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Under Siege From Within; A Society Trapped in a State of Self-Induced Fear and Paranoia

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Only when sensible, reasonable restrictions on ownership of firearms are instituted will we see the people of this society begin to recover from their current state of fear and paranoia. One thing is absolutely certain; if we fail to strongly address this issue, if we don't stop the proliferation of these weapons of civilian destruction, then these societal attacks will intensify and hold the people of America hostage.

 

Those Americans who own firearms that are kept in their homes for self protection aren't the problem; those who use rifles for hunting aren't the problem; the large majority of NRA members who have expressed their support for reasonable, effective gun controls aren't the problem.

 

The problem lies directly with those in this nation that promote the interests of the manufacturers and distributors of all forms of firearms, those who run the gun shows, those who sell dangerous firearms and deadly bullets through the internet and the mail; those who hide behind the 2d Amendment in order to promote the sale of all this weaponry and reap the profits.

 

A society that cannot differentiate between the rights of Americans to own pistols or rifles for personal protection and/or hunting and those who fiercely fight against any restrictions whatsoever on assault weapons, deadly armor piercing bullets, and high-capacity magazines that hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition, is a society that has become unbalanced and lost its sense of reasoning.

 

The U.S. Congress has allowed the gun lobbyists and manufacturers to frame and control this critically important issue to the detriment of the American people. This issue is so critically important to this society, its people and, especially the future safety of its children, that decisions on impending legislation must be based on the principles of morality and not on political expedience.

 

But, of course, we know full well who will go all out to prevent any meaningful gun control legislation from being enacted; it will be the Republican obstructionists, those who watched the Newtown, CT slaughter and, instead of joining with millions of Americans in attacking this problem with positive, substantive solutions, have once again made the protection of gun rights far more important than the protection of this society and its children. What stone cold hearts! If they dare to block legislation, as I fully expect them to do, then they should be castigated and labeled as pariahs and moral degenerates.

 

America has massive problems far greater than are present in other advanced nations of the world. These other countries don't have anywhere near the gun ownership that America has, not nearly as many deaths by guns that our nation has; and the people in these other countries don't show evidence of being so paranoid and full of fear that they need guns to protect themselves from each other.

 

What other countries have "concealed carry" laws by which their citizens can "pack heat" as they go about their daily lives? The U.S. has 49 states which allow citizens to carry concealed guns; and very soon, Illinois, will soon join them. What's next, will we begin seeing angry people squaring off in the streets, with itchy trigger fingers, about to "draw" on each other?

 

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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