Monthly Archives: March 2016

Guns

Owning guns is legal in my state. People live their guns too much to give away the right to own them. It’s not hard to own one.

You need to go to the local court, apply for a license and within a week you get it, and with that and some safety training on how to handle one you can go ahead and purchase one.

Not too long ago I was at the local thrift store and as I exited there was this guy with a pistol in tucked in its holster on his waist band. I tried not to stare. With an open carry license you can carry a weapon openly.

Last week outside my house there was this guy visiting my neighbor who came out of his truck carrying a big assault rifle and a box of ammunition rounds. I guessed he had come from the shooting range.

There has been a ongoing debate on gun ownership before abd during this electioneering period.

Unfortunately or fortunately guns are going no where soon. People love their guns too much to let go. It’s a protected right in the constitution. The second amendment gives the people the right to keep and bear arms.

Texas and Georgia recently passed campus carry laws allowing students and campus staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.

After scoring as part of basic training, I liked it. The recoil wasn’t as bad as I thought. I look forward to shooting at gun ranges for now. I’m ready to own a firearm yet but my colleagues who own a couple love it.

My thoughts on it. It’s cool to own firearms as long as you are a responsible citizen. I’ve heard people out there are against guns. The mood on the ground though is for guns. Americans love their guns and nothing will take them away from them.

As a new American, I can only embrace gun ownership and maintain a level headed approach to it.  You need to watch how you react to situations because you don’t know who is packing some ‘heat’ and just wants to antagonize you.

Coming from Kenya where only law enforcement personnel carry assault rifles, it takes some getting used to seeing civilians carrying an AK47s or AR15s.

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Naturalization Ceremony

It was another milestone in this amazing journey when I become a US Citizen through naturalization. I thank God for being there with me through it all.

I made it for the ceremony at the USCIS field office nearest to my base.

The first order of business was verifying that the 60 of us, going for the naturalization ceremony had filled our Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony properly. It’s basically a form confirming no changes to one’s marital status, foreign travel, criminal offences or violations, involvement in gambling, prostitution, or any illegal activity since the citizenship test.

Our green cards were then taken away. Then ceremony then got underway. The national anthem was sung. We watched a video of different people who’ve naturalized since America got its independence.

The immigration services officer then recognized the presence of 33 nationalities that were represented in the ceremony. From The Palestine, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Canada, Bangladesh, Burma, Afghanistan and even St. Kitt & Nevis..58 of us were changing names so a federal judge was presiding over the ceremony.

The Oath of Allegiance followed. We swore to renounce our former countries of birth or citizenship. We would bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America. We were now Americans. Just like that.

The federal judge gave a speech about all the anti immigration rhetoric going on in the presidential campaigns and how it doesn’t augur well with American history as a county of immigrants. The different cultures, languages, foods, dress, religions and much more had taught him a lot about the world outside of America while he was a student at Harvard University. It was a great speech.

A private from the US Army who was naturalizing too led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. A message from the President of the United States of America welcomed us into this great country.

The ceremony was over. We signed our Certificates of Naturalization, got voter registration forms and a package with the US constitution, passport application forms and the Oath of Allegiance.

My colleague had accompanied me for the ceremony. We had lunch and headed back to base. I managed to update my government records with the new names, ordered new name tags for my uniforms and even visited the local Social Security Administration offices. I was informed I had to wait for 10 days for USCIS to reflect the name change on other government agencies systems.

I can now start the process of filing an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative for my wife.

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