On Our Attitude to Gun Violence
Now that America’s children have shown us the way out of the amoral morass that we call government, and have assured us that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is ten times smaller than the toys in the closet, the honorable action expected of adults is instinctively clear.
An educated electorate would have the compassion and courage to draw the teeth of the gun lobby and privately owned politicians, at the national and state level.
Dare I defy the logic of experience and hold my breath?
I watch our political leaders float proposals that would make a comedian weep with envy. For brevity, I’ll make just three observations.
A school is neither a fortress nor a prison. It must be safer than a home. Our children are owed the good memories of study, comraderie and play. They should not have to live in a state of terror, with a policeman present and school counselors fired.
A bar, an open air concert, a classroom -are not fish barrels or caged hunting reserves. Think of the horror. This is preventable sociopathic behavior allowed by an apathetic government.
Isolating school massacres from other community violence is misguided. Perhaps ignorant. Yes, military weapons have no place in civilized society. But have we asked ourselves, why are Americans killing themselves, their families and others in record numbers ? This level of violence is peculiarly American. We don’t have to tolerate it just because people want to get elected. We do have to find out why.
After twenty years in child protective services. I thought I’d seen it all. Every kind of cruelty perpetrated on young boys and girls, I have investigated.
This post is deliberately short, only because I feel compelled to add my voice in protest concerning Alabama Republican Candidate Roy Moore. I do understand that the allegations of child sexual abuse made boldly against him are just that. Allegations! Until they are investigated.
Had a report such as that arrived at my desk, I would have been out there turning every wet stone to see if it’s just filth under there or snakes. Might even be scorpions. But I would not have rested until I had determined the veracity of the complaint AND whether Roy Moore posed a threat to any child in his care, and that would have included his own grandchildren. Is he a threat to them? Yes, I would have done all that I could. TODAY!
Had Roy Moore been an ordinary citizen, he probably would have been arrested. Had I delayed in my responsibilities, the very people in government would have been having a fit, and their convulsions would not have ceased until they took possession of my head and one from each tier above me. Rightly so.
I thought we had reached rock bottom with the election and support of Trump. Well, GOP, please tell me and my fellow citizens, how much deeper America has to fall? When did child sexual abuse become a partisan issue? Then, to rub salt in the wound, his officials who don’t have the balls or competence to do otherwise, would dare demand that the victim take a polygraph test, and yet another attempting an unbelievable parallel with a birth from two thousand years ago. I know that you, Republican officials don’t care, but do you have to be stupid too?!
Today, while preparing some notes on another subject, it occurred to me that the state of Kentucky, U.S ranks near the bottom of human well-being scales on every measure: adult literacy, higher education, household income and others. Thirty-two percent of the families live below the federal poverty level thus qualifying for federal assistance. Welfare.
How could this be, given the fact that ninety-five percent of the residents vote Republican? That their Senator Mitch McConnell has been serving them in one official capacity or another, all of his working life. A person Kentucky voters have kept in the Senate for over thirty years consecutively. One who began in 1985 making $75,100 now earning $174,000. His average wealth of $22.8 million.
How did Mitch McConnell’s net worth soar?
So, since the White ghetto sees the Black Ghetto in distant, negative terms, it seems to me that our system, beneficial to neither group is maintained, people will continue to deeper poverty.
I tried to keep this short because the two links explain so much more.
When are we going to shout?
I don’t believe there is anyone in the world who would concur with a sentence of 30 years in prison for possession of a few marijuana plants. Yes, I understand that the two 15-year sentences will run concurrently, but even that is unconscionable. I also know that the accused were not eligible for the “affluenza” defence or the rapist who was sentenced to community service because he “would not be able to cope in prison” leniency. These were two ordinary folk whose punishment is so unjust, that at the very least say something; do something.
Unfortunately, the people who could effect the greatest and fastest change seem to care the least. The professionals-lawyers, doctors, academia, social workers, teachers, judges, would not deign to lead a mass protest to put an end to the moral crimes being committed daily from the bench in this country. Stop hiding behind the “law” that you are fully aware is unjust, no, cruel. If your own conscience does not move you to fight for change, then perhaps your tax dollars and your own public safety should.
The prisons are already stuffed full with Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites. Two million and counting. They do come out sooner or later.The incredible incarceration rate of women in the U.S., sets example to the world as what NOT to be. There are cases where both mother and father are in prison simultaneously.
Oh, we need legislation to change that? Well, how about this politicians, get off your *** and start doing work that is important. Change is what we want and will have. We do not need Bills about fellatio, guns in bars, drug testing welfare recipients and naming public buildings. It’s time you earn your keep.
Finally, Judge, I would rather work for food than sit virtuously participating in this evil.