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Guns Do Kill People… At The Hands Of People

Policy Change For Orlando

I still can’t get over what happened at Pulse Night Club during the early morning hours of Sunday. The amount of hate that goes into doing something this horrendous is beyond me. My heart aches for all those involved, both the wounded and dead victims, those who were there that night and the family members and friends of those affected.

In the aftermath of this insanity, most “civil” people condemned the attack. Many encouraged people to not only use their words, but take action (ie. give blood, volunteer, etc.). Yet there has been some really ugly actions (verbal and otherwise) taking place. People have taken to social media to say things that, either implied or otherwise, the people at the club deserved it because of their orientation. This is so wrong on so many levels. No one deserves to be murdered… EVER.

I wanted to write a lengthy commentary on the gun control issue, but I’ve decided to put it in simple list form:

  • There is no need for an AR-15. The only purpose for this gun is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
  • The 2nd Amendment was written in 18th Century when the best weapon was a highly inaccurate musket.
  • There is no need for a high-capacity magazine. Seriously, unless you’re out to kill people, there’s nothing wrong with reloading.
  • Background checks have to get better. People should be able to buy guns, but lunatics shouldn’t. The FBI knew about the gun man 2 years ago and he still was able to LEGALLY buy a gun. WTF!
  • Bad guys will always be able to get guns, with or without gun control. Though if they get them illegally, it’s harder and there are harsher repercussions for doing so.

Let’s make one fact perfectly clear. There is nothing wrong with owning a gun. It’s the kind of gun and who can get a gun (legally) that’s the problem. The National Rifle Association, was originally setup to be an association to self control guns, they are now just as evil as those who use guns to kill. They enable evil people, who shouldn’t have guns, to buy them legally.

I know this is a tough discussion. I know this issue divides many of my friends. But, regardless of what side of the issue you align, you have to agree, something needs to be done. We are 164 days into 2016 and we’ve already had 133 mass shootings. What’s wrong with that picture.

One more thing… LOVE IS LOVE (mic drop).

Okay, now’s your chance to tell me that your agree with me or that I’m crazy socialist, anti-gun, lunatic, who wants to take away your freedom. And go…

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I’m Jewish

Peace Sign

(This piece was originally posted on Medium)

I’m Jewish. I didn’t live through the Holocaust, but growing up it’s part of my education to NEVER FORGET.

I’m Jewish. I don’t hate Muslims. I don’t think they should be banned from the US. I don’t think they should have to register or have to live in Ghettos.

Donald Trumps rhetoric terrifies me to the core. I have never seen such hatred in my life. I am sickened by the irony that his own daughter, who married a Jew, is Jewish (she converted).

At first I laughed off some of Trumps rhetoric as just trying to get a rise out of people and get higher in the polls, but now I’m terrified. I’m terrified that when he’s compared to Hitler he’s not bothered by that comparison.

I’m Jewish, and I welcome Muslims and people of all faiths, creeds, sexual orientations, colors to be my neighbors, play with my son and be my friend.

We have a common enemy and that’s not Islam or Muslims, it’s Da’esh (aka ISIS/ISIL) and Al Qaeda. Only if we stand together will we be able to stop these maniacs. And to be honest, we must start by stopping the maniac at home first. That maniac is Donald Trump.


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Sony Pictures Was Hacked… North Korea Was Behind It. Now What?

This post was originally posted on Medium.

sony_pictures_logoSony Pictures was hacked. Terrorist threats were made. Now a dumb comedy about two journalists trying to kill the North Korean leader isn’t being shown because of threats of terrorist attacks.

The group, the Guardians of Peace (ironic name isn’t it?), seems to have gotten their sponsorship from North Korea itself (http://s3th.me/2DT).

First, who’s hair-brained idea was it to make a movie plot about killing a sitting world leader? Especially a world leader known for being a little bit unhinged? That was dumb (which is saying it lightly). Even if it’s a leader who is a tyrant and a maniac, it’s in poor taste.

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Does this look like a guy who is playing around? I don’t think so.

Second, what can the US do? North Korea is a rogue, isolated, desperate nation with nuclear weapons. There has to be some kind of recourse, I know that, but what? There are already sanctions against the country. We can invade without starting World War III. Maybe a cyber attack back? But wouldn’t that just fan the flames more?

I don’t think there’s an easy answer.

As far as the choice to pull the movie after the GOP (the hackers), made threats of a new 9/11, I think it was a bad idea. Now hackers and countries have a playbook on how to get their way and effect Americans’ freedoms. They found the weak point in the United State’s armor. This is not a good thing. In my opinion a terrorist attack has already occurred that might have an even more lasting impact on our country than a physical attack. Afterall terrorism doesn’t have to manifest itself in death and carnage. It just needs to instill terror — which is exactly what it did.

I don’t want another 9/11… ever. Especially over the holidays. But now that we have set this dangerous precedent, what’s next?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Post them below or hit me up on Twitter @sethgoldstein.

Seth Goldstein is the founder of PhillyTech.org Netcast Network, a podcast network focusing on the technology and startup scene emerging and growing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. He is also the creative director of Goldstein Media LLC, interactive agency based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.