Fasten your seat belt. This is going to be a raw, rough & bumpy ride . . . a VERY LONG ride . . .
I get it. I really do. Having grown-up in a John Wayne world of rugged individualism where “grit & toughness” was valued at the highest level, where Colt and Smith&Wesson were the great equalizers. It was (& sadly still is) the culture that gave birth to the phrase “you can take my gun from my cold, dead hand.
I get it, I really do. But I got news for you:
John Wayne is dead. Rugged Individualism is a myth, a fantasy that I’m not sure was ever a reality. And even if it was, it’s time is over. We have to find another way of being.
We need to DEEPLY examine the foundation of the core of our being.
I get it, I really do. The fear . . . the understandable, even justifiable, fear that while I love my country, I don’t trust my government (any government as a matter of fact) as far as I could spit. And , the theory goes, if I am without weapons, if the powers that be take away “my right” to have a weapon (that’s what it is folks. It’s not an “arm”, if is a weapon for killing. It’s not about hunting or providing meat for the table. It is about having the power & means to quickly kill someone. another human being. To quickly kill . . . efficiently.) So to continue . . . tat there would not be anything from stopping said powers that be from becoming a dictatorship. Which is a threat to our freedom. At least, that’s the ideal.
Of course it begs the question: How “free” are we really???
I get it. I really do. At one point I was right there. I was becoming a “survivalist”. You not only had to have at least enough supplies to last 72 hours on your own, but you had to have a modern weapon for “defense” . . . and AT LEAST 3000 rounds of ammo. And so the logic went that you wanted to be at least armed as well as, if not better,than the evil hordes coming down your street coming to get you and your family.
I get it, I really do. I mean I am all down for protecting my family, my neighborhood. If a foreign or domestic power comes for me & mine, I will have no problem in fighting to protect my friends and family. I will fight for my country. For what is right. Yes, that means violence and blood-shed. A cold grim fact. Yes, it would be best if, thru dialog, debate, reason and compassion if such a conflict could be avoided. But when “they” are coming down the street with weapon in hand . . . it’s too late.
That’s the reality. That’s the “logic” . . . BUT . . . It’s been over twenty years since I was in that “survivalist” mind set. By Grace from the Divine Source of All Origin, a whisper came to me and asked: Do you really want to live in a world where in order to “live” you have to be armed to the teeth? What kind of world is that? Is that really LIVING???
The answer is “No, it’s not”. it’s not living, it’s life. It is death. Death of our soul, death of Being. Death of our humanity. And no matter your spiritual path, it is the death of our divinity.
I don’t want to live in a world of death. I can’t. None of us can. (BTW, there is no “them & us”. There is just us . . .)
Yes we need to have a military. Yes, we need to have a police force and a fair, balanced AND compassionate Rule of Law.
But we DO NOT NEED to have military style weapons in the hands of civilians. no civilian needs an AR “what ever”. If you are a cop or soldier, yeah . . . you do need the best military equipment . . . which includes a weapon. But I don’t need (nor want) one. Yeah, yeah, I know . . . “but what about the gangs?” and all that. That’s what we have a police force and military for. Is it perfect? No. Will it always stop the violence from coming down the street to deal death & destruction to me and mine? Nope. But I remember a wise man who once said “Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword” . . .
We have to stop the insanity. We are “existing” in a world right now . . . IN OUR NATION . . . where schools, businesses and institutions ARE having “active shooter response training”.
I have a couple grandchildren. I don’t want them growing up in fear. Of the very real possibility of some whack bozo coming into their school and killing dozens. Hundreds.THOUSANDS . . .
This is fucking insane. And it’s gotta end. You & me having a cache of mass death-dealing weapons ain’t gonna fix the problem. Because we will be at work, going about our daily business when the next whack-bozo brings death & darkness.
Arm the teachers?!? OH the profanities I could evoke on that piece of whack-logic . . . Most teachers have a nurturing/healing aspect to the core of their being. And turning them into, requiring them to be soldiers is insane. Totally.INSANE. Picture it: Mr./Mrs./Ms. Teacher comes into a classroom, THE classroom of your kid or grand-kid . . . Packing??? Really??? The equally insane idea of a “trained and armed professional” on campus. WTF?!? Our schools are now a war zone. That is JUST WRONG.
No. I don’t want a military style weapon. I don’t need one. Neither does any other civilian. To insist on having one as “your right” is to perpetuate the problem. To participate in death and destruction . . . of everyone. Of your kids, your grandkids, your loved ones.
I can’t live in a world like that. I WON’T live in a world like that. Because I realized all those years ago that the “survivalist” lifestyle, the “True Grit, “From my Cold, Dead hands”, the “John Wayne” lifestyle ain’t no way of living. It’s a not a life style. It is a “Death Style” straight from the pits of Hell.
I want no part of it. I think of my kids, my grand-kids. Of those young adults in Florida that have been robbed from us.I shake & weep deeply for this tragedy and all the others that have happened. There are no words that can adequately convey the depth of my sorrow, the wound to my soul, the righteous anger and simultaneously drives to weep and scream . . .
It’s enough. IT’S ENOUGH! Stop the insanity!
Some where between 250 million ( MILLION!) and 300 million “firearms” exist in the USA. That’s enough to arm every man, woman and child (plus some). A lot of them with high-capacity death.Stop. Just FUCKING STOP!!! Stop making them (except for our ACTIVE military and police forces). Get the ones that are out there (the AK’s the AR’s the high-capacity whatever . . .) off the streets, out of the homes . . . and DESTROY them. Perfect solution. Nope. It’s gonna take time. We have spent decades, nigh onto a century or more . . . of creating this nightmare. It’s gonna take time to climb out of this hole of death that we have dug ourselves into.
Stop the excuses, the “what-ifs” and the “but what abouts”. The old arguments don’t work anymore . . . neither do the old “reasons”. Neither villify or demonize the “other”. No more scape-goating. No more is it the “others” problem. It’s our problem. It’s the blood on our own hands because we have chosen death over Life. I can’t live in a world like that. I WON’T live in such a world. AND I AM THROUGH WITH SETTING ON MY BUTT on this. I WILL SPEAK TRUTH to the Powers that be. NO MORE! STOP IT! FIND A WAY! STOP MAKING DEATH A BUSINESS BECAUSE YOU ARE IN SOMEONE’S POCKET!
Find a way. Do it. I just to point a finger at those powers. For I realize I have three more of that same hand pointing back at me. Change starts with me. I chose a new way of being. One that seeks Life. That gives life, encourages LIFE. Life & Light. No death & destruction. That means the old paradigms, the old perspectives have to go. Change. Evolve.
I hope that you will too.
Shalom, Love & Grace guide us all and help us in this immense time of grief and sorrow.
God(s) Bless those kids who are taking a stand and saying