What follows is a blog post about guns that has been floating around Facebook. It expresses my sentiments perfectly, so I thought I would re-post it here. I hope the author, Helen Philpot, will not mind, and I will drop her a line to make sure it’s all copacetic.
I do not own guns. None of my children own guns. My husband does not own guns. My parents do not own guns. This is something I am quite proud of. No disrespect intended toward those who make a different choice, but I’ve never really understood gun culture and all that it signifies. I am not the least bit impressed by guns, gun ownership nor anything else having to do with guns. I have always personally considered it a bit back-woodsy and redneck, although I know there are plenty of folks out there who would disagree with me, and that’s your right. You have the right to carry guns. I just think, personally, that it’s dumb. Having that opinion is MY right.
Please read what Ms. Philpot has to say about the whole thing. I share her opinion…to a tee.
Ms. Philpot wrote:
Margaret, can we – the American People – finally have a rational conversation about gun control?
It was an elementary school this time – an elementary school with children the same age as my grandchildren. I can hardly bear it. Those poor precious children…
Is the insanity of this enough for us to finally kick the NRA morons to the curb and have an intelligent conversation about the real reason for the Second Amendment?
Yes. I know. Guns do not kill people. People using guns kill people. The same can be said about tanks.
I have no doubt that in the coming days we will learn that no laws or gun control of any kind could have prevented this tragedy. There are millions of guns already out there and new gun control laws won’t do anything about that… bad people can always find a way to get a gun. Most gun owners are responsible people who have legitimate reasons to own a gun. So there’s nothing we can do, right?
Bullshit. Not doing anything is not the answer. It’s the problem. I refuse to believe that hunters and responsible gun owners can’t have a meaningful conversation about better gun laws with citizens who do not wish to own guns.
We are already hearing about the mental instability of the shooter – a child himself. And there will be meaningful conversation about the lack of good mental health policies and how that was the cause of all this and not gun control laws. Everyone can agree that mental illness, just like any illness, should not go untreated. So where is the disconnect? Why are conversations about mental illness and gun control mutually exclusive? Please Dear God if Republicans and Democrats can ever come together about something, this must be it. And for those of you who think now is not the time to talk about gun laws, I wholeheartedly agree. That conversation should have happened long ago. And it definitely should have happened before 20 precious children lost their lives.
It doesn’t matter what type of gun was used. It doesn’t matter if that gun was obtained illegally or legally. It doesn’t matter if the person was mentally unstable or just plain evil. What matters is that the most powerful country on the globe must have an intelligent conversation about the manufacturing, sale and ownership of guns without someone screaming nonsense about the 2nd Amendment.
Guns do not kill people. They make it easier to kill people. There are 314 million Americans and we own almost 300 million guns. That is the very definition of mental illness. I mean it. Really.
Update: And now, this one just showed up from a Christian minister. I am impressed by it as well: