A number of my friends confronted me for my ‘insensitive’ comments and general lack of sympathy, but instead of walking it back, I embraced my words and explained how I felt.
In the twelve years since the Columbine massacre, no stricter gun laws have been passed in this country, and the Bush administration was only too happy to let the Assault Weapons Ban expire. Since then, we have had mass shootings across the country, including the one in Arizona where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot, the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, and the Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon- the SAME week that the Newtown shooting took place.
Every single time one of these mass killings took place, I kept thinking, “When are people gonna get sick of this shit so that something will be done about it?” For all of you gun enthusiasts out there, I ask you this question: When are you gonna draw your line in the sand? How many people have to die for your precious second amendment? Just give me a fucking number!
My first impulse was to scream that we needed to ban all guns, but after I gave it some thought, I realized that banning guns wouldn’t solve the problem. If anything, it would only make it worse. We have far too many idiots in this country that would die before giving up their detachable penis, and that’s really what a gun is. If anyone tells you different, they’re an idiot and a liar.
Despite what all of the talking heads are saying, these shootings aren’t about the absence of God in schools, or the decline of our mental health services, or even about putting MORE guns on the streets, (which is the most MORONIC argument you can possibly make!) or even our lax gun laws- it’s about the culture of fear we have in this country.
It seems like from the moment we are born, we are taught to fear. As we grow, we are taught never to question, that daydreaming is a waste of time, and that it is better to conform rather than stand out. Most parents don’t take the time to explain to their children the ‘why ‘ of things; children get put in front of the TV to keep them quiet. In school, teachers are given strict curriculums to teach, with no room to let children develop at their own pace. In church, we are taught to fear God because he is ‘always watching’.
In only gets worse as teenagers because we either have to learn to conform to ‘fit in’ or be branded as outcasts for being ‘different’. Adulthood isn’t much better- people are so busy working or going to college that no one takes the time to think on or question everything they have been taught. We are constantly inundated with information- from the moment we wake up in the morning, to the moment we fall asleep. Our news broadcasts are constantly bombarding us with news about war, murder, intolerance, and hate.
So I ask you: is it any wonder that we have an overly armed populace?
If you own a gun, ask yourself why? For home defense? What are the odds of somebody breaking into your house or you becoming a victim of violence? In some cases, I would say yes. You need a gun! But do you need one with an extended clip? Or a semi-automatic rifle that fires thirty rounds per second? Come on, now…. You’re just being paranoid.
I’ve been around for forty years on this Earth, and I’ve never felt the need to use a gun or own one, and I’ve gotten along just fine. And you wanna know why? Two reasons: I don’t let my fears override my common sense, and I never put myself in a situation where I need a weapon to pull me out of it. That’s really all it takes. It may seem simplistic to you, but it’s worked out just fine for me.
I’ll be upfront with you: I’m anti-gun. If every firearm vanished tomorrow, I would jump for joy. But I also know that’s an impossible fantasy. All I want is for the government to enact some sensible gun laws, something that we can all agree on and live with. That’s all I’m asking. We don’t need extended clips and assault weapons on the streets, and neither do you.
It’s time to let go of all the fear that has been built up in the last ten years. There’s no bogeyman, no terrorist sleeper-cells in the neighborhood, and no one under your bed waiting to kill you in your sleep.
Every single shooting that has happened is because we let it happen. It’s because we allow deranged people access to guns, because we don’t get unstable people the help they need when they need it, and because we’re scared of our own shadows. It isn’t just one thing, it’s everything. It has to end.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from the Newtown massacre, it’s that we have to take responsibility for the actions that have brought us to where we are now. If we refuse to acknowledge the problem as we have so many times before, then we will end up with losses more devastating than the lives of our children. .
The cost will be our very souls.