Guns make me sick. Literally, sick.
At the sight of one, I get this queazy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I feel kind of faint. I want to throw up. I want to be anywhere but where I am at that moment, to put as much distance as I can between myself and the weapon.
In this, I am no coward. I am simply sane. I am damned if I’ll show that I’m intimidated, but I’d be crazy not to be. Because whether a gun is holstered at the waist of a policeman, held pointed at me by a solider at a checkpoint, brandished by a proud collector, or flashed by a thug outside a nightclub, it says one thing and one thing only: “I can kill you.”
So with all the years of psychology behind me, with all my “experience” with guns (the sound of a bullet whistling past your ear is not one you ever forget), why do I still not understand why others don’t react this way? Why do I not understand that guns evidently turn many people on, and make them want to be the ones doing the killing?
What am I to make of a Facebook “friend” who declares herself a peace activist, quotes Rumi, and then obscenely argues that if only the teachers at that Connecticut elementary school had been armed… ? Or of another self-declared Facebook peacenik who maintains that she is “neither for nor against guns”? That’s some kind of peace on earth. Forget good will to all men. Let alone women and children.
Over half the American population agrees with the National Rifle Association’s solipsistic dictum that “guns don’t kill, people do.” As though guns had any other purpose. The same majority agrees with the argument that “incidents” like the Connecticut elementary-school shooting — only one of an average of twenty such mass shootings each year in the US — are not a gun-control problem, but a mental-health one. And in a way they don’t realize, they are right.
The United States does indeed have a severe mental-health problem, but it’s not a matter of a sick individual here and there. It’s something far worse. It’s a mass psychosis, in which this country places gun protection above the protection of human life.
Guns are the sacred cow of American politics. Could there be a falser god?
Effective gun control is a political no-go. And even if it were possible, it wouldn’t be enough. All guns are initially made and sold legally. And the guns used to kill twenty 6- and 7-year-olds and their teachers in Connecticut yesterday were bought by and legally registered to the shooter’s mother — who was his first victim.
Here’s what we really need to do:
We need to amend the Second Amendment. We need to limit the “right to bear arms.”
And we need to brand the NRA a terrorist organization, one that aids and abets terrorism. The terror on the faces of the surviving children being led out of their school yesterday testifies to that.
I am so sick of all the stupid playing politics with people’s lives. this is not a rights issue. this is a common sense issue. If they want the right to bear arms then we should go back to the arms that were about when the constitution was written.
Thank you Lesley. I’m sharing this post on Facebook. One tight slap for the gun-defenders.
Thanks for your reasoned post. Would that the rest of the world could see this through your clear eyes.
Thank you for your wise words, Lesley! Also, I think we need to mention making it easier for families with mentally sick kids to get help. And prayer for the families. T’m
Many of us feel more than sick to mention in words. I cannot imagine how the parents and relatives of those children will ever recover from such a tragedy.
In my view, the real culprits are the (weapon)gun-manufacturing businesses. As someone said aptly, ‘so many guns are already in the hands of people in the U.S. that it is not possible to eliminate them anymore.’
The manufacturers have sold so many to the rest of the world that we will never know how many innocent lives have been cut short by the guns that have travelled all over the world.
WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN? WILL THEY EVER LEARN?
When will their greed for making and selling weapons be satiated?
And please don’t give me the line, Guns don’t kill. People do. Of course guns in the hands of people KILL. That is their only function.
I don’t know if I am making any sense here – the world is an insane place right now.
Thank you for prompting me: I just posted video of Marlene Dietrich singing Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” with that famous refrain. — L.
Thanks. I wish the whole world would sing it all together. I ask all those whose hearts have been touched by this violence to pray for a world where the sanctity of innocence is respected and sacredness of places such as schools, homes and places of worship is preserved.
There is no need to amend the constitutional right to bear. Arms. Pass legislation to ban civilian sale of multishot magazine ammunition. If a mentally disturbed person only had access to single shot guns, knives, etc, fewer people would be killed.
Except for the part about NRA being a terrorist organization (they aren’t they are a lobbyist for the gun manufacturers), I agree with everything else in the post.
There are so few hobbies that carry the feeling behind owning, caring for, and shooting a gun.
So many people die every day–yet guns are what people whine about.
Cancer and other diseases takes years to kill and is degrading, expensive, and exhausting. You become your disease. A gun accident has much less chance of that.
If Sandy Hook had been a bus+train= exact same casualties, no one outside of Sandy Hook would care 2 months later.
Yes, guns can sicken you. As someone with really bad phobias, I get that, but it’s just a gun.
What exactly IS “the feeling behind owning, caring for, and shooting a gun”? And what makes it a “hobby”?
Why are we so willing to control alcohol consumption in order to prevent possible deaths but unwilling to control gun use? We have a gun violence problem that is an embarrassment (if only we were capable of embarrassment).
I will never know why all sorts of restrictions are allowed on freedom of speech (the first amendment) but to touch the second is considered in impossibility. The US has gun violence rates appropriate to a third world country. For some reason many Americans cannot be shocked into sanity when they are read the statistics.