This letter is being returned to sender due to the lack of true caring for my innocent children. Prayers and condolences will sadly not restore their vibrant life force among you. Rather it appears to be a way for you to assuage your feelings of guilt for your failure to act in a proactive matter to prevent yet another mass shooting and please do question my intelligence with lines such as it’s not guns it’s mental illness when this type of thing happens only in your country. Instead of prayers and condolences for those tragically lost to gun violence maybe you should pray for help in finding the conviction within yourselves to draft a comprehensive gun law.
For every decision there is a consequence and humans frequently rely on flawed logic to justify illogical decisions.
There can be no debate that it is illogical for America to cling to the belief that the founding fathers believed ownership of guns should go basically unchecked in today’s society. With the advances in weaponry not to mention the obsolete true intent of the amendment being a well regulated militia to serve as a check upon a standing army. Something no “militia” armed with guns, no matter how high powered, in today’s world would be able to serve as a formidable foe against say an F-16 fighter jet.
The consequence of America decision to not take real action on the subject of gun control is the continued wave of mass shootings it endures. Something unique to America among developed countries in the world. No mass shooting is without its pain but none is sadder than when the life of a young innocent is tragically taken from us far before their time. Politicians will tweet and stand in front of the cameras offering prayers and condolences. But that does little to ease the heartbreak of a parent who stands over the coffin of their child tears in their eyes wondering why.
Every decision has a consequence isn’t it time we decide to put a stop to this madness and implement real gun control policies.
The problem with American politics today
is that the government is suppose to derive its power from the will of the people but the people have essentially given up their authority. Having divided itself into two parties they no longer hold politicians accountable but blindly follow the sound bites of a few who look to obtain power as long as that individual claims are to represent their party. While simultaneously taking only a casual interest in truly educating itself on the issues of the day instead the majority of them allow their opinions to be molded by cable news personalities who profit by espousing the viewpoints of the politician on the side of their preferred viewers.
Inform yourself on the issues
Educate yourself on the options
Hold your representatives accountable
Take control of the government it is after all your government
While it is true that most employees in this country are at will and thus can be dismissed by an employer for any reason and without warning. It is a slippery slope when an employer begins to control an employee’s right to free speech on said employees free time. Case in point ESPN suspending Jemele Hill for her recent tweet pertaining to the anthem “protest” which she did on her own time and own twitter account. Is ESPN infringing on Ms. Hill’s first amendment rights? Do they have the right to control her speech if she is not doing it on their airwaves? And if we were to say they have no right to suspend her then are we also ready to defend the racist who gets fired after tweeting the N word on their own time and account. See not so simple but it still is a slippery slope as it pertains to the first amendment or is it. The part of the First Amendment that pertains to freedom of speech came about due to the past practices of the King of England, who would imprison or otherwise punish political dissenters. Our founders realized a cornerstone of freedom was the ability to speak freely and without fear of the government penalizing them. The key word in that explanation is government. The amendment guarantees the government would not prohibit or penalize any individual for speaking freely. it does not say a business can not make its own rules as it pertains to its employees and their speech’s impact on that business. So in theory ESPN and for that matter NFL owners have the right to expect their employees will adhere to rules about what they can and can not say in public if they believe it reflects badly on the business’ bottom line Whoa! That sounds like if you choose to work for a company you basically forfeit your right to speak freely if the company doesn’t agree with your viewpoint. Yep that exactly what I believe it means. Complicated? Yes like most issues in America it’s complicated. All we can really do is ensure that employers don’t abuse this by hitting those who do in the pocketbook through boycotts and other type of peaceful actions that have negative financial impacts to their companies and brands. Because no matter how you interprete the First Amendment if you allow employers to go unchecked in their attempt to thwart progress by looking to silence rather than engage in meaningful conversation the voices of dissent change will never happen. Because only when the masses rise up and in one voice demand change will change take place.
There can be no doubt that we are a country divided. Sadly there can also be no doubt that much of this division is not based on an ideology by the people on what is best for the people of this country but rather what letter follows your name, (R) or (D). We have become more concerned with ensuing our “team” wins rather than educating ourselves on the issues and how it will impact us. This mentality has led to a blind allegiance to those in power. We have ceded the very government we so proudly hold dear to a few hundred individuals who profit on our ignorance. Our desire to have our “team” win means the powerful does not even need to hide their deception they do it right in front of us for as it was once said “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” The more the masses allow their minds to blinded the easier it is to manipulated them. They simply follow their “team” nodding in agreement with whatever decisions it makes. This thinking removes any sense of accountability from those in power as Albert Einstein commented “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” For any democracy to effectively govern for the good of the citizens it represents those citizens must become informed about issues that can improve their lives. In many countries around the world the government has taken away the will of its people. We seemingly have made the conscious decision to abdicate it to a small percentage of the rich and powerful depending on what letter they have behind their name. We can not continue to allow our government to be dependent on political ignorance and blind allegiance for it will surely lead to our downfall as one of the greatest experiments ever endeavored – a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
What if God answered our prayers out loud. Would it sound like this.
Whoa whoa another moment of silence, another prayer asking for condolences for lost ones coming in from the American Senate. I am angered that my innocent children continue to lose their lives and you willfully choose not to use the intelligence I blessed you with to try and stop it. A child could see the obvious your country has more gun violence because your country has more guns it’s not that difficult to figure out. So stop using me as an excuse to not take action and take action. Prayers of condolences will not bring back the life of my children who were lost. Serious action on your part will prevent another one from losing theirs.
With so many guns I wondered what well regulated Militia the Las Vegas shooter belonged to but the news never reported it.
America wake up!
The false interpretation of the 2nd amendment. The belief that our very freedom depends on our so called constitutional right to own a gun is a straight out lie. What our freedom depends on is our ability to protect ourselves and our young from harm. The very founding fathers who wrote the constitution understood this believing that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and property from what they called the depravity of human nature and what can be more depraved than the actions of the Las Vegas shooter and the many who came before him. Research shows that America leads developed nations by a wide margin in gun related deaths largely because guns are much more accessible here and where guns are accessible those who are depraved will obtain them.
We must act now and put a stop to this madness. We must get serious about gun control in this country. Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans support stronger gun control now we must let Washington know that with our voices at the voting booths. We must counter the money of special interest determined to not only keep the status quo but to roll back the few regulations we have now over the lives of the innocent and that is a lot of money to counter. In the 2014 midterm elections the NRA’s own super PAC and 501c4 political organization which can run its own political campaign. combined spent more than $27 million dollars. They upped the ante in 2016 betting on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive race spending $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one.
We can choose to continue living like this, offering our condolences, praying for the families who lost loved ones, offering calls for unity while stating now is not the time for a political debate on guns and then moving on with our lives until it happens all over again or we can choose to stop the madness and get serious about gun control.