Crazy Faith Ministries
Every time there is a mass shooting, the arguments about the Second Amendment come roiling back into the American conversation, revealing a deep immaturity and a petulance among Second Amendment supporters that is hard to understand.
No politician has said that there is a desire to take everyone’s guns away. The complaint is against the use of a military weapon in this country as a matter of course; the AR-15 is a weapon used in war, meant to be used to kill a mortal enemy. It is understandable that gun owners want to hold on to their firearms – both for sport and for protection.
Nobody is against that.
It is the semi and fully automatic weapons, which are the issue. The bullets from these weapons do irreparable damage to their victims; a horrid death is usually the outcome. A doctor treating victims from the Florida school shooting described the wounds he saw after that fateful day; victims’ organs are shred to pieces, making it impossible to repair them. Death is the outcome.
The smaller bullet used in an AR-15 causes maximum damage; the weapon was created for combat to replace the M-16, which proved to be ineffective during the Vietnam War. In combat, using such a lethal weapon – the AR-15 – makes sense.
But we are not in a war. This is a violent society and always has been, but the fact is, the people who are using AR-15s are not fighting enemies. They are killing innocent, unarmed people en masse.
The freedoms in our Constitution are precious to us all, but this spoiled brat mentality around guns is puzzling and frustrating. People who say they are “pro-life” have no qualms, no issues, about such a lethal weapon being used in America, killing hundreds of people. They whine about their fear of their guns being taken away, refusing to acknowledge that nobody wants to take all of their guns away – just the AR-15 and other combat-type weapons.
Our Constitution gives people the right to bear arms, but it does not give people the right to commit mass murder or to kill innocent, unarmed people. That is a crime and it belies a hypocrisy about what many gun owners proclaim to believe about the sanctity of life.
People kill people, they say, not guns … but it is people with guns who are causing the tragedies we are experiencing. If the combat weapons were outlawed there would still be mass shootings, I am sure, but the damage and the death that would result would be far less.
The issue of gun control has become a bellwether on the issue of maturity amongst many. It is appalling that those who love guns have adopted a rather immature stance, saying, in essence that if they cannot have their way, regardless of how dangerous these assault weapons are to others, then it’s a signal that “the other side” wants to “take our guns away.” The behavior is that of a toddler, who, if he or she cannot have everything they’ve demanded, they take their marbles and go home.
If the argument was that all guns should be taken away, the complaint offered by the National Rifle Association and gun lovers would hold water, but what is going on is about as selfish, small-minded and immature as can be.
What would happen if a crazed person entered the halls of Congress and took out an AR-15 and killed innocent lawmakers? What if a “good guy with a gun” took out his gun but was gunned down before he could hit the would-be assailant? Or what would the mantra be if “good guys with guns” took out their weapons (presumably AR-15s, in order to have a fair gunfight) and ended up killing innocent fellow lawmakers or other people in the line of fire?
Or what would happen if said crazed killer entered the school of their children or grandchildren, and shot them to death with a weapon that would make their loved ones unidentifiable?
Perhaps African Americans should go out and buy AR-15s. Maybe the solution to getting those weapons off the streets and thereby protecting innocent people is to have masses of African Americans carrying the guns. That would cause a stir; that would cause immediate gun control measures. The Panthers’ Bill passed in 1967n with the full support of the NRA. The Panthers were not committing mass murders, either. They were simply bearing arms to protect their communities.
The spoiled-child response to the desire by the majority of people in this country to have assault weapons banned is disturbing but telling. Privileged white people – and some blacks aw well – are having temper tantrums at the expense of a lot of innocent people because they think they are entitled to have their way, no matter what.
They need to be put on punishment – with their toys (assault weapons) taken away – so that the masses of Americans can live lives free of the fear that grips us all.
Rev. Susan K Smith is available for lectures, workshops and preaching. Contact her at email@example.com, or visit her page at http://www.crazyfaithministries.org.