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Guns Causes Life to be Measured in Days, not Years
Published:
7/15/2014 9:16:20 PM


Walter Fields
 
By Walter Fields


The body count continues to rise as the nation panders to gun zealots and allows the Constitution to be perverted. The family of 12 year-old Genesis Rincon of Paterson, N.J. made the painful decision recently to remove her from life support as she laid brain dead, the latest victim of gun violence. The young girl was shot in the head while riding her scooter home, another casualty of America’s failure to reign in the possession of firearms.

Just miles away in Newark, the family of another young lady, 17-year-old Chayenne Bond is devastated by her killing; accosted while walking with a friend and shot execution style after she was forced to get on her knees. Over the Independence Day weekend in Chicago, a city that has become our nation’s ‘Killing Fields,’ gun violence swept through the city injuring 82 people and leaving 14 dead. Not all, but most, of the victims are Black and Hispanic, and under 30 years old. Many of the dead are children, innocent bystanders who have been cut down while engaged in routine tasks. For many of our children life expectancy is now jeopardized by the simple act of riding a bicycle, walking through their neighborhood or sitting on a porch.

We are sacrificing a generation of children to our cowardly submission to the mostly racially fueled paranoia and explicitly political subversion of the Second Amendment. The defense of gun ownership as an absolute right based on an irrational interpretation of the Constitution has allowed firearms to be more numerous than textbooks in communities. The gun lobby successfully buys protection in Congress and then wraps their insanity in the American flag as the nation’s streets are transformed into rivers of blood. Gun control has never been about curtailing the rights of citizens who are hunters or firearms collectors, but a reasonable restraint upon the proliferation of guns in the hands of citizens with no need to be armed and criminals. .

Political leadership in our nation’s capital, in states and cities has been complicit or impotent, despite the death toll and the tragic murders of children. The same politicians who pontificate that children are our nation’s future do nothing as our future is buried in cemetery plots. Meanwhile our national death lobby, better known as the National Rifle Association (NRA), purchases the silence of elected officials through campaign contributions and then feeds the paranoia of its mostly White membership by delivering racially coded messages suggesting America’s social order is at risk. By playing up the theme that ‘others’ are trying to take away their members’ rights, the NRA successfully stimulates White fear and insecurities, and by doing so gives license to the arming of America.

Mind you, the NRA’s sinister workings has White casualties, too, because in the long run the deaths of Whites by gun violence is simply viewed as the cost of doing business. We witnessed this after the Newtown Conn. tragedy when innocent children were slaughtered. In the midst of what should have been an opportunity to have an honest dialogue on gun control the NRA had the audacity to suggest that the way to prevent such tragedies was to have armed guards in schools.

The blood stain does not stop at the door of the NRA. It also marks the television, motion picture, video gaming and music industries, where gun violence is considered essential to the success formula. We have a generation of youth that have become infected by violence, bombarded by imagery that glorifies guns and makes death a transaction in a lifetime of dealing for status. The result is an environment where gun related crimes overwhelm communities and innocent lives like Genesis, Chayenne and Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago pay the cost.

The fact that so many young people are desensitized to death until the moment they stare in the coffin of a murdered friend is evidence that lives are now negotiated on a 24-hour basis. It’s why so many Black youth contemplate their own funerals because they measure their mortality in days, not years. 

The flow of guns in our communities is purposeful and must be seen as weapons of mass destruction as intended by the gun lobby. More effort is put on stemming the flow of marijuana than enforcing gun laws and stopping the flood of illegal guns in cities. It is why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can veto legislation to limit the size of gun magazines; a move that only has relevance in the context of mass destruction in communities of color. Christie isn’t standing on constitutional ground; he is maneuvering for political advantage to fuel presidential ambition. Guns are simply the tools of population and political control.

Perhaps we should employ the tactics of the so-called ‘right-to-life’ lobby that uses pictures of aborted fetuses and start showing up at the offices of pro-gun legislators with autopsy photos of children killed by gun violence. The point is that we have been playing too nice as we bury our dead. We must expose those in Congress and the Supreme Court who are the tools of the gun lobby. Our murdered children deserve justice and we are the only ones who can secure it in their names.
 

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: jim smith Submitted: 7/16/2014
Re: “reasonable restraint” In 1934, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1993 and 1994 I suspect similar arguments were made for “reasonable restraint ” when more restrictive gun laws were passed. Since all of the regulations derived from these laws are apparently not enough, maybe you can understand the reluctance of gun owners to entertain the idea of passively accepting the any more. The problem is the real agenda of the progressives who are leading the charge for more gun control is to ban all guns except for the government and governments (unlike individuals) have the track record for killing people that don’t agree with them. The reality is expanded background checks or banning semi-automatic firearms or limits on firearm magazine capacities has nothing to do with keeping people safe - it’s about using horrific crimes like Newtown to whip lawmakers into an emotional frenzy to goad them into quickly advancing the agenda of gun control irrespective of any facts in more incremental “progressive” steps in order to set a new baseline and move the goal posts to the point where an unscrupulous government could do what ever they please.


Submitted By: jim smith Submitted: 7/16/2014
Re: “body count continues to rise” The facts are in 2010 there were about 8775 people murdered by firearms in the US which works out to about 24 people per day (See - link deleted to allow posting). These are the “word doctored” figures the news media and anti-gun folks like to publicize because people relate to the magnitude of those numbers and it sounds like a lot of people until you realize this is out of a population of 310 million Americans. In that context, it works out to about 1 person out of every 35,000 people being murdered by a firearm. Dwell on the magnitude of your individual significance next time you are in a stadium with 35,000 people. To me, 1 in 35,000 is an acceptable cost to help ensure the security of a free state and the right to own a firearm that has harmed no one. If 1 in 35,000 is too high, how about 1 in 860,000. That’s about the number of people that can be accommodated by 10 Dallas Cowboy stadiums. Would that be acceptable? That is the equivalent number of people (358 out of 310 million Americans) that were murdered with a rifle in 2010 (The AR15 is considered a type of rifle for you non-gun folks). To me, 1 in 860,000 is an acceptable cost to help ensure the security of a free state and the right to own a semi-automatic AR15 rifle with a standard 30 round magazine that has harmed no one. If that is not an acceptable cost, than what is? Given the fact that murderers are an intrinsic part of the human race, what number would ever satisfy you? If all the guns were banned, do you really think that would stop a person who is determined to kill a lot of people? Human beings adapt to situations and constraints - it’s called tactics. The Newtown killer probably chose the rifle (AR15) because it was available and met his needs. Ban all the guns and a determined individual could have used something else and there are a lot of other options thanks to the Internet. If you think this was a horrific crime, imagine the carnage and suffering if he had used a homemade flamethrower and accomplished the task in half the time. What would you do then? Ban gasoline and plumbing parts?


Submitted By: jim smith Submitted: 7/16/2014
Re: “body count continues to rise” The facts are in 2010 there were about 8775 people murdered by firearms in the US which works out to about 24 people per day. These are the “word doctored” figures the news media and anti-gun folks like to publicize because people relate to the magnitude of those numbers and it sounds like a lot of people until you realize this is out of a population of 310 million Americans. In that context, it works out to about 1 person out of every 35,000 people being murdered by a firearm. Dwell on the magnitude of your individual significance next time you are in a stadium with 35,000 people. To me, 1 in 35,000 is an acceptable cost to help ensure the security of a free state and the right to own a firearm that has harmed no one. If 1 in 35,000 is too high, how about 1 in 860,000. That’s about the number of people that can be accommodated by 10 Dallas Cowboy stadiums. Would that be acceptable? That is the equivalent number of people (358 out of 310 million Americans) that were murdered with a rifle in 2010 (The AR15 is considered a type of rifle for you non-gun folks). To me, 1 in 860,000 is an acceptable cost to help ensure the security of a free state and the right to own a semi-automatic AR15 rifle with a standard 30 round magazine that has harmed no one. If that is not an acceptable cost, than what is? Given the fact that murderers are an intrinsic part of the human race, what number would ever satisfy you? If all the guns were banned, do you really think that would stop a person who is determined to kill a lot of people? Human beings adapt to situations and constraints - it’s called tactics. The Newtown killer probably chose the rifle (AR15) because it was available and met his needs. Ban all the guns and a determined individual could have used something else and there are a lot of other options thanks to the Internet. If you think this was a horrific crime, imagine the carnage and suffering if he had used a homemade flamethrower and accomplished the task in half the time. What would you do then? Ban gasoline and plumbing parts?


Submitted By: jack burton Submitted: 7/16/2014
for a more mature understanding of the question of guns in society google the phrase "Is the damage to society from the misuse of guns worth the freedom to have guns?"


Submitted By: Wendy Submitted: 7/16/2014
"the body count continues to rise." umm gun murder has plummeted to half of levels 20 years ago, and has done so exactly while gun laws have been relaxed. Pew Research and the Yale Conative Study program found that virtually everyone who wants more gun control (about 30% of the country) is certain gun murder is up, when it has plummeted.


Submitted By: Dale K Lawrence Submitted: 7/16/2014
Mr. Fields, the first two paragraphs of your article prove that gun control does not work. The problem is of your own making. The "nanny state" has destroyed the traditional family and created a system where youth have no hope and your only solution is to have the governement do more to take care of those who you obviously think are to stupid and/or incompent to take care of themselves. You are the coward who will not take take responsibility for your own safety. Nationwide homicide is at a 50 year low becuase most states have made it easier for citizens to protect themselves. Time for New Jersey to do the same.


 
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