Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Food for Thought
With the NRA convention well underway, guns and gun control will be the major topic of discussion at the convention and for many evening news casts this week. In conjunction with this hot topic, I received this interesting email(below) that I thought might generate some discussion from anyone that reads this blog.
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician are 17.1%.
Statistics courtesy U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.00188%- as compared to the 17.1% accidental deaths per physician.
Statistics courtesy FBI.
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR."
Statistically, doctors are not fairing too well. However, if someone decided to start driving over pedestrians with Ford F150 pickup trucks, will the government outlaw ALL pickup trucks? I don't think so. Sort of puts things in to perspective doesn't it?
Regardless of what laws are put in to place, regulations are added, taxes levied on sporting arms and ammunition, schooling requirements and special training added for doctors, etc., etc.- none of these things will eliminate accidental deaths. That's because they are just that- accidents.
The Second amendment was written for a good reason. Take a minute and look up what has happened in countries where the "right to bear arms" was taken away from citizens. Civil liberties were also soon to follow as well as increases in violent crimes and murders. This week in Phoenix, AZ, the NRA convention is the ultimate meeting place for members and gun owners to share their thoughts and hopefully shape a bright future for the protection and continuation of our Second amendment.
Getting back to the title of this blog- are doctors more inclined to cause accidental deaths than guns?
Could the statistics be wrong?
Doctors AND Guns save and protect lives everyday.
Draw your own conclusions.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Whenever you get the opportunity to mix business with pleasure- it’s a good thing. Genesis Lamp VP of Sales Mark Zukowski recently traveled with USA Outback host Denny Snyder to the turkey hunting heaven of Missouri to investigate the possibilities of expanding the long list of Genesis Lamp corporate customers- and hopefully tag a couple of long beards.
After meeting at Lambert International Airport, the first stop along the way would be the Bass Pro Shops retail store in St. Charles where Mark and I had the opportunity to speak with facilities maintenance manager Darin Johnson. The sheer number of retail lighting and specialty lighting required for a facility of that size is astounding. After you start to add up all of the ceiling fluorescent lights, sodium halides, spot lights and bulbs used for displays and showcases, it really makes you wonder just how many of the lights used are in fact energy efficient lights. The energy savings alone by switching to energy efficient lighting would cover the costs of quite a few turkey hunting trips to Missouri.
A little more than a stone’s throw away from Bass Pro Shops is the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa conveniently situated just off of I-70 along the scenic Missouri river. Re-lamping a retail store would seem like child’s play compared to illuminating the Ameristar casino facilities.
Located in historic St. Charles, Mo., Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles is a short drive from downtown St. Louis. The property features a 400-suite luxury hotel, a full service day spa, an indoor-outdoor pool, 22,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference and meeting space, seven restaurants, 12 bars, a 130,000-square-foot casino and three entertainment venues. The 130,000-square-foot casino is decorated with ornate architectural details, lighting and stained-glass skylights. With more than 3,000 slot machines, 60 table games and a 19-table live poker room, the Ameristar is a far reach from the turn of the century cabin where we would be turkey hunting.
We arrived at the cabin just before nightfall and proceeded to unload our gear from my 2008 H3 Hummer. The inside of the vehicle looked like either a Bass Pro Shop retail store or a Cabela’s warehouse had exploded and it was all contained inside the Hummer. It is amazing just how much gear you THINK you need to kill a turkey. Between the two of us, we probably had a dozen different slate and box calls, “B” mobile decoys, enough 3D Seclusion camo for ten guys, a couple dozen different Butski mouth calls, guns, and enough Winchester and Federal ammo to wipe out all things gobbling in Missouri. You would think we were going to war- and we were- with the turkeys once again.
Several weeks earlier, Mark and I had come to Missouri to help out with the early youth turkey hunt capturing the opening day festivities for my outdoor television show USA Outback. We had a successful hunt with my shooter 12 year old Rebecca taking a nice long beard at first light. This time it was all about us. Mark has hunted the area for over 14 years and pointed us in the right direction to roost birds- thus ensuring us of a successful first day's hunt.
One of the best tips I can give the beginner turkey hunter is to let nature take its course. Missouri is abundant with coyotes and owls who(get it- who who- LOL)sing in unison enough to inspire any long beard on a limb to gobble and give up his location. After listening to over a dozen birds sound off just behind our camp, we were certain for some early morning turkey hunting action.
You would think that having a good connection with a lighting company that we would have sufficient lights for our stay. NOOOooooo- we get back to the cabin and sure enough the back porch 60 watt incandescent light bulb was burned out. To add insult to injury, we walk in to the kitchen to find a replacement bulb and sure enough- the overhead Circleline fluorescent over the kitchen cabinet was burned out as well. “You have got to be kidding me” I said looking in Mark’s direction. “Do you know where a guy can get a couple of light bulbs?”- knowing full well we were in the backwoods of Missouri and wireless service for the laptop to order lightbulbs at www.genesislamp.com. would be a few days away. Replacement bulbs would have to wait until our next trip because we didn’t want even the delivery guy to know about our turkey hunting hot spot.Long story short- both Mark and I tagged out opening day on a pair of long beards all captured on camera for a future episode of USA Outback. Not only did we tag toms, we also experienced some terrific fishing for crappies on Lake of the Ozarks and spoonbill fishing on the Osage river.
I look forward to returning to Missouri and our little turkey hunting heaven. One of the landowners where we were hunting is even building a new house equipped with Genesis Lamp energy efficient compact fluorescents to light things up for his guests.
What does all of this have to do with Genesis Lamp? It does not matter whether you are gambling at the Ameristar in the city limits of Saint Louis or hunting and fishing in the backwoods of Missouri, Genesis Lamp is there for all of your lighting needs. Contact Genesis Lamp at www.genesislamp.com. or call toll free at 1-800-685-5267.