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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 08:51 AM

My relatives and guns

Some of them are nuts. Others do want more sensible laws. One of my experiences sums up some of it.

My 95 year old aunt passed away. She had been living in the family home with its attending collection of family heirlooms and memories. After she died, the estate should have been settled. Her heirs should have divided up that collection and settled matters.

But nooooo. The son who lived with her dug in and refused to let anybody in the house. He would not let them see, much less take, anything no matter how small. Thus began an all too familiar dreary family drama.

There were many items in that house. They ranged from 150 year old quilts to modern guns of all types. It would have been an adventure just cataloguing it. That was not to be.

My cousin, her son, had a heart attack in the yard one night. Then the house caught fire. It was an old whitewashed, clapboard house. Essentially the rooms were made of tinder. My brother got there just in time to make one foray to try and save something.

He was so proud when he talked to me. He had saved 'The Guns' from a horrible ending. I pointed out that he and everybody in that area already had enough guns to repel most invaders. From an economic or historic view, the quilts were a better bet. I wonder if there had been anybody inside what would have been saved first.

Sigh......

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Are_grits_groceries Jan 2013 OP
Denninmi Jan 2013 #1
Are_grits_groceries Jan 2013 #2
ileus Jan 2013 #3
Are_grits_groceries Jan 2013 #4
Hangingon Jan 2013 #5
99Forever Jan 2013 #6
yardwork Jan 2013 #7
Robyn66 Jan 2013 #8
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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 08:58 AM

1. That is sad.

Working as a probate paralegal, I see a lot of ugly family disputes over assets, especially non-divisible personal property with sentimental value.

What a sad story.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:02 AM

2. So true.

I really don't want to know what was in there. Too heartbreaking.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:10 AM

3. I have my GP's quilts and firearms.

Well some of them, my brother has the rest. Along with antique furniture, glass wear, misc old farm tools...

I'd dare say the firearms your brother "saved" weren't self defense firearms designed for repelling invaders.



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Response to ileus (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:21 AM

4. They weren't antiques

or anything different than what he already had. They just joined the arsenals.

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Response to ileus (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. I have some of my gradnfathers' tools and guns.

One grandfather had a Ford dealership in the '20s and had some wonderful old wrenches. The other had a beautiful collection of 78 rpm records = which we enjoy. I got a great Win '85 in .30-40 and a 16 gauge Win SXS. Family treasures. My grandmother left me her .38 H&R breaktop. Nothing modern (?).

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:50 AM

6. Thanks Grits..

... Speaks rather plainly to the gun culture mentality, doesn't it?

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:54 AM

7. Sad story that is an excellent illustration of how warped our values have become.

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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:22 AM

8. That is just TRAGIC!

I have some of our family antiques, but couldn't get them all because my gun nut asshole father had the house my great grandfather built (on my mother's side) bulldozed before I could get everything out. THis included Christmas Ornaments my parents bought in West Germany where I was born. One would think my gun-nut asshole father would have cared about that because they are apparently irreplaceable because have been searching on line for years and cant find anything that is even close to my mothers ornaments.

The only thing he was sure to get out of the house was my great great grandfather's civil war sword that he refused to give to my brother for the longest time.

NONE of this stuff was in his family, (its strange to not thinking of your father as a member of your family) it all belonged to mothers family and she is dead. EVERYTHING he EVER had was because of her. He would have been living in a dump if she hadn't married him and he has done everything to disrespect her and everything in our family because they didn't approve of him. Guess who was the better judge of character. My mother who married a total asshole to rebel against her family or my grandparents and great grandparents who I am sure saw that he drank and would not be the least surprised that he turned into the shit bag he became. I know for a fact if my grandparents hadn't died when I was so young my childhood wouldn't have been the abusive hell it was!!

In the mean time he has destroyed my family history while he maintains his arsenal. He did manage to get my grandfather's guns. Just service revolvers, I know nothing about them except they were never used and they were kept hidden under the floorboards.

Gun nuts SUCK. And there is a definite difference between a gun nut and a gun owner. Gun nuts do irreparable damage without firing a shot!

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 06:56 PM

9. Hey, those books you gave us look good on the shelves at home,

And they’ll burn warm in the fireplace, Teacher, when in Rome.

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/creek-nickel/when-in-rome-16059.html

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