A week ago another lunatic armed to the teeth descended on the town of Santa Monica, California and the Santa Monica City College killing 5 innocent people and wounding scores of others. The gunman, wearing an assault style military uniform, carried an AR 15 assault rifle with over 1800 rounds of ammunition. He killed his father, brother and three innocent random people, shooting indiscriminately at drivers of cars and a city bus before he entered the school where he fired on anyone he saw. Fortunately, he was stopped in a deadly shootout with brave police officers before he could kill some more.
On December 14, 2012, 26 souls young and old lost their lives as they sat in their Newtown, Connecticut classrooms or conducted the business of running an elementary school. That same weekend more innocents were killed around the country than in that one hideous act of violence.
The death of an American by gun violence is as random as winning the lottery and, just like Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” the winner of this lottery dies in a hail of bullets.
I remember an old Star Trek episode in which the Starship Enterprise comes into contact with two worlds that have been fighting wars against each other for hundreds of years. The societies were so sophisticated that instead of sending solders into battle and having cities destroyed by bombs and other forms of destruction, the citizens of those two worlds would walk into death chambers in order to keep the ‘peace’, press a button and be vaporized like water vapor evaporating into the atmosphere.
Thousands upon thousands walking to their death daily so the two world would not have an actual world war much like the view of guns in America. In the Star Trek story the leaders of the two worlds would rather their citizens would die at their own hands than have a real peace with their enemy.
The National Rifle Association and many of the leaders of the Republican Party believe gun and the 2nd amendment to the constitution is more important that the lives of the citizens of the country.
The incidents of gun deaths in America has reached epidemic proportions. Since the massacre at Newtown over 5000 Americans have lost their lives from guns. It seems every day, a child, a mother, a father, a son is gunned down, and their lives cut short because politicians insist guns are needed to protect the citizens from tyrannical governments, home invaders and other forms of criminal behavior. They also assert the Constitution clearly states that individuals have the right to bear arms no matter what the outcomes of those rights have on the rest of the citizenry of the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called gun violence an ‘epidemic‘ and, with that categorization, like other heath-related epidemics. If since November 5000 people had died of an illness, the Congress of the United States would have acted swiftly to control the spread of the disease. Instead, many members of Congress would rather allow the indiscriminate death from guns to go on rather than impose sensible gun control laws.
The members of the Republican Party who voted against reasonable measures to stem the tide of destruction have stood in the way of society from moving into the 21 century by insisting the rigidness of their views are the only form of democracy or civilization. The ‘voices of No’ will be drowned out by the thousands upon thousands of Americans who have suffered at the hands of gun violence. The mothers and fathers of the Newtown victims were in Washington again this past week meeting with members of both the Senate and House of Representative who will listen to their words of sorry, pain and disgust. Unfortunately the GOP members of both houses refused to look the parents of the children of Newtown in the eye and discuss the issues.
The Republican Party has once again sided with the people who own the country and not the citizens of America who actually make the country run. The people who see gun violence as an issue that will not be shoved to the side will not shut our mouths — and we will not go away.
The Republic Party, the party of No will fade away and die as the face of America chances and as people realize their philosophy is dying like a cancer eating away at their soul.
And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.