The Recurring American Nightmare

How is this even a toy? Vey iz mir…

Mr. President, members of Congress, legislators, and elected officials,  f*ck your thoughts, prayers, flags at half-staff, and hollow condolences. Your inertia is astounding and I am angry. Columbine. Marshall High. Sandy Hook. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our kinder (children) are dying. What is it going to take to get you to make change?

The constant misinterpretation of the Second Amendment is reprehensible. Bloated white men in high offices are allowing young white males to steal childhood, eternally changing families before our eyes.

How is it that anyone outside of a highly trained militia, can purchase a gun meant for nothing less than mass destruction and terror?

In these United States: you must be 18 years of age to vote in an election assuming you have the wherewithal to register to vote and muster up the energy to actually show up at your place of polling.

You must be 21 years of age to legally by alcohol. Most states, including Florida, have zero-tolerance alcohol laws when it comes to alcohol purchase and consumption. ZERO TOLERANCE. As a kid growing up in sunny south Florida, we, all of us, had fake ID’s that made alcohol purchase easy.

In many states, just like Florida, at the tender age of 18, you can purchase a rifle, shotgun or, say, for example, a militaristic style, long-gun, like the AK-47 or the AR-15. In many other states, in full support of American gun culture and hunting, you can be as young as 14. Fourteen.

You can be hormonally challenged by a newly-formed pimple, bullied or rejected, and/or filled with normal teenage angst, and still legally purchase a long gun for hunting. This is not the 1800’s, and most of us are no longer ‘Pa’ from Little House on the Prairie, desperately trying to track and kill a bison for the winters’ feeding of one’s family.

In most states, including Florida, you must be 21 years of age to buy a handgun the kind that shoots only 1 bullet at a time.

I am in full support of gun safety background checks, like the majority of this country. However, now is the time that we all must come together, parties aside, and ban all semi-automatic weapons sales. Ban all assault weapons. They are not the fabric of our rich American history. Yet history, they are certainly making.

We cannot dare become numb or normalize these massacres. Nor will banning all semi-automatic weapons stop these horrific acts of terror. But it is clear that we cannot and must not sit back and watch.

If change cannot come from the top down, then we all must rise from the bottom, up. As adults, moms, dads, caregivers, it is our job to protect our kinder (children).  This #MomDemandsAction

Yiddish Proverb:

What will become of the sheep if the wolf is the judge? Vos vet vern fun di sheps aoyb di volf iz di rikhter?

     

      

     

 

71 thoughts on “The Recurring American Nightmare

  1. I can’t believe the gun laws in the States. I just can’t. In the U.K., it is very difficult to get hold of a gun and all gun owners have licenses. To get hold of the type of weapon this latest young lad had would be near impossible. I just cannot get my head around the fact that this young boy who had a history of mental illness could get hold of a weapon. I weep for those poor people. I totally agree with your view on automated weapons Lisa but in my humble opinion and from what I’ve experienced in the States, it’s going to be a up hill battle. Xx

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    1. That is very true, but a battle well worth fighting. It is so unfair for all of these families. Truth be told, I’d ban all guns, but I have to start sensibly because the NRA has too much money to allow that to happen. Thank you, love! I am glad for all of you that the UK has tough laws. We need them here too. #mg xoxo

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  2. Yes it defies all logic, belief and decency that America’s gun laws are so reprehensibly wrong. And gun manufacturers are assisting in death, so they are de facto criminals, as far as I am concerned. But I suppose that is argument too far. Any country that has suffered a mass shooting, like Scotland with Dunblane, in 1996, and brought in legislation banning handguns and all the rest HAS NOT HAD ANOTHER SUCH MASSACRE SINCE!. How obvious is that, Duh? Well said Lisa

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  3. It is all about the rich, like you say bloated white men getting there way, money is all they listen too! They sit back feeling safe and immune to these tragedies and somehow think their hands are clean. They disgust me! You always raise the important issues Lisa and I love and admire you for that. If only the people who need to listen actually would! #mg

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  4. Oh Lisa this topic really gets people divided doesn’t it? I really don’t get why people want to carry guns – it is incomprehensible. I’m so glad we live in a country where regular people cannot carry any type of gun – it is truly scary to think about it. My heart goes out to those involved in the Florida incident – I only wish I could do more. xxx
    #fortheloveofblog

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  5. I live in California and you have to be 21 to by tobacco products but anyway, we have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

    One thing I see on social media is people who post things like Hitler and Stalin took away guns and look what happened. So lame.

    People forget the Second Amendment was written in a totally different time. We didn’t have an Army and we didn’t have grocery stores. To survive you had to hunt. I am all for responsible gun-ownership and have a rifle to go hunt or a hand-gun to protect your home I am cool with. But having these assault weapons in regular societies hands-NO. Is it hunting when you blast Bambi all over the forest and the only thing that can eat the remains are the microbes??? No, that killing for killings sake.

    I agree with you. #DreamTeam

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  6. My husband has the attitude that it is not the gun that kills but the person using it, I’m not so sure about that, if he couldn’t get the gun in the first place, maybe #blogginggoodtime@_karendennis

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    1. I’m with you Karen, not your hubby on this one. And I do not believe the folks that wrote the second amendment ever could imagine such a horrible piece of machinery available to lay people. Thanks for your thoughts and comments, and have a super weekend! xox #blogginggoodtime xox

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  7. I’m a Brit and I’ll probably never understand the US gun laws. Ive been to America many times, spoken to friends about this. And apparently it’s a person’s right. I just don’t get that but hey. I think it’s bloody bonkers that these types of weapons can be purchased. and yep, it wont stop until something changes. and i dont see the US government changing anything soon. #KCACOLS

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  8. Oh Lisa I am right there with you. Watching this on the news for three straight days I was in tears the whole time. Especially after they started naming the victims. That could have been my child! It brought me back to Sandy Hook and for days after the parents in my town went to the schools asking for proof of what they do and they are set up to handle this type of situation. But the worst part is that, despite our evolution. Despite the knowledge and awareness we have at our doorstep, our kids seem to be in more danger now than they were 20 years ago when I was in high school. How did we get here? Why is this happening? Parents should not be afraid to send their kids to school and kids should not be have to go through drills while at school for this kind of thing. Yet they do. Our children are learning how to prepare for mass shootings. All we had to prepare for were fire drills. Our kids have to learn so much more. We are one of the most powerful nations on the planet yet it feels like we are in a third world country, ruled by ignorance. We are also ruled by money unfortunately and this angers me so much. No amount of money is worth my child’s life. No amount of money is worth any child’s life yet here we are, still allowing the NRA to dictate our constitution. I completely agree with you our second amendment is being abused and misinterpreted just to satisfy the powerful few. There is no reason whatsoever for the general public to even have access to semi-automatic weapons let alone own them. I love my country so much but I absolutely HATE what is happening to it. I thought about writing my own post on this but I decided against it. I’m glad I read this and that I found someone who agrees with me. #mg

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  9. This whole subject makes me so angry and I don’t even live in America, do some of these people realise how completely moronic they sound defending a law that allows things like to happen. Things need to change, I agree with you 100% #blogcrush

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  10. It does seem simple and you are definitely right to start on the automatics etc because going for the outright ban first is never going to happen. Unfortunately. The rest of the western world is watching on dumbfounded really, we’re becoming numb to it and that is really not fair. I can’t get my head round it. It’s simple no guns, no shooting, no death. ‪Thank you as ever for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  11. It’s so sad. I think the problem in this country keeps boiling down to politicians. Everyone is so worried about reelection that they never seem to get anything done. They do just enough to not piss off the voters. I think we need term limits so that we don’t get these lifer politicians who just appease people. We’d see real change if they weren’t so worried about their donations! Not to mention, the big lobbyists would have no leverage over politicians with term limits. #GlobalBlogging

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  12. It is shocking what is happening in your country, we sit and watch from afar aghast that yet another family has had to endure such trauma, whilst simultaneously thanking our lucky stars for our own lack of gun culture. It really does beggar belief that the response from on high to such tragedy is to increase gun usage. The bottom up seems the only way forward Lisa and I wish you all the luck. #mg

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  13. We were discussing this scenario only today over lunch with our youngest teen. It is just such a shocking situation and one that we in the UK just cannot comprehend. It seems madness that the responsive strategy is just to increase the number of guns in schools rather than addressing the core problem. Your bottom up approach may be a struggle but every great campaign has to start somewhere. #mg

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  14. It does make you wonder what it will take to get a change in the law. And as you say you can keep the spirit of the Second Amendment whilst banning semi automatic guns, the Right to Bear arms surely doesn’t have to include those type of guns. #KCACOLS

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  15. It still shocks me that guns are so easily obtainable in the States. Over here it is the opposite. As for that ‘man’ and I use that term very loosely. He is deranged and deluded. Sure, let’s just hand out more guns to teachers! I have no words. Thanks for sharing this with #TriumphantTales. Do come back next week.

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  16. It’s unbelievable. I just can’t get my head around why nothing is being done to protect the innocent. How hard is it to see that things need to change and change quickly! And how crazy is it that a child (a child!!) should be allowed to own a gun.Great post Lisa, and one that you shouldn’t have to need to write. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx

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  17. It’s just crazy. Living in a country where we don’t carry guns and hearing Trump say things like “Oh, well if the teachers were carrying guns then it wouldn’t of happened” is just mental. I can’t believe how people still think it’s acceptable. The fact that kindergardener’s are told how to react in case of a gunman is just unbelievable. What’s even more ludicrous is that America has banned the sale of Kinder Eggs (they’re hollow eggs with a large capsule inside that has a toy in it that you have to assemble) as they were deemed ‘too dangerous’. Oh I could go on. I don’t see anything changing with Trump in charge, but really hope that something changes soon. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

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  18. It’s so crazy to me that people even want guns, let alone assault rifles. I’m glad people can’t buy them in the UK, but a little piece of me broke forever when we heard about the children killed in Dunblane. I don’t know how you all cope having this happen time and time again. Thanks for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime my lovely.

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  19. That’s astounding! You can’t even buy a knife here if you’re under 16 and yet you can buy guns at 14 in some states?! Insanity! Totally agree with you Lisa, keep up the good fight and we’ll support you from across the pond ❤ #BlogCrush

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  20. Very powerful proverb there. I cannot even imagine what it is like to live in a country where guns are so prevalent and where such massacres happen. My hope this time is that young people seem to be demanding action and they are the hope for the future and future voters too #FabFridayPost

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