OpEdNews Op Eds

MLK's Birthday: Shot Full of Holes

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 1/15/11

Become a Fan
  (11 fans)

January 2011: MLK's Birthday: Shot Full of Holes

Today, January 15, is the birthday of a man who will never die, Martin Luther King, Jr. If any mother ever dreamed her son would change the world, Mrs. King Sr. saw this dream come true and then lost him because some irresponsible idiot possessed a gun. All assassinations in this country have been performed by guns.

And yet the NRA fights for its rights, as if the ability to kill someone were a freedom. Death occurs just instants after the trigger is pulled, many accidentally.

They point to the outdated Second Amendment, which refers to those in militias, a right affirmed by the Supreme Court even though there is now an organized military and militias represent a tangential fringe of gun users. They point to the need for an effective means of self-defense, but how does a drunk gun owner interpret self-defense--as the solution to a dispute that goes out of control, over some triviality like the victory of one professional (or amateur!) athletic team over another?

Most lately, the USA ranked eighth in the world in the number of murders committed in 2009, a figure higher than 9500. Comparable statistics in other developed countries are laughably lower--381 in Germany, 179 in Canada, 63 in the UK, and seven in Japan. Most strikingly, the chance of an altercation resulting in death rises substantially if one or both or more of the contenders possesses a firearm, handguns comprising a large majority of these weapons.

The USA also offers far higher statistics than its colleagues in the area of murders committed with knives.

Why so much violence here, I ask on this holiday that celebrates nonviolence, among other ideals MLK possessed and effectively activated.

If MLK were to return today, he'd be thrilled to see Obama leading the world, but repelled by the veiled racism within the highest chambers of our government, and demand that day when election of people of color is a routine occurrence and racism a thing of the past. That day has yet to come but it will, unless Republican dreams come true first, something we fight against every day. The tokenism they offer as proof of their level of tolerance is nauseating.

Were MLK to return, he'd be amazed that such a still-segregated society managed to elect a black president, defeating a popular and pedigreed WASP. Even though the percentage of African Americans in white-collar positions and middle-class neighborhoods has soared since his day, he'd wonder if our society is moving toward integration or not. To me it seems that office spaces are integrated but private lives exist in different sections of cities. At least nine times out of ten, the head of each department is a white man in a suit.

Given a round-trip ticket back to reality here, MLK would be hugely disappointed that such an inordinate percentage of prisoners in this country are still African Americans while mass murderers occupy the most powerful political positions. He'd be stunned at the US presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and, more covertly, Pakistan, after he left the world so wounded by the Vietnam war, an event that preoccupied the last year of his life. War is a recourse and solution now as much as it ever has been.

Would he recede into the nth dimension and wait for more time to pass and pray for this state of affairs to improve?

What would he say about the fate of violence in general in our society, let alone the gun murders?

What would he say about the Steele manifesto, that to eliminate violence we have to alter male chemistry? Would he call me a reverse sexist and shake his head? Would he tell me to keep on praying?

He might look very deeply into the eyes of Obama, another eloquent, though less poetic orator. And just stare until he faded back into the death dimension.

If there's a message I can draw from MLK's birthday this year, it is that the NRA, who preaches that guns are not the problem, must realize that they, the NRA, are a huge problem.

It is that never has anyone accomplished so much and left the world so embittered, though he never gave up the dream even with his strong opposition to senseless war.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

http://www.wordsunltd.com; http://www.editingunltd.com

A jack of some trades, writing and editing among them, Marta Steele, an admitted and proud holdover from the late sixties, returned to activism ten years ago after first establishing her skills as a college [mostly adjunct] professor in three (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Smart Security or Dumb Dollar$?

Ohio Heroes On Path To Deposing Rove

There Is Life on Mars, Not Just Water

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Colbert, Stewart,, and Audience Sober Up

Shall the Truth Set Us Free? (with a surprise afterword by Greg Palast)

Review: Andrew Kreig, "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters"

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 4 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
I would only add that there are literally thousand... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 7:40:57 AM
Loyd,Many thanks for the info. I wonder what the n... by Marta Steele on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 8:27:02 AM
Hosea Williams, Dr King's favored Field Lieutenant... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 9:22:26 PM
I was teaching in a high school during the 1991 Gu... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 1:07:15 AM