Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stand Up Americans

Men, we all need to grow up and realize how a small group of money men is using us, via the vehicle of the NRA, to make money and more money by creating and selling an emotional climate that all of us should be ‘packing.’ There's a need here for strong womens' voices to tell us that “Guns are America’s insanity.  And it is getting worse, not better.”  There’s a need for strong men to listen to these voices. 

Let’s take a brief look at three examples of my contention of insanity which all occurred after yesterday morning’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed and sent to the governor a bill that makes it easy for people to carry concealed weapons in schools. After the massacre, a spokesman for the Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, said that it might have meant “the difference between life and death for many innocent bystanders.” implying that the school teachers and school administrators should have been armed. Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, blamed Friday’s shooting on gun control advocates: “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”  Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee reacted to the tragedy by asking that since prayer is banned from public schools, "should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" Apparently Huckabee is not familiar with the separation of church and state embodied in our constitution, but that's another story.

“We need to look at what drives a crazy person to do these kind of actions,” said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the House.  I respond by saying that these people do these things because they can.  And one of the major factors that they ‘can’ is the easy accessibility of weapons of mass destruction like assault weapons with no conceivable purpose for existence other than taking the lives of other human beings.  Surely, no hunter would use an assault weapon, nor police officer, nor target shooter.  It was an assault weapon that was used to commit yesterday's murders.  It was assault weapons that were used in Aurora, Colorado and in Portland, Oregon.  

Women and men of America; we all need to stand up and do the right thing, the responsible thing, the thing that is most consistent with the spiritual values of our country.  Love your neighbor.  Don’t look for an excuse to shoot him.  Don’t contribute to a emotional climate that says, "Shoot first and ask questions later.”  We need to start somewhere.  Contact your state and national elected officials.  Let them know you want a permanent ban on assault weapons.  Tell them to put politics aside.

Just saying . . .

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