One of the rarest fears in the world is the fear of weapons
Don’t understand many things. Such as how the universe can constantly be expanding. Or the meaning of life.
One of the rarest phobias is hoplophobia – the fear of weapons. It’s so rare that this is probably the first time you’ve ever heard of it.
Don’t understand that.
If you should fear one thing, it’s something that spits 800 bullets a minute.
In an ironic twist, the exact same thing that happened here with Sandy Hook happened on the same day in China. There, not one person – child or otherwise – was killed. The only difference between the two events was the lethality of the weapon used: in China, it was a knife, in America it was a gun.
There are 310,000,000 non-military guns right now in America – those are nine digits. Why do we need even one more?
Because it’s in the Constitution?
So is slavery.
Because it’s tradition?
So was the aforementioned slavery and lack of women’s suffrage.
Because we need to protect ourselves from the government?
The government has stealth bombers and nuclear weapons. That’s laughable. I’m writing this on the most powerful weapon against oppressive government and this has been proven repeatedly through history both very old and recent.
So why then do we continue to add to that 310 million figure? Let’s be honest here:
It’s so people that love guns can continue to have them and the gun manufacturers that make a buck it from it can continue to do so.
This, I understand even less.
And I’m not discounting the need to discuss mental illness – I’m all for discussing mental illness – but it’s not a binary thing. It’s not (a) deal with mental illness or (b) have less guns. It’s both.
Been very ranty lately. I’m usually not. But I’ve repeated a quote on FB that I feel bears repeating ad nauseam:
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything. – Albert Einstein
Victoria Soto gave her life to do something. The least we can do is ask of those that profess to represent us to do something about this beside talk.
Beside trade hot breath and lies.
People on my Facebook page were upset because I wrote that “I am shocked at how little anything shocks me any more.”
- 310 million guns already, more being produced.
- Mental illness as a stigma rather than a health issue that needs to be dealt with.
- The Snookification of fame – where it doesn’t matter how or why you become famous, but merely that you get famous.
How is this – honestly – shocking to anyone? In 2012 alone we had sixteen (16!) mass shootings.
Don’t understand why more people don’t have hoplophobia and I don’t understand how any one can honestly be shocked by this.
Angry, upset, heartbroken, furious, livid, despondent – these words I can understand.
But shocked? Shocked?
I seriously doubt anyone is truly shocked that something like this happened.
Location: my head
Music: There is no music today.
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