…we have been forced to a point where we’re going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it. Survival demands that we grapple with them. Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. ~ MLK Jr.
President Obama is right – we are heartbroken.
President Obama has been wrong – we all should be calling for a ban on assault weapons.
We have delayed this dangerous discussion too long enabling VERY dangerous outcomes to transpire. We are all responsible. We are all complicit in what we have done and what we have failed to do in regards to gun wrongs and gun rights in this country.
For a so-called “civilized nation” we have behaved very uncivilly. [Check out how when Australia put a ban on Assault Weapons there were no mass shootings since and check out all the restrictions on guns in various civilized nations and how low the murder rate is compared to the u.s. of a.]
Since our birth we have been a walking contradiction – priding ourselves on “the rights of man” while simultaneously holding our fellow wo/men in bondage. Waving our stars and strips while simultaneously regulating humans to the status of property and beast of burden. Heralding our land of freedom while simultaneously stripping Native AMERICANS of their sovereignty, land, valuables, resources, language, and way of life.
We have used and abused the 2nd amendment only to see it continually and literally BACKFIRE.
To the NRA – news flash
Fact 1: Guns do in FACT kill people and ASSAULT WEAPONS (ie GUNS) kill lots of people quickly.
Fact 2: children are people.
Fact 3: profit over protection is WRONG.
Fact 4: the 2nd amendment does not allow for ASSAULT weapons just as the 1st amendment does not allow for HATE SPEECH or CHILD PORNOGRAPHY just as it does not allow for POLYOGAMY.
Fact 5: your politicians’ silence can no longer be brought. the tipping point got tipped when the WHY shifted from -
why did this or that or the other killer do that horrible thing on that horrible day?
WHY DOES THIS COUNTRY SELL ASSAULT WEAPONS TO ITS CITIZENS?
that is just plain and simply unjust and NUTS>
u do not arm your citizens with weapons of mass destruction because:
1. even with a whole host of arsenal which many folks have amassed under the guise of being gun “enthusiast” (really?), or sportsman, or needing protection, or preparing a militia to take over our government – aint nothing all that stockpiling of killing machines is gonna do except for kill the innocent
2. the government has nuclear weapons, missiles, chemical weapons, tanks, automatic everything, drones etc etc etc so this wittle notion of the 2nd amendment rights being designed to allow the citizens to resurrect the minute men & women if it should need to do so to protect the nation from tyranny in 2012 is a joke – it is antiquated, outdated, misguided, a farce, a sheild and wrong
The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
1791 – this is back in the days when folks had to pack a musket and shoot and fire – ie SLOW. NOT rounds being ejected and high speed pow pow pow in a matter of seconds. This is when in the days of the dawn of our liberation from England when we really didn’t have a fully regimented army and we were probably worried about getting taken over again and thus needing a militia on guard. “A free state” meaning a free country not meaning each citizen should be armed to the teeth as they please so they can shoot down anything they see as a threat to their personal security.
So you see how the NRA nutters including crazy ole Clint Eastwood have used and abused the 2nd amendment for their own gain and to all of our detriment – including their own. Extremists are not the kinda folks you want to arm.
If anyone should be bearing arms for security – it probably should be the bears and other endangered species – including humans who have been hunted down and killed simply because of the color of their skin. We shouldn’t be arming the dangerous.
so the quest I am on is not WHY did this young man do this but rather WHY DOES OUR COUNTRY ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN?
no it is not so we can form a militia – militias in this day and age are not a good thing and they stand no chance against a government.
no it is not to protect the home – you do not need an ASSAULT weapon to protect your home
no it is not for hunting – there is not sport in that via an ASSAULT weapon and there will be little edible meat due to the mass number of bullets
so no i aint a bleeding heart liberal trying to take away all the guns in the u.s.
i am an AMERICAN and i have rights too. i have the right not to be afraid to walk down the street and worry about who the heck is packing.
i have the right to bring my kids to school without worrying a nutter will be stopping by and ending our world as we know it.
i have the right to do more than just pray and hope no other family and no other community has to face the horrors of what Sandy Hook is grappling with
i have the right to fight of my nation and the true just and right principles it set forth and to ensure they are not abused and misused for other folks profits, false prophecies, or injustices
Our hearts are broken.
We are broken hearted.
Yet our hearts continue to beat. Others are not as fortunate – they have been robbed of this fundamental right of the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness because extremists have hijacked the 2nd amendment. Their hearts beat no more and they did no one any wrong. All they did was put on their wee socks, some matching some not, pick out their clothes, fuss over their breakfast, grin their toothless grins, giggle, sputter, whine, and hug and climb the steps into their school one Friday morning on a blue sky day.
That is all they did.
BAN assault weapons now. No one needs them and no one should want them.
To any house of representative and senate member – i dont care if you are a democrat, republican, or gdi – if you vote against a ban on assault weapons, you should and you shall be voted out of office.
It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. ~ MLK Jr
this measure is WAY OVER DUE. Too many lives have been lost. Our duty is to ensure domestic tranquility not provide weapons of mass scale destruction at the fingertips of anybody.
We are heartbroken yet our hearts still beat.
Let us find the beat within ourselves to stand up for the courage of our convictions and JUST SAY NO to ASSAULT WEAPONS. We need a war on weapons not on people. And children are people.
But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.~ MLK Jr.
Peace, (MLK Jr defined peace not as the absence of tension but the presence of justice)