A Facebook friend remarked that some Americans won’t give up guns to save children. The response she received was as swift as it was predictable.
Does that mean you also have to let go of your political party that supports partial birth abortions . . . ? Also you’re gonna have to get rid of wine, beer and spirits since it’s the alcohol . . . that kills kids in unfashionable manners. Also sell your car since most child deaths are caused by cars - not the drivers. Give it all up. Don’t be a hypocrite. Save our children.
Like just about everything these days, emotions are raw on both sides. Still, this brief exchange quickens several thoughts.
First, I’d recommend “letting go” of any political party that supports killing children via abortion or bombing. So, yes, let’s be pro-life from womb to tomb—let go of both major political parties.
Second, guns are lethal by design. A gun’s purpose is sheer force (whether used offensively or defensively). Cars and alcohol are not lethal by design. Thus there are no mass murders by way of Coors and the woods don’t teem with hopeful hunters armed with Hondas.
Third, I don’t know how anyone can deny that the US has a serious problem with gun violence. And I don’t see how anyone can say—with a straight face—that gun violence has little or nothing to do with guns.
Fourth, admitting gun violence is a problem in no way suggests that politicians can solve it. (I’m not at all convinced they even want to.)
Contra the gun lobbies, I don’t think politicians want our guns. Politicians are interested in one thing: Preserving and furthering their personal power. Our guns are no threat to them.
They do everything they want to do. They take as much of our money as they like. They fight every war they want. They make laws they don’t live by…on and on. Our guns do not deter them in the least.
So why take our guns? They’ve got a good thing going!
Maybe I’m wrong. If so, I suspect a “war on guns” would be every bit as effective as the “war on drugs.” Know what I mean?
So, no, I don’t think they’ll take our 300,000,000 guns and I don’t think they want to.
What they do want is for “gun rights” people to fear them. Why?
Follow the money.
Every year millions and millions of dollars pour into gun lobbies. And guess where millions of those millions end up? Yeah…in the pockets of politicians.
There’s no money in the taking. It’s all in the fearing.
Fifth—speaking of unnecessary fear—the overwhelming majority of gun owners are decent, peaceful, law-abiding people who are in no way a threat to anyone. They shouldn’t be feared or demonized.
Correlatively, how would taking guns from harmless people make the world a safer place?
Sixth and finally, there’s this:
I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. ~Jesus
He’s offering to rid our hearts of fear and violence. He’s talking to gun owners and gun grabbers alike.
But who in the world is listening?