I learnt to shoot a gun as a child aged 14. Living on the land our father had a .22 semi-automatic rifle (such guns are now banned in Australia). The only time my father used it was to put down a sick animal. He never liked guns and didn’t like us using them but he did teach us – out of necessity really.
I am not against guns – they are good for 2 practical things: killing game and animal pests for food (what about sport? no way) or euthanizing animals. That’s it. One doesn’t need an assault rifle. Americas celebration of guns is a manifestation of anger stemming from loss. Maybe the loss of a childhood that went wrong somewhere along the way. When that loss is expressed outwards in anger, the darkness of the human spirit gets a leg up. The power, the maniacal madness that imbibes people as they wear their badges of self importance and cooly tell the world that it’s their right to have an assault weapon in their bedroom – as after all, its people that kill people not guns – isn’t it? Twisted logic is the bane of the gun toting nutters.
Banning guns? It’s highly unlikely any change of real substance will occur in America. Society has become so frightened and any debate so shrill that squeezed out of all this is a pain that simply won’t heal by focusing on guns.
So bring calm into your world by embracing peace (and don’t forget to hand in the assault rifle to be destroyed).