And it begins today. The “let’s not be political”, the “people kill, guns don’t”, the “this isn’t the time to talk” and the every popular “we have a right to own guns, stop trying to take away our rights” arguments
I call bullshit. B-u-l-l- S-h-i-t. We don’t need the right to own an AR15, this is the time to talk, the gun did kill because the hand that held it was given the ability to kill so many so quickly and hell yes, this is so political it’s literally dripping with blood.
When an organization pays millions to candidates, when those candidates refuse to address this issue, when our politicians would rather accept blood money than admit everyone’s next door neighbor doesn’t need a weapon on steroids it becomes so political.
When leaders refuse to set limitation, when they instead widen the regulations so that more can own weapons but then offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ as if those empty words mean anything when put up against bullets fired so fast you can’t see them and in such a flurry that children were mowed down. When they make it easier to own an AR15 than it is to rent a car. When it’s as easy to buy a weapon as it is to buy a can of spray paint at the Walmart. When those who are supposed to be for the people are really for the people of the NRA because that’s who butters their toast. It is political.
It might surprise those who assume they know me to find out that I believe in the right to bear arms. I don’t think it needs removing but the types of arms you can bear? That needs discussion. I grew up in a world where hunting happened. I grew up in a world where weapons were not a rarity but the world I grew up in didn’t need weapons so distractive that a school full of children could be taken out in a few short minutes.
I’m talking about this here for a reason. I want to discuss it. I want to discuss why someone thinks it’s their given right to own as many AR15s as they want. I want to know why they need it to “protect themselves” or “I’m a hunter so it’s okay” I want to get your thoughts, you few who read here. Because I think you should be allowed to bear arms, within specific guidelines.
I call “BULLSHIT” on the argument that “if teachers had been allowed to carry he might’ve been stopped” Are you out of your mind? would a handgun take down an AR15?
I call “hypocrite” to anyone who claims to be pro-life but also pro-owning an AR15 because “it’s in the constitution” or “it’s what this country was built on” BULL – SHIT.
I call “coward” to anyone who will cower to their friends and family rather than speak up.
I’m sick, literally sick every time I hear of another school shooting. I’m fed up with being told it isn’t the time to discuss it. I’m angry at those who try to justify owning a weapon they do not need for any purpose. It is political. It is emotional. It is an American problem. I’m tired of people thinking their right to do what they want trumps a parent’s right to have their children come home from school alive. I’m so frikkin sick of politicians taking money from the NRA and then pooh-poohing us when we demand answers. I’m tired of hypocrites who justify only their wants. I’m tired of death for no reason by a weapon no one has any excuse for owning. I’m tired of people so worried about what the people, they want to impress, thinking that they won’t come out and say no one needs this weapon. But mostly, I’m tired of knowing that all too often parents send their children to school and then have to see them again in a casket and seeing people try to normalize or justify this.
Thoughts and prayers. Prayers and thoughts. I’m pretty sure there are no more empty words being thrown about in Washington today. I’m also pretty sure that thoughts and prayers without discussion and action are the new normal. But they, and this pattern of weekly/monthly school shootings will never be my new normal.
and thus ends a post that began on FB and migrated here to appease those who don’t want to face it. speak your mind, if you come here to see this. don’t talk to appease me. speak what’s in your heart. I might disagree but I will not attack or call you silly internet names. If you want to tell me why an AR15 is an okay weapon to have in your home, explain it well so maybe I can understand. If no one replies, that’s fine too. I needed to vent. I did. It won’t make anything better but my talking won’t stop here.
I’m tired of this. I’m tired of it happening so often, I’m tired of the powers that be telling us not to talk about it. That it isn’t the time. It is the time here, I am more than willing to talk about it.