The Target: President Obama and members of Congress
Sponsored by: Mayors Against Illegal Guns
“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change.” -Barack Obama in Newtown, CT
Apparently, there has been a new posturing from politicians with a new petition being sent via internet to various mayors though out the United States entitled, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” where people are being asked to sign and give their comments to support some sort of new plan to eliminate gun violence. As well intentioned as it may seem at first glance, there are some problems with it. They have accumulated a total of 34,863 signatures so far while the goal is set at 50,000.
The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut was a horrible crime against
humanity, which this country has seen all too often. Many of our thoughts
and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the community that has been deeply wounded by this terrorist act of violence.
President Obama gave a heartfelt speech as he promised he would do something to prevent future situations such as this latest one. But no sooner had the words left his mouth, than did we hear of yet another shooting by a man in another state who killed 5 people. It is not this Examiners intention to cast doubt on our president statements, as I know he means well. However, we Americans have heard these types of promises over and over again. We heard this after the Aurora shooting, after Tucson shooting, after the Virginia Tech shooting, after the Columbine shooting, and countless others that this Examiner does not have the space to list in this article.
The truth is that we cannot expect the president to do anything. We have to take our power back as citizens and remember what former President John F. Kennedy said in his Inaugural address, which was, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Simplistic promises no matter how well intentioned, are not enough! What we need is a well thought out strategic plan of action. One that encompasses the entire system and holds everyone accountable to do they’re part. The petition has it’s merit only if we are able to implement a plan that will be based on time honored humanistic approaches which great minds like Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa of Calcutta, former president John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, King Solomon, Leo Tolstoy, former President Jimmy Carter, William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) who was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, have made in the past. What we need is a system of government that they themselves would be proud of.
We need a plan to revamp the entire American system, to incorporate a more humanistic approach to caring for each other. Taking guns away will not actually solve the problem that causes people to become violent and hurt others. A re-education of what it is to be fully human will help people. Anyone who wants to hurt on a broad scale will find a way to do it. Guns are not the only things that they can come up with. The human imagination is a powerful thing. Knowing this, we must learn how to curb the desire for this type of destructive behavior and thinking by creating a more inclusive, socially aware and healer friendly society.
From the family, to the community, to the mental health system at large, which does not actually utilizes humane healing and rehabilitations efforts, but instead uses the punishing, abusive and oppressive tactics that throughout the ages have been proven not to work. Also, we need changes in our healthcare system, penal system, religious institutions, cultural awareness training, school systems, political system, media system, employment system, and our law of the jungle mentality, etc., etc. The changes to these systems must extract out from among us the old toxic, vengeful, destructive ways of thinking and being, to incorporate humane thinking such as Emotional Intelligence (which teaches people to consider the feelings of others), Healing Practices (utilizing ancient healing arts and age old wisdom, such as ‘loving thy neighbor as thyself’ and ‘yes, you are your brothers keeper’ and claiming that ‘life isn’t fair’ when the truth is, you aren’t working at it enough – remember ugliness only breeds ugliness), Comedy (which causes people to laugh and feel good about themselves and society at large such as America’s favorite show like; the Daily Show and Colbert Report for whom people look towards in order to keep their sanity in this a very angry world), and the revamping of violent movies and video games to a more humanistic approach to gaming and movie watching (remembering that violence only breeds violence). Finally, an educational systems that honors a humanistic approach to learning and socializing.
The following is a sampling of the comments from those petitioned that were sent out to every state via email. Although the emails and postal addresses are private, the names and statements are not. Many of the statements are well thought out while others are too simplistic and do not address the greater issues. There were too many comments to list in this article, so this Examiner could only included 5 samples for the reader’s perusal.
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Mayors Against Illegal Guns
13:09, Dec 29, Ms. Jeanne Derer, MO
Until we put together a real plan to address this horrendous issue, it will be all talk – plus
13:01, Dec 29, Mr. ned kavanagh, NY
semi-automatic rifles and large capacity clips for anyone are ridiculous, as is the ability to buy guns at gun shows without a background check. It’s beyond time to stand up to the NRA!!!
12:59, Dec 29, Ms. Lois Thornton, LA
I realize that we can never get rid of all the dangerous guns but we have to start somewhere and the time it now!
12:57, Dec 29, Mr. Robert Musacchio, NY
There should be an absolute ban on civilans owning assault weapons, on armor piercing bullets and on bullet magazines. We must stop making it easy for 1 gunman to kill multitudes.
12:50, Dec 29, Mrs. Jacquelyne Pitts, CA
I believe in our right to own guns but I don’t see any reason why anyone needs an assault rifle. I also think that we need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable or violent persons! I need to add that we need to create a better mental health care system and more options for parents with mentally ill and violent children!
As one can see, the above comments are too simplistic and not very well thought out. They do not show an understanding of the underlying problems within our society. For any longstanding changes to be effective, we must learn to get down to the root system of the problem. No more scratching the surface. Let’s get down to the deep-rooted spiritual warfare that is going on in our nation and the world as a whole.