In shock at recent events I struggle to find words to express enough horror. How insane some of the arguments are behind this idea of 'appreciating' guns on the same days where a man of great honor was gunned down, and another man steps into the bulls-eye of the presidency. And in the same time period as a mass of little kids was mowed down! People who scream their love of guns are just the people who shouldn't/couldn't be part of a constitutional 'well-regulated militia' ... watched and well-trained; armed at taxpayer's expense.
Why go there? To a special day for guns, on any day? Guns are not people. Actually when melted, can be recast into many other things. Great tools. Helpful tools. Why pick tools of murder? Murder! The biggest and baddest tools of blowing apart tissue from bone. Of innocents? Of children? Of the good hearted?
Having 'Police Appreciation Day,' or as in 'Troop Appreciation Day' makes way more sense. De-militarizing our local police, realizing that they are our neighbors, brothers, sisters: our family; could make a difference. Being well trained, adequately armed, & local; they are the Constitution's 'well-regulated militia' and when doing their jobs blend into their communities; know from the inside who's good and who is a danger to others, or to self. They then become the best on hand, with local health EMTs, to quickly respond to all emergencies.
Every Tom, Dick, and Sally does not need to be packing concealed 'heat' to protect themselves and their families; every home an arsenal. That is what the police are for; 'to serve and protect' is their motto! Citizens pay for a good station, top equipment, a good salary & retirement. Don't let all that training go to waste. Sitting in patrol cars writing traffic tickets, to increase city revenue, can be better served by cameras and robots. The police work for us. They need to be reminded and we need to remember. Community policing works. Everybody doesn't need to be armed, and shouldn't be.
Real hunters are few and far between as 'country' gets replaced by condos. Wild trails where I hunted deer years ago now are full of joggers, and families on picnics. The 'old west' days are gone. Besides that trappers/hunters of old were mostly into blending into communities; not blowing them away. Real hunters that are left, who appreciate remote areas have no problem getting their permits, checking the weather maps, and trails; knowing the fees charged go to protecting these 'wild' places for hunters, and 'off-season' for all. They could also register their weapons at the same time, just like their pick/up. Photo ID could go right along with the Drivers License they need to get to this wilderness.
We got car clubs. Surely we can support 'target practice' clubs, for those interested. Rent a weapon, or bring your own & update your registration. Why not? The police surely don't want concealed weapons behind every door, and in every car, every time there is a fight on their turf. Really don't see how people say they support the police/the troops, and then in the same breath tell why they need to be armed to protect self and family from them! That is crazy talk.
Commonsense. Need to let it rule. As citizens, and here in America we are actually part of the government; we need to do our duty and make sure we stand the best we can and be counted. The Congress and the President work for us! It is up to us to insist that they work with the facts, commit to the truth, and consider all the people created equally, when making up laws. This Inaugural 2013 is a great time to remind our representatives of that obligation to the people.
Statistics prove violence begets violence. Our nation needs to evolve, and learn to set an example of peacefully solving violent problems domestically as well as in relation to the rest of the planet. Only then will violence finally become part of history, and peace be found. This president, like Martin Luther King, understands this principle. President Barack Obama can not wave some wand and all injustice suddenly disappear. He needs to hear how we feel. He needs our support.. I intend to give him mine.
MLK Day deserves to stand alone, or with those who share the high ideals of being the best that we can be, nonviolent, and loving thy neighbor as thy self. To add in guns on these days could be construed as threat of terrorism, and is against all we stand for as a nation. Not being judged on just what we say, but what actions we take. Making profits off the misery of others is not who we are. Time to retool, regroup, and walk our talk.