On Guns and the Wild West

Ok, for my first performance, I’m ready to take on one of the most powerful organizations in the world.  I never planned to go up against an unfettered gun lobby but something happened in Virginia that shook my world.  I’ve got to say it.

I understand the need for the politicians to have money and support in their campaigns to stay in office. The truth is, the gun lobby is a powerful machine whether ally or foe. Most politicians are quite willing to take a few pieces of silver to put all of us in the cross-hairs of the gun lobby, and all are afraid of the NRA.

I’ve noted that more than one gun “rights” supporter has immediately wished that one of those kids at VT had a gun. Yeah, right, and when kids are allowed to bring guns to schools, they will have no teachers hanging around to torment them either. What are they thinking? Oh, I forgot, silver.

I’ve also heard gun apologists say that in the wild-west days, where everyone toted a gun, there were fewer killings than on the streets of NY, which has the strictest gun laws in the land. Maybe so, but the vast majority of the population was spread across numerous farms where the only gun was a long gun for hunting and protecting the chickens from varmints. In the towns, it was a far different story. The NY gun controls are of little use if guns are ported in from far away places like my own state, Georgia. There is a need for very strict controls in every state and town to be effective.   No reason to fear that you can’t continue to hunt or protect the chickens from varmints.  But there is no sporting need to use an AK 47 or machine pistol.

So the gun lobby wants to put guns in every car eh? In the good ol’ days, horse and buggy riders did not have to put up with long lines, traffic lights, delays and rude behavior on the streets like today. Instead of the rude middle finger and a few shouts, we can look forward to the next-finger-over twitching on the trigger of a machine pistol? Not a pretty thought – shootouts everywhere we go.

How dare they push their gun manufacturer funded ideology on the very day that so many of our children were murdered? The old time gunslingers did not have removable gun clips and machine pistols, laser sights and numerous places to hide their weapons. Holster or saddlebag, that was about it. Even in the old days, the sheriff often met strangers at the edge of town and took up their guns. Can’t do that today, no sir.

And don’t give me any of that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” crud. Bullets kill people. Not one of those children were killed by a gun, ‘tis true. But all were killed by bullets from one or another gun. More guns lead to more bullets and more deaths. Too many now. So it was a legal sale? The dealer got his money, the manufacturer got his money, the gun lobby has a little more silver to spread around and the politicians have a little more cash in the coffer. Doesn’t make sense to me why we let it go on and on just to enrich a few.

It is time to send a message for the gun lobby and their lackey pols. to get out of Dodge themselves. I’m fed up with it all and will vote against any politician that supports their blood splattered bills.  

Let the hate mail roll in…  Maybe a few in agreement too?

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