There Is Nothing “Normal” or “Routine” About Any of This: Not Now, Not Ever


I am personally convinced that guns kill people in the USA because people in the USA pervert the Second Amendment.

founding_fathersThe American founding fathers put the right to bear arms in the US Constitution to protect citizens from tyrannical government.  The USA needs to protect the nation from those who misuse the Second Amendment, and the worst culprit is the NRA.

umpqua-community-college-shooting-mapI heard the news today, oh boy, and it was not a nice news story. Another mass shooting  in Roseburg, Oregon.  The Oregon college shooter had body armor, 3 pistols, rifle and 5 extra magazines. I have just one question for the American public.  How do you think the founding fathers would look upon this kind of abuse of the Second Amendment?  How does this remotely reflect the criteria of good responsible gun ownership and registration and certification? How does someone purchase body armor, multiple pistols a rifle and extra magazines and ammunition without raising an eyebrow?  I have news for you.  This, this, this is not normal. If you do not wince at this, I have no words. This is not normal.

I really felt for President Obama as he addressed this issue again before the American people. He knows full well that the Congress is choosing to not act, and both parties are involved in this choice to leave things status quo, only to see more American lives lost to senseless gun violence.

President Obama opened for a 15th time in his presidency, a news conferences addressing gun violence with these words:

obama-main“The reporting is routine,” he said. “My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”

The best summary from history professor, David Perry, stated it this way:

But we do have to name these killings for what they are — a natural consequence of a society that just has too many guns, too few controls, and no political process that can do anything about it.”

This is the crux of the matter.

nra_logo_squareThe American political system that enshrines lobbying as the only way of doing politics is hijacked by lobbyists who throw around money like it is confetti at a wedding, and one of the big spenders is the NRA who play on a disturbing twisting and misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.  Until the influence of lobbyists is curtailed and until the use of money in politics is curtailed, doing the right thing not only about gun violence but about all kinds of issues that need to be addressed by lawmakers in Congress, all these things and more, will continue to be hijacked and derailed.

I am not arguing for the removal of all guns. I am arguing for common sense gun ownership, registration and certification.

img-grocery-store-carryMany gun advocates defend to the nth degree their “constitutional right to bear arms”.  That is not the issue and never has been.  I have spoken to gun control advocates and to those who don’t want gun control, and both acknowledge the right of citizens to bear arms.  However the second clause in the second amendment has more to do with a civil militia that protects citizens against the tyranny of government. This has nothing to do with dealing with a right to bear a weapon in your home to defend yourself against your neighbor.

How can so many Christians get the issue of guns totally wrong?

JesusnoNTI have heard from some of my American Christian friends some pretty intense language concerning the protection the right to bear arms and also their insistence on justified violence to defend their family.  It is not a position I share in the least. It makes me cringe and makes me shake my head in disbelief, that some of these loving and caring Christians who love the Lord and Gospel and do good works, at the same time would not hesitate to pull out a rifle or a pistol and shoot to kill a perpetrator that was coming into their home. Really?

jesusguns1What would Jesus do? He certainly would not blow them away with a Winchester or an AR-15! Christians appear to continually conveniently apply only these “convenient truths” that won’t impede their own desires and wants and their supposed “rights”.  Oh, yes, my dear Evangelical right wing Christian friends, according to the New Testament, Christians do not have any “personal rights”. Just thought I would let you know this “inconvenient truth”, especially since being a biblical literalist is so important to you.

So America, why can’t you all come together for the sake of all citizens?

foundingfathersI am left asking this question over and over when I see this vicious cycle of violence.  I am sick of hearing the right wing element demonizing the gun control elements in American society, and instead promote mental health because in their line of thinking, “guns don’t kill people, people do”, a sick and twisted form of logic. I don’t agree one iota with this form of idiocy.

perspectiveIf America has a process for educating and licensing people to drive everything from motorcycles to cars and trucks, to boats of all sizes and power, why can there not be the same kind of testing and qualifying for gun ownership?

President Obama Delivers His Third State Of Union SpeechWhy can there not be bipartisan collaboration that sees the right to bear arms and also the right to protect citizens from those who do not meet the minimum criteria in order to purchase and own a fire arm? If a mentally unfit person cannot bear a weapon why should they even be considered for one? Why can there not be gun ownership courses that prepare people to meet the criteria of responsible ownership by providing certified courses for qualification BEFORE they own a gun?  Why can there not be a graduated licensing process where a person can upgrade to different types of guns as they qualify for them in training and proficiency? How is this a bad thing?

driverstestIf America trains drivers in order to drive, then it is only common sense to the same with gun regulation. Gun regulation would set minimal standards for mental competency, as well as meeting the criteria of minimal training and proficiency for the desired gun the person wants to purchase and own. This would protect the basic right to bear arms and also make sure the people who own the guns also meet the most fundamental knowledge and proficiency in their use.

johnparkerResponsible gun ownership and certification and training should emulate the young veteran who had a concealed carrier permit for Oregon, who is a student at the UCC campus, who was armed that day at the school.  Here is what this young man, John  Parker, explained that his military training provided him with the skills to “go into danger,” but said he felt lucky he and others didn’t try to get involved going after Mercer.

“Luckily we made the choice not to get involved,” he explained. “We were quite a distance away from the building where this was happening. And we could have opened ourselves up to be potential targets ourselves, and not knowing where SWAT was, their response time, they wouldn’t know who we were. And if we had our guns ready to shoot, they could think that we were bad guys.”

Parker noted that he was hustled into a classroom with other students by a professor who asked if anyone was armed. He said he raised his hand and said he would attempt to protect his fellow students if they came under attack.

illegalgunsAmerica will never eliminate illegal gun access.  If a person has the money and the contacts, they can find an illegal firearm. It is the same way in Canada.  However the damage done by gun owners who have access to guns through the current legal means is the biggest issue.

mapusaJust because you happen to be a US citizen, that right does not give you the right to bear arms without qualifying for it.  And that is the crux of the issue right there.  There is too much rhetoric from the NRA pro-gun lobby, and the gun control lobby, and the issue gets frozen and doesn’t get any traction.  The country is paralyzed and the only numbers that increase is the number of the dead and those that mourn the dead. It has to stop. It has to change.

Like David Perry said:

But we do have to name these killings for what they are — a natural consequence of a society that just has too many guns, too few controls, and no political process that can do anything about it.”

Does America have the will to confront its soul?

ucc-shootingDoes America have the will to stop the NRA and its hijacking of the politics in the land? Does America have the will to partner will all parties involved, all citizens and all agencies and NGO’s in the country, to make “responsible ownership and gun control” a reality? Does Congress that claims to be “government of the people for the people” have the guts to do what the vast majority of the American people want? Or should the good citizens of America form a coalition to turf out ALL politicians regardless of party they belong to or represent, that refuses to bring about “responsible gun ownership and controls”? Do the good people of America have to begin at the state level and move to the federal level to mobilize to form coalitions to remove the intransigent politicians who refuse to pass “responsible gun ownership controls”?

guns1I just wonder how much fight there is in America, in the decent common man, to say enough! How much fight is there is to act on the “enough is enough” and get some traction on bringing about change. I have a flicker of hope in my heart, that the common man in America, may actually have the will, the desire, and the fight and the perseverance to just do what needs to get done.  I sure hope America moves beyond caring and gets to the doing of what needs done!

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Peace.

~ Sam

LINKS:

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/13/i_was_wrong_about_the_second_amendment_why_my_view_of_guns_totally_changed/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/armed-vet-destroys-gun-nuts-argument-on-mass-shooters-by-explaining-why-he-didnt-attack-oregon-killer/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2015/oct/02/oregon-shootings-us-reels-from-another-school-shooting-live-updates

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/02/us/oregon-umpqua-community-college-shooting/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/02/us/oregon-shooting-terrorism-gun-violence/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/01/politics/oregon-shooting-obama-response/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/01/opinions/opinion-roundup-gun-control-2015/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/06/opinions/zelizer-gun-control/index.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/12/why-america-cant-pass-gun-control/266417/

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, Gospel of grace proclaimer, pursuing union with Christ. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus unites, dogma divides.
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2 Responses to There Is Nothing “Normal” or “Routine” About Any of This: Not Now, Not Ever

  1. Mavrik says:

    This is a nice piece you have written. I do agree to some extent that gun control laws should be reviewed and perhaps revised. However, I believe that it is more of a symptom and we have been generally neglecting the underlying pathology. The question we should be asking ourselves is this, “What is it about this culture that is resulting in so many people with psychological issues that lead to these types of incidents?”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam Buick says:

      I agree as well. It is just that people are refusing the basic screening and testing questions that you normally see for all kinds of qualifications. Guns should be controlled by having people qualify for gun ownership. This is where the 2nd Amendment gets twisted to mean something the founding fathers never intended. It was intended as a last means of defense against tyrannical government. It has nothing to do with what is going on now. The other thing is, that there was 14 amendments to the Constitution. We a large enough outcry, the Constitution can be changed with another amendment. It is a fluid document and can be changed. It is not unalterable. Americans seem to forget that.

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