Nothing Can Be Done…
21 people died in the Uvalde massacre…19 children and 2 adults.
What is not being reported for some reason is that 38 people were shot.
Evidently, smaller numbers will make the carnage more acceptable while 17 people attempt to recover and 21 families mourn.
We are told that nothing can be done about this bloody feature of American exceptionalism because to do so would infringe upon the rights of people to keep and bear arms.
There are decent, law abiding people who have guns for sport, hunting ,and defense of the home…and they are not the problem.
However, a good portion of the country believes they will be able to stop the U.S. government from tyranny if the need should arise…believing that they will be able to take on the most technologically advanced, most heavily armed military in world history in combat.
Fantasy makes poor policy.
Many in that group are preparing for civil war and want to be able to blow their neighbors to hell .
Some want to be a the good guy with a gun that saves everyone when someone else with the right to keep and bear arms starts shooting in the cat food aisle at Wal Mart.
The good guys with guns in Uvalde did nothing for an hour while children were being slaughtered waiting for other good guys with guns.
We are told that nothing can be done because this is a problem with mental illness.
Millions of people who suffer with mental illness do not own weapons or own them and would never harm anyone …except themselves.
The stigma of our slaughters should not fall on them.
A few with mental illness may find that illness exacerbated by the climate of fear and rage that envelopes this country.
Nothing can be done…because we don’t want to do anything.
Some have suggested that we arm teachers and each school should have armed security .
Freedom means that we all are armed to the teeth and our children are raised up in places that more resemble prisons than places of education.
Freedom means we turn this country into a fully armed society where no one is really free, but always ready to kill.
I would suggest that there are things we could do.
We can pass “common sense” gun control laws that respect the Constitution, but acknowledge that we no longer carry muskets and have a standing army.
We can choose to acknowledge that only America has this problem and all Americans have a responsibility to address it irregardless of political party.
We can stop supporting media that incites rage and glamorizes weapons as a solution to resolving issues.
We can take the politics out of the church and study what the Scriptures require of a neighbor…and study war no more.
Those are things we can do…but we won’t….because this faux freedom and violent fantasy are worth more to us than the lives of our children and neighbors.