Now You Shoot Me! Now You Don’t!

21 Sep

Well ,it’s happened again. Another mass shooting in the United States. The Huffington Post has reported that this was the 17th mass shooting in the United States this year. Of course that lit up the internet with gun advocates claiming that a mass shooting only counts when people are killed, not wounded and definitely not when just multiple shots are fired by multiple people and only a few are injured, so your 17 mass shootings may just be my 7 mass shootings.

I know that in my town of Toms River, NJ we had 2 mass shootings in the late 1990s when 4 and then 5 people were murdered by gunmen who happened to be retired police officers. Since then I have searched for these incidents whenever mass shootings lists appear in the newspaper or on the internet and they never show up…so I guess they didn’t happen or perhaps in deference to the retired police officers previous years of exemplary service they just aren’t mentioned.

That seems to be how many Americans view these tragedies. Let’s just forget about it and move on. There’s no sense in trying to prevent these tragedies because they each involve America’s God given and most basic of rights…the right to bear arms. And since America is the greatest country there ever was and probably ever will be the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is more sacred and sacrosanct to a supposed “Christian” nation than the 6th Commandment of the 10 Commandments of God.

If there had been an amendment guaranteeing citizens the right to health care, the madman who committed the Washington Navy Yard murders, may have received the proper care when, during his ER visit 2 weeks before, he complained to police that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel room and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep.

Who knows? But for whatever reasons many Americans believe that the right to carry, own and use firearms is a right that transcends all others and is more important than a persons right to decent food, proper housing, adequate healthcare or employment at a fair and liveable wage.

Perhaps our founding fathers knew that those things would just be too expensive for independent, free thinking capitalists and entrepreneurs to have the wherewithal to want to pay for or provide to others who may be less fortunate or less “equal” than the founders of the new great nation.

And now, in the short time it has taken for me to right this, another 13 people have been shot in an incident in Chicago. Is that now 18 mass shooting this year…or not? Meanwhile in Iowa people who are legally blind or…wait for it… completely blind… will now be allowed to carry, display, and use if necessary, guns in public places. After all, people who are blind can participate fully in nearly all of life’s experiences…so why shouldn’t they be allowed to participate…or create if they so choose…some death experiences?

So, While one legislative body is granting the right for people who cannot see to shoot at whatever they choose, another legislative body is doing its best to deny access to fair and affordable healthcare to those who might someday get shot!

Is this what it means to be human in the United States of America in the year of our lord, 2013? Are we  truly a nation built on the rights of mankind? And does man have but one right? Kill or be killed? And but one law? The law of the jungle?

In whatever grand design this nation was created over 230 years ago We are now most famously known as a nation of guns: exporters and importers of violence the world over, while we self righteously deny healthcare, living wages and food to our own citizens… and all the while we stand before the heavens and Earth and say that we are the greatest!

And I suppose we must be… for what man or god would be foolish enough to oppose us and say otherwise?

And I guess we all have the 2nd Amendment to thank for that.

16 Responses to “Now You Shoot Me! Now You Don’t!”

  1. Barbara Backer-Gray September 21, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Reblogged this on Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America.

  2. ontyrepassages September 21, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    I need say nothing. You said every word I wish I could disagree with…but I can’t.

  3. Harold Knight September 21, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I have one friend — real and cyber — whom I know to own a gun. Who are these people for whom gun ownership seems to be the purpose and joy of their lives? Why can we not band together politically and stop them? Are they that much more savvy than we are?

    • lwk2431 September 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      “Are they that much more savvy than we are?”

      Democrats lost Congress after the AWB in 1994. Two Democrat state senators in Colorado were just recalled.

      But no, we are not that savvy, unfortunately. If we were you wouldn’t have a chance. But we are getting more savvy every day.


  4. kqduane September 21, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Your world is upside down and backwards Why should I pay for some strangers 50 trips to the hospital because they ate til they burst, chose to do drugs, smoked, drank to excess, did sports til they couldn’t walk or aborted their fourth unborn child because they had sex with 5 guys one night and had no clue who the father was or how to care for an infant? You act as though, before the government invented Obamacare, that America was devoid of good doctors and healthcare! That’s a lie. We have always had a stellar healthcare system as compared to every other industrialized nation, including England and Canada. And the fact is that after Obamacare absconds with 1/6th of our economy and puts all of our insurance companies out of business, the 30 million of uninsured people it is supposed to insure, will still be uninsured.. The numbers will not change. What will change is the cost for the rest of us who took care of ourselves and tried to stay healthy. We’ll be footing the bill for the losers. Wishing otherwise, does not change the truth..
    As far as guns go, you are living in a fog. Dade County Florida (Miami) had one of the highest crime rates in the country until they allowed their citizens to carry concealed weapons. The next year saw a 30% decline in violent crimes. If a bad guy is going to rob you he’ll think twice before doing it if he thinks you, or someone near you, may be armed. Criminals are not known for their courage. They seek the easy target. As pat as this answer sounds, the truth is guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And to deny the rest of us the ability to defend ourselves against unprovoked violence because their are a few nuts in the world is just being niave about the truth of the matter. Do more research about the effectiveness of allowing our citizens to carry guns. The stats show that by a LARGE margin, guns save peoples lives rather than take them. Get a subscription to the NRA magazine. Every month they have a dozen stories about people who would be dead if their hd not been armed. those stories of survival NEVER reach the liberal media who’s primary agenda is to sri us of our Constitutional rights. In addition, the mass killings of late, have all been done by mentally ill people, Ft. Hood, Colorado Theater and the Navy Yard. All of these nuts showed blatant signs of being insane and no one acted on their instinct to contain them. So, blaming the second amendment for these tragedies is ridiculous. Why not blame the doctors of psychiatry who ignored all the signs of insanity in those people? Or the security people who let these gun-ladened crazies through the security check points? Let’s arrest them as accomplices in these horrific crimes? That would make more sense then blaming the guns the nuts shot with!

    • gpicone September 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Did I blame anyone or anything? I was simply stating facts and not facts that I gleaned from a single minded source. You are a very angry person and someday you may choose to go on a shooting rampage just to take out your frustrations and in this country you have that right and no one is going to take it away from you and no one is going to see it coming when it happens…least of all you. Good luck. I sincerely hope you don’t get shot and no one shoots you. Hopefully you live in a safe area where everyone has at least one gun. And the fewer people who have health insurance, the more we all pay because all of those gunless sluts and gluttons still get to go to the emergency rooms of America where doctors are then free to submit, and be reimbursed for, by our government, whatever bills they choose. Have you ever met any poor doctors or poor insurance execs? You never will. Hopefully they will all have guns to defend themselves in your future world of guns and sickness.

      • kqduane September 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        OMG. Get over yourself.

    • Anne September 22, 2013 at 4:21 am #

      1. I live in Canada where universal health care is an expression of community. I will pay for a portion of the costs of other people’s ill health, accidents, or disease, and they will pay for a portion of mine. That way, none of us is bankrupted by ill fortune. No matter how well we may or may not take care of our health, we are all subject to accidents and aging.
      2. England, Canada and the US all have excellent doctors, nurses, and health facilities. The differences are in the number of people who have access to them.
      3. Crime rates have declined generally over the last 20 or more years. This is coincidental to the increase in the number of people carrying guns in Dade County. The increased gun ownership/carrying did not cause the decline in violent crime. The gun carrying happened at the same time as other influences (social, economic, etc.) that reduced crime..

      • kqduane September 22, 2013 at 8:45 am #

        Socialism is for dependent minded people who cant take care of themselves, and everybody losses. I much prefer Capitalism, it is for independent minded people who can, then nobody loses.

  5. Seyi sandra September 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    That’s sad…

  6. lwk2431 September 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    “Who knows? But for whatever reasons many Americans believe that the right to carry, own and use firearms is a right that transcends all others and is more important than a persons right to decent food, proper housing, adequate healthcare or employment at a fair and liveable wage.”

    Part of the problem is that somebody decided decided decades ago that the dangerously mentally ill had a right to not be put in a mental hospital against their will. Charles Krauthammer had a good piece on that the other day. He was a practicing psychiatrist back then and said if this guy had come to his attention then he would have put him in a hospital involuntarily for 10 days and on medicine for schizophrenia.

    The mother of Adam Lanza was reported to have been trying to get him hospitalized but he killed her (and a lot of kids) before she could accomplish that, thanks in large part to how difficult it is now to put these people away.

    Back when I was a kid in the 1950s we had tons and tons of guns. As a kid I could buy a German battle rifle collected from the battlefields of WWII from an ad in the back of a comic book. I could buy it by mail order. People had M1 Garand battle rifles far more powerful than an AR-15 (much more powerful cartridge). Some had M1 Carbines, surplus from WWII and Korea with “high capacity” magazines.

    Kids sometimes brought their rifles to school in the one room country school I first attended in rural Missouri.

    But two big things were different back then and we didn’t have the mass shootings back then.

    1. Really crazy and dangerous people were put in mental institutions and kept there until they were not a danger to society.

    2. Kids and the mentally ill were not being prescribed tons of psychoactive drugs.

    The legal drug industry is a hell of a lot bigger, richer, and more powerful than the NRA or the personal firearms industry. See:

    Guns And Drugs


  7. A Voice September 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    You may be interested in my latest post and poem, Mr. Picone.

    This country truly is remarkable and for all of the wrong reasons. Nothing will change because people are a combination of too comfortable, apathetic and conditioned to believe they can’t do anything to change things. This country really does have to come to a breaking point of sorts and, truly, a fundamental shift in thinking needs to take place. The United States of America has shifted in the most Post-Modern way possible, the same name but the stuff inside the name is radically different from what it once was and is supposed to be.

    I stand behind everything I wrote in the Damage Over Time collection and in my latest poem. American exceptionalism extends purely to the country having the most choosing to do the least with it. What a great fucking example are we, eh?

  8. Dan Hennessy September 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Anyway , good post , well said . And , you’re right about how we just move on to the next incident .

  9. appletonavenue September 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I could not have said this any better.

  10. cwpreston September 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I’ve worked in health care for 15 years, and we don’t have the greatest system in the world. We spend phenomenally more per patient for worse outcomes on average. Mental health is a forgotten sector, many insurance plans pay little to nothing and often mental illness will cost you the job that was providing the insurance before your problem can be addressed or treated.

  11. themofman November 1, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    An amendment guaranteeing citizens the right to decent food, proper housing, adequate health care or employment at a fair and liveable wage. That’s a phenomenal concept. That should be an amendment to my country’s (Canada’s) constitution.

    “Perhaps our founding fathers knew that those things would just be too expensive for independent, free thinking capitalists and entrepreneurs to have the wherewithal to want to pay for or provide to others who may be less fortunate or less “equal” than the founders of the new great nation.”

    Which now has me wondering, what is the cost of US; at least, gun violence as opposed to the cost of US; at least, poverty and health deficits? Has anyone ever studied this? Seriously?

    What was that about Iowa passing a law that allows the blind to shoot firearms when the US can’t get health coverage and food for all in place? Huh?! That’s nuts.

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