My new year’s resolution


Like all of the other teachers in the United States, I have spent the past ten days weeping, thinking, planning and shaking in anger.

Like all of my colleagues in American schools, I am shocked by the fact that we suddenly find ourselves in the crosshairs of an insane debate about “gun rights”.

I don’t know if everyone out there shares my sentiments, but here they are for better or worse.

The famous “Second Amendment”, that glorious sentence so beloved of the “shoot ’em up” crowd, was written in 1791, when every single family in the brand new United States owned at least one gun.  Those guns were muskets and fowling pieces, used to bring home game for dinner and used to protect the family at a time when the country had NO POLICE FORCE and NO STANDING ARMY. The amendment had NOTHING to do with the rights of individuals to own guns; no one was arguing that right at that time!

OK? You get it?  The whole point of the amendment was to insure that the local towns could maintain a WELL REGULATED MILITIA.  A police force.  A protective group.   You GET IT?

It wasn’t intended to allow Mr. Creepy Stalker to own and use a sniper rifle on the girl who said “no”.    It wasn’t written so that Mr. NoTeeth Paranoia Boy could carry a Bushmaster and a thousand-bullet magazine into the mall, just in case a “bad guy” tried to insult him. And it wasn’t written so that the average American citizen could shoot up the neighborhood in case the federal government tried to set some limits on his insanity.  Sorry, folks, but if you read just a tiny bit of American History you will see that I am right.

That second amendment was NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER intended to allow people to buy and sell weapons of mass destruction at road side “gun shows”. It was not meant to allow people to stockpile weapons whose only purpose is to kill as often and as quickly as possible.

James Madison was absolutely NOT thinking about 800 rounds a minute.  He was thinking about muskets, and one shot every two minutes. He was thinking about protection in a time when there were threats from Native Americans, and from the French and from the damn British Army, and when there were no organized police or armed forces.

Get a clue, America.

Seriously.

I have watched the NRA representatives present their views and suggestions on CNN for the past few days.  They say that it would be “useless” to register guns, to record gun sales, to limit the use of multiple shot magazines.  None of that would help, they declare, as they fondle the money from the gun manufacturers that sits in their pockets.  No, the only logical solution is to put more guns  into our schools.

More guns.

So the crazy people who are so easily able to procure those terrible weapons will know that we have one armed guard in the school office.  So that they can think of us as even more of a target. So that they can come gunning for the kids at recess.  Way to go, NRA.

More guns, so that the screaming terrified children who run from the shooters will have to contend with crossfire, too, as they desperately try to stay alive.

The NRA is an evil, self-serving, lying bunch of hypocrites, whose only aim is to increase the sale of guns and ammunition.  They care nothing for my life, or for the lives of my little innocent students.

It is way past time for the NEA, the state teachers’ unions, the locals and the individual teachers themselves to stand up and fight against this utter insanity.

It is my New Year’s Resolution to participate in that fight, to do whatever I can to end the madness.

Before the next big media event happens in our very own classrooms.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joe on December 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions officially establishing this interpretation. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia.
    I respect your opinion and I only ask that you quote correctly as you can see above that the rulings were changed. I am not a member of the NRA nor have I ever been. I am a US Marine and I do believe in my right o own and posess a firearm. Do I think we need to arm teachers, NO. But exerting more and more gun control will do nothing to curb this type of violence until we stand up and hold the individual accountable for their actions. If the person couldn’t have had access to a firearm then they surely would have found something else to use. If he had driven an SUV into a crowded restaurant would we then hold the car manufacturer responsible and ban SUV’s. NO we need to hold these people accountable for their actions and then others will see this and that will be more of a deterrent than any type of government legislation will ever be.

    Reply

    • With all due respect:
      I know what the Supreme Court ruled, and I completely disagree with it. However, I do understand that my opinion carries no weight.
      I would surely take issue with your contention that “if the person had driven an SUV into a crowded restaurant” and all that drivel.
      Fact: from the Children’s Defense Fund:”In 2008, 2,947 children and teens died from guns in the United States and 2,793 died in 2009
      for a total of 5,740—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 55 every week for two years.”

      I would love to hold “these people” accountable, but by that I do not mean the young men who have killed themselves after they slaughter innocent bystanders.
      I hold the NRA responsible. I hold Congress responsible. I hold the gun manufacturers responsible.

      I can’t begin to tell you how much I disagree that your “right” to own a gun trumps my right to go to school, the movies or the mall without fear.

      It is so far past time for this country to finally take its place among enlightened nations.

      Reply

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