Angry, disgusted, powerless, grief-stricken. All the things I felt after hearing yesterday about the horrible massacre of little children in Newtown, Connecticut. What I did not feel was astonishment.
Astonishment I felt to the fullest in April 1999, when Columbine happened. I will never forget that day, never forget how oppressed and overwhelmed I felt. How I brought my teenage sons together that night and we prayed for the families of the victims, prayed for the souls of those killed.
Since Columbine, the US has had hundreds of deaths from mass shootings. Of children and adults. Surprise is no longer the first emotion I or anyone else feels. But sorrow, disgust, anger, powerlessness–they are always there.
Anger is uppermost today. Because I know why nothing is being done to stop the senseless gun killings.
Simply, a lot of people are profiting from guns. The manufacturers, the sellers, the politicians who are in bed with the first two. Then add the gutless wonders of lawmakers who are afraid to be seen as soft, to be offending the powerful gun lobby, and you get a whole lot of people invested in doing nothing.
Meanwhile innocent people, including children, die by the dozens.
“You are trying to take away my guns,” said a gun-lover to me in a Twitter exchange the last time there was a shooting, not many weeks ago. “I need to protect myself and my home.”
That’s the nonsense that fills their heads courtesy of the gun lobby. People want to TAKE AWAY their guns and their rights
What the bloody hell are they so afraid of, I ask? There is a good and decent police force in every village, town and city. And why is human life so disregarded that every breach of your personal space requires that someone be shot and most likely killed? Someone in the car next to you plays their music too loud and it’s okay to shoot them?
They cite the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. How about we say it’s okay to bear any arms that existed when the Second Amendment was passed and the Bill written, but nothing else. You can bear those arms, but not assault weapons.
Actually civilian possession of military weapons, and big magazines should be criminalized. Numbers of guns held by civilians should be limited to one non-automatic gun each. It won’t stop the massacres altogether but it will reduce their numbers to the point where when there’s one, the reaction will be: “Oh, my G-d, I can’t believe this!” rather than: “Oh no, not again!”