Run like a deer, like a rabbit…

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GUN 2013

Chapter 12


Do I actually tumble down the stairs?  No.  I scuttle like a bug.  The soles of my hiking shoes barely touch the edge of each corrugated metal step at the backside of the inn.  Now I’m on the ground & down the alley & around the corner.  Why didn’t I go out the front?  Why ain’t I perfect?  And why has my left leg gone lame?  Why are my knees cracking?  Why am I not having a heart attack instead of running like a deer, like a rabbit?

Run run.

I run by the poor kid layed-out on the sidewalk, 3 or 4 folks gathered around him, one kneeling checking the little guy’s lack of pulse, the crying little girl standing there with a derringer in her hand.  The reality of the minature 22-caliber gun not being a toy ~ hammers her sweet little face as the tears waterfall into a lake at her feet.  She just killed her brother with a gun that a clown gave her.

I’m running down the cross-street because I saw a flash of that clown turn down an alley.  He is red white & blue aflutter ~ big red & blue spots on white with gold ruffles, goofy face, frizzy hair, a red ball stuck on the end of his nose.  This little red ball came undone, is bouncing on the sidewalk.  I kick it into the traffic as I pass ~ old horn-dog style now ~ so swiftly do I pass.

When I reach the alley down which the not-so-funny rainbow disappeared, I’m totally out of breath.  I slow down.  I turn the corner into the alley casually & in no hurry.  I am on a sight-seeing stroll.  I am a humming tourist.

There he is ~ way up the narrow back-way ~ crossing Gurley Street.  Now he is behind Whiskey Row.  He is on the move at a brisk pace.  And now, baby, now, so am I.


In the blink of of a lizard’s eye, he is on one knee facing me with what looks like an assault rifle & scope raised & ready to fire.

I go squat behind a trash bin & pretend like I’m taking a crap.  A fashionably dressed man & woman on a fancy date stroll by.  They’re laughing.  I straighten up and peer over the bin.

My prey is gone.  I forgot to mention the clown was toting a laundry-like cloth bag ~ I presume full of goodies.  That must be from where he pulled out what I presume was a deadly weapon aimed at my head.  I presume it was not a toy…

~ by Rawclyde!



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Fading away on the balcony…



GUN 2013

Chapter 11


“The common sense gun regulation bill got buffaloed in the senate.”

“You mean the gun control bill?”

“No.  I mean the common sense gun regulation bill.  ‘Gun control’ doesn’t sound right to me.  I don’t use the term.”

“All the people I’ve talked to around here say Obama wants to disarm them of their firearms.”

“That’s the NRA lying to the gullibles.  Our Commander In Chief doesn’t like little Americans in their elementary school getting their brains splattered all over the walls by an over-armed maniac.”

“What do you propose?”

“Well, with the gun bill defeated in the senate, I propose intelligent voting by American citizens in 2014.”

Submissivania laughs.

“Hey, if the American people refuse to be buffaloed,” I say, “This gun legislation can still get through!”

Submissivania laughs again ~ bitterly ~ and shrugs.

The Earth’s aura is thick with mystery and so is my head.  The town is a mother lode of human spirit.  The American motorist rules.  Benches are prevalent downtown, never the less, for weary pedestrians ~ a generous gesture by the city mothers and fathers to the tourists, and to people like me.  A chilly wind is knocking about.  But the sun is arising.  And Thumb Butte keeps winking at the White House’s two favorite secret agents perched on a third-floor balcony above Cortez Street in Prescott,  Arizona.

By n’ by a feller come outta the hall door behind us & lean on the rail to the other side of alluring Submissivania.  It doesn’t take long for her to divert her attention in his direction.  He is younger, more outgoing, more stupid than me.  I cannot comprehend why Submissivania’s alarming shoulder is bumping him now instead of yours truly ~ except I suppose he’s one of the boys that has been in & out of her room in the wee hours of the night since my secret-agent partner & myself have been rooming here.  That’s how it’s been at the Downtown Prescott Inn.

I don’t know what they’re talking about.  It doesn’t make sense to me.  They’re yammering on & on about balance & awareness & loping & rearing up & eating grass along the trail.  His hand fondles her knee and that too submissively swings in his direction.  In fact, my fair lady eventually swirls around, leans her back against the balcony.  Pretty soon they might as well be slow dancing & I might as well be Perry Como singing Moon River specially for them to enhance their romantic inclinations.

My happy face has faded entirely away.  My new mood is becoming pretty transparent.  But they don’t notice.  Or care.  I might just as well be a ghost.

As I’m deciding how to sneak away from there, my favorite duet leaves instead.  I think they say something about riding horses before they go.  They’re gone without any good-byes to the old grey ghost who has been fading away on the balcony.

So now what?  Am I going to go to the gym across the street or the public library up the hill?  Will I hit the church for free grub or the ornery mother goddess for free coffee?  How ’bout the community college library?  I could go there.  Or I could visit a friend.  I happen to have had at least 3 years of familiarity with this place, Prescott, before I returned two months ago accompanied by Submissivania ~ and the day is actually becoming more and more beautiful.

I’m about to turn & head out when something catches my attention on the sidewalk across the street.  What’s a clown doing down there?  A man in a colorful Bozo costume just handed a little kid a small gift-wrapped package.   The clown just handed another kid another one.  That’s nice.  The little boy and girl run down the sidewalk tearing open their free whatevers.  There’s a loud bang.  And the boy drops ~ drops dead?

I turn, run down the hall, tumble down the stairs, to investigate…

~ by Rawclyde!


Artwork by Quintero:


Another gun-fighter speech by President Obama…

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The President’s Afterword

on the defeat of the common-sense gun regulation bill in the U.S. Senate

April 17, 2013


A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies — including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers –- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.

Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders –- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.

By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness. Ninety percent of Americans support that idea. Most Americans think that’s already the law.

And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate just voted for that idea. But it’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea.

A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.

I’m going to speak plainly and honestly about what’s happened here because the American people are trying to figure out how can something have 90 percent support and yet not happen. We had a Democrat and a Republican -– both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our Second Amendment, with “A” grades from the NRA — come together and worked together to write a common-sense compromise on background checks. And I want to thank Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their courage in doing that. That was not easy given their traditional strong support for Second Amendment rights.

As they said, nobody could honestly claim that the package they put together infringed on our Second Amendment rights. All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet. So 60 percent of guns are already purchased through a background check system; this would have covered a lot of the guns that are currently outside that system.

Their legislation showed respect for gun owners, and it showed respect for the victims of gun violence. And Gabby Giffords, by the way, is both — she’s a gun owner and a victim of gun violence. She is a Westerner and a moderate. And she supports these background checks.

In fact, even the NRA used to support expanded background checks. The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks. So while this compromise didn’t contain everything I wanted or everything that these families wanted, it did represent progress. It represented moderation and common sense. That’s why 90 percent of the American people supported it.

But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn’t matter.

And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators. And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they’re all good people. I know all of them were shocked by tragedies like Newtown. And I also understand that they come from states that are strongly pro-gun. And I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.

But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.

And obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too. And so they caved to the pressure, and they started looking for an excuse — any excuse — to vote “no.”

One common argument I heard was that this legislation wouldn’t prevent all future massacres. And that’s true. As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil. We learned that tragically just two days ago. But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand — if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try.

And this legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs.

I’ve heard some say that blocking this step would be a victory. And my question is, a victory for who? A victory for what? All that happened today was the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check. That didn’t make our kids safer. Victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of Republicans, the vast majority of your constituents wanted to get done? It begs the question, who are we here to represent?

I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. “A prop,” somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?

So all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.

But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities. We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job. We’re going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools.

But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.

To all the people who supported this legislation — law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are — you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.

To the wide majority of NRA households who supported this legislation, you need to let your leadership and lobbyists in Washington know they didn’t represent your views on this one.

The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe. Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they’re better organized. They’re better financed. They’ve been at it longer. And they make sure to stay focused on this one issue during election time. And that’s the reason why you can’t have something that 90 percent of Americans support and you can’t get it through the Senate or the House of Representatives.

So to change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you’ve got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength, and it requires persistence.

And that’s the one thing that these families should have inspired in all of us. I still don’t know how they have been able to muster up the strength to do what they’ve been doing over the last several weeks, last several months.

And I see this as just round one. When Newtown happened, I met with these families and I spoke to the community, and I said, something must be different right now. We’re going to have to change. That’s what the whole country said. Everybody talked about how we were going to change something to make sure this didn’t happen again, just like everybody talked about how we needed to do something after Aurora. Everybody talked about we needed to change something after Tucson.

And I’m assuming that the emotions that we’ve all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we’ve all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago — the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who’ve lost a loved one to gun violence — I’m assuming that’s not a temporary thing. I’m assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words.

I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.


Photo: “Duel at Diablo” 1966


Reply to Sen. Jeff Flake (R.AZ)…



Hello Senator Jeff Flake ~

In a reply to an e-mail I sent you in regard to gun law, you educated me on S. 480, the NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013.  Thank you.  S. 480 sounds like good gun legislation indeed.  However, I wonder, is it enough?

You & I & most everybody support the 2nd Amendment.  But part of this amendment entails “a well-regulated militia.”  Are we “well regulated” enough when a string of senseless mass murders finally culminates in 20 children & their teachers getting slaughtered in their school by an over-armed citizen?  Six-year-old children, 20 of them & their young attractive woman educaters are too many heart-throbs killed, Senator.  This cannot be tolerated.  Your electoral base, I believe, might be shrinking here.

I, being neither Republican or Democrat but an independent voter, would like to risk a suggestion that you and your fellow Republican senators reach across the aisle & help the Democrats tidy-up their own efforts at common-sense gun regulation ~ and regulate firearms just as severely as privately-owned motor vehicles are regulated via licensing, registration & insurance.  I am afraid you will be hounded until a clampdown like this occurs in regards to the ownership & bearing of firearms.

When the Newtown disaster occurred, I was a winter guest in the home of a married couple, one of whom, the wife, is a first-grade teacher.  This is probably why I have thought so much about Congress’s recent gun-law efforts.  She was pretty wild in her day, but now, as a public-school teacher of lst graders, she works entirely too hard to not have in her domain of labor the back-up of adequate gun regulation & safety.

Thank you, sir, for taking the time to consider my thoughts on this matter.

Respectfully yours ~




Photo: Tim McCoy & Bannock Indians 1922


Reply from Sen. Jeff Flake (R.AZ)


E-mail April 9, 2013

Dear Rawclyde!

Thank you for contacting me about gun control legislation.

In the wake of the tragic December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been a surge in the introduction of congressional legislation attempting to address gun violence. A ban on assault weapons, restrictions on ammunition and magazines, and increased background check requirements have all been proposed.

As you may know, I support the Second Amendment, and I do not believe our society needs more laws restricting gun ownership. What we really need is to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, while ensuring that those who break existing laws are fully prosecuted.

To that end, I do not support universal background checks, which would be extremely costly, create further delays for those eligible to buy guns, and apply to private transfers between family members, friends, neighbors, and even firearms passed down through wills. I do support making the existing background check system more effective in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. For example, many states and federal agencies are not providing the required disqualifying records of individuals barred from buying guns to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which checks the names and records of would-be gun buyers to determine if they may possess a firearm. For this reason, I am an original cosponsor of S. 480, the NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013, which would require states and federal agencies to report individuals  involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, those incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case, and those found not guilty by reason of insanity – among others.  NICS. S. 480 was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on March 6, 2013. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where it is awaiting further action.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at


Jeff Flake

United States Senator


Photo:  Kelo Henderson “Pyramid of the Sun God” 1965


Pvt. Donald Duty & Tom Paine’s Ghost

Tripler Insignia

by Clyde Collins


bi-weekly post newspaper

Tripler Army Medical Center Hawaii



     Pvt. 2 Donald Duty, inspiration specialist, Poetics Lab, was about to compose a patriotic piece to commemorate July 4, 1776, the birthday of the United States of America.

     He carefully placed a library book about the American Revolution inside the Historical Incidentals Incubator, adjusted the temperature, humidity and oxygen, sat back to see what the sophisticated piece of equipment could come up with…


     The incubator blew up.  Out of it stalked the ghost of Tom Paine, ranting and raving and exuding acrid smoke.  Not exactly what Duty expected.

     Tom Paine (1737-1809) was the author of “Common Sense” and the “American Crisis Papers,” two poignant pieces of literature that played no small role in convincing many a first American patriot to pick up his weapon and fight for freedom.  Now the author’s ghost was pacing about the lab and his tongue was on fire.

     “America’s setting out in life, like the rising of a fair morning, was unclouded and promising,” quoth the ghost glaring at Duty.  “Her cause was good.  Her principles just and liberal.  It is not every country (perhaps there is not another in the world) that can boast so fair an origin.”

     Duty, awe struck, noticed that the feet of the ghost trudging around in a bluster were not touching the floor…


     “Rome, once the proud mistress of the universe, was originally a band of ruffians,” continued the spirit of Paine.  “Plunder and rapine made her rich, and her oppression of millions made her great.  But America, ah America, need never be ashamed to tell of her own birth.”

     A semi-transparent finger pointed at Duty.  “Let but a nation conceive rightly of its character, and it will be chastely just in protecting it.  None ever began with a fairer character than America, and none but Americans can be under a greater obligation to preserve it.”

     “But, but,” said Duty.

     “But nothing!” fumed the ghost of Tom Paine.  “You have a challenge today, just as we, the first American patriots, had a challenge yesterday.  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.  Yet we have this consolation with us that, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”

     The smokey phantom changed his tune and winked.  “Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

     Dazzled, Duty automatically nodded.

     Finished, Paine’s ghost stalked through the wall, circled over TAMC and rode away on a cloud.

     The young inspiration specialist picked up his pen, aimed it at a piece of paper.  He was writing furiously when his NCOIC walked into the lab, sniffed the air and scowled, “What happened to the historical incidentals incubator, private?”


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Art Work:

Baby Ghost of Paine

Ghost of Paine Under A Top Hat

Thru The Wall Paine


Common Sense & The 2nd Amendment




When he who was socially ill picked-up an assault weapon & killed twenty children in an elementary school, the right to bare firearms came into conflict with the right to life & the pursuit of happiness in the United States.

This happened in Connecticut & now, four months later, that state has the strictest gun laws in the nation.  Connecticut’s consequential legislative action in regards to the massacre of its school children is an enactment of that part of the 2nd Amendment about a “well regulated militia.”  A well regulated militia is the purpose of the right to bare firearms, according to the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others have expanded the meaning of this amendment in good & bad ways.  However, these folks must realize, when twenty 6-year-old citizens are massacred by one of our less responsible gun-toting citizens, compromises are going to have to be made.  One of the compromises that must be worked-out is a wee bit more gun regulation ~ enforced gun regulation.  If certain senators and representatives in Washington D.C. do not yield to this common sense ~ let’s get rid of them.  Let’s vote them into oblivion no later than 2014.

~ Rawclyde!


Photo:  Tom Paine


The Crucifixion of Lady Liberty

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The 14 Republican Senators who propose to filibuster (block)

a vote on popular gun legislation in the U.S. Senate:


Rand Paul (Kentucky)

Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)

Ted Cruz (Texas)

Mike Lee (Utah)

James Inhofe (Oklahoma)

Richard Burr (North Carolina)

Mike Enzi (Wyoming)

Marco Rubio (Florida)

Jerry Moran (Kansas)

Pat Roberts (Kansas)

Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)

Dan Coats (Indiana)

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

James Risch (Idaho)


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Will GOP block common-sense gun law?

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condensed from a Washington Post story by Chris Cillizza


April 8, 2013


If a couple of senators can’t come to a deal on expanded gun-sale background checks sometime in the next few days, President Barack Obama’s gun legislation is headed toward a filibuster led by some of the U.S. Senate’s most conservative members.

Over the weekend, Arizona Sen. John McCain warned against the idea of a filibuster, which has been floated by the likes of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, among others.  “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand,” McCain said. “What are we afraid of?”

Expanded background checks have the support of roughly nine in ten Americans – a sort of no-brainer issue that typically guarantees congressional action of some sort.

If via a Republican filibuster an up or down vote isn’t allowed, all a sudden Republicans become the party defined by their use of a Senate rule to shut down a bill that, at least in its component parts, a large majority of Americans favor.

For a party who is commonly regarded as “inflexible” and “unwilling to compromise” being seen as the side that ended gun-law enhancements without even a vote further adds to a very negative perception of the GOP…


Old Timer’s side of the debate exemplified by My Key Strokes:


A gun to own with pride ~ compliments of Sarah On The Go:


Too much waiting…



GUN 2013

Chapter 10


Neither one of us know what our mission entails.  Our one order ~ go to Prescott AZ ~ has been realized.  We are in that town now.  We are in Prescott waiting waiting waiting for more orders.

We lean forever on the 3rd-floor balcony rail.  Submissivania’s short skirt slips higher up her smooth thigh when she puts forward one foot.  Says she, “How much longer must we wait?”

I slowly shake my head.  “I don’t know.”

“Not a clue?”

“Just the same old hunch ~ that it has something to do with ~ with gun law.”

Submissivania slowly shakes her head & sighs, “Washington D.C.”

I oh so slowly nod ~ and say nothing more.

We raise our cups at the same time, sip our coffee.  These cups from the lobby downstairs are made of plain white styrofoam.  We lower our cups ~ at the same time again.  Submissivania bumps my shoulder with her shoulder, on purpose I am sure, which spills my coffee, a little bit of it.  We both look down to see the splash on Cortez Street ~ 3-stories below ~ but we see nothing ~ nothing but people strolling by…

~ Rawclyde!