right off my body if I even though about it - let alone taking it to shool and shooting up my classmates! I never once considered it "abuse" when he whipped the fire out of me when I screwed up either! I knew my dad loved me more than life itself, but I knew better than to not do what I was told, cross him, talk back to him, lie to him, or do anything that may have appeared to be wrong against another person - ESPECIALLY MY MOTHER OR ANY OTHER FEMALE!!!! One of the most memorable moments was when my Dad and my youngest half-brother (13yrs older than myself) sat me down and told me that they would love my and would fight to the death for me no matter what I decided to do in life. But if I ever became queer, they would hunt me down and kill me very slowly!!! I had no clue at the time what the heck they were talking about, but I could see in their eyes that they were serious - and remembered it when I first learned about queers. My dad died when I was 10, and my mom died when I was about 12 1/2. I have been on my own since I graduated high school and went to college at age 17. Yet I never did drugs, drank alcohol, been in trouble with the law, and I was even a virgin until I got married. I'm not bragging - I am making a point and stating a fact; I knew the difference between right and wrong, and I didn't learn if from the government, from school, or from my friends. I learned it at home as it was modeled to me by may parents, and I was disciplined at home when I didn't do what was expected of me. Personally, I think this is what is wrong with society today - and not our lack of funding of social programs, lack of funding of our schools, etc, etc, etc, etc. Somehow, we need to re-establish the family, and proper family function. I hurt for those who come from a bad family - I work with many of them every day in the Corps and can see what they are dealing with today because of it. I am now thankful for every whipping I ever got!
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