I promise I will get back to lighter posts and funny stuff soon, but I have to say my piece about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. If I don’t get angry about the murder of innocent babies my own son’s age, what shall I ever care about in this life? Nothing, that’s what.
This is not a political blog, as evidence to that, we just had a major, important Presidential Election and I never mentioned here who I voted for, I simply stated that I had voted.
This is not political to me, as a mother of a five year old boy in Kindergarten, this is deeply personal, but if politics are the only way we can affect change, I’m in. When good men and women stand by and stay silent, evil is allowed to fester.
I am heartbroken over the horrific loss of innocent lives, including 20 precious babies, in Newtown, Connecticut this week. I believe it’s a sin not to speak up and have your voice heard when you can, so this is my personal opinion and it’s okay if you don’t agree with me.
We can still be friends, but I must speak up because my moral center and my God insists that I do.
More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Americans lose 30,000 lives to gun violence every year.
If increased gun control could save the life of even one child, would you be for it? Imagine if that child is your own.
I believe most people are truly good and I believe that that the good and the right eventually wins out. Half of our country thought keeping slavery was such a great idea they went to Civil War over it. They lost and fighting for average citizens to own assault weapons that can shoot 100 rounds at babies in under 7 minutes will eventually lose, too.
The way I see it, you can be on the right side or the wrong side of history, your choice, but the good and the right will win out. When the war is against our children, you will lose.
The arguments for doing nothing do not hold water. Let’s take them one by one:
1.) “There will always be lunatics, criminals or crazy or evil people who will find a way to hurt people regardless of if they have guns.”
This is absurd. Of course there is evil (Hitler is a prime example), but it is a hell of a lot more difficult to build a bomb or stab dozens of people than buy an assault rifle in this country.
A man is China just stabbed 22 children this week and all of them lived. Because of a rapid fire assault weapon, we lost 20 children forever.
And let’s talk about criminals. Most burglars would run if one shot were fired, I’m not sure why you need an assault rifle for that. I’m sickened by rape and if I had been raped or my home invaded, I would buy a gun. I have nothing against people owning guns.
But why do you need an assault rifle that can fire 30 rounds at once, or 100 rounds in under 7 minutes? It makes no sense. This is the type of weapon that allowed this man to kill that many children and adults before the police came.
How many mass killings, murders really, do we hear on the news in America where American citizens are bombing schools or any other public places? Don’t tell me about something that happened years ago or could happen. Let’s talk about what’s actually happening every few days or every two months in our country and do something to change it.
2.) “Don’t take away my 2nd Amendment rights.”
Calm down, no one, I can guarantee you no one is going to take away your right to own a normal gun or a hunting rifle or both. No President is going to do that. That is just wildly paranoid thinking. Are you in a bunker storing canned goods?
Are these people arguing to own a gun that can shoot 100 round in 7 minutes? And if so, for what? How many people have experienced a home invasion by a SWAT team? Raise your hand. No one? Exactly. And deer don’t shoot back.
I believe in the right to bear arms, but unless you are in active military duty for our country or are worried about a Zombie Apocalypse, nobody needs to shoot 100 rounds at anybody, and certainly not at babies.
“These are assault weapons. You don’t hunt deer with these things.” – Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
Laws must change and I think these types of weapons should be bought back by the government. History has shown this can work:
Australia did this after a mass shooting. “In the 18 years before the law, Australia suffered 13 mass shootings — but not one in the 14 years after the law took full effect.”
3.) “Now is not the time to have this conversation.”
This is always said by people who never want to have this conversation. No, it’s actually too late for the victims of Newtown for us to have this conversation. Now is exactly the time we should honor their memory by creating positive change that will prevent this from happening again in two months.
4.) “Have faith in God to handle it.”
I have faith in my God, but God helps those who help themselves. If you sit in a closet and lock yourself in and ask God for a hot dog, does it magically appear in your hand? No, you have to take action or you will starve to death. God has obviously given us free will and expects us to use it.
We are not going to eliminate crazy people, evil people or gun deaths in America, but we can greatly lower the number of deaths. I wish we could go back in time and lower it for those children and school faculty, but we can’t. For now we can only pray and mourn and take meaningful action.
5.) “If everyone carried guns, this would deter shooters.”
Um, no, they often wear bulletproof vests and plan to go out by killing themselves anyway, they are not afraid of dying.
Someone pulling a gun is unlikely to stop someone with an rapid fire assault rifle and meanwhile, more innocent lives would be lost in a blaze of gunfire and hail of bullets. Not to mention that if teachers had guns some angry kid would get a hold of it and shoot fellow teachers and students.
And don’t tell me all teachers in Israel carry weapons, they are at constant violent war with Palestine. Do you want to move to Israel and live under that kind of threat daily? Me neither.
6.) “This is not a gun control issue, this is a mental health issue.”
No, it is a mental health issue AND a gun control issue. Kids and adults with mental illness are not getting proper help in our society. I couldn’t agree more, and I would not want to trade places with a parent dealing with an unstable and possibly violent child.
I do not demonize people with mental illness. It is said that Adam Lanza had Aspergers syndrome. Aspergers and Autism are not linked to violent acts and souls with those differently abled conditions, on a wide spectrum, are beautiful, amazing people.
This poor young man had a sick brain and snapped in some way that I can’t know. I feel terrible for his family and for whatever hell he was living in, in his mind. He couldn’t feel pain, physical pain, they say, if he were burned he would not know it.
But what is fact, what I do know is that he had access to a rapid fire assault rifle called The Bushmaster which killed most of the victims. You can have a sick brain and a knife and you can’t do that level of mass murder in 7 minutes. Don’t use mental illness as an excuse to do nothing about gun control.
Both public health and human rights issues need to be addressed with haste.
“The people who fight and lobby and legislate to make guns regularly available are complicit in the murder of those children. They have made a clear moral choice: that the comfort and emotional reassurance they take from the possession of guns, placed in the balance even against the routine murder of innocent children, is of supreme value. Whatever satisfaction gun owners take from their guns—we know for certain that there is no prudential value in them—is more important than children’s lives. Give them credit: life is making moral choices, and that’s a moral choice, clearly made.”
~ Adam Gopnik. Source: TheNewYorker.com
Dear President Obama: We the parents are watching you, do something.
~ Heidi Ferrer, Mother of a Five Year Old Boy in Kindergarten