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Let Your Little Boy Pretend Play with Guns, It Won’t Make Him a Criminal
Townhall.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | Stacy Washington

Posted on 07/30/2014 2:19:39 AM PDT by servo1969

I’m a bit miffed, I’m not gonna lie. Not for myself mind you, but for a little four-year-old boy who has the distinct misfortune of residing with a mom who fears guns. Allow me to explain; in this morning’s Washington Post “On Parenting” there’s a piece by Zsofia McMullen. The title of the piece is: “My four year old loves toy guns and I don’t know how to parent that.”

In it, she describes in great detail, her son’s infatuation with gun play and pretend violence. The piece starts out innocuously enough, with a detailed description of the little boy’s imaginative play centered on action figures most of whom are the archetypal hero, policemen, soldiers and the like. They vanquish dragons, dispatch pirates and rescue the princess all while brandishing swords and guns, sometimes on horseback, other times driving motorized vehicles with zeal.

Sounds like fun right? Any mother of boys and sometimes a tomboyish girl can recall the sounds of explosions voiced in the tiny inimitable tones of a child’s voice. I enjoyed hearing my son set up battlefields of Legos and watching the good guys victor over the bad. But clearly, I don’t have a strong enough fear of violence or guns!

Pretty early on in Zsofia’s musings she delineates her separation from anything having to do with guns. She’s only ever heard of one person actually owning a gun while she was growing up. She never actually saw it. And other such nonsense. Then she married into a gun owning family and was exposed to the horror of seeing firearms casually placed out in the open and no one passed out or spontaneously combusted.

In fact, I never saw a gun until I met my father-in-law a few years ago. He lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania, and the cabinet next to his bed is filled with shotguns. He uses them to hunt and to shoot sick animals or unwelcome groundhogs. One time when we were visiting, he left his shotgun casually leaning against a car we wanted to drive. Seeing my husband pick up and move the gun made me queasy and uncomfortable. What if it goes off? Do guns do that, just by accident?

Wow. Do guns just go off? Did she really just ask that? She then admits she’s totally inexperienced and untrained, which is a travesty on her part for remaining so for at least four years in light of her extended family’s interest in and use of guns! Why not take a firearms safety class and eliminate any of those awful feelings she’s experiencing? Why does Zsofia waste time wondering how her son “found out” about guns? Why not begin to teach him that they are tools, to be used for sport, hunting, and to defend oneself and the lives of innocents. Clearly her son has a healthy interest in saving others and a desire to enjoy doing so in pretend play using weapons. The writer describes intentionally not buying him toy guns only to see him create them out of other found objects as well as shaping them from his food. Good for the little fellow, he’s got a tough road to hoe in teaching his mom a thing or two about childhood ingenuity, but he’s well on his little way.

At this point, I just want to take Zsofia out for coffee to a place with wifi and use the Google to show her statistics on what most impacts the likelihood of a childhood ending in criminality. Societal and familial ills are the culprits in criminality; not having a father present and engaged, growing up poor, unhealthy obsessions with violent video gaming coupled with mental illness. Yup. So far her son seems pretty safe from becoming a murderous thug!

She closes out by stating her resignation to his desire to play this way and talks of sharing facts with little Sam, like “sometimes it’s the unarmed hero that wins the battle”. That’s a load of bollocks. If it’s a battle, it means at least one side is armed. If one side isn’t – that side usually goes down smoking, hard. The sentiment is cute and trite and not worthy of her son. Why not teach him the canard of peace through strength? It’s much healthier, more interesting and factually based.

The chances of my having a cuppa with the writer are pretty slim, so I ask you – please disabuse young mothers in your sphere of their need to eliminate natural reality based play from the lives of their testosterone laden boys. It’s a slap in the face to those that protect us and serve in our armed forces. It’s an insult to those that regularly use weapons for sport, hunting, and implies innate wrongdoing in owning guns. We don’t need anymore of that. Zsofia, learn how to parent that. Oh and Sam? Battle on buddy, battle on.


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1 posted on 07/30/2014 2:19:40 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Advice: never father a child with a woman who spells her name Zsofia.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 2:22:17 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: servo1969

(Z)sofia is proudly ignorant. It is difficult to change the mind of somebody who intentionally avoids learning anything.


3 posted on 07/30/2014 2:44:52 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Jack Hammer

Maybe she’s from Eastern Europe. I read on FR that men are supposed to marry women from Eastern Europe.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 2:45:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Again, I would call for universal and compulsory training in the care, feeding, use and responsibility with handling of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, by members of both genders (and there are still only two). This training should be well under way by the time the youths enter middle school.

The respect for and applicable use of side arms is even more important than sex education, and for much the same reason. What you don’t know CAN hurt you, and in ways that go way beyond merely the first effects.

Near-universal familiarity with and availability of the broad range of firearms then in existence was one of the contributing factors in the ability of American youth to go into battle against the Japanese and German war machines in the Second World War, and emerge victorious. Today, we have lost that advantage, with the superstitious attitude that has grown up around personal defense of all kinds. In this fear of making even the least move toward self-defense, the victim provides a most lop-sided advantage to the aggressor.

That kind of timidity never ends well.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 2:57:38 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: servo1969

She doesn’t know how to parent that? Maybe she should learn to write decent English before taking on something so heavy as motherhood and cap pistols.


6 posted on 07/30/2014 3:02:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: servo1969

Pretty sad that she’s not alone in this irrational fear of guns. The reality is, drowning or a car accident is more likely to kill a child than a gun will.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 3:31:55 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: servo1969

Typical hoplophobe. She is unable to rationally deal with firearms due to her excessive fear, and yet presumes she should educate her son about them, despite acknowledging that she knows nothing about them.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 4:35:32 AM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: Tax-chick

Eastern European women are supposed to bring their own weapon to the relationship, preferably a Makarov in a thigh holster.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 4:58:11 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: servo1969

When I was about 5, I told my mother that I never wanted to be in a war. She was folding clothes on the couch. As casual as you can imagine she said, Well, if you do, that’s the price we all have to pay for freedom. That was about 1957. She graduated from high school in 1942.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 5:00:18 AM PDT by healy61
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To: miss marmelstein
It's not about grammar. It's libtard, hipster talk. It's freaking annoying!

My sister was like this with her son and my BIL let her get away with it!

Everyone should be made to shoot, just once. We all know that once you shoot a gun, it's so much fun you'll want to do it more.

I mean paintball, laser tag, plinking! it's so much fun! You don't have to shoot breathing things! I was completely astounded to see what my 20 gauge did to a 5 gallon Wesson oil container!

11 posted on 07/30/2014 5:01:52 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: servo1969
Zsofia McMullen

I instantly dislike this person ... yes, I'm prejudiced against people with weirdly spelled names.

I'm rarely wrong about it, either..

Now I'll read the rest of the article ...

12 posted on 07/30/2014 5:01:54 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: servo1969
Seeing my husband pick up and move the gun made me queasy and uncomfortable. What if it goes off? Do guns do that, just by accident?

I was right.

13 posted on 07/30/2014 5:06:13 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Tax-chick
I read on FR that men are supposed to marry women from Eastern Europe.

I married a girl from East Virginia ... not sure if that's the same thing ...

She loves blasting orange clay 'frisbee' things with her 12ga.

14 posted on 07/30/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: defconw

No, it read like academic gobbled-gook which I loathe and war against. I didn’t grow up around guns but we all had water pistols, cap guns, plastic machine guns (how else do you imitate Vic Morrow on Combat?), air guns, bats, clubs and all manner of violent toys. And we were girls!


15 posted on 07/30/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: servo1969

Little boys should be taught that when a woman tells them to stop pretending to play with guns, they should instead sit at a desk and repeatedly press an imaginary button.

“What are you doing now, Johnny?”

“Launching thermonuclear ICBMs.”


16 posted on 07/30/2014 5:17:03 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: servo1969

Get over it, woman. I had every toy gun you could imagine when I was a kid. I played every game possible with toy guns. I am non-violent and not criminal.


17 posted on 07/30/2014 5:20:16 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: servo1969
I'm not sure if I buy Zsofia. I have met some of the most loony lib parents going, and all their kids play with Nerf blasters, water guns, action figures etc...

A lot of authors make crap up about their own lives to make a point or come up with an interesting article.

18 posted on 07/30/2014 5:25:47 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: southern rock
I'm not sure if I buy Zsofia.

I don't know if Zsofia is literally real, but I have met people who exhibit exactly the mental problems described in this article. Most of them are women.

19 posted on 07/30/2014 5:27:48 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: servo1969
Open memo to Zsofia: you should be concerned about your son if he starts playing with Barbie dolls. GI Joe? No problem.

I've raised two sons, now 12 & 25. Our closets and garage have dozens of toy guns. My 4 YO grandson loves playing with them, as well as playing Angry Birds, watching Paw Patrol ("Chase is on the case!"), and he just finished up his first season of T-ball.

20 posted on 07/30/2014 5:40:36 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: servo1969

I played with toy guns as a child. Had an Air Rifle.
I volunteered that for military service and served honorably there.
I became a Law Enforcement Officer and later a Correctional Officer. I worked private security carrying various weapons for an additional 20 years. I have never committed a crime of any sort. Okay speeding.... I taught Sunday School at my Church and support two young ladies (not related to me) in their community softball programs.
Guess that playing with guns did not cause any harm......
If I had done anything wrong or bad as a child (well I did) my Dad would have whopped my ass (well he did). I learned not to do wrong.. Wonder if the fact that this is nowadays missing might be some of the problem...


21 posted on 07/30/2014 6:12:18 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: servo1969

Bump


22 posted on 07/30/2014 6:39:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: servo1969

They’ll shoot their eye out.


23 posted on 07/30/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: servo1969

PSSHHEWWW! PSSHHEWWW! OOOFF! AHHHH!


24 posted on 07/30/2014 6:46:53 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: servo1969

Actually Im against letting boys or girls pretend to play with guns. I think they should all be taken to safety classes then be allowed to use the real thing on a range with good instruction!! (age 10 ish of course)


25 posted on 07/30/2014 6:49:58 AM PDT by Mom MD
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To: Tax-chick
Zsofia - Meaning of Zsofia

In the link of the Washington Post Zsophia McMullin says that she grew up in Europe. It was most likely Hungary

26 posted on 07/30/2014 6:50:12 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Night Hides Not

What I see described is not “pretend violence” so much as it is a boy acting in his role of protecting the weak from bad guys.

Bad guys will use violence, so a normal boy is wired to know that he’ll have to respond in kind.

We saw this in “Christmas Story” with Ralphie’s fantasy of protecting the family from Black Bart’s gang.


27 posted on 07/30/2014 6:54:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NorthMountain
see post#26

I instantly dislike this person ... yes, I'm prejudiced against people with weirdly spelled names.

BTW my daughter's name is Carin. I choose that spelling because I did not want the German spelling of Karin, or the English spelling of Karen.

So now sue me

28 posted on 07/30/2014 6:58:11 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
< shrug >

Your Hero Zsofia is still a hoplophobic twit.

29 posted on 07/30/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: servo1969

The anti-toy gun hysteria began when Bobby Kennedy was murdered back in 1968.

So much hysteria began at that time as people rushed to give their guns to the police and declare themselves “gun free”.
Anyone who doubts this should go to the local library archives of 1968 newspapers and magazines and see what HELL gun owners went through at that time.


30 posted on 07/30/2014 7:17:50 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: alloysteel

I’m game with it being an optional after-school thing, but no, it shouldn’t be mandatory. Then the government will be saying “Well if we can require students learn to use firearms, then can we not also require them to use them the way we think they should be used?”


31 posted on 07/30/2014 7:20:38 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: I want the USA back

I still remember my first toy guns. I probably had others before but THESE are the ones I remember.

We went to Macroon’s store in Springer, NM and my Dad bought me a holster set with two small chrome plated toy revolvers.

I also received from a neighbor a wooden Thompson machine gun he had made, complete with a big round drum.

Then my cousin gave me a plastic double barrel (over and under) pirate pistol that used caps.

We had great fun out on the High Plains back in 1951 when people were STILL FREE.


32 posted on 07/30/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t take offense, FRiend.

Just take this as a humorous scenario:

HR: What’s your name?
Applicant: “Bawbby”
HR: OK (writing) B-o-b-b-y
Applicant: You spell my name wrong, it’s B-a-w-b-b-y.
HR: I didn’t spell it wrong, your parents did.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NorthMountain
My Hero?

For your information noobie, I have never heard of her and I don't read the Washington Compost or any other liberal rag.

34 posted on 07/30/2014 7:30:27 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Morpheus2009
"Pretty sad that she’s not alone in this irrational fear of guns."

I admit I am in that group. Bad experience with a .22 rifle at Boy Scout camp back in 1960. Although I support the 2nd amendment, I do not want to be even near a gun. Funny how the mind preys upon itself.

35 posted on 07/30/2014 7:39:59 AM PDT by buckalfa (Long time caller --- first time listener.)
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To: MrB

My daughter’s middle name is Michelle. It was supposed to be spelled Michele. But I grew up in Germany and was educated in the German School system, where we were taught to go by the sound of a word. To me Michele sounded like it had two Ls, so I spelled it that way. I have later found many do spell it with 2 Ls. Michelle Malkin, for example, so I don’t let it bother me anymore


36 posted on 07/30/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
noobie

ROFL!!!!

Thanks.

I now know what sort of person you are.

And yes, I'm laughing AT you.

'Bye.

37 posted on 07/30/2014 7:41:53 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Kaslin

And I thought 2 l’s was “correct”... :)


38 posted on 07/30/2014 7:45:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NorthMountain
Your Hero Zsofia is still a hoplophobic twit.

Suggestion: Next time you try to use a fancy word make sure there is such a word.

hoplophobic

The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above.

hoplophic - no dictionary results

39 posted on 07/30/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: MrB

:)


40 posted on 07/30/2014 7:50:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: NorthMountain
Laugh all you want

NorthMountain

Since Oct 18, 2013

I know the correct word is Newbie, but since you are one of them you don't know noobie, or nooby is the preferred freeper spelling of obnoxious people like you. Now get lost

41 posted on 07/30/2014 7:56:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Hoplophobia

Just about anybody who has any real, personal, involvement in supporting the right to keep and bear arms knows that word, and knows where it came from.

You didn't know ... now you do.

This is a good day for you. You learned something.

42 posted on 07/30/2014 8:03:32 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

Wikipedia: Enough said. Why don’t you use a real dictionary instead a a left wing dictionary


43 posted on 07/30/2014 8:25:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: servo1969

Hey lady just go online,go to you tube,put in ROY ROGERS,sit back and enjoy what millions of little boys and girls grew up with and LOVED!
DORK BRAINS


44 posted on 07/30/2014 8:41:37 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: buckalfa

I hope you recovered, an yeah, trauma bites. I would easily say that being hospitalized from a snakebite, and I got pretty scared of them. I do hope that you recovered from the accident.


45 posted on 07/30/2014 8:49:08 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: alloysteel

Seeing as how I handled weedwhackers, law mowers, knives, and other dangerous tools, guns included, before I even drove a car, that’s easily not a bad idea.


46 posted on 07/30/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: alloysteel

Sounds like a good idea.


47 posted on 07/30/2014 11:13:35 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kaslin

I know the correct word is Newbie, but since you are one of them you don’t know noobie, or nooby is the preferred freeper spelling of obnoxious people like you.

...seems to me like you’re the one who got all obnoxious in this particular thread...

...apparently over a throwaway remark about strangely spelled
names, or something...


48 posted on 07/30/2014 12:15:32 PM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: Jack Hammer

Forgive me if I am presumptious, but...(your name/handle)

“Jack Hammer” was the father of “Sledge Hammer” on the hilarious (and short lived) television spoof of every crappy cop show ever made. The DVD relaese of “Sledge Hammer” even has a no-laughtrack option which makes it even better.

``Trust me. I know what I’m doing.’’


49 posted on 07/30/2014 1:22:08 PM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: NorthMountain

Hyphenated is what gets my goat. Instant liberal flag.


50 posted on 07/30/2014 1:39:24 PM PDT by Guardian Sebastian (Mother of God, pray for us and our country.)
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