2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Perspective...

Ryan Dunn, from the Jackass movies, died the other day after apparently performing the king of all jackass stunts...drinking and driving in a high performance sports car. He had posted pictures online shortly before his death of him drinking with friends at a club. His death made the spotlight on many of the entertainment outlets and was the buzz on social media yesterday. My "web friend" Erik posted this on his Facebook page this morning...

Pfc. Brian Backus, 21, of Mich./Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz, 21, of Wis./Sgt. Alan Snyder, 28, of Mass./Sgt. Edward Dixon, 37, of Mo./Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright, 33, of S.C./Spc. Scott Smith, 36, of Ind. All K.I.A. on 6-20-2011...and you "Miss Ryan Dunn"


Puts that kind of media attention to Dunn in perspective doesn't it?....

You see, Erik is no stranger to the sacrifices made by service members and their families. He himself is a multi-tour vet of the War on Terrorism (I still refuse to accept the term "Global Contingency Operations" or whatever...it wasn't a "contingency" that hit the twin towers on 9/11) with combat experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I am sure that when he thinks about the price that has been paid for those conflicts this image is one of the many that goes through his head...

RIP, (L) Kristofferson Lorenzo, KIA May 23, 2011 (R) Charles Wyckoff, KIA June 6, 2007

Both of these soldiers were friends of Erik's. I never knew either of them. As odd as it seems I remember Wyckoff's name from the casualty reports in june of 2007 while in the CAC in Kuwait, I believe his name was similar to somebody I knew or something like that. To put another face to a name sometimes sucks with my memories of that time. Sometimes that level of obscurity between the names we processed and the reality of their lives and death was truly comforting. It would of made for a really depressing year to have to deal with nothing but injured and dead faces all the time. Makes me feel for the folks in the medical branches.

Of course to Erik the connection is all to real and painful. He has a lot of names and faces that he can attach to the word "sacrifice".

This is not to take the death of Ryan Dunn lightly or to say his loss to his family and friends is any less devastating than that of the two soldiers above to their own family. Its just when a nation's media takes more time and space to pay attention to someone who's claim to fame was being a "jackass" compared to the service and loss of six soldiers on the same day...I got to scratch my head and think maybe our perspective on life is a little skewed....

To his credit, Dunn (in the green shirt in the vid) did contribute to one of the (I think) most bad assed stunts pulled on the Jackass movies, standing in front of a "less than lethal" claymore mine....




RIP to all of our fallen service members and may God protect all of those still in harms way...until victory brings them home.

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