Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Arizona Daily Star's David Fitzsimmons, who organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of Newtown, CT at Winterhaven on Friday evening, follows up in his Saturday column. No Founding Father intended Somalia in crafting a more perfect union (excerpt):
No matter how many times one says "I believe in the Second Amendment
right to bear arms" if one utters the phrase "sensible gun laws" all
they hear is "The government is coming to take away your gun!" Perplexed
by your naive foolishness, they wonder why you can't see the black
helicopters packed with jackboots beyond the horizon. Clutching their
NRA membership cards to their chests, the discussion is over.
waste your time pointing out that no citizen, including me, would ever
surrender his right to self-defense and that this infantile "Red Dawn"
script would lead to 100,000 Ruby Ridges and America's end.
this paranoid fantasy is the heart of the gun lobby's religion. The
gun-damentalist errs on the side of fear, enjoying the romantic and
ego-inflating notion he is a lone figure protecting our republic from
evil gun snatchers, and overlooking the fact this is the same Keystone
Kops government that couldn't raid a compound in Waco, Texas without it
becoming a disaster. This mythology makes an ordinary life terribly
Twenty schoolchildren are savagely murdered with a
combat weapon and we mute our outrage because a lobby built upon
promoting this irrational argument owns the cowards in Washington.
of argument, we will instead light a candle in memory of the children
of Newtown, in memory of all of the beautiful lights among us that have
been extinguished by gun violence this year and in years past. And in an
expression of shame at our inability to engage in meaningful common
sense action we will pray our nation's leaders will see the light in
this hour of darkness.
The flip-side of the coin to our culture of gun violence is our culture of fear. It is a yin and yang. One depends on the other, and is self-perpetuating.