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On guns in America

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So, I’m back again. If you’re reading this, then yay. I’ve been thinking for some time now about how guns in America mean so much to so many people, when it doesn’t have to at all. There are some who cling hard to their guns and religion, while others who may have before are realizing the impact of guns and slowly giving them up. Those that don’t, well know that you are caught in a a vicious cycle.

A cycle in which you feel that guns are bad, but not terrible, but then terrible again. It’s all the shootings and tragedies which seem to be occurring at a rapid pace in the last few years (full timeline of all shootings from the past 17 years). From small-town shootings to large scale bloodshed, it has gone way too far. It’s been said probably way too many times as well that this needs to stop and changes need to be made. Background checks should be mandatory, but will this stop anything? Will this make people change their way of thinking? It is likely that is will only give rise to another person who will get the idea that he should shoot.

I’m going to be real and say that I hate guns. I do. I think that there are many that will never stop hunting or holding a gun because it is a part of them and that is alright, but it is not the best solution either. The problem persists because everyone has different viewpoints. It is an issue which shows how divided the country is and the tensions there are about the subject. Pres. Obama is no doubt tired, but determined that an open conversation regarding gun control can take place in this country. It can happen, but there has to be an understanding and a somewhat surrender of beliefs. You don’t have to give up everything, but you do have to give up the need to hold on to them. It’s not always healthy.

The media grabs ahold of a shooting as soon as it happens. This is helpful to us as a nation to better get a glimpse of who they were. To all shooters everywhere it is almost like a message saying: These were real people, with real families and lives. Anderson Cooper is famous for seeking out a personal side to his reports and shooting victims were no exception. You can see him honoring and paying tribute to some victims from various shootings here and here. The point being that it’s hard for everyone, but particularly those who are involved. They never asked to be involved and they never asked to lose anyone. This causes people to listen, but somehow not fully listening because in a few short weeks it doesn’t matter anymore and everyone is worried about their healthcare coverage again.

If you ask me most people, especially the victims in a tragedy, go through something like the five stages of grief. The five stages are: Denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and eventually acceptance. Most people go through this at one time in their life or another is what I think. Grief is a powerful indicator, if nothing else that things need to change and that time has stopped moving. For whatever reason though, it still keeps happening and we still must move on someway. Though we don’t always know how.

More resources:
After Newtown: Guns in America (PBS Special)
Guns in America: A Loaded
Relationship (NPR Special Series)

America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Guns and the Rise of Mass Shootings (Mother Jones)

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” –Aldous Huxley

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