Monday, February 4, 2013

Here a gun, there a gun.....

I am beginning to feel like a broken record but the issue of gun control weighs heavy on my mind, both as the mother of two teachers but also as the caregiver for a mentally ill brother.   I am horrified of the idea that my daughters could be expected to be armed while attempting to teach and I’m appalled at the unwillingness of some to require stricter gun laws. 

After an extensive hospitalization 2 ½ years ago my brother easily purchased 3 handguns.  My brother suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and yet he had not problem purchasing weapons.  Something is wrong with that!  He just went to a local pawnshop and purchased the guns with no problem.  If it were not for the diligence of myself and another brother he would still have the weapons.  We constantly search his surroundings and confiscate anything we feel could put him or someone else in danger.  But our job would be a lot easier if weapons were not so easily accessible to our brother.

The real problem in the Newtown incident was a moonbat survivalist mother who took her mentally-ill son to a shooting range to train him in the use of the very Bushmaster that was used to kill her, 6 teachers, and 20 small children. The very person the NRA advocates for is the person that made this tragedy possible and yet no one seems to get it.

Paranoia and fear mixed with accessible weapons is a bad combination and you don’t have to have a mental illness to fit that description.  A fearful and armed teacher is just as potentially dangerous, at least in my opinion.  Even a paranoid homeowner is potentially as dangerous.  When you hear that bump in the night and the adrenalin gets to pumping you are far more likely to shoot a loved one who just got up to get a drink of water if you have a loaded gun under your pillow.  I have a friend who almost shot her brother-in-law because he rang her doorbell after 10:00 p.m.   Fear and guns are dangerous without the boogie man.

What really frustrates me is how easily the NRA manipulates people and their refusal to look at the immorality of enabling the sale and ownership of weapons meant to do one thing and one thing only: kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible.

The NRA’s solution to the assault weapons problem: here a gun, there a gun, everywhere a gun gun.

1 comment:

kenju said...

AMENAMENAMENAMEN - I cannot say it enough.

We MUST get some enforceable gun laws and the people to do the enforcing.