CAP GUNS & OLD TIME "HEROES"

WE WEREN'T BAD KIDS THEN.
We were saving the old west with our "Cap Guns and Red Ryder BB GUNS", but nobody was
"DYING"
WHAT DO THESE NAMES HAVE IN COMMON?

CAN YOU TELL ME WHO, OR ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER
 WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE, and WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carillo, Don (Red) Barry and Bobby Blake, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels,
Tex Ritter, Tom Mix, Monte Hale, George Hayes, Monty Montana, Gene Autry, William Boyd, 
Leonard Slye and Marion Morrison.

Well let's see if we can make it a wee bit easier for you.  Do these names ring a bell?
They are in the order as named above, they are just a few of the names of the 
OLD TIME HEROES WE PRETENDED TO BE!

The CISCO KID AND PANCHO, RED RYDER AND LITTLE BEAVER
THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO, GEORGE GABBY HAYES TEX RITTER, TOM MIX
 MONTE HALE, MONTY MONTANA, GENE AUTRY, HOP-ALONG CASSIDY
ROY ROGERS and FINALLY THE DUKE "JOHN WAYNE"

Here is another I am almost certain you will not know
Rev. Alexander John Forsyth of Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 
He invented "CAP GUNS" in 1807. 

Why are these people important you may be asking yourself, well allow me to try and answer that one and maybe it will start you thinking about the problems we are having today.

I was born in 1942, which is about the same time most of the people who recognized the names above were popular and were the heroes of our youth.  We could hardly wait to get out of school, run home and strap on our six guns and go out to play.  Not that dissimilar from the kids of today and their video games and real guns of today, except that no one got killed back then.  We would save the town, or the school marm, or ride our imaginary horses and track the bank robbers who dashed out of town and headed for the hills.  We would catch the bad guys and have shoot-outs, and then head home when mom called that dinner was ready.

I want you to re-read that entire paragraph again and then ponder why are the kids of yesteryear different from the kids of today?  What made us different, what influence did men like "DUNCAN RENALDO OR LEONARD SLYE" and all the others have that the kids of today don't have.  They taught us words like "HONOR, RESPECT, PROTECT" most of all they taught us the "VALUE OF LIFE".  They taught us how to constructively use our imagination, most of all they taught us things such as "THE COMMANDMENTS" they taught us direction and then we grew up.

What is amazing in this day and age of technology and video games, no one is teaching "THE VALUE OF A LIFE".  It is nothing for a kid today to come up with a gun and 10,000 rounds of ammo and start killing people,  Where did learn how to kill and not how to love or respect life become the way of today.  Everyone says "IT'S THE PARENTS FAULT" for not paying attention, and I must admit, in portion I agree.  Then I look around and find fault and discover it lay with all of us.  WE HAVE ALLOWED THE HONOR AS TAUGHT BY MEN LIKE ROY, HOPPY, GENE and THE "DUKE", TO REMAIN IN OUR MEMORIES INSTEAD OF PASSING IT ALONG LIKE OUR HEROES WOULD HAVE WANTED.

Each time when I turn on CNN or anyother news channel, or pick up the newspaper and see "ONCE MORE A CHILD WENT ON A KILLING SPREE THEN KILLED THEIRSELVES" I want to throw up.  The society of today, is a dissapointment to the past and definitely "THE PRESENT AND PROSPECTS OF THE FUTURE".  There is a saying that "A SNAKE DIES FROM THE HEAD DOWN" and more than ever it applies to the day to day life of today and more importantly the future of humanity.

Daily we see the rediculous examples as set by our leaders as they go about their personal crusades to destroy our society and they claim they are doing it to protect and care for the people.  We daily see the petty bickering and delays by congress which endanger our society.  We see the selfish attempts to rule (not govern) the world to satisfy their personal ego boost, such as "Tea Party know it all's Ted Cruz who blatently states he will get his way or he will make sure nothing gets done.  We see people like the former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin profess the "WONDERFUL SPORT OF KILLING THINGS".  Then we wonder how the kids get idiotic ideas that disrespect, disharmony, lies, and violence is the proper way to live.

Every 20 minutes on just about every channel the TV has an advertisment of GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 that shows hundreds of people being killed for the thrill of it. (by the way there is a reason it used to be called the BOOB TUBE and it had nothing to do to plastic breasts).  Kids set for hours in front of a computer screen watching and learning from Hollywood and the Silcone Valley how to pull a trigger on a game controller and Kill hundreds or even thousands of people, but they don't learn how to be kids.  They don't learn how to use their imagination and discover the joy of being young.  Instead they learn how to rape, or to pull a trigger, and then they want to see what it actually feels like "TO KILL SOMEONE".  YES - this one is the parents fault, for not shutting off the tube and chasing the kids outside to learn there is actually "BEAUTY TO BE FOUND" and that beauty is not in a stolen M-16, AK-47 or a new 9mm Beretta.  

It is time we bring back "CAP - GUNS and BB GUNS" that were banned just about the same time as Dr. SPOCK convinced everyone it was bad to paddle a kids butt when they screwed up.  To quote Ben Franklin (I'll be damned another old time hero) "SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD".  Let't try to get "BACK TO THE THRILLING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR AND A HARDY HI-HO SILVER" and let "THE LONG RANGER RIDE AGAIN".

It was a better time when life was thrilling, and it can be changed back from today's thrill of killing.  
Teach the kids how to laugh and see the sun, most of all teach them to be young.  

by:  Bill Bennett, PhD
Corvallis, Oregon
October 25th 2013