Colluding with the 16th anniversary of America’s turn at Afghanistan, we are engaged in a great civil war to endure as a nation, through racial prejudice, sexual bigotry and Domestic Terrorism – gun violence targeting women and children now intensified by military-styled automatic weapons raining down wholesale massacre and serial mass murder on a Homefront with short-term memory.
Regardless of race, creed, heritage, age, sexual preference or political persuasion, more Americans were shot to death, in Las Vegas Sunday October 1, 2017 than have been killed in America, by radical Islamic terrorists in the last ten years.
Growing up, holidays were loud: packing uncles and aunts, drinking, smoking, shouting rifle and shotgun owners – all skilled, if not avid, hunters – insuring I mastered both M-14 & 16 in Basic Training. Uncle Gino, however, had already taught me to respect guns, because once weapon and shooter were united, each were equally responsible for the union’s conclusion.
Since 1967, more Americans have been killed by guns, than in all the wars in which America was involved since our Revolutionary War, and still…
- Conservatives: Now is not the time to discuss it
- NRA: more good men with guns
- Responsible gun owners: some background checks
- Schools: Armed police handcuffing & arresting children
- Fed-up Americans: Repeal the Second Amendment
- Media & Pollsters: Is America headed in the right direction
Arguably, beyond the illusion of handgun induced home security and the adrenaline rush accompanying killing a defenseless animal — stonewalling and ignoring the body-count in American killing fields: concerts, nightclubs, movie theaters, parking lots, churches, schools – petitions us to be The People’s Storm, beckoning the wise to expose GOP/NRA as accessories after the fact.
While Trump and guns are inexorable parts of America’s global definition, they are not the measure of heroism or liberty, but rather enablers of violent death – yet, direction of any nation is determined by the moral fiber of its citizens.
Yes, America is moving in The Right Direction:
- Uniformed shooting of unarmed men of color
- Institutionalized bigotry of DOJ against LGBTQ Americans
- Domestic and Foreign Gerrymandering of our Electoral System
The issue of controlling gun violence, is more about the 2008 Supreme Court misinterpretation of the Second Amendment and less about honoring our Bill of Rights; Less about individual liberty and more about the exhilaration some feel when armed for intimidation.
In 1775, Lexington and Concord fired up a new nation, but by 2016, far too many had forgotten the end goal of Valley Forge was, a United States of America – sans standing army.
Now, We the People need stop wringing our hands, acting like we don’t know the difference between principal and Pence patriotic pretense, and declare ourselves the calm eye centering the Storm — firing 18th century caste system thinking, because we are more than the symbols, we are constitutionally guaranteed the right, to venerate or not.
Because in desperate times, desperation cajoles common sense into nonsensical choices regarding who gets to possess, America’s Nuclear Football, we fool-hearted expected solutions from rhetorical barker, and endangered ourselves, lying to ourselves, about lairs.
Guns are not an extension of freedom, honor, nor human hands. They’re just the end of life waiting to happen.
The fault lies not in our NFL stars, but in constituents who traded Lincoln for Nixon, McConnell, Paul Ryan and government is the problem – allowing fake patriots to transform, America the Beautiful into the land of the trumped.
According to Bob Hope, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker famously said, the voters always get what they deserve. I wasn’t the only chump in this city. It took a lot of you to elect me.
We honor, Ol’ Glory, by preserving reason, protecting human life and defending ourselves against Koch heads Red Mapping our voting machines.
Confederate Statues, Breitbart, Representative Tim Murphy, AG Jeff Sessions, Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump are our reality check: controlling gun violence is not just about sales, recreation or politics.
Like Opioid addiction, gender equality and Trump Puerto Rico and North Korea responses – gun violence is an American value that has become a moral blood stain. The thing about guns and people is, people discriminate, but guns will kill anybody.
Whether propagating the self-deception of a reality show society or willfully picking up the gauntlet with which gun violence has targeted reason, let freedom ring in favor of our right to agree to disagree without NRA tools of mass destruction; rethink In God We Trust fear and faith on the backs of our green, our tired and our poor – failing to see our fragile life-line to, there but for the grace: Sandy Hook, again.
A near death experience can magnify our enlightenment or regurgitate casting our sandlot against people who look too tanned for comfort with lifestyle choices unbecoming our inclusion, or swing away like guardians putting themselves in harm’s way for those striking out at bat, but still rounding their gerrymandered bases.
We could snatch from the bowels of the lies we tell ourselves about gender equality, a more creative, and collaborative boost to minimum wage, teacher salaries and American ingenuity – committing ourselves to a real America First focused revival that reinvigorates construction and manufacturing careers.
Whatever our heritage, homage or hue, ultimately, we are the solution to moral bankruptcy, political perjury, Conservative prejudice, human extinction and the atmosphere we’ve created in the name of prosperity astride a foundation of poverty.
The American Dream is not sleep walking through nightmares of knocking down the doors of those who trusted our now frigid, Statue of Liberty promises, with ICE picked madness, oppression and death by automatic sniper fire camouflaged as Constitutional.
We can choose to be passionate in our compassion, or ruthless in our rallies.
Tis the season for Catastrophic change: Twitter & Facebook admitting, like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, they are American in name only, domestic terrorism in Las Vegas, and, the ship sinking the united in the United States, ignoring brown people left behind by Hurricane Maria and swamp thing’s fake news.
Sometimes all it takes to be good neighbors, is replacing the power of 140 characters with the art of silence – meditating, perhaps, on what would be our response to being labeled, card-carrying members of, The Axis of Evil – or the land of the hacked.
We can stand up for Standing Rock, stand with San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and stand tall for Justice by bending a knee and exposing the soulless promoting tax reform as miracle for the Middle Class and, not good for me.
Thoughts and Prayers language can be the veil giving cover to both puppeteers and puppets, masking our massive self-deluding addiction to Opioids and guns — bequeathing children, streets littered with plastic, Styrofoam and dreams of violence.
Maybe hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, drought, and raging forest fires are unavoidable cycles, but our breaking treaties with Native-Americans, internment of Japanese-Americans, shooting unarmed people resembling Henrietta Lacks and being too war intensive: invading Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – is more eclipse.
We can ignore Dulles brothers’ legacy to Koch brothers, and languish in a shroud of mystery and conspiracy theories while assassination truth is denied by a president who, at 71, needed help to discover the political cover of, optics as hurricane response excuse – but Las Vegas reminds us, the next moment has never been promised.
We can live life with grace, generosity and gratitude – or clone ourselves a politically motivated 21st century Nero, fiddlin’ away our Exceptionalism.
Indeed, everything has its season, and time yields to life changing events, but if we fail to, seize the day from irrational leaders, Boomlets, like Millennials before them, will only inherit the winds of perpetual war and domestic violence, before abrupt climate change can educate Global Warming deniers.
Believing thumbed digital phrases while walking is conversing, we are self-disconnecting from human communication. Losing the art of listening to our inner voice of reason, we divorce humane communion. Until we exude tolerance for those with whom we disagree, we risk, acts of pure evil, and deny ourselves all-inclusive vision.
Shooters, Isolationists, Originalists, Fascists and Supremacists prevail only when we desert the potential of a loving human chain of diversity, waiting for permission to share – because little produced by humankind is ever at its best when unilateral, first launched or white-washed.