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Austin, Texas - The Wild Wild West?

Back in the day there was a popular TV show called “Wild Wild West” about American government secret agents in the west. One agent was Artemis who was a master of disguise; a handy skill to have when you need to sneak into places. The other agent was Jim. He was the hottie hunk who always got to kiss the girl. [ ]

Had not thought about this series in a while, but my significant other has a way of triggering . How so? Like this!

A few weeks back was a typical Sunday morning like every other Sunday. Attended worship services and came back home. Turned on the telly to find out the PBS schedule for the evening and heard a news report while changing channels.

There had been two officer-involved shootings that very day!

Couple of days later, was watching the traffic report (don't know why as I work at home) and while the young woman was giving the report she mentioned to try to avoid a certain area because _____?

There had been a shooting! I'm like: What??!! It's only Tuesday!!

My husband casually remarks: “Looks like we're living in the wild wild west!”

Voila! The trigger effect!

We relocated to Austin, in 1998. Never saw this city in that light before.

That's it! Next person to draw a gun in this town is gonna get a blue bonnet stuck in it!!! Pixabay,com

Texas State Flower: Blue Bonnet

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MegL wrote on August 17, 2015, 1:57 PM

I am glad I live in the UK where people are not allowed to carry loaded guns in public places.

Feisty56 wrote on August 17, 2015, 2:13 PM

The state of Texas seems to have more than its fair share of gun-related incidences, but unfortunately enough, there are plenty of places in the US any more where gun-related violence occurs. I know some Texans are proud of their use of the death penalty there, but I don't see that it has deterrent effects on the use of guns. On the other hand, there is no way of knowing if even more gun violence would be happening if the death penalty were not in place and used. Ach! When I started that argument, I was intending to demonstrate that the death penalty really doesn't serve its intended purpose, but we do forget there is no way to measure what might have happened otherwise.

JohnRoberts wrote on August 17, 2015, 2:25 PM

All the anti-gun folks are quick to jump all over Texas as gun totin' evil.

Hello. You can't get any liberal than Chicago where young African American men are slaughtering each other with guns and there are probably more guns in Chicago than most cities. But liberals don't want to go there concerning the Chicago situation.

The death penalty isn't about a deterrent to guns. It's about putting to death vile evil people who have committed unspeakable crimes against humanity and sparing taxpayers the cost of supporting their prison lifestyle as California has paid room and board for Charles Manson for 45 years.

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Feisty56 wrote on August 17, 2015, 3:00 PM

I respect your right to your opinion and always welcome conversation from all sides of an issue. I realize the death penalty isn't just a deterrent against gun violence, but my understanding is that the death penalty IS seen as a deterrent from violent crime. I won't be able to support this act of taking a human life, no matter how vile the act was, until absolutely not one innocent person is sentenced to death. It's happened -- and even once is too many times.

JohnRoberts wrote on August 17, 2015, 3:23 PM

I understand your sentiment. Therefore I pose this question. If we are to keep countless Charles Mansons alive for fear of executing one innocent then isn't there justification for kicking out all illegal immigrants which is offensive to anti-death penalty liberals if just one innocent (the girl in San Francisco is one example among many) is murdered by an illegal immigrant many of whom are known felons? Is allowing a million illegals in worth the murder of one innocent?

Feisty56 wrote on August 17, 2015, 4:04 PM

The US is one of very few industrialized countries that still uses the death penalty. Other nations have figured it out, I don't understand why we can't.

I don't think the death penalty, or lack thereof fits into a conversation about immigrants, documented or otherwise. I don't condone murder by citizen or non-citizen, but the comparison is not logical. As I understand it, the man who killed that young woman in San Francisco had a criminal background. The proposed amnesty program would filter out such people and they would return to their country of origin.

Using the logic you've applied to place the death penalty and undocumented immigrants in the same argument, I think I could safely use that same logic to discuss gun control and the death of that innocent in San Francisco -- a whole other can of worms, I think you'll agree.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 17, 2015, 9:43 PM

I remember the show The Wild, Wild West starring Robert Conrad. I have not ever bothered to watch the movie version with Will Smith as Jim West. I like Will Smith's acting, I just don't think that movie was the best showcase for Smith's talent. Robert Conrad went on to star in Black Sheep Squadron, based on the WWII experiences of real life ace Pappy Boyington.

CoralLevang wrote on August 17, 2015, 11:33 PM

I used to live in Austin from 1974 to 1977. I was stationed at Bergstrom AFB.

jiangliu1949 wrote on August 18, 2015, 8:40 AM

I haven't watched The Wild Wild West,but I have seen one or two films in which Will Smith played the role .I don't know about you ,I don't think it make sense for average people to own guns .

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:10 PM

JohnRoberts and Feisty56
I'm PRO-DeathPenalty. Also PRO-RightToBearArms.

You both have strong feelings. Your discussion ends up like most of the conversations. The lines are always clearly drawn between the PROs and CONs and when the conversation is over, neither side has budged an inch.

RE: The death penalty. Neither the victim nor the perpetrator EVER get to come back and tell us whether the capital punishment was effective. But for sure the perpetrator NEVER gets to do it again!

RE: Gun Ownership. The person who was living peacefully, who happened to own gun and was attacked by another person who decided that their human rights should be violated? If the attacker got taken out because the person successfully defended themselves, they are not likely to be be interested in any discussion over what might have happened if they didn't have a gun.

* Insert comments by AbbyG
– Gun control is needed to stop firearms from getting into the wrong hands. It's not an easy task. But a lot of things in life are not easy to accomplish. We should still try since it's for the greater good.

**NOTE: This comment should have been at the END of the previous comments. It's out of place. Sorry.

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cmoneyspinner wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:17 PM

Will Smith was "average", he was a government agent meaning he was authorized to carry a weapon or rather "licensed to kill". Not a Will Smith and didn't really like the movie.

Feisty56 wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:19 PM

I apologize for taking over your comment section here. It wasn't my intention when I wrote my initial response.

Although it may seem otherwise, I also believe in the right to bear arms. Each of us should be able to defend our person and our property should they be threatened. Like you, I also think that gun control is an important aspect of a society such as ours. I have no thoughts on how that should be accomplished, but I think having the conversation is of value.

I recall watching the "Wild, Wild West" on TV as a youngster and found it great entertainment. Oh yes, Robert Conrad wasn't hard on the eyes, either.

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:19 PM

Well at least for a few years you were stationed at a very nice location. Where did you get stationed after that? USA or a foreign country?

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:21 PM

Like Robert Conrad but didn't follow his career. Just remember him for the Wild Wild West. Don't care too much for Will Smith at all. Didn't even like him as Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:30 PM

Feisty56 - Please. No apologies needed. This is the reason I like PersonaPaper. People really talk to each other!

No matter what, God bless America and the Internet, where we have the freedom and a platform to have discussions about critical matters.

Agree. The TV show was fun and Mr. “eye candy” Conrad was one of the main reasons for watching it.

Feisty56 wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:38 PM

I am indeed thankful to live where I am free to speak my mind and to listen or not listen to others speak their minds. I'm with you -- I enjoy the community here because of the give and take, the conversations that happen spontaneously.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 4:41 PM

I went to San Diego after that.