Birthday present

Last night my son and his family came over for my birthday supper. Deborah brought a beautiful chocolate cake, some of which I enjoyed for this morning’s breakfast.

Joel selected a gun for my birthday present. It is a BSA Lee Enfield .303 British, which has been sporterised, so some of the original wood has been removed. It is enough gun to bring down a moose, but first I want to get my deer, which I probably won’t be able to do this year due to the chapters I must get written.

Here is a picture of my rifle.

Gun deaths make a big splash in our media, and they are tragic.

But let’s keep them in perspective.

In 2015, according to the NHTSA, there were 35,092 traffic deaths in the USA. Of these 10,265 involved alcohol or drugs. So before banning guns, we had better think about beer, wine, and marijuana.

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