AMERICA IS A GUN by Brian Bilston
England is a cup of tea.
France, a wheel of ripened brie.
Greece, a short, squat olive tree.
America is a gun.
Brazil is football on the sand.
Argentina, Maradona’s hand.
Germany, an oompah band.
America is a gun.
Holland is a wooden shoe.
Hungary, a goulash stew.
Australia, a kangaroo.
America is a gun.
Japan is a thermal spring.
Scotland is a highland fling.
Oh, better to be anything
than America as a gun.
Yes, we are, indeed, not only the free country to which many people want to live and aspire, but we are also looked at as the most violent among those peaceful nations ... and we are. Hands down, we are.
We have been shot at and killed far more often by fellow citizens than by foreign terrorists.
What helps to fuel that is the ongoing partnership among lawmakers, lobbyists, and gun manufacturers. Do they force the weapons into the peoples' hands? (That is a common argument the death-for-profit people make.) Of course they don't. However, does that mean that what they are doing is stopping or stemming the tide of increased gun violence in this country? Clearly, it doesn't. It shows also no desire for safety. The greatest culpability in a killing that involves a firearm is clearly the person(s) doing the killing. That is undeniable. If, however, your involvement does include willful intent to increase forearms sales and to increase access to weapons through relaxed legislation, you do have a level of culpability as facilitators.
Many times, when someone facilitates another, they do so out of either a warped sense of "better this action than that action" (merely swapping one bad behavior for another) or a sheer case of giving up. In this case, those in power are not looking to merely swap one bad behavior for another, and they are not simply giving up. Why, then, push as they do?
My term of "death-for-profit" that I used earlier this month goes along with why. Have you heard of the phrase "selling your soul"? (Usually, the phrase is used in terms of the Devil, but I am using it in a broader sense here.) These politicians and gun business folks are doing it for money, money, money. They are selling the soul of this nation for financial gain. The soul of America, as well as the lives of its citizens, is nothing more than a commodity. Yes, the weapons are the physical, more obvious commodity, but this nation's soul is clearly an expendable commodity.
And they could not care less!
Throughout this month of October, I have posted several times about the issue of massacre prevention (aka gun control), including mentioning the National Rifle Association many times. This is, of course, not the only blog where that organization is mentioned in relation to the isuue of gun control. As much as the NRA deserves whatever measure of condemnation it receives, there are other groups who think that the NRA is too soft. (Yes, the NRA is too soft!) Some of these groups are the National Association for Gun Rights, the Gun Owners of America, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. They believe that the NRA has been too compromising and too lenient regarding some gun-related legislation.
No surprise, the common themes among these three groups are a perceived far-too-high level of anti-gun sentiment in this country and the defense of the Second Amendment. Their allegiance is to the belief that "gun control" is a code term for "unlawful gun acquisition". All of these groups, profusely assisted by politicians, are co-conspirators in mass murder and the selling out of the soul of America ...
... and they are using the U.S. Constitution, a guiding document to benefit this country, against this country to do so.