I had trouble sleeping last night, so I got up to watch a little television…..that usually puts me to sleep straight away…..but not last night……the news was too disturbing. When I turned on the television, I heard the distressing reports of Congresswoman Giffords’ shooting.
Fourteen wounded and six killed…..senselessly shot by a “disturbed” man who was able to obtain a semi-automatic handgun.
What purpose do these guns serve? According to the NRA, semi-automatic handguns are “used in most defensive gun uses.” Doesn’t give you a clear idea of their purpose, does it? I’ll state it more succinctly….their purpose is to kill, maim or harm people.
Research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Firearm & Injury Center (whose sole mission is to “create safer communities through the reduction of injury and its repercussions to the individual, family, and society”…..a worthy goal with no political bias) states, “Firearms, especially handguns, are effective weapons with the capability to escalate often-impulsive acts of interpersonal violence or suicidal thoughts into death.” Their research also found that, when compared to other industrialized countries, violence and firearm death rates in the United States are disproportionately high……eight times the average rate of our economic counterparts.
Something’s wrong here. The Second Amendment might give us the right to keep and bear arms, but it was written in 1791…..times and firearms have changed since then.
In my lifetime, too many men who have brought hope and joy to our lives have succumbed to the idiocy of a man with a gun……John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Phil Hartman, Kurt Cobain……the list goes on and on.
Gun control can’t be completely legislated…..we’ve tried that and it doesn’t work…..at least not in this country. To keep guns out of the hands of those who wouldn’t harm themselves or others if the means weren’t so readily available, we need to stop accepting gun ownership as the societal norm…..just as we no longer tolerate or condone discrimination, spanking, smoking or drunk driving. Is that an infringement of our rights? Maybe, but it’s one I’m willing to live with.
Living life in peace ……
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one