Dear Lord, Now I Take Me Off to School…

Sandy Hook  trauma. Photo courtesy of International Business Times.

Whilst reading my blog comments and perusing my Facebook page, Twitter, et al, I noticed a few more references to yesterday’s horrific events at Sandy Hook elementary school.

It seems to be the sort of thing that has become popular with the crazies who own a multitude of guns. This particular nut had two 9mm hand guns and what looks like a “sniper” rifle.

Someone on Twitter posted a Twitpic of the sniper rifle and asked the question, “What does your average citizen need this type of gun for?” The “old” me would have said, for deer hunting of course or other such big game. The new me says, “Yes, why would you need that type of gun?”

More accurately, why do you need two 9mm handguns and a .223 sniper rifle? Yes, the constitution states that all Americans have the right to bear arms. But do we need an arsenal of guns to protect our hearth and home? Is the right to bear arms for our personal defence inclusive of an armoury of weapons for both long-range and short-range protection?

It seems to me, in this day and age of computerization, that we have the ability to track and trace applications for weapons beyond the residence test. You will excuse me if I am not up on the more recent requirements necessary to purchase firearms in America. The last gun I bought was in 1981. But back then you only had to have a valid driver’s license to prove your age and that you had been a resident of that particular state for over six months.

Since that long time ago, we’ve become more computerized. There are a plethora of data bases out there with our names on them. It should be possible for someone to notice when an individual starts buying more than a couple of weapons.

I am not sure if that will help to “keep a lid” on the amount of nut cases out there who collect guns for their own personal Armageddon or apocalyptic shoot out, but it couldn’t hurt. At least then, we would have the chance to ask, before allowing a further purchase of weaponry, as to why they need it.

Answers in triplicate and no misspellings, please.

We’ve had at least two horrific events in a public place in America in this year alone. A movie theatre and an elementary school, please forgive me if I’ve missed anyone who lost a loved one in another mass shooting. I’m not overly familiar with all the news, just the ones that strike a chord in me.

There has been a rise in the number of school shooting in the last decade. Who can forget the massacre of the Amish children in a small school-house in 2006? There are more – a disturbing amount more – cases of young children paying the price of one (or more) man’s madness. Sadly so many more that I can’t remember them all.

There must be some way, besides adopting the British form of gun control, which can help to prevent this type of thing happening in the future. I suppose you could say that if one or more of the teachers could have been armed and possibly could have blasted the gunman out of his shoes, but do we really want our children to receive their education at the OK Corral? But that is a lot of could‘s with no shoulds to balance them out. So what should be done?

I still believe that if the government decide to pass any sort of “extreme” gun control that American‘s have the right to bear arms. That should never change. But I also believe that the right to bear arms does not mean the right to own a huge amount of weapons. Unless you are a “survivalist” the average family doesn’t need a huge stockpile of weapons and ammunition.

But that is not what this blog post is about. The issue of gun control will rage on until enough innocents pay the price for the lackadaisical attitude about weapons from the government.

This post is about a group of children and unarmed adults who were massacred in a school on Friday. When I say down to write this post I had a prayer jump in my conscious thought. It was the first prayer I was taught as a child, it is possibly the first prayer a lot of children learn.

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.”

If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

“Amen.”

I think that perhaps the prayer could be changed. A little something to help kid prepare for life today in the educational playground of death that could await them when they depart the bus at school.

“Now I take me off to School.”

“Lord please protect me from some gun-toting fool.”

“If I am shot before I leave, please help my folks learn how to grieve.”

“Amen.”

This is not meant to be funny or poke fun at what children have to face at school each day. This is not intended in any way to make light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School yesterday – 14/12/2012, just eleven days before Christmas.

What this is intended to do, is to show just how dangerous it is out there for our little ones. We cannot protect them when they aren’t at home, neither can the police or other public services. I think that it’s time for everyone to rethink what is going on in the world and change their way of seeing things.

We need to take control before the madmen do. Let’s keep the lunatics under the control of the asylum and not let them  run it.

Amen.

Do Not Adjust Your Set, We Have Control

English: Official logo for the ATF
English: Official logo for the ATF (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay call me cynical, but as I wrote my last blog-post about the ‘Midnight Shooter‘ something kept nibbling away at the back of my brain. I went to sleep on it with the hopes that this brain-eating problem would make itself known when I woke up in the morning.

It did.

The thing that kept ‘pinging’ my brain was the phrase “Fast and Furious.” Now unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year or on another planet, you’re going to be aware of the ‘scandal’ associated with that phrase. But just in case you missed it, here it is.

In 2011 it was discovered that the ATF  (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) had been operating a ‘sting’ operation which sold guns to Mexican drug cartels. For years. The ATF’s version of events was that this was done to aid in the identification of said cartel’s and ease the shut-down of the identified drug running organizations.

I cannot begin to imagine who in the world thought this was a good idea.  What kind of sting operation arms criminals?

It now appears that the whole Fast and Furious plan was about helping instigate new and stricter gun control laws. I can get behind the idea of stricter sales procedures for weapons as long as they don’t become too constrictive. The government have to make sure that they don’t go the way of England and make it practically impossible for an honest law-abiding citizen to own a gun.

If you ‘google’ the question how many mass shootings occurred in the last year you will get an array of answers. The highest amount quoted is 20 per year. Now as that source relied on information gleaned from a Russian website, I feel that the numbers might be a little exaggerated. Despite Russia’s new political “freedom” they still are not card carrying members of the “I heart USA” club.

What I am wondering about, is how this latest in the headline grabbing world of mass murder will help support the gun control advocates cause? I will freely admit that the conspiracy nut part of my brain embraces the idea that the ‘news‘ of the Midnight Shooters arsenal  collection via the internet combined with the ‘fact’ that he bought his weapons at four different gun outlets plays very nicely into the hands of the gun control advocates.

In a time period where the United States Government is hell-bent on controlling the world’s internet and the same government’s agencies provide weapons to Mexican drug cartels  in order to force gun law changes and now have unmanned drones that can take a picture of the average American’s navel fluff, is it that huge of a leap to think that this whole ‘midnight massacre’ plays very conveniently for the “Say no to guns brigade?”

We need to be paying very close attention to what is going on here. This whole ‘control’ thing is getting out of hand. Our government is there to protect and by extension act for us, not against us. This “scaremongering” needs to stop. If we keep focussing on stricter gun controls and ignore the constitutional right to bear arms, we could wind up like the UK . A place where juvenile gangs and other criminals have ready access to guns and the average citizen has to practically sell their soul to own a shotgun.

The same citizen who, if he defends his home and family a bit too vigorously will be penalized and imprisoned. That’s what losing the right to bear arms means. It means that you can no longer protect your home or loved ones from the evil that walks the streets.

Yes, what happened in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado was vile, horrible and terrifying. So is losing the right to defend yourself.