Right?


A few minutes ago these words arrived as a text message from my daughter. Found on Twitter, she wasn’t sure of author or origin.

“How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion – mandatory 48 hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he is about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand us his ass (just because). Lets close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles , take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with men and guns, than women and health care. Right? I mean, no woman having an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds. Right?”

A Shifting Opinion


It’s no secret I have strong opinions regarding America’s constitutional right to bear arms My Canadian heart and soul lacks any point of reference to allow understanding of the NRA or gun lobbies. My stance is unlikely to budge when it comes to unelected, non-profit basking bullies being allowed to call the shots. Likewise fanatics like George Zimmerman, or the lust some Americans have for semi-automatic weapons. My tendency has always been to dismiss legal gun ownership outright. As a Canadian; our system seems to work just fine – hunting rifles yes, anything else and you have some explaining to do.

At least that was the case before an innocent response by wordpresser xbox2121 got me pondering.

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Last night I wrote about the crash of Canadian cell phones for a number of nail biting hours from coast to coast. Pondering what we would do if an actual disaster took place and how it would be coped with. xbox2121 commented on his ability to survive at his rural property, and all else failing his ability to defend himself using his guns and ammunition. At that moment – a holy crap light bulb went off – I knew he was right.

My family has an emergency plan of sorts; actually more than one but in case of a true breakdown, our destination would be the homes of my brother and/or father 250 miles away. Why? They have guns – even if they are only hunting rifles – they have weapons, ammunition and mad skills on matters of survival without everything I take for granted. The truth is, the average Canadian city dweller wouldn’t last five minutes if bat shit actually hit the fan. Truth be told; if  finding myself in that situation, I would wish we had a gun for protection on that 250 mile march.

This unexpected shift of opinion is a double edged sword. For the first time in my life a small part of me “gets it”, while my head screams in outrage at a perceived questioning of  fundamental core beliefs. I loathe guns, abhor gun violence, detest the NRA and believe America’s gun obsession is out of control – at the same time I really want a rifle at my side if the unthinkable were to happen.

Dear America,


Dear America,

I am writing to inform you of a grave situation requiring immediate attention Your stubborn refusal to let go of an antiquated  constitutional “right to bear arms” has directly impacted your bottom line. In order to stay competitive it is imperative that you take  action. Only those willing to adapt and make sacrifices will succeed in today’s world.

Tough choices need to be made for the good of the country. Ask yourselves this; did the Constitution intend that an automatic weapon be placed in the hands of every citizen, or was it written in colonial times to readily raise a militia in defence of the country? Ask yourselves why you allow the NRA and powerful gun lobbies to call the shots. Ask yourselves why you are so afraid of amending the constitution.

It doesn’t take a single visionary, it takes millions of concerned voices. It takes common sense, conviction, and determination. Remember the courageous people who fought to abolish slavery, demanded  women had a right to vote, or marched to end segregation. Speak up and let your voices be heard.

America – you do not have the right to blindly ignore your out of control gun laws. You have a duty to address your shortcomings and take action. You owe it to yourselves to recognize your mistakes; you owe it to the victims of gun violence to take your heads out of the sand.

Sincerely,

notestoponder

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