Stories about our grandchildren are my favorite topics. Sharing stories about the adventures shared with our children and grandchildren are one of my greatest joys. I prefer to write the ‘fun’ stories related to the generation twice removed from mine. Writing about the quagmire that is our political reality is not my favorite topic.
After experiencing yet another mass shooting of children it behooves me to take on the quagmire once again. I must address the political morass because the inaction of Washington politicians has ended joyful adventures for the grandparents of seventeen young people here in Parkland, Florida.
We can throw around statistics like there are 89 guns for every 100 American and the second most guns are in Yemen where there are 54 guns for every 100 citizens (and they are in the middle of a civil war). The NRA and its minions are not listening.
We can talk until we are out of words about how Americans own 48% of the 650 million civilian guns worldwide.
The NRA and its minions don’t care.
We can argue that the US is 5% of the world’s population and accounts for 31% of mass shootings worldwide. The NRA and its disciples simply ignore the facts.
We can repeat the sad fact that there are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world. The NRA and its adherents claim that is the price of freedom.
The NRA spends over 3 million dollars annually on lobbying in Washington DC. That figure does not include funds spent on local elections. There is no desire to stop the killing of our grandchildren only the desire to sell more weapons and ammunition.
I am not an anti-NRA person. Somewhere in my ‘stuff’ are two NRA certificates for completion of rifle and shotgun courses. My in-laws are all NRA members and own several guns used for hunting in the woods of Pennsylvania.
I am anti-stupid. Stupid is putting semi-automatic and automatic weapons in the hands of any civilian who has the money to purchase one. Stupid is claiming owning a military style weapon is a second amendment right. Stupid is claiming, again and again, that America somehow has more mentally ill people committing murder than other countries. Stupid is the claim that more guns will make US citizens safer. Really!
The one fact that cannot be argued, intelligently, is that the country with the most guns is the country with the most mass murders.
I have the privilege to share stories about my grandchildren because they have not been murdered by someone with a gun.
Too many grandparents no longer have that opportunity.
Here is the point. The second amendment was written to protect the right of an individual to own a gun that could be fired one time before it had to be reloaded. The founding fathers never intended the second amendment to be misused as a tool to sell military style weapons to civilians. It is well past time to remove military style weapons from the civilian population and make the sale of such weapons illegal.
Stories about our grandchildren are my favorite topic. Sharing stories about the adventures shared with our children and grandchildren are one of my greatest joys. I don’t want another grandparent to lose the opportunity to share adventures with their grandchildren.
See you next time.