It's The Gun, Stupid!
I've found it necessary to come out of my self imposed hybernation due to the recent rash of insanity relating to the use of guns. I just can't keep quiet anymore.
Thursday night my entire state was glued to our TVs as a wild west shootout took place in a nice New England town. The people of Greenland lost a police chief and 3 other cops are in the hospital with gunshot wounds. You can follow the story here on our local news http://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Armed_Officers_Respond_To_Greenland_Situation?Article=0
It always gets me when the news tells us we can get live updates on a story about someone being killed by a gun. Am I supposed to be waiting for you to say he's alive? CNN would most likely call this a "developing story". What's to develop? The guy is dead, the shooter is dead, 4 cop families and a community are in shock and the neighbors who complained about the drug house will finally be able to let their kids outside.
This is not a developing story CNN. It is not a story. It is just another tragic chapter in our capitulation to the lies of the killing industry.
That's what I've decided to call the gun industry from now on. The Killing Industry.
That is what they make. Instruments for killing. A gun, a rifle, an assualt weapon, these are not created to maimor temporarily stun the victim like the stun guns of the SciFi I read. Gun are made to kill and they have one purpose which is to kill. Oh I Have friends who shoot at the skeet club we hear all weekend and some people really do shoot targets. But those are side lines and practice for the true purpose of a gun. Killing.
A guy like Zimmerman doesn't buy a gun to scare people. It doesn't even cross the mind to shoot at someones legs and take them down because the point of the gun is to kill the other person. Disagree with me. Tell someone else.
But the real reason I'm writing again is that this has been one heck of a great month for the NRA. The asshats who tell us that guns don't kill.
It wasn't a gun that killed Chief Maloney, it was a crazy drug dealer who would have easily created as much havoc with a knife.
The family of the 3 year old Tacoma kid left in the car to kill himself with the loaded gun under the seat, they are very glad that guns don't kill. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/03/boy-3-kills-self-with-gun-in-car-at-wash-gas-station/1#.T4tvdNUeBAM
Just last week, the 6 year old kid in Maryland and his family were sure lucky that Guns Don't Kill. http://dcist.com/2012/04/charges_filed_in_accidental_shootin.php
Guns are enablers. They make a person feel invincible. They have only one purpose.
I am so sick of this continued stupidity in America. All because a powerful lobby gives generously to both Republicans and Democrats. I'm sure someone will remind that this is a battle not worth fighting. The anti-gun crowd gave up years ago as the successful Brady bill lapsed into history. Why do politicians who also hate guns give up and roll over like dogs? Because they like the NRA money so much? I think not. I think it's because they are scared of the people with guns who actually use them to shut people up.
Therefore Bill Cosby is wasting his time speaking the truth. No politiican is going to agree with him. They are wimpy asses.
Here is the truth spoken by Mr. Cosby many times when asked what he thought about the Trayvon shooting.
"The Gun! Trayvon Martin case is about guns not race" ... "When you have a gun, you may not realize it, but you put it on your person and you mean to pull (the trigger) and kill somebody."