a baby murdered, but it’s all about the guns

(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Literally within hours of the Sandy Hook massacre on 14 December 2012, some of my pro-gun Facebook connections started moaning about how libruls would use the tragedy to swoop in and take away their guns.

Really???? Really??? I told them: please, have some decency… can we wait at least a week before hearing you all crying about your guns. Twenty little kids… they were just little kids, and six adults have been murdered.

I didn’t see it at the time, but perceived later that most of us seemed to make the story about people killed by guns, gun deaths, statistics, and the guns don’t kill people, people do litany. But just maybe there was something deeper to understand… twenty little kids gunned down in an elementary school… what really happened to bring us to that sad and mournful December day?

Now another child, a baby boy, has been shot and murdered in his stroller in Brunswick GA. I still can’t grasp it: why the kids alleged to have committed this horrific act shot the baby in the stroller after shooting the woman in the leg… why didn’t they take her purse… and without witnesses, it seems to me to have more questions than answers.

And yet, with all of the strangeness of the story, those damned guns steal the spotlight. See, I think there are far more important elements in either story than the use of guns…  

However, perhaps many people see it as this poster does:

for me, this case (8+ / 0-)

is about the baby killed by a gun.

Certainly, guns and gun culture are part of the story. But its beating heart seems, to me, to be the crumbling facade of our ordinary lives… that little league-marking-a-return-of-spring part of our lives being buried by acts of seemingly random madness, where babies are shot in the head by teenagers, or little kids are murdered in what was once a safe solidly middle class town. It would be easy if it were just the guns…. but something more is unraveling here… a dangerous uncertainty, a destabilizing of what was, before 11 September 2001 “normal”.

Now it’s normal to have our lives arranged around and controlled by the threat of terrorists, or lack of health insurance, and most assuredly, guns being wielded by madmen and aimed at our children. More and more, we allow those in charge to, in some way, weaponize everything around us in order to keep us “safe:” now we’re being told we need armed guards in schools. They’ve made us so afraid of cancer that we are willing to pay mortgage-sized premiums to weaponize us against what exactly??? We’ve weaponized our ordinary hand soap, mucked up much of the food and water supply to weaponize it against disease, pests, and then there’s fluoride in water to fight tooth decay.

No, this story isn’t about the guns. It is one of fear; it is trading freedom for safety and having neither. Those of your neighbors who want to keep hold of their guns are as afraid… of you taking their guns as you are that they or someone else will snap, grab hold of the gun and shoot kill you or your kids.

Our ordinary everyday life, where kids go to college and we retire to warm climates, seems further and further beyond our reach. We flail about trying to identify something solid, something tangible to blame it on… something we can easily understand so we can STOP whatever it is. I’m afraid it’s way more complicated than guns.

In fact, I think “it” is the gang of completely incompetent masters of the universe running the western world and they are too big to stop. There is no “truth to power” because they don’t care, they can’t compute the consequences, and besides which they won’t be affected (they think). We can’t fight them or change them. Voting Democrat won’t stop this landslide.

As far as I can tell, we can only walk away and start over again. Go back our school boards and town boards… think secular, find sane people who think differently than each other and are not threatened but intrigued and interested in different visions and ideas in solving problems. Start our own credit unions, get to know our local farmers. Do what we can to reclaim that which we all tried to make glamorous and would love to have back: our simple, not always sane, lovely ordinary pre 9/11 lives.


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  1. pfiore8
  2. tahoebasha3

    I agree with you quite extensively.

    Guns are the instruments that kill ultimately, but it is the “mind” that pulls the trigger.  And exactly what is it, in terms of our post 9/11 mind-set that has caused the easily pulled trigger?

    Yes, it’s all happened prior to 9/11, but nothing to compare to the brutal assaults on humans today, with the gun as the instrument.  It’s hard to simplify the reasons, because, IMV, they are a culmination of many components that create the “mind” that pulls the trigger.  But, first, I would say that for over 12 years now, we have seen a government that has sought to seek justification for torture, killing of innocent people using all manner of “weaponry” and now, the use of drones, which emulate video games.  And, children, the most impressionable, and as much as parents may try to shield them, hearing or seeing of no repercussions for such behavior, may come to think of it all as “normal” (which, I believe is a result of much media propaganda, which does everything to make it all seem “normal.”  To indoctrinate a different sense of “normal,” thus, paving the way for whatever.)  Then, too, these very children have all those video games at their disposal, dealing with war, killing, drones, and all manner of annihilation.  And how do we know that children seeing “police goons” dressed up in riot gear, tasering people, shoving and pushing people with wood clubs, etc. do not come to associate with that in some ways, as well.  

    Is it truly “fear” that causes them to behave in such manners, as the example you exposed?  Well, perhaps, you could say that “fear” has been instilled within them, but to shoot a baby in the head without even a second thought?

    My contention is that many of the young today simply cannot determine right from wrong, as a result of so many of the reasons I’ve stated above . .. . . not even sufficient at that.  Maybe, some don’t even realize that once you pull a trigger and kill someone, you cannot bring that person back . . . . video games, you know!  

    As you know very well, this is NOT an easily ascertained subject as to the “whys.”  And I certainly don’t profess to have the answers en toto , but I do believe the problem is societal.  A child learns by example, largely, and . . . .  .  . !

    I hope you are well these days, pf8!  :)  

  3. Mike Taylor

    taking away rights to ‘keep us safe’ when it was going on under Bush. I still don’t like the idea of taking away rights to ‘keep us safe’. Freedom ain’t ‘safe’.

  4. polm

    Your post, as is this essay, is absolutely and totally spot-on!  The fact that an innocent baby ends up paying with its life is even more horrific.

  5. tahoebasha3

    It’s an extremely difficult area to attempt to analyize.  But, beyond what I offered above and which I did not address, I am totally for gun controls.  Think about Ghandi! What if there was a war and nobody came?  In other words, easy access to guns is just plain stupid.

    Sometimes, emotions go rampant and somebody grabs a gun and shoots a person with whom he/she may be arguing and then later feel sick for which he/she has done, or, perhaps, alcohol was involved, or just plain anger for circumstances dealt an individual with no one to help . . . . . there are a thousand and one reasons why people are killed.  The obvious answer is limited access.  A car is a lethal weapon and one which we must register for, pay insurance on, maintain a license for, each and every year.  Yet, a gun, a far more lethal weapon, apparently, has little or no restrictions for ownership.  How dumb is that?

  6. polm

    Thank you for your input.  This is an extremely difficult area to even begin to attempt to analyze.  I, too favor gun controls,   and the fact that various lawmakers, state reps and congresspeople are too cowed to stand up to the NRA and pass stronger, more affective gun control laws is beyond disgraceful.  Gun advocates  compare guns and cars all the time, refusing to realize that there is a difference between a gun and a car:  A car is designed for transportation, while guns are weapons of war that’re designed to kill other human beings.  The fact that our lawmakers have persistently refused to stand up to the NRA and pass  more affective gun control laws is precisely why guns are so accessible here in the United States.  More to the point, our society and culture have long depended upon and revolved around the gun(s), and it has come home to roost…in more ways than one.

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