First of all, I pay tribute to the families and victims of the Newtown/Sandy Hook incidents. Good citizens, do all you can to assist these fine people in their hours of need for everything during the holiday season.
It only takes one – we can begin everything we say and do and think in that way. One step to begin a journey; one person to start a security issue at an airport, or one bullet made to load a high -capacity magazine for an assault weapon.
One manufacturer made one bullet, and then scores of others, skewing the scorecard against people and creatures and raising the monetary bar for themselves. One company made one assault weapon, and then scores of others, weighing the scorecard against living beings and bringing in extra money for that company.
People 0, gun companies billions of $$$$$$$$$$ and bullets. Or in this case this week, people -27, gun control issues…. ad nauseam, we still talk, write laws, bicker with the NRA and with members of Congress. We still mourn, we still watch our young folks get shot down in our streets and stores, and we watch guns go off and kill people at home. We in Chicago get the weekly report of “gun violence” these days on News Radio WBBM, a tally of those killed or wounded in the city by the use of firearms. Many times the victims are teens, in the wrong place at the wrong time, hanging out with gang members or someone who might look like a person a gangster is after. Families are left to cry, to watch, to wonder, to identify the dead and, instead of planning birthdays or graduations or holidays, are planning funerals.
Guns do not kill people, people kill people, the saying goes. Unfortunately, the gun makes the event faster, harder to deal with, painful, extremely violent and disturbing. But of course the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms… but did our Founding Fathers anticipate the arrival of such extreme weapons as those we deal with today?
Ammunition -based and shrapnel – containing weapons have been around for centuries, tanks, crude muskets, cannons, blunderbusses, rifles, grenades, land mines and the like. The basic handgun comes in many forms, in use since the days of the American “wild west” and long before, for duels and such.
Militias got along just fine without the use of machine guns… so why do we need these overly -powerful weapons to begin with? What is the need to mow down anyone in that way? War was going on long before the assault weapons and the fighter jets with their high – round capabilities came along. People used slings, stones, swords, spears, pikes, catapults, shields, armor, maces and such.
What will our trusted elected officials do now in the light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School? What issues need to be considered and what needs to be set into motion to reduce the chance that such a tragedy will not happen again anywhere in the world? What will we do as the “Fast and Furious” scandal continues, and as people purchase at gun shows and online without much if any criminal or background checking? Who will monitor what goes on?
Who can say at the moment what the answers are? We must hear everyone out, consider all the options, and start to make sense.
Divi Logan, Nashville and Chicago, 2012.
- Gun Advocacy Group Responds: ‘Gun Control Supporters Have The Blood Of Little Children On Their Hands’ (thinkprogress.org)
- NRA goes on lockdown (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Proposals for gun control (arthurdobrin.wordpress.com)
- Abbreviated pundit roundup: Rage grows against the NRA (dailykos.com)
- Guns (brandrepair.typepad.com)