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Kids reveal how much life has lost

October 28, 2016
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

I was outside washing the boat, watching a pack of kids walk down the street. An exceptional SW Florida fall day, a light breeze, a hint of fall in the air, just beautiful.

Four children ages 8-12 shuffled slowly along the blacktop, heads down, each one holding and staring down at smart phones. With ear phones attached, the real world was completely shut out.

With makeup they could be high-tech Walking Dead kid zombie actors on a break catching up on Facebook or other mind numbing pursuits.

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No bikes, no laughter, no conversation. Dead silence as the pack slowly moved down the street. Oblivious to the eagle and hawk skirmishing overhead, or even considering exploring the wonders of water and all its creatures in the canals on both sides of the road.

At 8 a fast bike, an open field or forest, a pond, any and all captivated me with endless hours, days of adventure.

Pack a lunch and listen to Mom yell out, "Be back by dark!"

Every house had Christmas decorations and everyone waved to each other on two-lane roads.

At 12 I received my first firearm. A Savage Stevens .22 rifle. I had shot and cleaned firearms for years under my father's supervision and safety first was always drilled into my head.

By 13 I was allowed to hunt the fields and marshes alone with the only stipulation being any game or fish I legally took had to be brought home, cleaned and cooked.

Imagine this Christmas if Uncle Ted dropped in with a shiny new .22 and a box of ammo for 12-year-old Timmy. Depending on what part of the country you hang your hat in, this would be a wonderful present.

In too large a part it would be horrifying, completely PC unacceptable, and likely to cause great family angst, and possible straight away fainting, probably resulting in kindly Uncle Ted being asked to leave the Christmas party, permanently.

Yes, believe me, I know, I'm old and life changes. Where are we heading?

Untold billions spent decade after decade to be the 25th or worse in common school subjects? Our U.S. history being erased or altered in schoolbooks to suit political agendas.

Over-expensive universities that to anyone with a fair mind would have to agree, have become indoctrination centers for a very far left point of view.

For the hunter, angler, boater, hiker, this PC point of view usually results in more public closures to lands and waters hunted and fished for generations often for commercial interests.

It means tightening gun laws and hassling legal gun owners with the ultimate Holy Grail of a nationwide ban. It means teaching students that guns and gun owners are bad.

One presidential candidate described us as, "a basket of deplorables and rednecks," one protected by armed security for 35 years or more.

Increased gun laws that have little effect on criminals and gang/drug related violence in our inner-city killing grounds like Chicago where thousands are gunned down each year in the city with the nation's toughest gun laws.

One candidate has shown support for an Australian style gun ban here in the USA. The other pledges full support for the 2nd Amendment.

With the Supreme Court now an unintended political body ruling by numbers and political ideology rather than enforcing the Constitution, this next election and lifetime judicial appointments can and will have long lasting effects on American society.

With recent leaks we all now know the collusion between the White House, the media, and one party and their candidate is very real, very wrong, and very scary, on all counts.

This abuse of centralized power alone is the reason the framers of the Constitution gave us gun rights that "shall not be infringed."

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or, or



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