Despite the fact the US elections were over two months ago, there is still an over abundance of politicking going on. Mostly around guns, the constitutional right of US citizens to bear arms, and the role/responsibility of government in regulating/legislating the manufacture, use, and ownership of guns by private citizens.
There are a lot of memes floating around decrying the wisdom of us citizens in supporting the current administration in it’s purported efforts to disarm us and remove our inherent rights as legal, law-abiding citizens of the USA. One of the most emotionally and psychologically powerful is the one of Hitler with him being quoted as stating:
To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.
I am not a fan of guns, but I put them in the same category as dog breeds historically trained to guard and protect, which are discriminated against and vilified because humans with ill intent abused and misused their right to own animals and others got hurt or dead.
Guns are mechanical objects and tools with deadly potential and serious intent. There is no doubt that the purpose of a bullet is to cause injury or death. I can not imagine ever being capable of pointing a gun at another living being and making the choice to send a bullet into a body. However, I also can’t imagine ever making the personal choice to have an abortion, whatever the reason.
Yet, in neither case do I criticize, judge, or condemn anyone else who chooses to exercise their legal right to own and operate a gun or to have an abortion. Each individual has the will and the right to exercise that will according to his or her own conscience.
In order to be convicted of homicide, whether it is by gun or some other method, the intent has to be established. Motive is also a factor in identifying intent. If motive and intent are not proven, then the charge goes from homicide to manslaughter.
Other names and classifications exist for killing another human being. However, none of them have anything to do with the death inducing tool. Each and every one has to do with the relationship between killed and killer, as well as the motivation behind the killing.
My point is this, we can call for regulation, control, and all the legislation we want. We can choose the opposing side and resist government interference and fight for deregulation. We can demand teachers learn to use firearms or sanction gun free zones. None of it will make a difference as long as intent and motivation, the hearts and minds of the people wielding the guns are damaged and distorted. It is all a matter of conscience.
I hate to say it, but a tragedy for 28 families and their community is the newest smokescreen and distraction being used to keep us from paying attention to what we need to really be facing: our inner selves, our motivations, and our intentions.
We need to pay attention to who and what we are trusting to “save” us and look after our best interest. How has our collective conscience been shaped, shifted, and guided by those we opted to let do our thinking for us? Media, advertisers, politicians, pundits, and people behind the pulpits all play a part in shaping our collective psyche.
Are we governing our own hearts and minds by actively seeking truth, knowledge and understanding? Or do we let others do our thinking for us and allow ourselves be guided by the most passionate voice that fires up our emotion?
People don’t like listening to prophets because they tend to speak uncomfortable truths with uncomfortable calls to action. Sometimes they lost their heads for it. I believe it’s possible they got together at some point and had a meeting of the minds and changed their job description and title from prophet to jester and later to comedian and humorist. I think George Carlin and Douglas Adams could have fit the bill as modern day prophets.