Guns are instruments of death. Their purpose is to kill, to bring an end to life. Yet we have romanticized these killing machines with shoot 'em up westerns, Sopranos entertainment, and clubs to kill animals. But let's face it, make no mistake about it, guns are anti-life. That is the brutal fact of the matter.
The gun debate still ignores this simple fact, giving a nod to gun owners in a touchy-feely way because they want to kill animals for fun. Nobody wants to say what a friend of mine recently posted on his Facebook page: "Get another hobby." If we are going to have a serious debate with the NRA lobby that has bullied the Congress for decades, we need to acknowledge America's cultural addiction to violence and call it what it is — aberrant and sick. Death for sport should not be cause for celebration and certainly not concession, especially when it is at the expense of children that we adults have a responsibility to protect.
Maybe we need to do an intervention on rabid gun owners just as we do with addicts. Ask the question: Why do you need to kill? And as for people buying guns to protect themselves from the government, seriously, we should consider medication. Just a joke, but you get my point. When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, gun sales soared. There is a very dangerous, unhinged minority in this country that means this man harm. The Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh media that is stirring up mayhem and dissension in America fuels this minority. They are yelling fire in a crowded theater because of the lies they have told and the hate they have spewed. Fire speech is not protected in the Constitution.
We need to tell gun hawks to "get another hobby" and dangerous talk show hosts to "get another job."
Auset Marian Lewis