Guns and Bullets
I was struck by a political cartoon in a recent issue of our local paper. Four Founding Fathers were depicted standing around a table pondering a paper entitled, We the People. The talking caption was one Founding Father saying, “Should we make it clear that we’re talking about the right to bear arms that take 10 minutes to load and fire one bullet?”
Please don’t misunderstand that I think we should return to some far time in the past when everything was so perfect and so wise.
However, I’m tired of the NRA rhetoric concerning the right to bear military type arms when one is not in the active military.
I’m appalled at seeing horrific scenes of the dead from schools, workplaces, malls, movie theaters, churches, and clubs. Horrific.
I’m upset that our government, all of it…state and federal alike, have not had any success in addressing this issue, in large part due to the lobbying clout of the NRA.
And yes, I understand the mentally ill are among us. There was a time when family and friends knew better than to let a gun fall into the hands of the mentally ill. As a society, we are now having a more difficult time identifying the mentally ill until something horrific happens.
Today, the mentally ill have jobs, they go to college, they get married, they have children, they go hunting, and they buy guns. Some function at high levels, some not so much. But that is not the point. Suffice it to say, we don’t always know who is capable of these horrific crimes. Anyone who knows me will not think me capable of committing an act of mass destruction against innocent people. However, just in case you really don’t know me all that well and I am actually walking around looking and talking sane at the moment, if my access to military style assault weapons is limited, or not so easy for me to buy, then perhaps I won’t be able to do so much damage when, or if, I reached a point of insanity.
Or let’s just say I am filled with hate for a particular group of people. Let’s say I’ve been planning an attack for some time. Perhaps I am a loner, living in a tunnel, far away from people who love me. If so, it will be difficult for anyone to determine or see signs of my hate and insanity. I would be under everyone’s radar.
But, what if that isn’t the case? What if I am living with my husband, interacting with my family members and in all ways acting rational except that I am spending more time at gun shows, buying new rapid-fire guns, and stockpiling lots of bullets? Instead of going to the firing range once a month, I’m going every day. Does anyone see a few red flags here? Does any family member talk to me or ask me what’s up with the Annie Oakley routine? I hope and pray someone would see the unusual behavior and get me some help.
There are duck hunters in my family. Duck hunters can legally have 3 shells in the gun’s chamber. If they can’t hit the duck with three shells, well that’s one lucky duck. As a human being, I do believe that if we can have rules for ducks, we should be able to make a few for people. We need to demand from our elected officials some modicum of protection from the insane or just plain hateful terroristic persons that live among us.