Why Don’t We Care?
Three women were murdered in a hair salon in central Florida today, and nobody really cares. Hundreds of innocent people are butchered every year by citizens of our country brandishing hand guns, and/or assault rifles. The NRA and our cowardly legislators fearing the lack of support by their members when they are up for re-election, consider it unimportant. The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado has all but been forgotten. The right wing and the NRA continue to tell us that the easy access to weapons designed to kill only human beings has no bearing in these deaths.
When a political figure, a police officer, or a celebrity is murdered, the story is on the news for weeks and vengeance is vowed. The killer must be found. When a rich white teenager was allegedly murdered on an island while her parents were home in the U.S. on a high school graduation trip, we heard about it for almost a year. When a crazed man attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, it was several week’s news. When John Lennon was murdered by a cowardly, deranged young man, it was headline news.
I’m not insinuating in any way that these were not important. But the reality is that we are a nation of hypocrites. Important people who lose their lives are better news and better advertising revenue than an average citizen’s demise.
Those of us who expect to live lives long enough to enjoy our family in our ‘golden years’, and stay out of what we believe might be imminent danger, have a right to experience that hope. We shouldn’t fear going to a movie, having our hair done, or going to our classes at the university.
I have personally known people that were killed by angry family or former family members with hand guns. I have never known someone who defended themselves from an assault with a hand gun or assault rifle. The numbers of innocent citizens killed by guns yearly in this country is abominable. But, as I said, no one cares.
Gun nuts cite our second amendment to the Constitution. I believe in it to the depths of my soul. But it never foresaw the lethal weapons we have today. Our founding fathers never expected that a lunatic who was heavily armed would murder normal citizens attending a movie and witness them leaving in a body bag. They had one shot rifles and pistols. Stop quoting stupid slogans and spouting irrational statements.
If we continue to ignore this issue, there is only one solution. Arm everyone. Let’s say from the age of 12 we give everyone a gun and allow them to carry it openly. It’s only fair. I don’t think the NRA would disagree with this, they would enjoy the carnage.
The word most often spoken by politicos is freedom. I believe it is what our country is all about. Freedom to me means I should be allowed to go about my daily humdrum existence and not fear being shot in the head by a lunatic with a gun. I think I am as important as any celebrity or elected official. Why doesn’t our government believe the same?