What happened to Mom power?
Rosie said that gun control is impossible in this country. She said that the gun lobby is so strong and powerful that there will never ever be any chance for changing the gun laws. She used the word futile.
Futile is a very strong word. So is impossible. Put the two together, and you've made quite a statement about how hard it might be to band together to institute change. But I'm still a believer. I think Rosie might be wrong. I think with a more liberal president, and one with a brain in his freaking head, plus a democratically let Congress, it just might be possible to start making some changes. Small changes, but never the less, changes.
I saw the guy that owned the gun shop where the shooter bought his Glock semiautomatic. He was actually shaking. No, he's not going to shut down his shop and start lobbying for gun control in Virginia, a state with such wide open gun laws that anyone can get a gun immediately. But there are 5 KNOWN murders excluding yesterday's massacre that can be directly attributed to this particular gun shop. Meaning that the owner is complicit in at least 38 lost lives due to guns he sold. That's a freaking lot of people.
Anyhow, I thought back to right after Columbine, when Moms got together and marched on Washington trying to change the gun laws. Do you remember the Million Mom March? Yeah, a dim memory, right? But it happened.
The MMM didn't change a damn thing. Mostly because we had asshats in government that were still saying things like "guns don't kill people, people kill people with guns." Stupid semantics. Being slightly pollyanna-ish, I think we've actually got more Mom power now, with the advent of blogging and internet sites devoted to women's causes. I believe that we can start to have our voices be heard. I think we need to tell our representatives, our readers, our constituants that we want gun control, we want guns off our streets, we want our neighborhoods back, we want our children to be safe.
Therefore, I challange each person who is lamenting the shootings at Virginia Tech yesterday to write a post saying that you will stand up and support candidates that are working toward gun control. Say that you will not support candidates that are NRA members and believe that guns are a right guaranteed by the Constitution. We've ammended the Constitution before, we need to ammend it again. The founding fathers were not thinking about semiautomatic weapons in the hands of mentally ill young men that decide to shoot up a college campus. They were thinking about muskets, hunting, and allowing a militia to form. Not with Uzi's and AK-47's. Not in our streets. Not killing our children. Nobody wants that. Even that freak of nature, "shoot'em up Cheney" doesn't want that.
What I want, and what I hope many of you want, is for guns to be strictly controlled. For citizens to be able to own guns for hunting that are appropriate for hunting. For fully automatic and semi-automatic guns to be illegal across the board. For guns to be returned and destroyed. For handguns to disappear. For a national registry database that is strictly regulated. For a week-long waiting period. For gun permits to be displayed prominently on someone carrying a gun.
I want to eventually live in a country where kids can't buy guns on the streets. Where there aren't private gun shops. Where the purchase and sale of guns is run by a national registry in government run shops. Maybe I'm going for pie-in-the-sky, but they can do it in Australia and the UK and so many other countries. Why can we not do it here? Stumble It! JBlog Me