I have a question for all you hunters out there;
How many times have you felt the thrill of lying in wait in your perch or blind waiting for that trophy Deer or Elk to get within range of your banana clipped AK-47? None? Or was it the banana clipped AR-15? No again? Perhaps I’ve chosen the wrong weapons. After all, I’m not up on the latest hunting techniques. There must be a reason why those two weapons are the biggest sellers of all rifles in the United States.
Full disclosure: I have in my coat closet by the front door two 22 caliber rifles, one of which hasn’t been cleaned in twenty years.
I live in an area where all my neighbors have large safes in their garages or bedroom closets stocked with every kind of weapon imaginable. On certain days, I can hear many of those neighbors at the local gun range sharpening their “hunting skills”.
We can talk all day about the use of assault weapons and hand guns in this country and to my knowledge, no one has come up with any other use for them than to kill people.
The proponents of these weapons like to tell us we live in a dangerous world and these weapons are for self-protection. I wonder why that is? Could the proliferation of assault rifles and hand guns have anything to do with that dangerous world “justification” being tossed around by the NRA? Or as they and their supporters try to point out; the escalation of mass shootings and one on one hand gun violence is not a function of the guns, but the people who own the guns.
Ok, I get it now. It’s the people – not the guns. What to do, what to do…I know; let’s declare war on GUNS! Isn’t that the usual political solution in this country, declare war on the opposite end of the problem?
Stay with me on this.
Remember the war on Drugs - still going on right? The war on Poverty also, still going on? Following that logic, a war on guns is right around the corner right? Maybe not. After all, we have to “protect” ourselves.
Is there a common thread passing through the two “wars” that are going on and the one I’m proposing? Could it be…PEOPLE?
Well let’s see; people consume drugs, enact policies that have a net effect of creating poverty in our society, and when all else fails, they use whatever’s handy to “protect” themselves while they “STAND THEIR GROUND”.
Are any of these “wars” winnable? Sure. Then why haven’t we won them?
I really don’t want to get into conspiracy theories and I think I can avoid that by stating the obvious: all those things make money for someone or some group, and as long as the cash is flowing in for them, the “wars” will continue.
Isn’t it about time we as a society declare war on something and actually win it for a change? Do we really have to become immune to the daily scenes of another lone wolf destroying themself and others all because the NRA says our only protection against these folks is to arm ourselves further?
Or should we follow the NRA’s implicit advice and arm everyone – including the children, like the little ones who died at school in Connecticut eleven days before Christmas?