Another perspective

Posted: August 2, 2012 in Political musings, Popular Culture et al
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A 3-year-old Ohio boy, Lucas Hedgren, who shot himself in the head, has died from his injuries. The boy was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after being airlifted to Akron Children’s Hospital the night before. Family members say a .45-caliber handgun was sitting on top of a television in the living room.

Eight children will die from gunfire in America today. And tomorrow. And the day after. And …

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  1. Still we have azzhats who believe it is there sacred right to own guns and do any damned thing they want with them. They will fight to death to prevent any intervention. No matter how stupid they are they will not allow a doctor to ask if they have a gun in the house and advise them as to safety measures to take now they have infants and small children. This was a preventable death, of course but these neanderthals thought their child posed a risk so the gun on the top of the television made sense, they were standing their ground against the threat of infant attack.

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  2. mlshatto says:

    Valentine, I think it is more likely that those parents feared a threat against their child and thought it necessary to keep a loaded weapon close at hand. More and more we in the U.S. are governed by a politics of fear. While that climate did not begin with the events of 9/11/2001, it has grown exponentially since then. Fear is used to manipulate the populace to the benefit of a few and the detriment of many. Our basic civil rights are being sacrificed unnoticed to “Homeland Security,” while the non-existent “threat to our Second Amendment rights” has been held front and center.

    It is impossible to talk about rational gun control when a majority of our legislators oppose even restricting ownership of assault weapons to the military. One of the most fascinating (in the way that we are fascinated by horror stories) aspects of all of this to me is the way that the U.S. has merged guns and God in its thinking. We are a society where religion permeates political talk and right-wing Christianity dominates the conversation. Yet this insistence on being armed to the teeth is in total contradiction to what Jesus actually taught, and few people seem to recognize the contradiction. So long as people insist on their “God-given right to own a gun,” I fear that we will continue in our self-destructive ways.

    For anyone who is interested, here is a link to my blog post on guns and God: http://singingwithcrows.blogspot.com/search/label/gun%20rights
    Peace!

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