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Javaman

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One Nation, Under Guns...

This is what we have become, a nation of violence underlined by guns.

There are those in the gun community that will argue with that, but when people in other countries talk about or ask about or reflect upon the U.S., it invariably comes back to violence and guns.

We are a violent nation. that is a fact.

We are the largest exporter of weapons in the world.

When we send "aid" packages to other nations, that's just a catch all phrase for everything we send, including weapons.

Starting since our inception as a nation, we have been involved in one war after another. either it was under the guise of "self defense", "helping others" or "spreading democracy".

Self defense in the monroe doctrine, helping others as in over throwing democratically elected governments, and spreading democracy to other nations at the point of a gun.

And as a result of our over seas proliferation of weapons, the weapons here, for sale to the average person, have become cheap and plentiful.

Death is good business. Violence and it's maintenance is the American way.

As the years have gone by, and the various massacres increase, we have become a type of Roman Republic, lusting for a new and novel way for people to be killed.

No more are the 2 or 3 or 4 people killed big news, it's the huge numbers that get the ratings.

We are into the era of the violence of the snake eating it's tail.

We have the usual daily shooting at work, the weekly "mass" shooting and now we get the monthly or bi-monthy massacre.

And yet how fickle we are.

The San Bernardino massacre hardly still registers on our consciousness.

But were do we say, enough!

Do we draw the line now? or do we watch at the goal posts move, not just down the field, but into another zip code altogether?

Do we sit by our computers weeping or do we turn our anger into action?

I just can't support anyone who advocates or defends violence at the hand of a gun.

And as such, I will be giving my hard earned money and my voice to organizations that work hard for gun control, extensive background checks and find a way to make it massively difficult to obtain a gun legally.

I do not own a gun, but as an American, I am part of what contributes to the violence. I also refuse, as an American to blindly turn away.

I would love to say, we can do better, but sadly it appears we are unable to. This is who we are and it will take those few of us to educate the many.

Because, if there is no change, no movement, no one speaking out, the we are doomed to remain...

One nation, under guns...

the powerlessness of the single voice...

we all feel powerless individually.

we feel as if the floor dropped out from under us when we hear of such tragedies as the one that unfolded in Orlando.

"what can I do? I'm just one person. no one will listen to me" is the individuals mantra.

and the next is grieving, morning and giving up over the useless feeling we all get when we are powerless to commit change.

I sit at my computer and type these words feeling this feeling of helplessness to change things. to help ban assault rifles. to expand background checks. to have the fucking FBI do their god damn jobs.

we plead to the president and what does he say? "We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate," he said. "The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror. We will go wherever the facts lead us ... What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred."

maybe he's at a loss for words as well, but folks, some of THE largest massacres occurred on his watch.

and his words only make me less confident of any sort of change.

So, what needs to be done? WE need to group together and fight. WE need to demand from our congress people, let alone the president, to pass the fucking laws and have them enforced.

most of the GOP gets money from the NRA, but I can bet your ass, that there are republicans right now, people, not politicians, that are equally disgusted by this bullshit.

a bi-partisan group, formed by the people of this nation, that is apolitical. That are tired of the almost daily killings and massacres.

It's WE not I that will get it changed.

WE have to stop putting up with this. And tell the NRA to shut the fuck up when they come out with the tired response of "in this time of tragedy, now is not the time to discuss laws about guns". OH BULLSHIT. Now is the very fucking time.

WE need to fucking stand up to this contrived kind of bullshit to derail the discussion and dismantle the NRA once and for all.

Remember, it's WE the people.

I just heard...

I had been out doing work in the yard all day.

50 people???!!!

What is wrong with us?

I'm angry, horrified and depressingly sad.

I just cat wrap my brain around such a tragedy.
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