Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Guns

My father posted this entirely and horrifically inappropriate picture on Facebook the other day of a woman holding a gun with the words, "Israel armed their schoolteachers to protect their kids. Why did we disarm ours?"

I can't get over how stupid and wrong and inappropriate this is on so many levels.

First of all, we are not living in Israel. We are not under daily attack from rocket bombs and terrorists. (Although if you watch CNN and Fox on a daily basis, you would certainly get that impression.) And not like a gun is going to help you if someone drops a bomb on your house, anyway...

So, why again, do we need to have access to semi-automatic military assault guns like the ones that killed those twenty kids the other day?

Oh, right - because we want them. And because without them, we'll lose our freedom.

So, okay, we all have the right to own these instruments of death and terror. What now?

Now, we REALLY have something to protect ourselves against, so we start implementing increased security. We arm our teachers and lock down our schools and hospitals and shopping malls to protect ourselves.

No more unlocked doors.  You have to show an ID to get in and out everywhere. You can't get into the mall or a store without being buzzed through the bullet-proof glass.

You have to walk through a metal detector to get on a bus or a train. 

It's the same at your son's school. If you're not an approved list, they won't buzz you through the bullet-proof triple doors. No ID, and you don't get in, either.

Pretty soon, you can't walk out of your front door without worrying about who *might* be carrying a gun. And who knows what kind of gun they might have? Semi-automatic assault-style weapons are perfectly legal.That's what the definition of freedom is, right?

But, we still have our freedom, right? We can go wherever we want, and with all the increased security, we get the best of both worlds, right?

I don't know about you, but I think my son deserves to live in a world that's free of guns, instead of a world full of bullet-proof glass and fear.

1 comment:

TesoriTrovati said...

Thank you for sharing this post. I am afraid that for all the security and talk about rights and freedom we are giving up all of those things. I don't feel more secure with all the protections and proposals. I don't feel that my rights are protected when I can't feel free to walk down the street or go to my child's school without being ID. I feel less free than ever and mainly because of the disgusting vitriol that I have heard especially of late with the gun debates. What will it take for us to snap out of our own bubbles and embrace that we are in this together and need to come together to fix this? Thank you for sharing this despite the controversy. Enjoy the day. Erin