“Stop Gun Violence: Take Guns Away From Men”
Stunning thought, isn’t it?
You cannot deny the fact that if men had no lethal weapons ready-to-hand, gun violence would immediately drop to zero. No guns, no gun violence.
Not all violence is perpetrated with guns, of course. Open hands, fists, feet, belts, sticks, stones. Anything can become a weapon.
The above “suggestion” is made in response to the cry to stop gun violence.
And, no, this is not an invitation for any federal, state, or local confiscation plan.
Instead, envision this scenario : Some blesséd energy force sweeps around the globe and, suddenly, all guns are vaporized.
Hunters stand with arms raised, poised to pull the trigger to kill some beautiful wild creature, and suddenly their hands are empty.
Policemen find their holsters empty.
The hostile person they face is likewise empty-handed.
Millions of military personnel from all nations look around at each other, startled—no, astounded! —to see that they have no weapons in their hands.
Do they hear a heavenly voice speaking to them, urging them to live in peace?
Well, we won’t go that far.
This isn’t a movie; this isn’t reality; this is setting up a radical hypothesis that sets the stage for asking a series of
What If …. ? questions:
What if any man who wanted a gun had to write an essay explaining precisely why that gun, and every gun in his cache, was necessary to his life, his well-being, his manhood.
What if, in that essay, he had to explain what he meant by those words “his life, well-being, manhood.”
What if men had to explain why they crave the right to kill?
What if they had to explain to themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, their society how gun possession was a benefit to all concerned?
What if, in this essay, men had to articulate a vision of themselves as whole …without a lethal weapon?
Our traditional definition of “manhood” pretty much disallows anything other than the protector/attacker/hunter image.
Well… Let’s be honest. Our corporate war plans absolutely require a steady generous supply of young men able and willing to shoot to kill. Therefore, boys and men cannot be permitted to escape that “calling” which is drummed into their heads as “innate.”
Another appropriate descriptive word for gun possession is “profitable” to corporations, not least of all the NRA.
Hmmm. NRA. The organization that bullied Congress into accepting its profitable interpretation of the Second Amendment as virtually requiring any “manly man” to own several guns of increasing lethality. And of course, the requisite ammunition to ensure that the gun could kill scores of peopl… (oops) hit scores of targets within seconds.
What Congress, the NRA, and most citizens already know (although the NRA is pleading ignorance by reason of insanity) is that the Second Amendment was a matter of throwing down the gauntlet to King George III who accused of treason any disloyal colonists (that’s us) who would bear arms against the King. And of course that is precisely what we the colonists were doing. To wit:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The colonists were required to be ready and willing to pick up guns to defend the new nation against any enemies foreign or domestic that hoped to overthrow its independence. Colonists were encouraged to own a gun and were to keep it handy for when a militia might be called into service. Private ownership and use of firearms was strictly controlled by numerous state laws.
Back to the essay. One thousand words for each gun, explaining why and how that particular lethal weapon is important to you, makes you a better man, and benefits your family, neighborhood, and society.