Because the classic book, How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff, teaches us the tricks, it is best to take a look at the quantitative analysis of numbers and from them make our own deductions. The first graph shown here tells a story we might not realize is a reality in American neighborhoods. There are more gun shops in America than supermarkets. Wow! Somebody cares more about shooting than eating. The second one is just as alarming. Every time there is a mass shooting gun sales go up. Woe! It benefits somebody when there are mass shootings! Finally, the third one has the stats for the number of guns reported stolen. It’s preoccupying how the greater the number of guns on the streets, the higher the number reported stolen. I’m just saying: there is Food for Thought with these numbers. It’s very honorable to value the rights of people to arm themselves. However, I understand that there is no gun big enough to protect us from tyranny nowadays. In the old day of muskets and gunpowder, we could get together and form a guerilla against the oppressors. But we need much bigger guns than regular assault weapons and machine guns, given the advance in weapon technologies these days. Besides, the real and only chance we may have at being free from the oppressing powers that be is to KNOW and to SPEAK. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!
So now, we are living in the old Wild, Wild West at He Haw Junction! Still! Anyone with the right amount of dollars and a fake or valid ID, whether citizen or not, can get an assault rifle or two with plenty of ammunition with the intent to break into any personal individual’s house, any church or school, any public or private domain for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, these bandits’ rights to arm themselves with the purpose of slashing the right to life kill with impunity and are above the RIGHT TO LIFE of an individual. Arms void the Right to Life! No other Right is greater.
Mass shootings occur in the US more than once daily without previous warning of time, place, or victim. The perpetrators’ motivation may be to have fun and actually live the images in their heads acquired throughout their lives by means of the media’s prolific choices including news, film, and video games. Perhaps they are society’s failure to educate with compassion and instill human values. Perhaps the assassins are bandits aiming to take away an INDIVIDUAL’s freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to think in own way. Perhaps they are politically affiliated with the populist fascists of America and the EU, including Russia, or any Drug Cartel; and unless the INDIVIDUAL is readily armed and able to respond to fire with even greater fire without previous warning, or time to get ready for battle, there will be NO JUSTICE. Human loss of life and impunity upon the bandits will be bestowed to the exclusion of the INDIVIDUAL’s RIGHTS to LIFE, FREEDOM AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
Yes, the Constitution has an Amendment allowing INDIVIDUALS to arm themselves against the State. I guess we should also allow grenades, and other explosives, tanks, fighter jets, or DIY kits (homemade molotovs); the internet provides ease of information with directions on how to acquire and even assemble arms and explosives. With all the arsenal individual people can store in their place of residence, they may be able to defend their individual rights as human beings.
Wait a minute. I thought that individual safety and security was guaranteed! Is it true that in a democratic society, where the government is for the people by the people and there is Rule of Law, the government shall create bodies of authority or law enforcement whose goal is to PROTECT the RIGHTS of individuals against bandits who lawlessly abolish those Rights given by the Magna Carta and ratified and expanded in the Constitution? Whereas, there are also International Laws and Organizations safeguarding Human Rights of individuals where they reside at any given time.
In America, today, people need to arm themselves at home, in their place of worship, in public institutions, on the streets, and at work. They need to be ready to protect their individual HUMAN RIGHTS against armed individual bandits who threaten the right to LIFE of others. However, we are allowed and encouraged to be armed against tyranny and anarchy. The sale of arms has risen constantly with every new assault as more and more people take it upon themselves to protect their lives.
Since our HUMAN RIGHTS are not able to be protected by law enforcement agencies unless we have one assigned per person, if we are not armed and ready at any given time anywhere in the US to protect our lives against armed foe of any kind, the government can not guarantee the people’s right to life and liberty. That is anarchy!
This article honors the memory of a Human Rights activist who saw the big picture in her time, Sojourner Truth. When we as individuals speak out for the betterment of humanity, we are Sojourner Truth. I am Sojourner Truth! She was a teacher to us whose voice is as loud and clear as ever. #neveragain
Today on ABC, I listened to students talk about the March on the 24 and how the NRA and the politicians on both sides of the coin have blood on their hands. I agree. But I would add to that saying that Hollywood is also to blame as is every news-reporting agency in the nation who keeps sustaining and raising the bar on violence through mass communication outlets. So, I believe these students are only addressing one of the major culprits by looking at the most obvious, the sellers and makers of the profitable 300 billion-dollar industry of this country, as well as the gate keepers of the nation, the congressmen and women who make the laws that fail to conserve and preserve the safety of their constituents. Of course, there is no water that will ever wash away their responsibility unless that of reprobation of their own laws that neglect to safeguard the well being of civilians.
The day politicians gather students, parents, and teachers in a conversation of mutual understanding, education will serve to make a better American future; and the abuse, neglect, and condoning of violence on ourselves and the world will be our next new normal. In the new normal, even the news stories will change for the best, and our focus will not be on violence. Since the beginning of mass communication media, violence, crime, hate, sexual aberration, and other oddities have been the number one best sellers at the movies, the nightly news, and other media reports. One generation after another, we have been raising the bar on violence. When are we going to wake up?
Japan leads the way in gun control laws. Follow their example. Let’s focus on positive news, find ways to entertain without violence, crime, and sex. Only then will we become a progressive and evolved species. Otherwise, we will only keep on killing and hurting one another for power. Why do you think these gunmen open fire? Power, because they can. We put the guns in their hands. We edifice violence and crime then expect others not to model what we place in their heads. Come on, psychology and mass communication professionals have known these theoretical frameworks for decades. It’s time to take a stand for our children and the future of the world. Peace starts within and we’re not fostering peace when all we do is look at violence and crime to the point of glorifying it.