-From a conversation I had with a friend online about how we talk about AF-15 assault rifles in the public sphere.

For me, it’s relatively simple. I am against guns, of any kind. I don’t even think police should use guns, though I don’t know how that would work with so many guns on our streets today. But the culture of violence that we live in has got to stop.

I am also not a hunter, so it’s hard for me to understand putting hunting rights ahead of our children’s safety. Or the public’s safety. I know not everyone feels this way and were these normal times, then this could be a normal debate about gun rights. But this isn’t normal times, and we are not having a normal discussion. We aren’t doing ‘normal’ right now. We’re not doing much of anything at all, except point fingers, yell, and try to make this a political issue with sides, -rather than the public safety issue that it is.

We aren’t having a legitimate debate in Washington or in most of the media, where they are still debating whether to pass background checks-or not, whether military-style assault weapons should be banned- or not.

We’re arming teachers, we’re yelling about second amendment rights, and ignoring the 70% of people in this country who want these guns off our streets.

For me, this isn’t whether or not people use AR-15 style assault weapons to hunt with, modify them to shoot bean bags, use them to hunt for food or protect their home from ‘invasion’.

To me, whatever else that gun may be used for, that tells me what I need to know:
This gun was designed to shoot the most amount of people as possible as fast as possible.
It is designed for war.
It is designed to kill,

Why would we arm a public with guns designed to kill people in war? Why would we think this doesn’t send the message that anyone you have a problem with, you have the “right” to kill as though they are an ‘enemy combatant’ of war?

Would we allow the public to indiscriminately arm themselves with bombs that similarly could kill a lot of people quickly?-bombs designed for war or mass destruction?

Are we going to war with our neighbors? With school children? With nationalized citizens? With innocent bystanders?
-Where do we draw the line?

The truth is, no one needs military-style assault rifles to hunt with.
No one needs them to shoot beanbags, or for safety. The only thing anyone would “need” a gun like this for is to kill a mass amount of people as quickly as possible.

They have no place in our communities, our schools, our public spaces, in the hands of community police officers, or even in our homes. And apparently, 70% of America agrees -that’s a clear majority.

The guns themselves are only a part of the gun violence crisis we are facing. But they are a big part of that problem. We are the only industrialized country in the world with this kind of gun problem.

Yes, we need to do better in the way we talk about these issues. To me, this means not getting sidetracked by political talking points or inaccuracies in the media that obscure and supplant what we all in our guts and hearts and minds should know.

We need to get real with ourselves and each other about gun violence and lead with discernment:
Arming our citizens with military-style guns designed to kill people is simply wrong and it needs to stop now.


What an AR-15 Can Do to the Human Body
All guns can kill, but they do not kill equally. Compare the damage an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun can do to the human…www.wired.com


{Disclaimer: I am not a scientist nor am I trying to pretend I am, I just want you wonderful people out there to know what your being sold and to know there is a better way.}

Hey guys…

You might just be using that same bottle of pantene that your family buys from costco every other week, but listen up cause I’m going to blow your mind! Im going to explain why brand name shampoo’s (& conditioner) are detrimental to your hair and in some cases even toxic to your body.

Let me start with what everybody knows and loves: your friendly neighborhood toxic shampoo!


Now I’m not targeting just Pantene but this picture is so rediculous. However, it is one to look out for along with any “mainstream” beauty brand selling shampoo. This is because of little devils like parabens, sulfates, & even cruelty.

In my opinion condoning any of these in your life (yes by buying products that aren’t cruelty free you are not only condoning but supporting animal abuse) your hurting both the global community we live in as well as yourself. You can choose which of those is more important to you. ( I can write another blog about that later so be sure to stay up to date on this page for that.)


Parabens: the myths & truths

Parabens do not lead to or cause cancer in anyway.  That is a myth created back in the early 2000’s. However, they aren’t good for your hair. Some people say they are fine on your skin, others say they are dangerous. The truth is they are (at least in terms of cosmetics) synthetic replicas of a natural chemical. This means they aren’t inherently toxic, but they will damage your hair.


Sulfates on the other hand are just bad bad bad! These are horrible toxic chemicals, guys. The FDA says that they can be “safe” in small doses. Think about that statement for a second. They can be, meaning maybe??? HELL NO! You better not be putting that in your hair, fam. Definitely not on your skin or inside you.


Now about what they actually do to your hair: The sulfates coat your hair in a waxy shield that prevents the natural oils in your skin/ hair from reaching your ends, which might sound good but it’s really bad. You need those natural oils for your hair to grow & be strong, but the parabens strip all the oils, including those good natural ones & the sulfates keep them from re-distributing. This causes your scalp to go into overdrive trying to re-oil itself & that can lead to build up &/or an oily scalp.
oily hair

Hold up down there, my fellow dry scalp wonders, you are so not off the hook! These chemicals are doing the same exact thing to your hair as our oily scalped friends in the paragraph upstairs. In your case, though, the already small or clogged pours on your scalp are jammed shut, which means that you’ve stopped generating those good natural oils (or are not generating enough). This could be an effect of the chemicals or it could be something else. In my case, I had really dry skin to start with and thats why I wasn’t generating enough oils in my hair.

dead hair

So what do you do about it? READ THE INGREDIENTS WHEN YOU BUY YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS! I’m serious guys, this is really so important. It will honestly make all the difference in your hair if you first read those ingredients and then opt for brands that are not chalked full of sulfates or parabens. Also, make sure your always checking for the cruelty free stamp. comparing-certified-cruelty-free-bunny-logos-side-by-side

For more about this stay posted on The Write Hat & be sure to let me know what you wanna hear about.