"More guns equaling more safety is a slippery slope,
and what makes it so is human blood."
"Are gun retailers essential? Some question whether gun shops can be shut down." That was the headline news in the Dallas Morning News on March 25, 2020. Never in a million years would I guess that I would read headline news begging the question: "Are gun retailers essential?" With so many states deciding whether or not the practice of real estate is or is not essential, isn't it interesting that "since COVID-19 began spreading in the United States, sales of ammunition in Texas surged by over 800%, according to a report by online retailer Ammo.com."
I guess you could argue there are two sides of the coin: To quote Lyndon B. Johnson, native born Texan from Stonewall, "The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure." But on the other side of the coin, you have others who may agree with Henry Rollins: "Guns are part of the American identity." Regardless of what your personal opinion is, the truth of the matter is "the coronavirus pandemic has prompted people in North Texas to buy guns or stock up on ammunition."
In the meantime, other Business Headlines include, "More than 800,000 Texans are trying to apply for unemployment benefits and the Texas Workforce Commission is hiring. So what takes precedence in today's world? Is it guns? Money? or Housing? It was reported that "home showings are down as much as 60% in North Texas.
Perhaps, it's none of the above. Could the top of the list be toilet paper? Or is it faith? Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, Theologian, Physicist, inventor and writer, born in 1623 and died in 1623 invented an early version of a calculator and a roulette machine. Life is all about the numbers and sometimes a gamble. In all life there are risks. To quote Blaise Pascal, "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't."
During these difficult and unusual times, someone you might want to know is Eva Forde, an expert in personal development and coaching people in business. She is the author of "How NOT to practice Social Work: Saving Good People From Bad Practice One Step at a Time. Eva presented 15 "Essential Life Truths You Need to Live By." Below are five for you to sample and ponder:
1) Know that the sun is always shining behind the clouds.
2) There is freedom in learning to be flexible in life.
3) Each day is precious. Cherish the time you have.
4) Do what you can to take care of your body.
5) Stay curious and you'll never be bored a day in your life.
If you could erase your past, could you? Would you?
As long as you have breath, you have a second chance.