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Home of the brave?

Stopping gun violence

“I kissed my daughter as she left for school today and realized it might be the last time I would ever see her.”  New Jersey mom, three days after the Sandy Hook, CT shootings

On December 14, 2012, twenty school children died of the Gun Disease, shot making gingerbread houses.  As guns beget guns, firearm injury and death spread like a virus.  Doctors, the healthcare system, have failed to protect the most vulnerable part of our population from this highly infectious illness, and innocents continue to die.

Once upon a time, most guns were owned by people with the maturity to control their use.  Lawmen, hunters, marksman, and owners of vulnerable property used firearms as tools and exercised a high level of safety.  However, guns have massively proliferated and are in the grasp of those without the capacity or desire to limit their violence.  So now, instead of improving or protecting life, guns guarantee no one is safe and the children die.

The critical question regarding any infestation or disease, which kills thousands of people, is how does it spread?  What is the method of contagion?  Lyme Disease is spread by tick, lung cancer by smoking and diabetes by overeating and limited exercise. What do guns need to proliferate and kill?  Fear.

With every gun purchased, every bullet discharged and every child buried, the level of fear in our country increases.  As fear increases more lock their doors, bar their windows, and look with anxiety toward their neighbors.  Parents listen as their children’s nightmares replace holiday hope with horror, bare their knuckles in anger, and in desperation and fear they do the only act that seems to remain; they buy a gun.  Fear is the root cause, the necessary event, for the spread of this disease.

If we are going to stop the slaughter and not simply accept the blood of innocents as the cost for a distorted view of the American dream, then we must overcome fear.  Fear of “others.”  Fear of change.  Fear of taking responsibility for our nation.  Fear of fear itself.  As long as we are so frightened that we deny the need to work together, we will fail to give our children that most basic freedom, the right to life. 

Who should “fix” this problem?  Every one of us.  Doctors, because gun deaths are linked to psychiatric illness and if they are going to be stopped mental health services in this country must be improved.  Politicians, because those they represent are frightened and dying.  Law enforcement, because criminal ownership of weapons increases gun violence and because effective gun laws are vital.  Teachers, mothers and fathers because they have a duty to raise children in a safe environment.  Leaders of industry, because a country which the world sees as a shooting gallery cannot compete or lead.  Major pro-gun organizations because they have the expertise to propose reasonable solutions, and rampant shooting deaths put responsible gun ownership in jeopardy.  Gun manufacturers, not only because of their unique knowledge, but because if they do not help stop the violence they are morally culpable for the slaughter.

Random death spread by fear terrorizes all.  The future not only of our children’s lives, but of the fabric for which this nation stands, is threatened.  Together we can conquer. The question is “does that star- spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

  

As published in Sunrise Rounds.

 

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NJarhead December 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I remember, as a kid in the 70's, hearing about some other kid who hit his friend with a bat because he saw it on Bugs Bunny. There were rumors abound that Bugs would be banned (or at least those episodes). I knew then, as I know now, there was more to that issue than Bugs Bunny, because I could never imagine doing that. All of my friends agreed. All these laws (thanks to liberal America) that are supposed to make us better are changing our society and I wouldn't agree that it was for the better. I hope I'm still alive when studies begin to show that all the liberal movements are to blame for our downfall.
Tim December 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I agree but you cant argue with morons
Barney December 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I want to be able to buy my next gun at Wawa and 7-11~~~~~!!!! Lets move forward, not backwards. If one of those teachers owned a gun less kids would have died. We need more guns folks. I think I will go order another gun tonight.
Barney December 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
HOW ABOUT MOVIE CONTROL???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Paul J. DiBartolo December 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM
And abortion laws stop the killing of innocent, unborn human beings...oh wait, that's not right. Brilliant argument "Just my thoughts;" did you think that up all by yourself or were any of those the thoughts of someone else?
NJarhead December 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM
None of those affected the Bill of Rights. Prohibition: The model for failure of big government, which is what you're advocating. I'm shocked you would even mention that fiasco.
Bill December 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM
@Just my thoughts - I have just enough. I'll wave as they march you off.
Bill December 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
@Exit82 - 100% false A responsible gun owner never would have allowed access to a person with mental issues.
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
You missed the point. Amendments to the constitutions have never, in 220+ years, ever altered the Bill of Rights. I don't mean to sound condescending, but you really need to educate yourself a bit more on our Constitution. I admit, I'm rusty myself, but the Bill of Rights is basic stuff here. The Bill of Rights will NEVER be changed as long as we are a free society.
Joe R December 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
"No kidding. So is a knife, a car, a host of other things. You probably wouldn't leave your child in the care of an unarmed mentally unstable person either." So why haven't the many maniacs used cars and knives to kill their victims? Why is their weapon of choice invariably a semi-automatic? Lanza had knives, why didn't he use knives? He had a car, why didn't he blast into the school with his car? News flash, it's so much easier to kill with a gun, especially a semi-automatic. They can easily be carried and concealed and all you have to do is squeeze and spray. All of the 20 children had multiple gun wounds, some as many as 11. As terrible as the damage that could be done with a knife or a car, it pales in comparison to a semi-automatic. These guns should be banned, they are not needed unless you don't give a damn about our country.
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
How would I know? Probably for the reasons you're claiming; it's "efficiency?" So you look right past the whole "mentally unstable person" part? Say we take what ever guns you choose out of society. Do you think the next unstable person is going to say, "oh well, I would if I could get my hands on an assault rifle, but since I can't I'll let my potential victims live instead." That's pretty naive, but I know you don't think that. I know, that YOU know that this insane person will resort to another weapon. The difference here is, you believe he won't be as "efficient" without the assault rifle and I don't know if it's because you have a limited imagination, or some other reason. But I can promise you, there are ways (illegal already) to reign down just as much, if not more, terror and death than any assault rifle. So again, WHAT IS THE COMMON FACTOR?
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Tim, you really bring nothing to the debate. Why don't you run along and watch cartoons.
Martha December 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
A responsible gun owner would not have taken her child who had mental problems to a shooting range and taught him to use weapons.
Martha December 19, 2012 at 01:04 AM
@GTWatchdawg Totally agree with that.
Tim December 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
there is nothing to debate you dont need automatic weapons period stop watching re runs of rambo read the second amendment it pertains to the milita not carrot wackers sitting in their camo boxers executive order on the way melt all automatic weapons down
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Tim, you don't even know what you don't know. Last time I waste my time acknolwedging your meaningless existence.
William Taco December 19, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Tim what does anything have to do with automatic weapons? None were used here and they still remain legal under the NFA; even after the Clinton's AWB. Are you confusing semi-automatic and automatic weapons?
Tim December 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
At a regular House Republican closed-door meeting Tuesday Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a psychologist, led a discussion on mental illness — which he described as the primary cause of mass shootings. Murphy said he told colleagues that mental illness was the common link in similar tragic incidents and "we have to stop pretending it doesn't exist. We need to understand what it is that triggers changes in someone." Republicons are good at pretending just look at the Bush Admin Ban all automatick weapons New laws on the way if you dont comply off to jail you go in yer camo boxers sands the computer
Tim December 19, 2012 at 01:20 AM
how about chopping your fingers off
Barney December 19, 2012 at 01:20 AM
English please?
Barney December 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
English pease?
Barney December 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Heading off for a chick fil a, then a little O'Reilly, and then an hour at Shore Shot range tonight. America is gooood!
Barney December 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Tim, English please? Thank you. Barneylicous
stuffin December 19, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I wonder how you would feel the if your 6 year old got shot in the face by a person with a mental disorder who obtained his automatic weapon from someone who was not considered a threat to shoot people. Don't choke on your chick fil a.
Karen Wall December 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Sal, your comment about those with autism and Aspberger's is out of line. Autism is not a mental illness. There are millions of people who have been diagnosed as autistic who are not threats in any way.
Harry Hartman December 19, 2012 at 06:53 AM
The assault weapons ban you speak of did not apply to gun show sales or private person to person sales.
NJarhead December 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I didn't say it can't. I said it won't as long as we are a free society.
~Barb~ December 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Connecticut: what no one dares to say http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZn-Pq38B_Y&sns=em
Paul J. DiBartolo December 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM
So, Stuffin, how is a determination made that a person with a mental disorder is "not considered a threat" or "is considered a threat" to shoot someone? And who makes that brilliant determination? Just wonderin?
Barney December 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Stuffin, What does me going to the range, watching O'Reilly and enjoying a chik fil a have anything to do with the potential of my 6 year old getting shot? Thanks for sharing your liberal twisted sheeple. Barneylicous

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