So much has been written & said about the Sandy Hook school killings that I was not sure I should say anything. As the days have gone on, I have not heard or read anything that reflects what I keep thinking about, so I’m sharing it here.
I’ve read in several publications that me & my fellow citizens of the U.S. of A. own 90 guns for every 100 of us. If this is true, figure there’s about 350,000,000 people here, there are about 315,000,000 guns out there ALREADY. Even if we decided to stop selling all guns tomorrow, that’s still PLENTY of guns to shoot every person in the 50 states.
Yes, we NEED a much saner set of laws concerning guns & gun ownership and I am glad that something may get done towards this by the gutless wonders we call politicians (I know that’s really harsh……), but LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES: gun control legislation is NOT gonna make the epidemic of gun violence go away. Because this is a complex problem; it isn’t ONE thing, it’s many things. Things like: using violence as entertainment in tv, movies, video games, the media glorification of violent crime, the seemingly insatiable appetite we have for celebrity & fame, the widespread alienation of young men of all races & classes, to name just a few of those things. Truly, if we’re looking for an easy answer – let’s just lock up all white men from ages 14 to 50, ‘cos those are the people who do these killings (with few exceptions).
Or we could try blaming all the unarmed people around. I mean if any of the Sandy Hook teachers or kids had been packing some heat, perhaps so many wouldn’t have died this time. That’s pretty much how we treat rape here – as if it is the women’s problem and we train all the females how to avoid it and blame the victims…..for being out too late, wearing the wrong thing, being in the wrong place….using terms like “legitimate rape” and so on. Perhaps not…
I know some truly wonderful people who are gun owners – mostly hunters. And these folks are SERIOUS about safety. Some of them belong to the NRA and I have had some passionate discussions on occasion about the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Here is my question:
When does someone’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms end, and everyone’s Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness begin? Before or after the massacre? Or the drive-by? Or the ex-boyfriend/lover/husband who cannot let go?
Because there are thousands & thousands of people who have been deprived of their rights by being deprived of their lives. How many more will pay with their lifeblood? How many families will grieve over those murdered using the damn-near ubiquitous tools of terror that you can buy at K-Mart?
I’m so sad about these deaths. Not just these but all of those killed by senseless gun violence. My heart is sore. But I have to ask:
Who’s next? Who gets to be the next innocent victim of someone’s right to have a firearm, to watch violent movies & television, endlessly play first person shooter video games? Let’s talk about freedom; shouldn’t freedom include freedom from as well as freedom to?
I don’t know. I’m just asking.