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Would it be Worth the Life of One Child?

6 Oct

I remember years ago, when I used to be a reporter for a very local newspaper. I was attending a  township council meeting and the council’s discussion was focused around the proposed purchase of a new fire engine for the township’s firehouse. At that time the price for said engine was around 250,000 dollars and one of the councilmen remarked that the purchase of a new fire engine might be too expensive for the township at that time.

That’s when the mayor spoke up and said that if the purchase of a new fire engine saved the life of even one township child then it would be money well spent no matter the cost. After that the proposal passed unanimously, including the eager vote of the one frugal councilman who had brought up the idea of the purchase being too expensive in the first place.

Today I have been reading about the recent tragedy in Oregon involving another horrendous school shooting by a lone gunman and about how local school districts around the country have been partnering with local law enforcement agencies to help prepare schools and school personnel for situations similar to the one that occurred in Oregon and elsewhere around the country.

Some states even now require local law enforcement agencies to stage real time drills in which they mock invade local schools in attempts to prepare teaching staffs and students for the real thing. Many have called the mock raids frightening and hard to determine whether they are drills or the real thing and wonder why they are being staged or conducted at all.

School administrators and law enforcement personnel have answered critics by saying that if it helps to save even one child’s life then no matter how real or frightening they may be, they are indeed well worth it.

And of course almost everyday these days one can see or hear someone in government demanding that Planned Parenthood be de-funded and that perhaps the United States government should even be shut down because if it means saving the life of even one unborn child then it would be well worth the effort and the cost.

So can’t we have some stricter background checks for gun ownership and maybe tougher registration procedures to ensure safer ownership and perhaps even new gun laws that are more in tune with laws that we already have for the safe owning and operating of motor vehicles and for the regulation and use of drugs and narcotics? I mean even if they save the life of even one child wouldn’t it be worth it?

Nope! Definitely not. It wouldn’t be worth the life of any number of children or adults. Even if it didn’t cost anything… and even if everyone still got to keep all the guns they wanted. Now way. No how. Uh-uh…

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.

The Smoking Gun

21 Jun

If today in the 21st century one man with a gun can commit mass murder… then why isn’t a gun considered a weapon of mass destruction?

To say that an archaic amendment to a living constitution, made during a time when the personal weapons of men could not help one commit mass murder, is an incontrovertible right that can never be modified, is equivalent to espousing the notion that the confederate flag, born in a refutation of human value, is now a symbol of honor and freedom among men.

When will America stop embracing dumb-assery… and start embracing humanity within our own borders?

Any Given Sunday?

13 Mar


Here’s a sobering fact for the NRA and gun advocates everywhere.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health and the most recent government data available, 19% of all U.S. adults have suffered from a mental illness in the past year. In fact, Research on mental health and disease patterns shows that mental disorders are common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year, and that, overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment.

So with some 300 million guns of various kind and caliber, distributed throughout the populace of a country with tens of millions of adults suffering from various kinds of mental illnesses…is this not a certain recipe for disaster? And is it any wonder why so many horrible tragedies involving guns, occur each and every year within our country’s borders?

So, is asking for a little more control, regulation and oversight over weapons that are designed to either kill humans, along with other weapons that are mostly only used in the killing of humans, really all that difficult to understand and grasp…especially when our laws all but guarantee the potential for tens of millions of deadly weapons to be in the hands of tens of millions of mentally ill adults on any given day?!

And how can it not be indicative of an illness, mental… to think otherwise?

The Wild Wild West

19 Feb

A mother in Nevada was out teaching her daughter to drive when they were passed by a speeding vehicle. The daughter honked her car’s horn at the speeder who took offense. That driver then stopped his car in front of hers, got out and approached her and her mom with angry words. That led to the mother driving home to pick up her son who came equipped with his handgun and they drove off in search of the rude road-rager. Amazingly, She found, and for a time followed, the vehicle she had been looking for but then decided to return home without incident where soon a car described only as a four-door gray sedan pulled up and someone inside opened fire. The son returned fire and during the shootout the mother was shot and killed and the sedan sped away… No suspects have been identified or arrested.

Nevada is among more than 30 states with “stand your ground” laws that allow deadly force against people who threaten to kill or seriously harm someone else. An armed citizen has no duty to retreat from danger and, in some circumstances, deadly force is justifiable. For this, the shooter must not be the original aggressor and they must have “a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used.

So who would you say was the original aggressor in this tragic incident? The speeding car operator? The horn honker? The irate driver who didn’t like getting honked at? The mother who insisted on following that driver? The son who decided to bring along his gun? Or the armed passenger in the gray sedan who took offense at being “chased and followed”?

…And who was “standing his ground”?

Now imagine this same incident without the free and ready access to guns?

In my home state of New Jersey it is now unlawful to drive with snow on one’s vehicle lest it fly off and into the face, as it were, of other vehicles or pedestrians on the roadway causing possible damage or injury. One could be fined up to $1500 for failing to properly clean one’s car during or after a snowstorm. For some reason our founding fathers never saw fit to provide US citizens with rights to own and operate motor vehicles without regulation, even though Americans count automobiles as among our most precious possessions, and to this day no one, not even today’s politicians, knows why. As a result the regulating of motor vehicles and their registration and use in the United States is nothing new to America’s drivers. We are used to it and we do realize that the regulations, no matter how onerous, are intended to keep us all safe.

Not so with guns. In America, thanks to those same founding father’s, and their having mentioned firearms so dearly in our constitution’s 2nd amendment… gunliness is next to godliness. And so now as a result of their foresightedness, or perhaps lack thereof, A person can absent mindlessly drive down the highway with snow on his car, have it inadvertently blow into the windshield of another unsuspecting driver. Who then in a fit of rage runs said snowy driver off the road where they soon find themselves drawing their concealed handguns, standing their own ground, with guns ablaze until one or both or maybe others are shot dead.

And the only crime committed will be?

“Any vehicle with a dangerous accumulation of snow must have it removed before entering a public road.”

But Thankfully it’s not all that bad because, “No motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points shall be assessed for this offense, however, any violation of this law will require an appearance in Court.”
Appearance in court?! Oh yeah? Over my dead body! Thank you founding fathers…For making life today, that much less complicated.

“The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance”

6 Jan

Thomas Jefferson said that. Was he correct?

Right before the new year, in Idaho, a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse while visiting the local  Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired.

Mrs. Veronica Rutledge who had a concealed weapons permit in what is also an open carry state was shopping with her son and three other children, when the young boy who was left in a shopping cart, reached into his mother’s purse and grabbed a small-caliber handgun, which discharged one time.

Deputies who responded to the tragic scene commented: “It appears to be a pretty tragic accident,” In neighboring Washington state, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in November when he accidentally shot himself in the face in a home in Lake Stevens. In April, a 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home.

Over 30,000 citizens are killed by guns every year and There do not appear to be reliable national statistics about the number of accidental fatalities involving children handling guns, nor of those shot and killed by police officers, nor of suicides and other misadventures, and 2 years after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Congress has still passed no significant legislation to help better regulate guns in our country…nor does it really even appear to be a pressing problem amongst legislators, media members, or moms and dads throughout America.

We live in a Democratic Republic where our well respected constitution defines our rights, one being the right to bear arms…and we as a country collectively bear about 300 million of them. We do it so proudly that in over 30 states we are allowed to show our right off, by openly carrying them. But now we also seek laws to allow us to conceal those guns so as to not appear too showy, I guess…or to perhaps “get the drop” on the bad guys that we know are out their, lurking, in the shadows…or in plain sight…and with their guns.

But is that really what we are so afraid of… here… in the Land of the Brave? Other people and their guns? Who is it who is out there who is so dangerous in the Wal-Marts of Idaho and Kansas and North Carolina that make us feel the need to carry guns in our pockets and purses? Do we have something other to fear but the fear of ourselves? Or don’t we?

“Tragedies happen”, we like to say…even when we say it about guns over 30,000 times each and every year. But that’s certainly not an apparent reason to limit our god given rights… and clearly to many members of our society it is the victims of gun violence’s own fault for wandering about in “gun free” zones…without guns…or for being so careless. People should know better…and yet still others say that we don’t have a gun problem at all in our country. What we have is a mental health problem!

I would certainly question the mental health of a populous of 300+ million people who own 300+ million guns…but that’s just me.

But alas, we are free after all, in a free country, and so as Mr. Jefferson once said so famously, we must remain vigilant lest we lose our freedoms!

And I believe, quite tragically, and in the end, it is going to be only ourselves who we must so vigilantly watch out for.

What If?

13 Dec

What if that guy who jumped over the fence at the White House, eluded the Secret Service and made it all the way into the lobby, had done so when the President and his family were there and then had found his way up to the residence and then been shot dead by the President who was defending his family from the madman?

How long do you think it would have been before the Republican Congress had investigated, indicted and impeached President Obama and then sued him for the murder of an American citizen?

Or perhaps they would have hailed our president as the model home owner defending his family, 2nd Amendment rights, and the American way?

Which do you think it would have been?


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