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In May of this year (2022), the Beaumont Enterprise (TX) newspaper, had Front page coverage of a Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and also, inside, extensive coverage on recently publicized sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Conference.
So, what do these two topics have in common? They both represent reprehensible activity that has been occurring for decades, centuries, perhaps millennia, if not longer. These problems need responsible solutions, not misguided Knee-Jerk Reactions from public officials.
The Beaumont Enterprise, on Wednesday, May 24th, 2022, led with the top headline on Page-1, “Shooter kills 19 students, 3 adults”. The sub-headline read, “Gunman killed; Biden calls for new gun restrictions”.
Gun Violence Archive (GVA) www.gunviolencearchive.org , defines a mass shooting as firearm violence resulting in at least four people being shot at roughly the same time and location, excluding the perpetrator.
The actual statistics for USA in 2019 (latest complete numbers from GVA), indicate:
Although they are featured so often in the news media, Mass Shootings are just a fraction of the story, representing just 1% of deaths in the USA from gun violence.
There are 59 times as many suicides-by-gun as there are deaths from Mass Shootings. Shouldn’t that take a front seat in the debate?
As noted at the beginning of this article, The sub-headline of the lead story about Uvalde was, “Biden calls for new gun restrictions”. Such a response from the President of the United States is nothing more than a Knee-Jerk Reaction.
Perhaps the most obvious example of how ridiculous such a reaction was can be found in the reporting of another mass shooting – this time it was in Indiana at a shopping mall on Sunday, July 17th, 2022.
CBS News broadcast, “Gunman who killed 3 in Indiana mall food court shot dead by bystander…”
The Chief of Police identified the bystander only as “a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, which is about 35 miles south of the mall,” adding that he was lawfully carrying a gun. The Chief of Police also said, “It appears that a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter”.
In this situation, “a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter” before further damage could be done. Imagine the potential consequences if the shooter had not been stopped when he was!
Want another example of how stupid such Knee-Jerk Reactions can be?
In the City of Chicago, in 2021, there were 3,561 shooting incidents that resulted in 797 homicides, the bulk of which were the result of conflicts between rival gangs. Police Superintendent David Brown said the department took a record 12,088 guns off the street in 2021. [Most of which were illegal.]
Chicago’s gun laws are among the most restrictive in the United States. Think about how additional gun restrictions on legally purchased guns could possibly reduce the number of illegal weapons in Chicago. Ridiculous.
OK. That’s my view on Knee-Jerk Reactions to Mass Shootings.
SEX ABUSE BY RELIGIOUS
On page 3 of that same edition of the Beaumont Enterprise (5/24/2022), with almost a half-page of coverage, was, “Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers”. And on the OPINIONS page (page 8) of the same edition, under ANOTHER VIEW is a reprint from The St Louis Dispatch, “Baptists must confront their own abuse scandal”.
Last year, in Canada, the remains of 215 children were found in the courtyard of the country’s oldest residential school in Kamloops, British Colombia. All told, during May, June and July of 2021, more than 1,000 unmarked graves of children were discovered. Lots more since then, too. A Canadian government report in 2015 detailed decades of physical, sexual and emotional abuse suffered by children in government and church-run institutions.
Although we think of Sex Abuse by Religious as a fairly recent occurrence, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church alone has been reported as far back as the 11th century, when Peter Damian wrote the treatise Liber Gomorrhianus against such abuses and others.
Think about someone (like President Biden) responding to the issue of Sex Abuse by Religious with another Knee-Jerk Reaction like, “We need to get rid of all Religious Educational Institutions.” Or how about, “Since almost 43,000 people were killed in direct car-related fatalities in 2021, we should just ban people from driving”.
When will people in charge (and their handlers) start to learn that solutions come from examining the circumstances (issues) of a problem while setting reasonable parameters? Solutions need to be thought through.
Just so you understand, these events may be “news”; but the problem is not NEW.
• Mass Shootings have been occurring ever since there have been weapons to shoot.
• Sex Abuse by Religious has been occurring for centuries at least.
Knee-Jerk Reactions should be reserved for your doctor’s office testing only. They have no place in solving problems in the real world.
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2nd Lt. Lloyd T. Grubbs, A Texas Boy Killed in France
I had not known much about Lloyd Grubbs.
My grandfather joined the American Legion in about 1924. He had been in France with the 36th Infantry Division. He and several of his friends, I found later, had been in the 141st Regiment.
I did not know how Lloyd Grubbs had served until about a year ago when my curiosity got the better of me and I did a search.
There is not much available, but enough to give his service. It was interesting to find that his mother had been able to visit his grave in France.
The Orange Daily Leader reported on December 16, 1918, that the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Grubbs had been killed on October 2, 1918. They were informed of the death by telegram, there were no details given in the message. The family had received no mail from their son since August.
Lloyd Thildmon Grubbs graduated from Orange High School in 1914 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1915. He had been promoted through the ranks until he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. After arriving in France, he attended the field artillery school at Samur, France.
Upon graduation, he had been assigned to the 52nd Field Artillery Brigade.
On September 9, 1918, he joined Battery F, 109th Field Artillery. The unit went into battle in the Oise-Aisne offensive and proceeded to the Argonne front.
The position of Grubbs battery near Montblainville, near Lorraine, France, was under heavy and sustained artillery fire.
On October 2, Lt. Grubbs was hit by shell fragments in the back of the neck and spine and killed instantly.
Lt. Grubbs and several other men were in a small dugout trying to survive the heavy shelling by the German forces when the shell exploded that killed Lt. Grubbs and another officer.
Major Thomas Atherton, the commander of Battery F was within a few feet of Lt. Grubbs and was thrown by the shock of the exploding shell to one end of the dugout.
In July 1925, Mrs. Grubbs received a letter from Maj. Atherton informing her that the army camp at Tobyanne, Pennsylvania had been renamed Camp Grubbs in honor of her son.
Enclosed was a copy of a General Order for the 109th Field Artillery that gave official notice of the name change.
Camp Grubbs was a training base for artillery units.
By this time, the American Legion Post 49 in Orange, Texas had also been named in Lt. Grubbs honor.
He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial at Lorraine. There are 14,765 graves in this cemetery.
Maj. Atherton, in his letter to Mrs. Grubbs, stated that Lt. Grubbs was “a lanky Texas boy that always had a smile, and loved to joke with his fellow soldiers.” He wrote that her son had always been friendly to everyone and was one of the most well-liked officers in the unit.
In late 1925, Mrs. Grubbs was able to travel to France and visit the cemetery and her son’s grave.
“I Came to America to Live, Not to Die”-Moses Rose
ears ago while on the road to announce a rodeo at Stonewall, Louisiana I passed a sign that said “Moses Rose Gravesite” and an arrow pointing down the road. It took several years before I went back and tried to find the site.
The sign I had previously seen was gone and I drove from Logansport to Keatchie and could not find the right road. I went back home and did a search on Google and Google Maps and found I needed to find Funston Road.
On the next trip, I found the right road. I went down a winding tree-shaded road (a really nice drive) and saw a large sign that said it was the site of Moses Rose’s gravesite.
The site is the old cemetery of the family of Aaron Ferguson, the man whose family cared for Rose during the last years of his life.
There are about a dozen graves in the cemetery. It is unfenced and occasionally mowed by someone with a bush hog. The ground is rough and uneven, but there is a concrete walkway that goes past Roses’ grave and across the cemetery.
The grave of Rose has a granite tombstone. Of interest to me is that in the bottom left corner is a Boy Scout emblem engraved. There is no information about the troop that may have provided and placed the stone.
When I saw the sign on the highway I was surprised to see that Rose was buried so far away from San Antonio. It was interesting to research and find out the “whys and hows” of his life after the Alamo.
Anyone familiar with the story of the Alamo knows about the less than 200 men who held off thousands of Mexican soldiers for 13 days. Some may know about the man who left the Alamo the day before, or maybe a few days before the last day. Fewer may know much about that man.
His name was Louis Rose. He was born in La’Fe’ree, in the Ardennes region of France in 1785. In 1806 he joined Napoleon’s 101st Regiment and may have worked his way up to Lieutenant. Rose served in Naples, Portugal, Spain, and possibly Russia. He received the French Legion of Honor for service as an aide-de-camp to General Jacques de Montfort.
It is not clearly known when he came to America but by 1827, he was living in Nacogdoches and working as a log cutter and log hauler in a sawmill.
In Nacogdoches, he joined the Fredonian Rebellion and fought in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832. He had become friends with Jim Bowie and followed him to San Antonio.
The Texas State Historical Association has information about him taking part in three armed conflicts between Anglo settlers and the Mexican authorities.
After this time, there are some conflicts in his story.
At the Alamo, he was given the nickname “Moses” because of his long beard and his age. This writer has found his age stated as 50, 51, and 54 years of age. He was either the oldest or one of the oldest at the Alamo.
The story of Travis drawing the line in the sand with his sword and telling those who would stay and fight to the death is said to have come from Rose. Most historians agree that the “line in the sand” is more likely lore than fact.
Rose let the others know that he was not willing to stay and fight to the end. Supposedly Bowie said, “Rose you seem not prepared to die with us.” Rose was said to reply, “No I am not prepared to die and will not if I can avoid it.”
A bit of conflict is whether Rose went over a back wall or whether a window was opened for him to crawl out of.
Rose was able to cross through the Mexican lines in part due to his “swarthy complexion”, and the fact that he spoke better Spanish than English.
Rose made his way out of San Antonio and went down the San Antonio River about three miles then east across the prairie to the Guadalupe River, avoiding the roads. The country he traveled through was a rough country with lots of cacti and difficult terrain. He appeared at the ranch owned by Abraham Zuber in Grimes County. He was haggard, in bloodstained clothes, and had infected wounds from cactus spines.
He told the Zuber family that he had escaped from a battle at the Alamo and that all the other men had died.
Rose was nursed back to health by the Zuber family and after a while, he went to Nacogdoches. Some of the cactus spines could not be removed and would plague him for the rest of his life.
In 1840 Rose gave testimony in Nacogdoches on behalf of families seeking to prove their menfolk had died at the Alamo. His testimony helped them obtain veteran’s heir’s land grants.
In Nacogdoches, he operated a butcher shop. When he would be asked about leaving the Alamo, he would look the person straight in the eye and say, “By God, I wasn’t ready to die.”
In 1842, he left Nacogdoches and went to Logansport, Louisiana. His health had begun to fail due to infections from the cactus spines. He was befriended by the Aaron Ferguson family. Eventually, the infections became so severe that they caused him to be bedridden. He died in 1851 and was buried in the Ferguson family cemetery. He never married. His brother Isaac had several sons. In 1927 his nephew Arthur Rose presented Moses Rose’s rifle to the Alamo Museum.
A 2021 book, Forget the Alamo, written by Bryan Burroghs, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason challenged many assumptions about the battle. “Despite all the times he claimed to have been there, there is no other record, nor even a secondhand account that he ever told the story the Zuber family attributed to him.”
North of Logansport, Louisiana on Highway 5, Funston Road intersects on the east side of the highway. About three miles down the road, on the right side is a sign that has wording about the historic gravesite of Moses Rose. There are only about a dozen graves there. The site is about a quarter acre mowed by a bush hog. On the right side of the cemetery is the grey granite tombstone that has “Moses Rose 1785-1851 Soldier of the Alamo” engraved on it.
The story of the Alamo has gained heroic mythical status in Texas history. That there was a small number of men greatly outnumbered by an overwhelming force is a fact. A lot of what happened in those 13 valiant days cannot be fully documented. For example, Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson’s story varied over the years each time she told it.
Whether or not Travis drew the line in the sand does not matter, nor does it really matter if the Moses Rose of this story really was at the Alamo. It brings to mind the statement, “When fact and fiction collide, go with the fiction, it makes a better story.”
The International Boundary Marker Inside The United States.
It is out in the boondocks, but not that hard to find. The times I have been there I have gone via Logansport because I have gone to another place or two in that area. One of these days I am going through Carthage just for the heck of it.
From Carthage, you would go east on Hwy 79, which would take you past, or near the Jim Reeves gravesite. I first went to his grave shortly after the memorial was built. I was living in Marshall at the time. Over the years I have gone several times.
Hwy 79 goes to Greenwood which is on the TX-LA border. The Lickskillet General Store is closed now, but the border goes through the center of the store. Its claim to fame used to be two pay telephones about three feet apart on the back wall of the store. The state border ran between the phones, so you had to pay long-distance charges to call from one phone to the other…..Mike
International boundary markers are located on the borders between two countries. There is one at the intersection of Texas FM 31 South and Louisiana Highway 765 that is totally inside the United States. The location today is the boundary between the states of Texas and Louisiana.
It was placed when the boundary between the Republic of Texas and the United States was surveyed beginning in 1840. The marker was placed at this location in 1841.
The location is a three-acre site shared by DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, and Panola County, Texas. The marker is owned by the U.S. government. The site is 10 miles from Deadwood, Texas, and 21 miles from Carthage, Texas. It is approximately six miles from Logansport, Louisiana.
The survey crew began work on May 20, 1840, at the Gulf of Mexico near Sabine Pass. They placed a 36-foot pole in the middle of a large earthen mound. From there they proceeded north, placing eight-foot posts denoting miles from the 32nd Parallel. Reaching the parallel, they placed granite markers on the west bank of the Sabine River. From that point, they proceeded north to the Red River. The work was completed in June 1841.
As a result of erosion, the first marker fell into the river. The second marker remains. It was placed to mark the north-south meridian. The marker is the only one that remains. Others either sank into the ground or for some reason were removed.
The marker was set on April 23, 1841, and discovered in 1971 by crews working in the woods.
The survey team faced hazardous conditions due to often swampy areas and was forced to take several extended breaks due to weather and lack of funding.
On the survey crew, John Forsyth represented the United States and Memucan Hunt represented the Republic of Texas.
The marker was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1977, and was designated as a State Civil Engineering Landmark by the Texas and Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The granite pillar is nine inches square, ten feet long, and about four feet above the ground. Three sides are engraved. One side is engraved Merid. Boundary, Established A.D. 1840. One side has R.T., and the third side, U.S.
The Texas Historical Marker reads in part, “When Texas became a republic in 1836 it appointed a joint commission with the United States to survey and mark the established boundary from the Gulf of Mexico up the Sabine River and on to the Red River…This is the only known marker remaining and it is believed to be the only original International Boundary Marker within the contiguous U.S. Today the boundary between Texas and Louisiana follows the Sabine River to the 32nd Parallel, at which point it connects with the boundary established by Hunt and Forsyth.
The Texas Historical Foundation purchased this site to provide public access to the early boundary marker.”