Unrequited Love

5 Oct

Since the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been at least 142 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week…and sadly those are probably just the ones that have occurred in places where people bother to count them…because let’s face it: Here in America we don’t just love guns, we adore them. We canonize them. We keep them handy and by our sides as though they were the personification of the guardian angels of our dreams.

For what gun owner in America is not brought happiness by the purchase of their gun? To the average law abiding citizen a gun means protection for himself and his family. His gun may someday be needed to fend off an invading government, or perhaps protection from his own government gone mad? His gun will be there by his side should an intruder invade his home and threaten his family. And perhaps someday when he is out among ordinary and gunless citizens his firearm will help him save the day and his fellow citizens as he uses it to gun down that unsuspected madman who had decided to use his gun upon defenseless citizens for his own evil purposes. All of these possibilities make that gun owner smile and feel happy about his gun ownership don’t they?

And what criminal isn’t happy to possess his or her gun? That weapon will enhance his abilities to ply his trade. It will help him to stand out among his fellow thieves and scoundrels or at least place him on an equal footing. He will be able to demand respect from others and take his revenge upon them if need be. And law enforcement officers will be wary of confronting him should their paths cross. And for all of these reasons the criminal smiles when he thinks about his gun.

And what about the disturbed, disenfranchised and/or mentally ill individual who possesses or takes ownership of a gun? Their guns provide hope, solace and the potential for a quick and immediate solution to their problems should they become too overwhelming or unbearable…and in doing so must provide a sense of comfort and closure to their difficulties, which is akin to happiness is it not? In fact it seems that today most of us expect or even accept as fact that a madman’s madness will manifest itself in mass murder… with a gun.

It’s become so common and expected that no one in America has any plans to take measures to stop gun violence or to even attempt to make it more difficult to obtain and use a gun in anger or angst. Consider these explanations from some of our Republican presidential candidates:

Dr. Ben Carson: “Laws just don’t work because crazy people don’t obey laws.”

Jeb Bush: “Stuff happens.”

Carly Fiorina: “We already have laws. Let’s just enforce them.”

Donald Trump: “Whaddaya gonna do?”

And the Democrats don’t have any ideas either…at least none that they plan to pursue with any seriousness, in fear that no one will vote for them after they do…propose some kind of tougher serious gun control, even if it isn’t tough or serious.

Because when you have an unrequited love what do you do? You keep on loving the beloved. And when a lover does you wrong? You give them another chance. You make excuses. You figure, what are the chances it will happen again and you go on doing what you do…being in love.

Guns don’t kill people. Only People kill people…When people do kill people it’s because they’re crazy. I don’t know any crazy people. Do you? 30 thousand gun deaths per year in a land of 330 million? That’s a .0001 chance that it will happen to me. The freedom to defend myself is worth so much more than the indiscriminate deaths of people I don’t know. Gun ownership is written in the Constitution and everyone knows the Constitution can’t be changed!

Yes, there is no end to our rationalization when it comes to America’s first love. But as fortune, or misfortune, would have it, guns don’t love people. Only people love guns. And here in the USA we love our guns more than we love life itself…and profoundly more sad than that, is the fact that we do nothing, but prove that love each and every day.

11 Responses to “Unrequited Love”

  1. Penny Sadler October 5, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    Like the metaphor – very well written.

  2. onnovocks October 5, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    As a former gun owner I’m split on the issue. I used to take great delight in restoring an old rusty gun and firing 15 rounds through the same ragged hole @ 100 Yards. I also have to mention that the police kill more than all street gangs combined, and as a profession rank amongst the highest in NRA membership. In spite of all that, I have to agree that gun violence has been out of control for a long time and that inaction is no longer an option.

  3. ranu802 October 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    I totally agree with onnovocks comment.

  4. mvschulze October 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    The other day, after hearing the news from Oregon, I stepped outside of my normal, unobtrusive self, and winged a few thoughts on my computer, to no one in particular, except maybe myself. But, I though I’d share this here, pretty much verbatum, with no pretense of polished thought.
    –> Another mass killing, this time in Oregon. It’s hard to believe, a GUN was used! In factm multiple guns! It’s funny how so many have been killed in open places with people that had guns! Can you imagine WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if we weren’t allowed to have guns to protect ourselves from these lunatics! It’s a shame that we haven’t allowed SCHOOL CHILDREN to take their parents guns into class! At least us, as responsible adults, are allowed to have guns in our home, and in many states we can carry guns with us all the time to protect ourselves from people with guns. (!?) But the kids are on their own! Thank God, at least that us, as mature grown-ups, have the right to bear arms, as dictated in the 250 year old constitution, – still the rule of the land. (I’m just disappointed that we don’t have the right to ride our horses on the interstate highways! I’m sure bylaws of the constitution gave this right as much weight as the right to bear arms, so rigidly and rightfully upheld here in the 21st century.) Thank God also for the NRA for it fortitude and influence over those less intelligent to understand the necessity for each and every one of us to protect ourselves from potential threats.

    JUST SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS!
    M:-)

  5. prs2016 October 6, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    I am here in India, but we read about the incident in the media and felt awful. There has always been a debate on the guns issues in the USA – whether it is wise to let people have easy access to a gun. While I agree that it is people that kill people and not guns, I still believe that some detrimental steps must be taken to prevent such incidents. I believe that a spiritual approach also needs to be taken to educate such mentally sick people to lead better lives.

  6. George October 6, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    If the sight of 20 innocent six year olds murdered and stuffed in a classroom don’t bring about change, how do you alter the mindset of special interests groups, greed and egos. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t believe change will ever come.

    • prs2016 October 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Spirituality is probably the only way to changes mindsets over time. Schools and colleges must have mandatory spirituality based classes, starting from primary education. Political and other leaders must also talk spiritual at least sometimes. With such an approach, leaders will be able to use the right soft words even when they talk about subjects relating to violence. Mind you, I am advocating spirituality, not religion.

  7. Cat in the Cactus October 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    We are not allowed to have guns in Australia like the USA – thank God! It’s a shame that in Australia we don’t bat an eye now when mass USA shootings are on the news. Unfortunately we expect it now – normal in America… but it really doesn’t sound like the “land of the free” to us. Freedom means walking your streets without fear. I guess its each to their own. But because of your gun laws I will never visit the USA. Sorry. Love your blog by the way!!

  8. Tikeetha T October 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Yes, so true! I love this post!

  9. Anchorkeidi October 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    It is really sad how no one seems interested in the gun laws for selfish reasons. It is even sadder that kids are having access to these weapons.

  10. Po' Girl Shines December 1, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    I don’t believe most “love” guns. If they were to be outlawed only law obeying people would give them up. All the criminals, the mentally ill or those very afraid would still have then watch the final destruction of your society. The criminal element would have no reason to fear breaking into the average home, perhaps kill the entire family, simply to possess what they worked long and hard for. As it is they are getting braver or more bold in their evil to do this, even when they have had an armed homeowner shoot at them, in Detroit that is. Unfortunately man in general cannot be controlled by other men with guns. In fact for our armies to continue wars and the police to be armed would make disarming citizens the most hypocritical thing a nation could do, but that is the one easy way to finish enslaving their citizens or subjects. We have always had guns in my family and in my country and no one ran around shooting like this until our entertainment industry starting kicking out non-stop graphically violent movies, tv shows and video games. That’s when all this shooting for no reason started. Feeble minds are easily influenced and many are babysat my TV’s growing up. This is the real reason for our dangerous society. That and our government no longer helps the mentally ill as they used to and should.

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