What kind of protection can guns offer to any of us anymore when they can do this in two minutes on a chilly autumn morning in any little town in America?
Last week's murderous rampage in Sandy Hook leaves us all shaken and bewildered. But one undeniable truth is this, and to the detriment of any non-parent or just plain NRA nut who dare stand in our way; you had best aim true when you claim your right to defend yourself by any and all means trumps my child's right to be safe from an assault weapon in an elementary school.
Not one of us should ever have to fear little children chewed to bits by a weapon designed for war because nearly anyone can buy and even legally own one, own many; dozens even. Unlimited numbers of weapons can be owned by most American citizens with the financial, criminal or other means to obtain them.
Unfortunately for modern society, the 2nd amendment was designed by men who were experienced with muskets and cannons; not glock nines and AR-15's, body armor and extended magazine clips. It isn't just the message that's going to have to change, it's the attitude; just like we changed minds about smoking and drunk driving, seatbelts and airbags, we'll have to revise how we look at guns; to stop coveting them. The time has come. We've got to get a grip on the 21st century realities of life. It's time to begin to put the guns away and stop making new ones.
The 2nd Amendment be damned. We must defend our most basic right - to live - without fear in a country so great that I firmly believe that our descendants will one day be able to look back and say that we finally saw the wisdom in simply laying down our arms for the sake of our children and our futures. We took a step. They will say we gave up a basic right so that they might live without fear, knowing that it would never happen to them or to their children.
It's time to lay down our arms, as hard as that is to face. In the long run, there is no other way. We must all begin a regimented, coordinated and systematic dismantling of our American infatuation with guns. History and modern-day media glorify the gun. But when you look at the damage gunshot wounds do to people, the glory is gone. We cannot continue to glorify the gun while ignoring the horrifying effects they leave behind tens of thousands of times every single year.
This time at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, CT, it was just too much. Too many children. Too many teachers who had to serve as soldiers and mothers protecting their babies, only to die in vain as their precious everythings they promised to protect were massacred.
It's time to begin to see the wisdom in laying down our arms, even if it takes a hundred years to understand that wisdom. Even the longest journey begins with a single step. We must take it, and we must take it now. We must not allow ourselves, or most especially another lost and hurting armed gunman, to imagine a grander, more compelling future mass killing before finally prodding us forward into reason and basic sanity.