There is no doubt that the vicious and heartless acts that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary struck a cord within the souls of each and every American. Human life is irreplaceable and in a country where true innocence seems hard to find, we, yet again, lay to rest the Earthly vessels of 26 innocent souls; souls who had freshly wrapped gifts under their Christmas trees at home; souls who hugged their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers goodbye that morning not knowing what travesty awaited them in the early hours of that cold December morning; souls that never got the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.
Seemingly, America has become numb, almost catatonic, in the wake of massacres like Sandy Hook. How quickly we rise during natural disasters to help one another, yet, when one of us commits such a senseless act, time seems to stand still in what is questionably a moment of utter horror. When foreign entities threaten the well being of people abroad, we stand together, proudly, and fearless, in the face of tyranny. There is no end to our determination to travel to the ends of the Earth for what is right and just; to pluck the weapons, that those who wield them against us, away; to bring peace across oceans by taking away the ability of others to bring harm to the masses. Justice? Or a double standard?
Why is that when America sends its military to disarm others abroad for the well being of those around them, it is seen as what is righteous, just, and fair. But when the same actions are mentioned domestically, it is seen as evil, vile, and unconstitutional? We give ourselves the "right" to take from other countries what is theirs ( granted their intentions are, undoubtedly, to harm ), yet turn the other cheek to the same actions taking place in our own front yard? Human rights hold another irony. It so often proves unnecessary to take responsibility for each other and to only take great solace in what is necessary for our personal gain. Americas fickleness and inability to stay loyal to one another breeds negative consequences - as we have just witnessed with Sandy Hook. America is destroying itself - no mere pious platitude - but an axiom of human psychology that is too little understood. What is mine is mine but what is yours is negotiable. Substitute the love of guns with the love of each other and - voila! Welcome to the "United" States of America.
It is true; guns do not kill people: PEOPLE kill people. And while those given to harming others bear within themselves the seeds of their own destruction, so do those who stand by and make excuses for why it keeps happening. When a country sees justification in the right to bear arms and the privilege to healthcare - that is when bedrock of its foundation chips away to reveal the undeniable truth: Guns don't kill people - Americans kill people. When did the prerequisite of life in America become the right to the ability take others lives away with a pull of a trigger?