The pro-gun forces have a new tactic - let's arm everyone. Instead of decrying lists and bans and gun-free-zones, they are in favor of guns everywhere. After all, you never know when the bullets might start flying; it's best to be prepared.
The fact is that the lone armed good guy when I was shot kept his sidearm holstered, choosing a plastic lawn chair as his weapon. Afraid of being identified as a shooter by first responders, afraid of hitting an innocent, this well-trained, long time gun owner never fired a shot.
Yes, I saw the news clip from February, 2014, applauding the mother who repelled 3 young men, returning home invaders who had been terrorizing her neighborhood for months, by warning them and then firing her small assault weapon - a gift from her husband after the thugs first visit, two weeks earlier. They were captured soon after. I'm glad she and her children are safe; I wonder why the police were so quick to nab the perpetrators after months of failure.... or were they even trying at all? If the neighborhood had been under siege for all that time, I'd think the police chief would be apologizing for the fact that a mom had to do his officers' job, rather than complimenting her on "doing everything right."
People are fleeing Syria because the bullets are flying. It's not that much different here, it seems.
I spent three wonderful days watching a little one grow. She feels safe and secure (even more so when clinging to her mother) and so did I and now not so much and I'm just not certain that I can imagine her world, where small arms training is part of kindergarten.
This is not the way it was supposed to be. There were so many of us, Baby Booming along, preaching peace and love and understanding. Where has that energy gone? Why are the loudest voices those espousing divisiveness and hatred? George Wallace made a lot of noise, but so did Eugene McCarthy. Is it that the Democrats don't have the drama and therefore the air time? Is it that Donald J Trump and the even scarier Ted Cruz make better tv?
Is this what it's come to?