The kids are of an age to teach about guns. At their age I was already shooting several boxes of .22′s daily. Here they cannot do that.
So I got out various weapons and showed them the proper way to point them, when to consider them loaded (all the time), showed them how any one of them could easily kill a person.
Moved on to the “sound” portion. I racked the Mossberg 500 – you know that formidable sound it makes. I said “Kids when you hear that sound what do you do?”
“Run away” was one answer. Another was “Hide in such-and-such location”. I told them “No, what you do when you hear that sound is hit the floor. “Let’s see how fast you can hit the floor when I rack this gun”
And so we made a game out of a very serious thing, which is get the kids out of the equation. “How long do you stay there?” “Until you say we can get up.” They were slamming themselves into the floor to see who could be quickest.
It was a great start. And I made it clear to them that if I ever have to choose between their safety and the safety of an intruder in our home we will not hesitate to send the intruder to his maker in the most expedient way possible. I disabused them of the silly notion of “aiming for the leg” that so many liberals would love – if you mean to aim a gun at someone you should only have done so thinking that you or yours were in terrible danger, and if your situation is that extreme then the idea of only trying to wound someone is ludicrous.
Given the latest round of testing done to look at Lemurita and where she falls on the ASD continuum, they reversed her diagnosis to a lesser but still real diagnosis and then said “She tests just under 140 on her IQ. Get her into robotics or something.” Well, I KNOW she’s bright… why did y’all think I have been throwing latin and classics and music at her all this time?
She and I are so alike that the worst disservice we could give her is to not give her free reign to run as far as she can go in any field of learning. With the right mentor, vast swathes of my childhood would have been infinitely more interesting.
So last night Lemurita and I built a galvanic response circuit you can use as a VERY simplified lie-detector circuit if you have appropriate leads. She swears she does not sweat when she lies so now we must prove the point one way or another. I’ll also take the opportunity to teach her how to flip the emotional switch off and see if that makes a difference. Doing scientific projects with Lemurita is fun – a vast huge amazing amount of fun.
Wait until Lemurita and I make thermite and put it on a remote ignition. Oh this will be such fun.