Before I begin let me say that I am not some anti-gun crusader. I own both a shotgun and a Winchester rifle, and in the past have owned handguns.
But I think it is a shame and disgrace that we now live in a country where it is unsafe for children to go to school, for Christmas shoppers to go to a mall, or for those who enjoy a movie to attend the theater without fear of losing their lives.
Why has our country become so degraded? First, because the gun lobby has twisted the second amendment into something it was never meant to be. And secondly because in our pursuit of freedom to own and carry our “God given” handguns, we have given up our freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. It’s hard to pursue these things when we can’t go out in public without being armed.
The third reason it is unsafe to do ordinary things, like go to school or go shopping without fear of being shot, are our gutless state and federal legislators. Men and women elected to insure the safety of the people who vote for them, but who instead sell out to the gun lobby and a few unstable individuals who think guns have to be carried 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
I think every member of the gun lobby, and every legislator who has ever voted to allow guns in the hands of anyone with a photo ID should be forced to attend the funeral of every one of these precious children killed at Sandy Hook school. They should be forced to face the families who have been destroyed by their cowardice.
Even in the wild, wild West, Wyatt Earp took the cowboys’ guns when they came into town because he knew that all of us occasionally drink to much, say things we shouldn’t and get into arguments that can end in death when a gun is handy.