Okay, okay, so my hair-brained idea to tax bullets went up in er… “smoke”!! Boy, did I get some bad words thrown at me…..Listen. I knew it was an impossibility, but it was my way of trying make you think about what could be a possible way to change the fact that our nation is the murder capital of the world.
The numbers don’t lie…..the “greatest” country in the history of the modern world has the “greatest” number of mass murders…I heard someone say that there are over 300,000,000 guns in the hands of the public in America…..(I’ll type that again) 300,000,000 guns!!! so that they can “protect” themselves…..
“There is no universally accepted definition of a public mass shooting, and this piece defines it narrowly. It looks at the 150 shootings in which four or more people were killed by a lone shooter (two shooters in a few cases). It does not include shootings tied to gang disputes or robberies that went awry, and it does not include shootings that took place exclusively in private homes. A broader definition would yield much higher numbers. The people who were killed came from nearly every imaginable race, religion and socioeconomic background. Their ages range from the unborn to the elderly; 176 were children and teenagers. In addition, thousands of survivors were left with devastating injuries, shattered families and psychological scars.” (Washington Post)
One thousand seventy seven people were murdered in these shooting since 1996 (again, Washington Post)
So, three hundred million guns are out there so that gun owners can “protect” themselves……Let’s see…. All those guns, with the possibility that 0.0359, only… 4/10ths of one percent of a chance of going up against a mass shooter (That’s what the current discussion is about) …..And the number does not get much higher for those who kill with a firearm but are not involved in a mass shootings… in other words, 99.96% of the gun owners do not need to be “protected”….. unless, it is against other gun owners….. so, I figure that if no one had a gun there would be almost no need for folks to protect themselves from getting killed by a gun……
I ask the question once more….since guns are made with the potential to kill, that means we have an epidemic, doesn’t it????
What do you do with an epidemic?? You stamp it out, extinguish it, destroy it…….
Now, I’m going to repeat myself…. The Second Amendment….
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, (meaning “country”), the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
So, in English, if we need a “well regulated militia” then and only then shall the right of the people to “keep and bear arms” comes into play….
We do not need a “well regulated militia”. We have the “regulated” Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to protect us against foreign enemies so without the “need”, we do not need a militia…. So that “right” can be “infringed”!! And if it becomes necessary to create a militia at any time….… and if you think you have to protect yourself against your State or the Feds….. if that time ever comes to that….let our elected officials decide what action to take, but to have 300,000,000 weapons in the hands of the public, especially weapons of war, is ridiculous….
We need to turn away from the culture of guns. Virtually every civilized nation has done so… why not us??? Look at the numbers…..We look foolish….. and we are, if that’s the way we want to live.
There are many who do not accept the fact that we are a killer nation. They also cannot bring themselves to mentally walk away from the culture of guns. It is a mental/ psychological brainwashing, but once they recognize what it is, there is a way out, but they must run away from it. They cannot just walk away because the addiction has a very strong grasp and if they do not run it will pull you back. It is as strong as gravity so their minds must be stronger. They must give up guns, the killing machines and so others can see that it can be done, and follow.
Half step measures will not completely destroy the yearning for a killing machine. Those who are deeply brainwashed want to offer piecemeal approaches to ridding our society of gun violence but that is the only real solution. The longer we take to rid our society of guns, longer we will continue to suffer from the affliction of mass murder. Give up on guns……
Enough said, I’m out!!!