Posted by Danny
I’m incredibly angry. I’m angry that I have to be scared to go see the movie Batman at night. I’m angry that my kids will grow up with fears that I wasn’t exposed to at their ages. I’m angry that it is more and more difficult to really feel safe.
I have the right to take drugs. I take Claritin for my allergies and recently a muscle relaxer for a pulled back. When I lost my wife, I stopped sleeping. My doctor prescribed a mild sedative that I’m still taking at night. Sometimes it doesn’t work.
But I can’t take all drugs – because some are illegal. I don’t have the right to snort cocaine or inject methamphetamines and currently, the law doesn’t allow me to smoke pot (not that I would if it were legal). Sometimes I worry so much about the world that I can’t sleep even with a sleeping pill.
So an argument that someone has the right to bear arms doesn’t fly with me. Yea – I believe we should all have the right to have a hunting rifle and a right to own a pistol for our own protection. My grandfather ran a convenience store his entire life. He got held up multiple times. He had a pistol. And the last time a slimeball came into his store brandishing a gun, Papa pulled his out. And Papa won. The dude took off like a rabbit. I would have too if a crazy 75-year-old man with tremors in his hands had pulled out a revolver and pointed it in my general direction.
But my grandfather didn’t need a Uzi. Yea, I found machine guns on sale today on-line. I could just buy one – with my VISA number and the three digit code on the back.
Why in the hell (still mad) would anyone, with the exception of war, need a semi-automatic weapon? I’ve thought about it, long and hard. I cannot think of one reason. Well, unless you want to protect yourself when watching a Batman movie.
When is enough enough? When will we, as citizens of the United States of America, stand up and say no more?
For some reason (money), Democrats and Republicans alike are scared to death to tackle this issue. And yet, every year we have multiple cases of innocent people dying at the hands of crazy people walking around with semi-automatic firearms.
I’m not sure what I can do, but I’m angry – and scared – and sad – and feel hopeless.