Drop by drop, the rain fills the ocean. The drops fall upon the ground, feeding tiny rivulets that become the streams and brooks and creeks, that flow into the mighty rivers of blood that fills an ocean of death. PBS commentator Mark Shields delivered the stunning statistic that more people in the U.S. have died at the barrel of a gun since 1968 than have died in all of the wars since this country began
"You know, Judy, the reality is — and it’s a terrible reality — since Robert Kennedy died in the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968, more Americans have died from gunfire than died in all the — all the wars, all the wars of this country’s history, from the Revolutionary through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, in those 43 years."
In considering all gun deaths in America since 1968, not just homicides, they gleaned their figures from databases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI
Yes, by "all" they've included suicides and accidents. This is valid because we are constantly being told that guns will keep us safe. From whom, I wonder? Certainly not from ourselves.
We like to think of ourselves as the greatest nation on earth. Greatest at what? Not at healthcare, not in education... Take a look at this 8th grade test from 1912
. Do you think the average high schooler these days could pass this? America is getting fatter and lazier and dumber; a simple look at programming on any of the cable channels will tell you that. We rely on technology and other crutches. We see the rich taking more and more of the wealth and vote for candidates who say they will do more of the same because they're "job creators". We believe the propaganda because it makes us feel better.
Meanwhile, we are slowly returning to a feudal society where the serfs work for scraps for the kings, where life is cheap. Unfortunately, the swords of olde are now high-powered weapons that can kill easily, at a distance, without requiring the bearer to learn swordplay or have the strength to do battle. An accident is no longer a cut - it's now brains splattered on the wall. Suicide is a quick pull of the trigger. Idiocracy + a bleak future + simple effective tools of death = a pile of bodies higher than the generals on the battlefield could muster.
But let's not infringe on our "God-given" right to bear arms. Perhaps the fundamentalists are correct - perhaps He IS a vengeful god, smiting us for our sins. Except he is standing back and letting us smite ourselves. Judge, jury, executioner.
Is that 2nd Amendment right really worth it? The U.S. is certainly one of the greatest countries in the world - at killing ourselves with guns. Whatever one's belief is with regards to the 2nd Amendment, one fact is simple. It is NOT keeping us safer; it is NOT preventing deaths. It is only freeing us from life itself. It is only creating death.
And drop by drop - a river of blood.