Liberty vs. the Pursuit of Life


Life as we know it is being chiseled away slowly by greed and self-centered me-first attitudes. That illness has been a plague on the earth since man first invented fire (I assume it was a man), as we went from throwing rocks to flaming arrows to weapons that can set the entire world on fire. And yet a single virus could kill us all. 

With the tragedies of children dying in our schools and people using guns to seek revenge on society, the sadness is truly overwhelming. The anger is building, and some feel to be armed is to be safe and the bigger the gun, the better.

That’s bull, of course. We saw how well that worked after World War I and World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and all the wars that have been fought in the last twenty years. Being armed has never stopped violence but only helps to propagate it.

Now we want armed guards in our schools, some say police, some say military. I remember as a very young boy seeing tanks roll through the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, during the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. That image has haunted me for life. Do we want to ingrain such images into the minds of our young people?  Imagine going to school and being watched over by an armed soldier or policeman.  Young children might grow up to think they need a gun so they can kill you before you kill them.

Hunters don’t need an assault weapon unless they want to bring home chopped meat.  If you want to hunt or must hunt, I suggest a bow and arrow.  It worked for thousands of years for Native Americans.  As a youth I learned to shoot a bow and arrow.  I also learned to shoot a .22.  Once rifles only fired a single shot with each squeeze of the trigger, but modern rifles are capable of firing many shots per trigger squeeze.  I am still a good shot, and with practice I’m sure I could bring home an excellent meal without pulverizing it, and that would be my only reason for using a gun.  If I could not “bring home the bacon,” I deserve to be hungry or learn to eat what the earth provides from the ground. 

There are thousands of quotes on violence and nonviolence online, from such luminaries are Martin Luther King, Jr. and Albert Einstein, and they’re worth a search.

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