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by Glenda Davis 4 months ago in legislation
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Gun Violence in America

As of this writing, on 29 May 2022, day 149 of 2022, there have been 214 mass shootings in the United States of America. One hundred forty nine days into the year, we have 43.65% more mass shootings than we have had days in the year for a total of 214 mass shootings. This number doesn’t include the suicides, murders or accidents so far this year, nor does it include the deaths that will undoubtedly occur during the holiday weekend. Last year we had well over 45,000 deaths by firearms in the United States of America. We are in crisis.

While I’m sure no one really cares, these are my thoughts on gun violence in the United States of America. Let’s start where it begins. The second amendment:

Words matter. While there are a few out there who are actually members of a militia, those militia are not well regulated, but the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and even the newly funded Space Force would actually be a well regulated militia. Yet only 7% of U.S. citizens serve in the actual well regulated militia, this includes Billy Bob and his militia buddies.

But for giggles, let’s pretend Billy Bob and his boys are actually a well regulated militia. For that militia to bear arms, it MUST be NECESSARY to the security of a free State. There is not one state in the union that will ask any gun owner that is a civilian to become a necessary part of the security of that state in any way, shape, form or fashion, EVER.

But for today’s purposes, Billy Bob and his boys are a well regulated militia that is necessary to the security of a free State. Then and ONLY then does the right of the people to keep and bear arms exist and at that time only, that right shall not be infringed.

Nowhere in the constitution does it say anything about family traditions, hunting enthusiasts, poor people hunting for food, sport shooting, home defense, overthrowing the government or any of the other things people claim as their constitutional rights. Words do actually matter. The right to bear Arms has two very specific conditions that must be met for that right to become a constitutional right.

1. The person must be a member of a well regulated Militia (such as the United States military).

2. That well regulated militia MUST be NECESSARY to the security of a free State.

3. Then and only then does the right of the people to keep and bear Arms exists and, it is under those specific circumstances that the right to bear Arms shall not be infringed.

That is what the constitution of the United States has printed as the 2nd Amendment. Yet somehow the citizens of the United States have difficulty reading English. The NRA has convinced several hundred million people that the only part of the 2nd Amendment they need to pay attention to is the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed, ignoring the fact that the right given by the 2nd Amendment is contingent on two prior conditions that are routinely overlooked and ignored.

In addition, 90% of the citizens of our country want some form of gun control even if it’s only background checks, some accountability in the boyfriend law and some form of red flag laws that can take away a gun from a mentally ill person, yet our congress is holding the entire country hostage on behalf of the NRA and gun manufacturers as well as the millions of dollars in blood money they receive each year from the gun lobbyists to ensure more guns can be sold and gun manufacturers can never be sued for the sale and use of their product, which when used in the manner designed, will definitely result in the death of one or more living beings. And for some reason, the American people accept this form of taxation without representation by regularly re-electing the very people who continue to betray them and go against the will of the people.

Somehow, the very politicians that have plotted for decades to ensure a woman carries a baby to term no matter what, up to and including her death, can’t seem to think of a way a child can attend school and return home without being shot to death. The politicians who think training 50 year old Mrs. Petersen to fight off an armed attacker can’t think of any way to save the children of this nation, yet their constituents continue to send them back to Washington to represent… who? Gun manufacturers? Oil companies? Pharmaceutical companies? Corporations? The politicians in Washington do NOT represent the people of America and they haven’t for a very long time. We are living with the results of taxation without representation and have done so for decades.

They wonder why the people don’t vote, but vote for what? For decades, politicians have ignored the wants and needs of the people, let alone the desires. Ninety-five percent of the people believe people should receive a fair days pay for a fair days work. That cost would be $38.50 an hour, not $15 a hour, which is still poverty wage, but at $7.85 an hour businesses continue balancing their businesses on the backs of the very people who create their wealth. Sixty-five percent of the people want Medicare for all but we don’t have it. Seventy-five percent of the people want to aggressively attack climate change, but we have next to nothing with a plan for fossil fuels through 2050 when scientist said we had 12 years 8 years ago before reaching the point of no return; that number is now 3-5 years. Sixty percent of people want free college. With 111 ingredients other countries don’t allow in their food that is allowed in ours, what is good for our health is never considered.

I am a Black female veteran who does not own a gun. When asked why I don’t own a gun, I always respond that I haven’t become fearful enough to buy one. I live in the Chicago area, and while there are lots of carjackings and robberies, I don't find the idea of a gun beneficial. If someone tries to steal my car, they can have it, that’s why I pay for full coverage insurance. If they want my purse, they can have that as well, I don’t carry cash and can easily cancel my credit and debit cards. If they want my phone, they can have it, it’s insured. If they want my life, well I’ll have to take my chances and fight. I am not afraid to go anywhere in the city of Chicago or it’s surrounding suburbs and travel the area all hours of the day and night, depending on what I need to do.

Yet it seems to me that the citizens of America are terrified. Forty percent of the weapons of the entire world are in the United States but we are only 5% of the world. Americans are afraid of everything; each other, immigrants, people of different religions, people of different races or complexions, people from different countries, people of different sexual orientations, interracial relationships, science, history, equality, rights of other people and anything that represents actual truth. But who can blame them, many refuse to check anything for themselves and there is so much bad information available people don’t know what to believe, they just know they are scared and want to kill something, anything to ensure they and their family are safe.

But safe from what? Through Facebook, I know a couple of people who are proud owners of AK47s or AR15s and the only thought that goes through my mind when I think of them owning those weapons is who did you piss off, what did you do to them and what do you think they are bringing to your house and coming to do to you? Why? Because these people always say “you can’t tell me what I need to defend my home”. But defend it from who and what? Are they secret cartel members fighting a gang war? Or maybe they are members of the mafia or a street gang. Perhaps they are prepping for an alien invasion. Or maybe they are in a family feud. Whatever the reason, Americans are terrified to be in their own homes. Especially the ones watching FOX. I spent a week watching FOX once. I found the information they shared to be consistently missing information and presented in such a manner that it was terrifying. Even the commercials were scary. The evening programming is a virtual collage of the Black, Brown, Mexican, Muslim, CRT, LGBTQ, liberals, baby eaters, thugs, different people are coming to take your job, home, neighborhood, kids, happiness, desire and joy completely away from you.

Nonetheless, if the citizens of this nation want to see a change, they need to vote the bastards out of office who refuse to do the will of the people. As is, greedy politicians have turned our country into a world class 3rd world country that people are fearful to live in and visit for blood money from the gun manufacturers, oil companies and other corporations. It’s time to stop taxation without representation (people who represent lobbyist and corporations don’t care about or represent the people). It’s time for every citizen to do their civic duty and make America great by taking out the garbage in Washington.

My prayer for my country is the American people join the religion of humanist and learn to care more about people than guns and money. I pray my fellow citizens will begin to look at their neighbors as people who deserve a true living wage, full medical care that includes optical, dental, health and mental care, healthy foods for their family, equal education for all children creating equal opportunities and giving equal access to all children. i pray children will become more important than guns. I pray that instead of fearing one another we learn to love one another. I pray the American people rise up and vote as if this will be the last time they ever vote. I pray they vote the blood thirsty, greedy, spineless, cowards who do not serve the will of the people out of office. I pray the people of America vote for themselves men and women of courage, integrity and character into office and create the country the people actually want.

Until the people of the United States of America develop the wisdom and courage to create the type of country that would be both great and beneficial to all American citizens, the world will continue to look at the stupid Americans killing their own people by the tens of thousands because of their ignorant love of guns over people, their fear of one another and shake their collective heads in amazement of the stupidity and ignorance that treasurers a murderous piece of cold steel over the children of our foolish nation.

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About the author

Glenda Davis

The purpose of this blog will be to discuss race relations, learn history and hopefully help us all to be more patient, understanding, emphatic.

I am a 59 year old Black woman, a veteran Sargent of the United States Air Force and a retiree.

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