Friday, July 20, 2012

God, Guts and Guns

     This morning, as I was driving to work in Newark, I found myself behind a Ford truck with a bumper sticker that read: "This country was built on God, Guts and Guns.  Let's keep all three."   Really?  The country was built on God?  My country was built on the Constitution, which contains a provision prohibiting the establishment of religion.  And guts?  I'm guessing truck-man's definition of guts wouldn't match mine.  And guns?  When I got to work, I learned about the tragic shooting last night in a Colorado movie theater.  Apparently, the shooter used multiple firearms.
     The NRA's line is: guns for us, the righteous citizens, not for criminals.  But when it draws its "us" line, George Zimmerman in Florida falls within it.  Now there's a man who personifies the God, Guts, and Guns way of thinking.  In fact, as he proudly and publicly announced, he's losing no sleep over having shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy, because it was all part of God's plan.  As Trayvon Martin's parents responded: No.  It wasn't OUR God's plan.
     There are too many guns around, too readily obtainable, and the NRA has made sure to always take full advantage of its own lobbying clout to block legislation that would carve out stricter limits.   The gun lobby can toss around any slogans it wants to about how "guns don't kill people."  But last night in Colorado, guns did.  When will we learn?

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