Dead kids sure are a bummer but….

I know the title is rude. It appears to be insensitive. Maybe even shocking.

But I honestly don’t think I’m the one being insensitive and shocking here.

I’ve been sitting here in Japan since the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, trying to imagine how a typical gun owner would complete that sentence.

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but you know what’s a real bummer? Not being able to go to a gun show and buy anything I want by slapping some cash on the counter.”

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but I’d really be bummed out if I couldn’t own 57 handguns, shotguns, assault weapons and use hollow-point bullets.”

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but can you imagine what a bummer it would be to have to put a new magazine in my AR-15 after getting off only 20 rounds?”

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but there’s no way I’m going to take classes in gun safety or have some punk bureaucrat come around every year to check up on me.”

What is a typical gun owner willing to give up so that any one of the the victims of the Newtown massacre whose photos appear in this article would be alive? And what is so important to a gun owner that the lives of these people, and the other thousands who are killed by gunfire every year, can be so easily dismissed?

Truth is, I have no idea why I’m even writing about this. Because trying to get significant changes in our attitudes about guns really isn’t about laws and regulations. It’s about becoming sane again. And I don’t see that happening.

Here’s how the gun-loving members of the American public responded to Sandy Hook: “Shock figures show buyers are racing for firearms in Sandy Hook school massacre state” and “Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons“.

I love this:  “Gun backers want to arm schoolteachers

My wife came up with this one:  BulletBlocker, ‘Bullet Resistant Products’

Bulletproof backpacks for children?  Is it just me or does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?

I understand the powerful appeal of guns. Maybe not as intensely as the gun nuts out there but I do understand. I even understand the need for the latest and greatest of everything. We’ve been conditioned to want to own the biggest, the baddest, the best. We just can’t fall behind, you know. “Damn! My next door neighbor just got an AR-59 MICW. What if we get into an argument over how high to trim the hedge? I’ll be outgunned!”

Okay. I know I’m rambling. I’m not being coherent or rational.

But the truth is, none of the discussions about guns and gun control are remotely coherent or rational. We can nitpick over the details of gun regulation but frankly the whole discussion is so far out off the edge, it’s like a conversation in an insane asylum between Napoleon and Jesus about what they should do with Elvis over there in the corner to keep him from singing “All Shook Up” during arts and crafts.

Yes, it’s that bad.

It’s pure insanity.

It’s pure insanity because when people flock to gun shows to buy more guns after a tragedy like this, it’s akin to a lung cancer patient spending his life savings on cigarettes and giving them to all his friends and relatives.

It’s pure insanity because not even the simplest, most sensible, least intrusive limitations can get through Congress.

It’s pure insanity that we can’t even ban weapons which have no other purpose than killing and killing fast, ones like the semi-automatic rifles used in so many recent gun massacres.

I got a Tweet from Yoko Ono a few days ago. It said … “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”

Which brings me to the way I would complete the sentence.

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but we’ve gone completely insane, so even if we shed a few tears, we really don’t care deep down inside where it counts.”

[ Insert prayers here for the America which is being lost, for the children who are being abandoned, for the death of the American Dream. ]

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  • http://twitter.com/johnhbyk WRITERS ALIVE

    With all due respect to you, you’re idealistic sentiments and Yoko Ono’s desire to make money by selling John Lennon’s blood stained eyeglasses that he was wearing the day he was gunned down, I believe you, along with the majority of shocked citizens who are outraged at school shootings and 2nd amendment rights which are meant to protect citizens from government tyranny, such as Nazism, Maoism and Stalinism, should educate themselves by watching this video that explains the overlooked, MSM whitewashed and Big Pharma sanctioned explanation missing link about gun violence: http://youtu.be/UhO0Pul_FcE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083715345 Cindy Harvey

    So gun owners are responsible for all dead children? Did you know that vaccinations kill and maim more children per year than guns do?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      No. That’s not what the article said. Please read it with a clear and open mind. And thanks for the point about vaccinations. I am aware of the juggernaut that the pharmaceutical companies have mounted against us. It is high on my growing list of corporate malfeasance.

  • zombies

    The key points those who get passionate about this completely miss due to allowing emotion to cloud thier thinking is this, there are many things around you right now that are far more destructive when used in ways they weren’t designed for, a gun is a tool the mind controlling it is the weapon, if the intent is there they will just use something else, many of those things will be far more indescriminate, secondly they are a low tech tool, even if the impossible was to be accomplished (can’t be done) & every last one was tracked down & destroyed, it is a low tech tool, low tech tools are easy to make once they have been invented, they would simply be manufactured again, that is a mute point because you can’t get rid of them all & all someone with intent has to do is steal them from someone everyone knows has them, who are the first 2 groups of people you think of that have them that are very visible?

    Then there is the obvious fact you can’t police the entire border of a country effectively, someone who wants to will always get through with them, all you do with such legislation is to ensure those who are willing to break rules are the only ones with them.

    People need to stop reacting emotionally & start thinking, which is the bigger threat to everyone, the lone gunman or the psychopathic tyrant with thousands to millions of fanatically loyal followers?

    Stop being distracted by the tragic but unavoidable small stuff & start paying attention to the bigger issues, the real wolves in sheeps clothing, those with real power.

    If you have been paying attention you’ll notice they are really displaying some incredibly disturbing tendancies right now.

    It also might be a good idea to study what you can of the way various intelligence agencies worldwide have operated in the past & the way they think, it tends to give a deeper understanding of just how something can seem to be one thing & in fact be something else entirely.

    Emotion impedes or destroys rational thought, it is only supposed to be an indicator of something, then you are supposed to use logic to determine what or if something can / can not or should / should not be done & what that is if anything, when any group of people try to trigger & intensify an emotion it should be an automatic big red flag, no matter who they are, social engineering is one of the deadliest tools ever invented, always be on your guard against it.