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Gun Control Gone Hay Wire Around the World

Make sure you REALLY look at the photo below.  Based on the interviews I have done about the Soviet Union with older Ukrainians and the stories I have received from my students in Kazakhstan, the following rings true.  If there is “gun control” put in place in the U.S., the crazies and evil people will still find guns to use against innocent people. With no guns, they will not be able to defend themselves.  Interesting facts to consider:

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are ‘citizens’. Without them, we are ‘subjects’.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
IT’S A NO BRAINER!
DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!It’s time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You’re not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~
Photo: A LITTLE GUN HISTORY<br /><br /> In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated<br /><br /> In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.<br /><br /> Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.<br /><br /> China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated<br /><br /> Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.<br /><br /> Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.<br /><br /> Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.<br /><br /> Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.<br /><br /> You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.<br /><br /> Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.<br /><br /> Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!<br /><br /> The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.<br /><br /> With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.<br /><br /> During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!<br /><br /> If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.<br /><br /> SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!<br /><br /> SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.<br /><br /> SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!<br /><br /> IT'S A NO BRAINER!<br /><br /> DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.<br /><br /> Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!</p><br /> <p>It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.<br /><br /> You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~

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Two Sad Stories about Human Trafficking

Two stories I heard recently about human trafficking both sicken me and they make me want to do MORE to help those who are trapped in Kazakhstan.  The first is about a woman I know named Candy (fictitious name) and her sister who are from Guatemala.  Apparently, Candy’s sister was the oldest of about ten children and she had wanted to be a Catholic nun.  So were her future, hopeful plans until her mother asked her to go to the nearby store to buy some bread.  Candy’s sister never returned home.

When too much time had passed, the mother asked the shopkeeper if her daughter had made it to the store and apparently she did.  However, on the way home, a neighbor approached the young girl and asked if she was thirsty.  She said yes and drank what he offered that had some kind of drug in it to make her go unconscious.  For the first week she was hidden under some banana leaves while police looked throughout the neighborhood for her.  The trapped girl was fearful that if she yelled out and the police found her, they would harm her family.

The mother was pregnant at the time and when the stress of trying to find her oldest daughter failed, she had a miscarriage.  She wanted to burn down the house of the neighbor who took her daughter somewhere.  She went missing for ten years.  When Candy’s sister came back, she did not talk about what she had been through.  She had a messed up life after that.

When Candy was about 16 years old her mother more or less expected her to leave the house because there were so many other children to feed.  The long and short of it is that Candy became a house slave to someone in Guatemala and then she ended up in California. I need to find out from Candy more about her story, she felt it easier talking about her sister than telling her own story.

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Another person I met recently was Juanita (again not her real name and she is not Hispanic). She was from San Diego area and somehow she avoided the actual gory details but I could piece it together.  Her mother had re-married and her stepfather was involved in some kind of ring of trafficking of children in the early 1960s.  At age 7 the nightmare for Juanita started, she had a broken pelvis. (how do you suppose THAT happened?) Juanita said that a doctor, friend of her stepfather was a part of this ring. He took care of her and gave an excuse to the mother about what had happened making it sound very clinical.  Juanita did not trust lawyers, policemen, doctors, any of the professionals because they were the clients in this sordid and surreal situation.

Juanita and her mother had househelp, a Hispanic woman who knew what was going on.  Her stepfather would ask her to bring her children over to play but she never did.  In fact, she encouraged Juanita to sleep with her in her bed because she knew what Juanita was going through at night.  Why her own mother never knew or intervened to help Juanita, perhaps the stepfather used the same fear and intimidation tactics with his wife.  Juanita said that they would go out to the desert to bury children that didn’t obey and this was yet another form of keeping children in line.  They used torture as well.  I won’t go into that but it left no marks that could be used as evidence but was extremely painful.  It made them not able to run away.

In Juanita’s case, she told her mother she was leaving home at age 16. She did not tell her why but this was after nine years of torture that she had gone through.  Juanita had had enough. Apparently during this period of sexual abuse, the stepfather up and moved and left everything behind.  They had eight hours to leave San Diego and they ended up in Colorado.  They left EVERYTHING behind, the house, their clothes, it was urgent to obey him. Juanita’s step-father did not operate the same way he had with all the wheelers and dealers in California but he was still into pornography.  Juanita told me that her mother divorced this maniacal man a year after Juanita left home.  So maybe her mother did suspect something was going on.

Sixteen years ago Juanita had perhaps emotionally healed enough and finally went to the FBI to tell her story about what had happened to her in the 1960s.  Of course they were interested but the statute of limitations had run out in this case.  However, it goes to show that what was going on in the 1960s is probably 100 times worse now with trafficked victims in the U.S. and all over the world.  I was reminded of the movie “The Changling” which happened also in California back in the 1930s.  So, sex trafficking is not something that is new but a very old evil.

Juanita married and had several sons.  She and her husband also took in foster children through Catholic services in their home. Juanita’s antennas would go up and red flags would wave when she saw certain signs in young children she came in contact with.  She knows all the alerts because she went through much of it herself.  The basic thing is that they don’t trust anyone, they have been lied to and manipulated to believe they are not worthy.  Their child innocence has been stripped from them.

This same crime is happening in Kazakhstan…what can be done to warn the innocent victims who are living in poverty that the person who is trying to convince and persuade them to follow them is lying?

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Proverbs from Around the World

When I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in northern Virginia for three years, I had students from all over the globe.  However, during that time from 1995-1998, I do not recall having any students from Kazakhstan.  Perhaps Kazakhs were still dealing with many issues back in their home country after being under communism for 70 years.  I wonder how many of the samples of proverbs I got from my ESL students from around the world during that time, would fit with Kazakh proverbs.  The world would be a richer place if only we knew even 10 per cent of Kazakh proverbs.  Try to figure out the meanings of the following proverbs:

Vietnam – “Near the ink, you will be black, near the lamp, you will be bright.”

 

Thailand – “Love your cow, have to tie it; love your children, have to discipline.”

 

Eritrea – “The person who tries to get butter from water and the person who needs good things from his enemy is the same.”

 

Argentina – “The devil knows more from being old than from being devil.”

 

Taiwan – “When God wants a man to be a great one, He will exhaust his mind, exercise his body and take all the things he has.”

 

Peru – “Each person dances with his own handkerchief.”

 

Brazil – “When you pass away, your body will lie in a coffin and your tongue in a wagon.”

 

Korea – “Three inches of tongue can kill the righteous man.”

 

Ethiopia – “A tongue doesn’t have teeth, but it can break another’s bones.”

 

Iran – “An egg thief will be a camel thief.”

 

China – “Clumsy birds have to start flying early.”

 

United Arab Emirates – “Whoever wants honey should keep up with the bee’s sting.”

 

Guatemala – “Eyes that don’t see make a senseless heart.”

 

Japan – “Monkeys fall from the tree too.”

 

Vietnam – “If the mandarin (orange) skin is thick, there will be a sharpened nail to pierce it.”

 

El Salvador – “Fish and visitor smell in three days.”

 

El Salvador – “The habit don’t make the monk.”

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