Why am I so angry at a time when so many are mourning? Well, I too am broken; there is an ache on my heart from the unexplainable, unthinkable horror perpetrated upon Newtown, CT that has left a mark that will not fade away.
I am angry because I cannot believe that there are still so many people who can and are trying to justify their selfish wants with an excuse of rights. But today I am evoking my right of freedom of speech, fortunately this right will not leave death and destruction in its wake.
I don’t think I can stomach one more stupid comment about our 2nd Amendment rights, especially the one about how if everyone was armed this wouldn’t happen. Really? You think arming EVERYONE is a good idea? Did I miss something here? The people that do these kinds of things are disturbed, they aren’t going to stop and think, “well everyone is carrying so I better not do this”, if they were thinking rationally they wouldn’t be doing this AT ALL, whether or not everyone was carrying. They aren’t capable of rational thought at that point. And wouldn’t arming everyone just make it that much easier for the ones that are already on the brink of mental collapse…without the limited checks and balances we do have now? I’m angry because some people’s first thought is not to get rid of guns, instead lets get MORE guns and put them in everyone’s hands. Have we evolved so little that the first reaction is become the wild, wild west again? Well if this is the OK Corral–I, for one…AM NOT OK WITH IT!!
I’m angry because some of our religious leaders have chosen this tragic time to insinuate that God has let this happen because we have taken prayer out of the schools. This is some of the most hurtful, hateful, unChristlike behavior I have had the displeasure of seeing and hearing. If their God is the kind of God who lets children be sacrificed to make a point about prayer in schools they should be looking for a different God. But I know, that is NOT what God has done, and thankfully most people don’t fall for that perverted way of thinking about our Heavenly Father either. And I’m angry that some of these same religious leaders have tried to use marriage equality and gay rights as another tactic, twisting the loving of two people into something hateful. I truly question their mental stability when they can so easily turn love into something to be used in such disgusting ways. God lives in our hearts, and we take him with us where ever we go, he doesn’t live in a building somewhere waiting for us to enter…HE enters our very being. These are not my religious leaders, and how anyone still listens to them or gives them a platform to spread their form of hate is beyond me.
I know their are some who want guns for things like hunting, but really, we live in 2012, does anyone really need to hunt for food any more? And the argument that the cost of meat being so high doesn’t fly when the cost of guns, bullets, all the hunting gear, etc. dwarfs it. And if you tell me you want to hunt just because you like the feel of going out there and tracking something, getting it in your sights and than putting a bullet in a living breathing thing, well THAT really disturbs me. Call me crazy, and I have no doubt a lot of you will, (some I even call family and friends), but the need, want or desire, (whatever you want to call it) just to kill SOMETHING, really, really bothers me. If you feel the need to hunt something, trek on down to your local Walmart and stalk the meat counters, trust me, Walmart is an exercise in patience and leaves you with the feeling of man against beast.
When we talk about the 2nd Amendment, is there anyone who honestly believes that the Founding Fathers were referring to or thinking about assault rifles, either semi or fully automatic weapons when it was written? Is it a necessary thing anymore to think that the 2nd Amendment is needed for a militia? Isn’t that what it was originally intended for, so the people had the right to bear arms to form a militia? Yes, I know it was rewritten in 2009 to basically just say it is our right to have guns…just because (they more or less did away with the “to form a militia”). Because as far as I can tell, we don’t need to form a militia, (we have a huge military), we don’t need to hunt for food, we don’t need to protect ourselves from wild animals (and by the way, American Indians did fine with wild animals without guns), so really isn’t all some of us are saying is, WE WANT GUNS, just because we can? “We need to protect ourselves” you say. Well we haven’t outlawed guns and you see how well this is working. Crime rates, suicides, accidental shootings, gang related shootings, of each other and innocent bystanders,..how’s this protection working so far? And if our very own military and FBI could not determine that Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army Major serving as a psychiatrist at Fort Hood was a terrorist, ending up in a shooting rampage, killing 13 and wounding 29 others, what hope do we, the general public have in determining who is of sound mind? I saw something the other day that went something like this…” You actually think criminals are going to obey gun control laws? You’re a special kind of stupid aren’t you?” Um, no, you are a special kind of stupid to even suggest such a thing. That is like saying, “well we still have rapists, murderers, and thieves even though there are laws against those things so we should make those not crimes anymore because those criminals aren’t following those laws”. Is the 2nd amendment even realistic anymore? There may have been a time and place for the 2nd Amendment, the year 2012 isn’t it.
I don’t want to hear how the way to end these massacres is by arming everyone. How, if just one teacher had had a gun, well one teacher did have a gun…her son used it to kill her, 26 innocent people and than himself. The way to end all this violence is by putting MORE guns out there? What kind of crazy logic is that? If some say that “arming everyone” is a good theory well I say the flip side of that coin, “arming no one”, is an even better theory. I don’t want to hear that the reason for tragedies like this is because we have taken prayer out of the schools and I certainly don’t want to hear how this is because of how loving someone of the same sex and wanting to marry them is the cause. Have you people lost your minds? Stop blaming everything except what is the real reason…people’s selfish wants. What is really being said is..it is our right, OUR RIGHT, to carry something that can take the life, the breath, the very being of another human, for no other reason but, WE WANT!
I know there will be those that disagree with me, those that think I am a nut job, those that think I am a bleeding heart liberal…I DON’T CARE! If wanting guns out of the hands of the general public, if wanting a more peaceful society, if wanting these mass killings to stop makes me a bleeding heart, I’m fine with that! At least I’m not trying to justify some outdated amendment and calling it my right. I have a HUGE issue when some people believe their 2nd amendment rights are even a consideration at this point after all those children, teachers and their parents have lost their right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and their pursuit of Happiness has forever been eclipsed by this horror.