“Our thoughts and prayers…” blah, blah, blah.
I am so bone-tired of watching us gather together as predictably as hearing the gun-related platitudes drip out of the mouths of any and every politician who can find a film crew willing to record their sadness at the latest tragedy…this time, the high school shooting in Parkland, FL.
The darker side to my weariness is wondering if all the blabber isn’t engineered to misdirect and otherwise thwart substantive action by us, about us, and what we deem is acceptable in our tribe when it comes to guns.
We, as a group establish limits on smoking, drinking, driving and voting. But when it comes to firearms, we don’t. Why?
I get the 2nd Amendment. I support it. I urge you to read the history behind the Founding Fathers and their belief in the role of a well-regulated militia, the practicality of citizens being able to grab their gun and head to the fight, etc. But this many centuries later, I would submit even the NRA would be hard-pressed to justify classifying shoulder-launched missiles as ‘recreational’.
This morning, I actually heard a Congressman say he knew people who went hunting with AR-15 assault rifles. Huh? I have to ask:
“How heavily armed are the deer and have they
joined forces with the squirrels?”
By that logic, the alleged sportsman in question won’t be satisfied until they have ‘the freedom’ to use an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter the next time geese fly South. I don’t know any home owners, hunters or sportsman – not one – that abdicates their responsibility in the use and ownership of their weapons. In fact, they are pretty hard-core advocates on the subjects revolving around gun safety. But not our legislators. Hmm?
So what do we do? How about removing the elected merchandise the NRA’s been buying? I say we join our kids and their call for a national march on Washington in March (how poetic, eh?). There are 17 families who will remember Valentines Day 2018 as the day they joined the thousands of families for whom gun violence has become intensely personal.
Knowing that many teenagers will be voting for the 1st time in the 2018 mid-terms, I say it’s high time we make it personal for those in elected office. Here are some links to make it easy for you to lend your support to the kids, their families and all of us who support them.
Marching isn’t voting, but if you remember our history, every time we have ever successfully gotten to the voting booth, we’ve gotten there on foot and we’ve gotten there together.
Banner Coastal Redwood Forest by Eric E Photography is used with permission.
Vigil: http://www.prokerala.com/news/photos/u-s-parkland-high-school-mass-shooting-vigil-330879.html#photo-2; NRA Political Contributions Chart https://sbloom2.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/2017-medley-30/; https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html?smid=fb-share; Parkland’s 17: http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a18203603/florida-school-shooting-victims-list/