I haven’t left, only taken a break to do much needed work. I prefer to write. Always. I became certified in CPR and First Aid this week. But… there was not one procedure that discussed saving lives from gunshots.
I’m sure by now, the world has seen the tragic shootings of the 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. For some reason, I stayed fixed to the TV all week, often staying up till 3:00 a.m. only to watch the same repetitive stories shown an hour or two before. One piece of the story always rendered me to tears, often sobbing, feeling an empathic tie to the parents and grieved loved ones.
I thought, could this be the one ? Could this time really be different, the one that moves everyone into action, because we finally say no more ? After every mass shooting in this country, we hear something has to be done. And then nothing.. Until the next one. There have been 3 mass shootings, probably more since the end of July. The Colorado movie theatre was horrific. Just when we were catching our breath from that one, someone stormed into a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and killed another 7 or 8 people. There was an incident at a mall. Okay, small time- only 3 or 4 people were killed there. And now, little children. Babies, really. Everyone felt the grief. There are still funerals being held.
I want to be clear. I hate guns. I don’t even want the police to have them, but they do. I think this country is back to the wild west, only then it was just a gun with 6 bullets or a rifle, that fired one at a time. I didn’t write the laws, nor do I enforce them. The problem is, no one else seems to either. People have this right and if they are responsible, and I’m sure most are, I don’t have to like it, but I respect it.
But what happened last week and over the past 6 months is despicable. Even the NRA was silenced. I couldn’t wait for the press conference yesterday to hear their response. And then I was sorry I did. I thought I misunderstood at first, but I didn’t. The executive vice president, Wayne Lapierre is a total, insensitive, delusional moron, who is
out of touch with reality. I have more fear now, than I did before.
His irrational solution to this problem, is more guns. He suggests we put armed police in every school in America. And.. the big question is, while he wants to keep any loose cannon (pun intended) free to buy guns, rifles and military weapons, he has no concept that this idea comes with an astronomical price tag.
Does he plan to pay for it ? The NRA has tons of money to throw at lobbyists and God knows, he’s making over a million a year. I don’t why. It’s certainly not for his well thought out plan, empathy or intelligence. This only proves the rest of the association is as crazy as he is.
He’s asking this country and every state, to support the NRA, instead of taking this opportunity to appeal and amend laws on the books, that might help to eliminate this type of violence in the future. He wants us to pick up the tab to keep his organization thriving.
Considering our economy is already on life support, and many educational programs have been forced to be cut, why in the hell should we pay to police our schools ? Local police and firefighters have already been downsized, so now we should take a limping force and put them in schools, instead of on our streets or at the places where there are incidents of crime ?
And if they can’t be there, the alternative is to train teachers and faculty on how to use guns. That makes sense. These guns would need to be locked up and out of the reach of children. A crazy gunman comes in, firing 100 rounds a minute. By the time they unlock the case and go for him, he’s already killed 30, 40 or more kids. Okay, maybe they save 30.
But again, this doesn’t solve the problem or stop someone in the 1st place. I had a debate the other night, with someone who said if they had a gun, they could have killed him. I’m sure that’s true, but not before he’s wiped out 10, 20, 30 or more people or children, firing 100 rounds a minute.
I know guns are already out there. Why not pass laws that make these high magazine assault rifles illegal ? Give people $100 for every one they turn in. I’m sure a lot of people would keep them. If someone’s found with one of these weapons, fine them $5,000 and put them in jail for 6 months. No trial, no jury. If it’s registered to them and they still have it, those are the ramifications. That’s the price they pay to play.
Background checks for everyone. That means felons, inexperienced kids and people, can’t walk out of gun shows with guns. No one needs a gun that immediately, unless they’re up to no good. If they’re threatened, they should go to the police or a friend’s or relatives.
A high powered weapon, only belongs in the hands of someone in military combat. This isn’t a means of defense. This isn’t hunting either. If you’re such a bad shot, the deer deserves to live. That’s not sport. And I don’t like the idea of concealed weapons either. Some nuts in a bar, gets drunk, someone says something to him he doesn’t like, he pulls out his gun and shoots.
So will all this stop ? No, not immediately, but let’s put a damper on it. Let’s make it really difficult. Make it challenging to get guns and illegal to own the type of assault weapons, responsible for mass shootings and murder. At least that’s a start.
i left you a comment and a note of gratitude…i hope you got it! 🙂
thank you for your comment today on my blog and for telling me about rebecca’s response here to my words about registration of the mentally ill… this has been a difficult season for me on many levels, not to mention what i see as a national tragedy of epic proportions, just now beginning to come to fruition….. very depressing and a good reason to be, if ever there was one.
anyway excuse the digression…. thank you for stopping in. i welcome your comments and wish there were more. sometimes the way this “like” thing works on wp drives me nuts but that’s not something i want to take on. 🙂
blessings upon the new year…
Thank you for your excellent post and welcome back!!! And to Linda’s comment – I am appalled at the thought of having a registration for those with mental illness. That is complete insanity. The Christmas message of peace on earth has even more urgency this year. All the best to you and yours. Merry Christmas.
Thank you my dear friend. You have been such a measure of support over the past 5 months, since I started my blog. I appreciate all your kind words and comments. I wish for you, a wonderful, healthy and joyous holiday season and start of the new year. May your blessings take you through to year’s end.,
I too, think rergistration for mental illness is warped. How about registration for alll gun users and lists of names for those having background checks. Once again, the NRA, wants to take no responsibility and take no action. I’m almost ready to re-locate. We have a lot of problems in this country
I listened to the speech. I just shook my head in disbelief. I am looking forward to 2013. I believe that we can be a positive influence for good. Remember Margaret Mead – Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has…
I like that quote. Well said, a small group is the only one that ever changed the world. It only needs to start with one voice, one action, one small gesture. I always think Rosa Parks. That started the civil rights movement
amen to everything you said…i hear there is also a movement to force those who are mentally ill to register or be on some list or something just as outlandish… …did we just drop back to the 18thc? this violence has to stop but i am afraid we are now a culture of war, it has been so long since we’ve had peace. these weapons are extensions of deeply held fears… it’s so sad… be at peace, my friend.