Sorry, but not sorry: I think these people are psychotic.
No, I’m not talking about the shooters. It goes without saying for them, but I’m not about to fuel the argument that gun violence in the USA is a mental-health problem.
I’m talking about the people who believe the right to bear arms is unfettered, that citizens have the right to own guns, as many as they want, including weapons of war.
The gun violence problem in the USA is guns, their availability and prevalence.
Let’s review the past weekend, shall we?
Monterey Park, Calif., gun violence: Friday, Jan. 21 – 10 people dead, 10 seriously wounded in a dance studio
Baton Rouge, La., gun violence: Sunday, Jan. 22 – 12 people wounded in a night club, at least one in critical condition
Shreveport, La., gun violence: Sunday, Jan. 22 – Eight people wounded in a private residence, including three children, two in critical condition
These were the 23rd, 24th and 25th mass shootings in the USA in 2022. That’s more than one per day. And the count doesn’t include gun violence that’s claimed fewer than three or four victims (by most definitions of mass shootings) since the beginning of the year.
And yet, people like this drive around with assault-weapon gun-rights stickers and blather on about the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which, in reality, does not provide for what they sometimes violently insist it does:
I respect this person’s Constitutional right to free expression. That said….
The license plate must be an attempt at a satirical swipe at people who see themselves as “woke,” replacing the “o” with “Q” – the height of cleverness – to reference the conspiracy theory cult Q-Anon.
Woke (adj.): having or marked by an active awareness of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those involving the treatment of ethnic, racial, or sexual minorities – dictionary.com
And in this case, “We the People” seems to be a limited definition of the U.S. citizenry, because most U.S. citizens support stricter gun laws. The Pew Research Center found in 2021 that 53 percent of “We the People” favor stricter gun laws, and a more recent UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll, from 2023, found that 71 percent favor stricter gun laws.
People in other countries cannot fathom what’s wrong with the USA’s citizens, as the comments on a post by my friend Amanda Mac make clear. Why, they ask, do U.S. voters continue to elect representatives who ignore the devastating problem, actively oppose attempts to pass reasonable gun-safety measures and, in many cases, are pushing legislation at local, state and federal levels that makes buying guns and carrying guns easier?
It’s unfathomable to me, as well.
How does a misperceived right to own and carry weapons of war supersede another’s right to life, not to mention liberty and happiness?
Gun violence in the USA. This nation is ill.
Jan. 25, 2023
After reading my friend Paul’s comments (see below), I checked out “Scottsboro Boys” by Lead Belly, and that lead me to this story in Vox about the origin of the term “woke.” It’s interesting and, in so many ways, sad. Be sure to check it out. Thanks, Paul!
Image from Vox by Jewel Samad/AFP
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