Life as we know it is being chiseled awayslowly by greed and self-centered me-first attitudes. That illness has been aplague on the earth since man first invented fire (I assume it was a man), aswe went from throwing rocks to flaming arrows to weapons that can set theentire world on fire. And yet a single virus could kill us all.
With the tragedies of children dying in our schools and peopleusing guns to seek revenge on society, the sadness is truly overwhelming. Theanger is building, and some feel to be armed is to be safe and the bigger thegun, the better.
That’s bull, of course. We saw how well that worked after WorldWar I and World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and all the wars that have beenfought in the last twenty years. Being armed has never stopped violence butonly helps to propagate it.
Now we want armed guards in our schools, some say police, somesay military. I remember as a very young boy seeing tanks roll through thestreets 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 theminds of our young people? Imagine goingto school and being watched over by an armed soldier or policeman. Young children might grow up to think theyneed a gun so they can kill you before you kill them.
Hunters don’t need an assault weapon unless they want to bringhome chopped meat. If you want to huntor 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 andarrow. I also learned to shoot a .22. Once rifles only fired a single shot with eachsqueeze of the trigger, but modern rifles are capable of firing many shots per triggersqueeze. I am still a good shot, andwith practice I’m sure I could bring home an excellent meal without pulverizingit, and that would be my only reason for using a gun. If I could not “bring home the bacon,” I deserveto be hungry or learn to eat what the earth provides from the ground.
There are thousands of quotes on violence and nonviolenceonline, from such luminaries are Martin Luther King, Jr. and Albert Einstein,and they’re worth a search.
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