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One day last week I received an unsolicited email from a local, federally licensed gun dealer. It had one of those cute little sayings at the end in baby blue italics, "Saying guns kill people, is like saying pens cause spelling errors."
As of Monday, May 10, this community has lost 32 people—most of them to gun violence.
I am, and have been from the time I was old enough to think, against the licensing and carrying of hand guns. I could never have imagined the arsenal that would become available to any lunatic who can get a driver’s license.
But registered guns are fine, right?
Well, how do you reconcile this? Police have said repeatedly that 60 percent of the guns confiscated in crimes were legally registered guns that were lost or stolen. And those are the ones that were confiscated.
Hmmm, Ya’ think maybe there are a few irresponsible registered gun owners?
The law requires registered guns to be kept under lock and key at all times. So, how do you lose them?
I wonder if our federally licensed arms dealer has ever sat with a keening mother in an emergency room who has just lost her son and repeated his little one-line to her: "Oh yeah, m’am, excuse me, but it was a person, not a gun, who killed your son. Heh, heh, heh!"
You think that grieving mother will suddenly grasp onto that ridiculous justification for cowards who promote the notion that having assault weapons in the home is normal and good?
Guns kill people. Assault weapons kill people. Handguns kill people. Call them what you want, anything other than a shotgun or rifle is meant only to kill people. And shotguns and rifles can and do also kill people.
Meanwhile personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been driven away from helping us with the heinous proliferation of illegal weapons because we refuse to protect their status as peace officers in this territory.
And our pompous, posturing senators are sitting on a bill that could bring them back.
Maybe we should actually count how many people have died while they have sat around pandering to the constituents they think don't want those pesky outsiders here.
When will we as human beings wake up and take back our lives, our societies, our very souls from those greedy, glib creeps who twist words for one reason and one reason only: to serve themselves?
That includes cutesy gun dealers and posturing politicians.
Our children are dying. Do something!