These past several days following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, have been heart wrenching to say the least. The coverage has left me sick to my stomach and dazed and confused as to how these massacres keep happening. The pain, the outrage, the disbelief; it all echoes like a bad dream. I’m no cry baby, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at me.
It might surprise you to know that I am a gun toting second amendment proponent. I believe in our right to bear arms and trust our forefather’s intentions when they carefully drafted our Constitution. However, (and this is a BIG however), nowhere has it ever been stated that semi-automatic weapons were included in the privilege.
In whose mind does it make sense to allow these killing machines to be available to the general public? Insanity has come to reside in our great United States of America, backed and supported by the NRA, and I think it’s high time we did something about it.
I’ve heard the blame game get bounced around by our media talking heads. God knows, there’s plenty of it to go around: gun control (or lack of it), inadequate mental health safety nets, a culture that promotes violence and a media that glorifies it. I’d like to add one to that list: the village that it takes to raise a child.
It is painfully clear that our great nation needs to do a lot better job at addressing the way we identify, treat and manage those individuals who are diagnosed with mental illness. At the end of the day, mental illness is everyone’s problem. If you doubt it, you haven’t been paying attention.
Yes, our culture does promote violence; you have just to look at the most popular video games out there. You might be surprised (and sickened) at what you find. Freedom of speech has its cost. Though interestingly enough, Japan has a much higher rate of violent video promotion and their death by gun wounds is extremely lower than that of the U.S.
Lastly, I don’t think it takes a brain surgeon to recognize that by placing a killer’s face on the cover of a national magazine or blaring it across television screens around the world it only encourages an already crazed mentality in search of celebrity and fame.
And as far as that village I mentioned; as members of the human race and guardians of our children, we need to take notice of atypical, hostile or potentially dangerous behavior. Lives have been saved when a Facebook rant was reported or a worker was overheard threatening fellow co-workers. How many times have we heard that people were afraid of the perpetrators, or that the person responsible for a massacre was hostile or distinguishably off point? How many times has a neighbor known of an animal abuser (a proven pre-cursor to violence against humanity) but failed to ever report it? Too many.
I hold steadfast to the belief that our second amendment right can remain protected but it does not, and should not, include rapid fire semi-automatic weapons for citizens. Let us leave the war like killing machines to the blood fields of battle. Not where our children play, our citizens worship or our populace shop, eat and seek entertainment. The fact that this logic doesn’t fall under the heading of “common sense” still bewilders me beyond belief.
I have been called un-American for my view. I refuse to believe that I cannot stand by my flag and my child at the same time. A one time supporter of the NRA, I have, for years, found myself grimacing at their close minded policies and “my way or the highway agenda”. My loyalty to America is steadfast. But make no mistake; it does not, under any circumstance, come before my loyalty as a mother. My child’s safety and well being comes first … every single time.
Our freedoms seem to have imprisoned us in a country that is seemingly out of control. If we do not change the course of our present direction, we will continue along the same violent path only with more frequency and in all likelihood, more brutality. Something has to give.
Liberty and civility should go hand in hand. If you own a gun for the purpose of protecting yourself and your home, why then would you not go one step further to protect your family, my family, and all our families? These are the things that now need protecting.
Let us speak our minds and our hearts and allow them to exist on the side of humanity. Contact your Congressman and let him know how you feel. Here is a link that that lists who they are and their phone numbers http://tinyurl.com/5swkqte
If you don’t, it is only a matter of time before humanity disappears and you will be left standing holding (or looking down into) a semi-automatic weapon. Good luck with that.
If there was ever a time to be so angry that you won’t take it anymore … it is now.
If our children’s lives are the price we have to pay for our freedoms, then I, for one, will take less freedom. If we cannot protect our kids, what good are we?
The 6 and 7 year old children, all 20 of them, who were brutally murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School have unwillingly led the way to a new uprising. It is up to us to follow through.
The line forms here.