How they found me, and why they decided to follow me, is a mystery, but I respect the opinions of others, as long as they respect mine.
I do not present myself as a political blogger, and indeed I have no intention of turning in that direction. I AM pro peace, and I AM anti-gun in general.
Where I come from, in England, people generally don’t own guns, unless they are for shooting rabbits or pheasants. Hunting rifles are controlled. You apply for a license and there is a background check. The police are not armed in general.
I do not argue the second amendment rights, and anyone can do a Google search, and find that the majority of 2nd amendment quotes are falsely attributed to our Fathers; and they can read the arguments for, and against gun control.
I must confess that if I lived on my own in the middle of the Gaza strip, I might decide to own a gun.
If I lived on my own in outback of Montana, I would own and learn to shoot a gun, to defend myself from predators, both animal and human. But I would apply to own one, and learn how to use it responsibly, and register it accordingly.
I would probably not take it shopping, or to the cinema...., and I certainly do not agree that students should be allowed to carry guns on campus.
The two biggest pro-gun ownership arguments seem to be
Guns are a part of American culture.
Indeed they are, but so are a lot of things, and that tells us nothing about whether they're good or bad, and how we want to treat them.
Slavery was a part of American culture for a couple of hundred years, but eventually we decided it had to go.
I have paid my taxes here for over thirty years, but cannot vote unless I become an American citizen. That is taxation without representation.... Didn't we spill a lot of tea over that?
We don't need more laws; we just need to enforce the laws we have.
The people who say this are the same ones who fight to make sure that existing laws are as weak and ineffectual as possible. Our current gun laws are riddled with loopholes and allow people to amass enormous arsenals of military-style weapons with virtually no restrictions.
But this is a blog about Poetry and Art for Peaceful change.
So in order to address both sides of the argument in a fair way, I have researched and found a Poem, explaining the 2nd Amendment rights, and presenting a pro-gun opinion.
Secondly, I have included a poem illustrating why I hate guns and why I disagree with a free-for -all.
I was surprised by the lack of gun poetry, but I was not inspired to write my own for today’s blog! Too much work on a subject I know little about, and so little time…
My passion is to promote love and tolerance and understanding, not to promote guns.
I do note though, that Maya Angelou, despite her politics, owned her own gun.
But it was not an assault rifle, and it was legal.
The first poem is written by a guy named Luke Easter
It is called The 2nd amendment Rights
There is a move in this country to keep guns out of schools,
And yet our Founding Fathers found it to be a rightful tool,
The Pledge of Allegiance is removed which instilled pride,
We banned the bible but sexuality, students need not hide?
It is true guns are not for the irresponsible as people claim,
But, banning them will not stop the criminals or the insane,
The word of God was forced out & violence replaced grace,
School districts put metal detectors in the good book's place.
If gun control is implemented it will make easier every crime,
Good citizens unarmed then evil is more apt to get out of line,
When the bad guys know the good guys don't have or cannot,
Be armed with like firepower or resistance, what have we got?
Chaos! Much greater than anything now present in the U.S.A.,
Every time crime abounds safety will be to look the other way,
And even then, knowing that no one can lend a hand or assist,
The ability to stand around & do nothing is a much greater risk.
Every mass killing in our safe schools suffered irreparable harm,
Isn't because the kids had guns but our educators weren't armed,
No murders are sneaking in police stations or on a military base,
as they know darn well the likelihood of return fire in their face.
More background checks, no buy it now & take it home with ammo,
The minimum? 'Complete Criminal History' why take the gamble?
Along with a medical investigation re: an applicant's mental history,
when buying a gun gone is the right to doctor-patient confidentiality.
The banning of weapons because they kill would be like banning cars,
Just because people get drunk and get behind the wheel leaving bars,
The motor vehicle is not the problem so therefore, neither is the gun,
But, it is in the hands of the unstable when the most damage is done.
It is not a pretty poem, but it explains the argument well enough.
The second poem I found is short and sad.
It is addresses the anarchy of gun ownership, and the potential for tragedy.
Written by John F McCullagh
The Night that Heaven died
Heaven Sutton was a little girl
of Chicago’s poor west side.
There, turf wars rage
where rival gangs
use bullets to decide.
A child of seven shouldn't
have to fear to walk the streets.
A poor mother shouldn't
have to buy a dress
for her Forever-sleep.
Heaven Sutton was gunned down
by a bullet gone astray.
Now mother’s keep their kids close by
afraid to let them play.
Should lawmen sweep the streets of
Society must decide.
But on these streets no child is safe
Since the night that Heaven died.
Heaven Sutton, aged 7, was victim number 251 of Chicago's (so called) "tough" anti Gun laws in early 2013
Of course, people will say that I am naive; that I shouldn't confuse the ability to defend, versus acts of violence etc etc.
I get it.. I just don't share the passion for defending the 2nd amendment above all other rights, to the point of extremism.
So, to end today's blog post, I would like to present a beautiful poem written in the fifth century by an Indian poet, Kalidasa
It is about the dream of evolution in life, and the glory of growth.
It's message exalts the splendor of beauty, and a vision of hope for a better tomorrow.
Look Well to This Day
By Kalidasa, Indian Poet, Fifth Century A.D.
Look well to this day,
For it and it alone is life.
In its brief course
Lie all the essence of your existence:
The Glory of Growth
The Satisfaction of Achievement
The Splendor of Beauty
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend.