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The Exciting Pinewood Derby

When my nephew signed up to be a cub scout, he was bursting with excitement even more so when he got his uniform. I asked him why he was so happy and thrilled, and he quickly replied that he was looking forward to all the camping and the Pinewood Derby. Just like any young boy, he’s fond of fancy cars and putting together stuff. The Pinewood Derby which is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America would be a good venue to show off what he can do. Who knows he might even win. The dynamics of the race is fairly simple. The cub scouts, with their parents’ help, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, metal axles, and plastic wheels.

There are many cub scouting events but the Pinewood Derby remains to be one of the most popular since it has been around for decades. Another thing that the kids are looking forward to is winning a trophy. There are actually websites where you can order trophies. The quicktrophy.com for pinewood derby trophies comes in different styles, designs, and height, from the simple 4″ economy trophies to the 35″ Pinewood Championship Trophy. The cub scouts will definitely love to win those cute trophies.

A Good Guy with a Gun

The recent violent tragedy that involves the massacre of 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a quiet town of Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a new national debate over tightening gun laws and tougher restrictions on guns. But the National Rifle Association (NRA) has a different stands and its executive vice president said, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” In other words, the NRA wants to have armed security officers at all schools but was openly mocked by school administrators, law enforcement officials and politicians.

Many believe that having armed security personnel in the schools would not make children safer. And 52% of Americans right now favors in major gun restrictions, which is now much higher than the survey taken after the shooting inside a movie theater in Colorado. The NRA further says that limiting access to guns is not the answer and guns should not be blamed of the recent rush of mass shootings rather than the violent video games. NRA pointed out also, “why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect the president of the US or the police, but bad when it’s used to protect the children in schools?”

They may have some salient points in the latter parts but there is no simple, single solution in this complex issue that surrounds school safety. It is all up to the experts who they think are the solutions in mitigating the loss of lives in the future because the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, there were two armed law enforcement officers at the campus yet 15 people are dead.

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