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Guns don't kill people, people kill people?

Posted by Forest Tyson on October 5, 2015 at 3:10 PM

The National Rifle Association's motto of "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is one of those things that I've struggled to reconcile in my mind for some time now. It’s been so difficult to reconcile because of the level of violence and homicide that exists within the urban core today. In addition, what I’ve also had a problem reconciling is the misinterpretation of 2nd Amendment Rights especially given that one of the conditions outlined in the amendment itself specifically addresses the need to have a "well regulated" militia which seems to be conveniently left out of all arguments, for and against the amendment.


Unlike most I don't have a problem accepting when I've been proven wrong, and the key word here is "proven". So, on those rare occasions when I have been proven wrong, I'm MAN enough to apologize, and I simply keep it moving.


So, to the NRA, I apologize! To every right wing 2nd Amendment fanatic that I've vehemently criticized, I apologize to you as well! You’ve been right all along "guns don't kill people, people kill people". I’ve come to this conclusion based upon one single argument of the NRA argument and that is an inanimate object doesn't have the capability to kill in and of itself, if left in its inanimate state it is powerless! Hey, I’ve accepted this, so you can too!


Bear with me, I'm going somewhere with this post!


Extensive research on the subject has allowed me to conclude that there is more of a correlation between poverty and lack of opportunity to violence and crime than the access to a firearm. We all know violence and crime occurs disproportionately higher in the urban core, this is a fact any rationally thinking person can't ignore. Our suburbs have just as many people, with just as many guns, but where is the violence? That’s a rhetorical question, no need to answer.


Here’s the thing, we don’t have a gun problem in America we have a serious societal problem! We have become so desensitized to violence which in turn seems to be a gateway for the escalation of minuscule problems and conflict that often result in homicide or what I like to call “self-genocide”. What we truly have is a serious failure to communicate! Today, we have an entire generation of young people (and some old people) that don’t have an ounce of coping skills to effectively deal with conflict at any level.


Listen, we all know the urban core suffers from a “lack of” _______ (you fill in the blank) syndrome. We lack adequate education, we lack opportunity, we lack economic stability, we lack unity, we lack, we lack. But guess what, all of the things we lack pale in comparison to the lack of Real Men who sacrifice for the benefit of our village. Oh, we have males who call themselves men, but these little boys posing as men are our greatest weakness and quite frankly the source of many of our societal problems. These males interact within our village carrying their feelings on their sleeves with no respect for themselves so quite naturally they don’t respect their parents or other family members, so rest assured they won’t and don’t respect anyone else. These particular males posing as men choose the permanency and cowardice of pulling the trigger to settle temporary problems with no regard for life whatsoever.

A generation ago teens fought, of course, we did, but most of us took an ass whooping’s like man and keep things moving. A good ass whooping back then was motivation enough for us to hit the weight room to get stronger, faster, and quicker. We learned to bob and weave, stick and move, and yes, running was an option when the opponent was superior in ability. We didn’t remedy a temporary problem by picking up a gun! We weren't punks like that! 

My dad taught me a lesson many many moons ago. If you want to be treated like a man, then you damn well better start acting like one. A real man doesn’t have to go around beating his chest about the seed that he produces, he rears and nurtures that seed and helps that seed ultimately becomes the real man just like dad. It’s time to wake up Kansas City, there is a huge difference between being male and being a Man! Which one are you?



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