Good morning, Tuesday. I've got a ton on my mind this morning but needed to get this out of my system.
Another shooting- the biggest one in American history dominated our Monday as prayers from social media rolled in from Las Vegas. A man in his 60s with no criminal history somehow managed to mow down almost 60 people who were watching a concert. If we are no longer safe in open air, in movie theaters, in schools, how can we continue to protect our freedoms? I'll tell you how- we have to take the guns away. We have to go door to door and take the bloody guns the f away. Now.
It's true- I grew up in a coastal city in a home where guns were not much of a thing. I have never liked guns, and have always been just about as anti-gun as you can get. And here's the thing- why oh why does anyone need a gun in this day and age unless you are a police officer or security detail of some kind? Do any of us need to kill for our food anymore? Nope. I don't understand why anybody should be allowed to have a gun. Period. If you want to shoot guns, go to a gun range. There is no need for anyone to have a gun in 2017, and with this epidemic of mass shootings by homegrown terrorists (if this was not terrorist, then what the f was it?), it's particularly important to realize that the guns don't work anymore, or really, they work too well. I'm sure many gun supporters would tell you that this is precisely why we need to carry guns, to protect ourselves. So you're telling me every time I go out in public I should be packing heat? I happen to live in New York City, one of the biggest cities in the world where anything can happen at any moment in time. I lived through 9/11 when we were attacked on our own shores. But not at any single point in my life have I ever thought, "I need a gun". Not seriously anyway.
I realize, as a country, our relationship with guns is complicated and somewhat romantic. We glorify the gun, at least in pop culture. From John Wayne to Barretta to Tarantino to every mob or gangster movie ever made- we worship violence and it's unclear why. And I'm not going to pretend I don't enjoy movies like "Pulp Fiction" or "Goodfellas" because I absolutely do. But why are we so obsessed with violence and what makes some of us just enjoy a mobster movie and others just completely lose it? Yes, life can be cruel. But can you even fathom wanting to hurt innocent people? We are living in very extreme times, and extreme times call for extreme actions. This madness has to stop.
But what about the Constitution, a document written and signed in 1787, and ratified in 1791. How many years ago was that?
230 years ago.I am every bit the American these gun toting freaks are, but I can clearly see the Constitution needs some work, because times have absolutely changed. Standing behind a document that was written before indoor plumbing, electricity, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Suffragette movement, and then some seems bananas. In broader terms, before the Industrial Revolution, a document was written to protect our rights, before we became members of a more modern world.. So I pose this to you literal types who still believe we have the right to bear arms- if you want to keep your guns, you should go to the bathroom in an outhouse and sit in the dark and churn your own butter and sell your car so that you can ride on horseback. Because that's what was going on when that document was written, so why it is not aching to be revised? We must have change. We must demand change. We must not lose anymore innocent lives at the hands of this new normal. This guy had 23 guns. 23. Think about that. And how on Earth did he get automatic weapons? Oh, easy. He probably made them from his cadre of semi-automatics.
Has anybody read the amendent anyway? It does indeed state "the well regulated right" to bear arms. So if gun control was part of the original intent, how did we get here? Where retired accountants can become immortalized Rambos and do this much damage? Unfortunately I know we elected a President that spoke to those who believe in the old way, in a literal interpretation of the Constitution somehow twisted to serve their points of view. They feel left behind by the way the world is going and refuse to adapt. But the country has changed, the world has changed, humanity has changed. We need to revise the Constitution because I'm sure our founding fathers did not account for semi-automatic weapons (let alone automatic ones), which by the way are legal in Nevada, as are unlimited magazines. In a state where people can lose their entire savings or mortgage payment in a matter of seconds, this seems absolutely insane.
I'm tired of this bullshit. I'm tired of old thinking. I'm tired of living in a supposedly modern world where the old rules still apply. The rules need to change. I'm tired of these NRA idiots fighting to protect a right we need to forfeit because we can't have guns. And we shouldn't have guns. I can assure you this is what not the Constitution intended. And it's true Trump got elected on the backs of these lunatics who want the country to go backwards, not forwards. The same people who fear change are the same people who feel that gun ownership is our G-d given right. It's not. Take the guns away. I'm not sure it will completely solve the problem, but it's a start. Or at least please work harder for gun control. I wish I could understand what is making people so damn violent, but something's clearly broken and we need to fix it.
I'm done now.
Cause that's what's up this gunning for change kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in much needed revisions and rewriting history fro the next generation and then some. XO