gratitude-a-thon day 19: Obama’s Gun Violence Proposals

Connecticut School Shooting
It could have happened anywhere. It shouldn’t have happened at all.

The gun thing. There are two sides of it. And yet, I can’t imagine anybody not THINKING EXACTLY LIKE I DO HERE. I can’t help myself. It seems clear to me. BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WHO NEEDS ASSAULT WEAPONS TO HUNT, OR PROTECT THEMSELVES? WHO NEEDS ASSAULT WEAPONS UNLESS THERE IS A WAR GOING ON AND YOU ARE A SOLDIER ON THE FRONT LINES OF SAID WAR, or you are a hit man in a Scorsese movie? And even then, I hate them, even when they’re pretend. BECAUSE WEAPONS KILL PEOPLE AND I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS (and I don’t actually understand why we can’t do what we tell our kids to do when they’re little and trying to solve a dispute: USE YOUR WORDS). As the whole country was shocked by the Sandy Hook shootings, I too, was devastated. Not because I knew anyone, but because it could have been my kids, or your kids. Having grown up in the town next to Sandy Hook, it felt even more real to me than some of the other unspeakable things that have happened concerning guns over the years. I could imagine the streets, and the kind of people who live in Newtown, because that’s the kind of place I’m from. People scream “Second Amendment.” I say let’s mature with the times, shall we? There are no more militias, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. The second amendment was written a very long time ago. THE ONLY ARMS I’M IN SUPPORT OF BARING ARE THOSE OF MICHELLE OBAMA. I say, let’s all pray, or meditate, or whatever you do internally when you want something to happen (I do a sort of a mixture of a prayer/meditation/plea/wish/beg/make-a-deal sort of thing.) that the President can create an environment where Congress will thoughtfully put aside “politics” and the Republican vs. Democrat mentality, and pass the proposals that will at least take some guns out of our hands. Yes, I’m also for more funds and less stigma when it comes to mental illnesss, too (but that’s another post). Right now, let’s get rid of the magazines, unless you’re talking about The New Yorker, or People. Sadly, it took one mentally ill person to shoot up a classroom full of six and seven year olds to make something happen, to cause outrage, to get people talking. Let’s not wait for more children to die in the safety of their school, or street. It’s time. No background checks at gun shows? Let’s remember that we’re all people. Let’s use our words as weapons here, and act as our best selves.

4 thoughts on “gratitude-a-thon day 19: Obama’s Gun Violence Proposals

  1. Well said Toni. Today Jim’s daughter sent him an email saying she was getting pistol and going for shooting lessons. She asked if he would want to join her. I told him to say to her that the only arms he wanted around himself were mine. He sent her the email telling her that. 🙂 Why do people still want guns with this happening around us. Are they trying to protect themselves? Jim and I just said we don’t get it. Of course her boyfriend is in the special services and sleeps with guns under his pillow, so that is probably influencing her. It is all scary to me. Jim’s brother went to a gun show in Florida this past year and said all the people there were scary and he wouldn’t trust any of them with guns.

    1. man, suzin, I DON’T GET IT EITHER. i am of a different mind set. i don’t mind giving up my right to have a gun in my house TO PROTECT MYSELF. i hate to be judgemental, but on this topic, i feel justified. it’s just amazing how many gun deaths a day there are. i am baffled by the NRA. i am really praying that we obama’s plan can get through congress. fingers crossed. xo

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