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October 2, 2017

If not now, when? Nicholas Kristof on guns

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 15:10

I am sharing this very well written post because I believe in all that was written, and I can not do a better job of expressing the subject. I have said before on this subject we can learn from the actions taken by other developed modern countries. Thank you. Hugs

Why Evolution Is True

I don’t know if a lot of us are fans of Nicholas Kristof, but I suspect many of us will agree with his column in today’s New York Times, “Preventing future mass shootings like Las Vegas.” As he implies, the National Rifle Association, which I’ve long seen as Institutional Evil, will say “In this heated climate after a shooting, it’s the wrong time to discuss gun regulation.” But if not now, when? For one thing is certain: the righteous furor about a private citizen getting an assault rifle will die down after a while, only to be roused again when the next shooting takes place. Kristof gives us this horrifying statistic:

Since 1970, more Americans have died from guns (including suicides, murders and accidents) than the sum total of all the Americans who died in all the wars in American history, back to the American Revolution. Every…

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  1. Hi Scottie;
    Dad and I were just talking a bit about this topic on Sunday. Odd that just hours later this tragedy would happen…. well, maybe not so odd, since it seems it happens more and more. One of the things I’ve learned is that there are a lot of people who are living in absolute fear. Dad and I talked about how someone gets shot in Arizona (a for example) and here in Michigan we hear about it and our body and mind exhibit in threat responses of one sort or another. It is so far away, so far removed from us, and yet it causes a feeling of fear and possible violence, loss of control. Frankly, I think that is where the tRumpists have succeeded. While tRump tapped into the fear of many who thought they were losing control, Hillary spoke elegantly about ideas and ideals, of moving forward to a people who are fearing the very future where they feel victimized by a radical subculture that they don’t understand and can’t control. I think it’s the breeding ground of racism, financial classism, and even simply bullying. It’s sad, really, in so many ways, because in a sense there are a lot of these violent episodes happening and the more they happen the more those who live in fear seek to control – and those who have found it a lucrative area to exploit.
    My sincere belief is that we will never overcome America’s NEED for guns until we overcome the FEAR that constricts our hearts and is keeping us back from moving forward. What do you think?


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    Comment by Randy — October 2, 2017 @ 17:48

    • Oh… and as far as “if not now, when”…. well, those who fear will only see the limiting and removal of guns as a cause for more fear, I think.

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      Comment by Randy — October 2, 2017 @ 17:49

      • I have to ask what makes our people more dangerous to each other. Other countries have their crazies but no where near the violence we do. I am talking modern countries. They ride the subways and buses unafraid. Why are our people so destructive to each other. Hugs


        Comment by Scottie — October 2, 2017 @ 18:07

    • Hi Randy, great to hear from you. I agree it is fear. Fear and hopelessness. There is a reason why there are more killings in cities than towns and it is not that there are more guns in the city. There are more people. In the country you havce other tools that make you feel safe including distance. In the city you are crowded in and around people who may want to harm you that you may not be able to prevent. So you seek the biggest deterrent or in other words the biggest club. We have been taught the bigger gun ( weapon ) makes us the biggest toughest one. It is why North Korea is giving up everything to develop it’s nuclear missile program. Kim fears that the bully will come and knock him out of power, so he tries for the biggest club. Best to your folks. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — October 2, 2017 @ 18:04

  2. Great share these statistics are really eye opening

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    Comment by Cory Melancon — October 3, 2017 @ 00:03

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