I’m not against the responsible ownership of guns, but the sad reality is that responsibility and guns are not often wed. The fact is that guns kill people. Holding a gun gives you the god-like power to take the life from another human being. That is obviously not a power one should take for granted and for many families who have lost children – children that discovered where the family’s guns were kept – we see that power held and so sadly taken away by the same hand. For those that have lost children to war we see how the governments of the world are irresponsible with this power as well. When do we, as citizens of the Earth who supposedly control our government, say enough is enough? When will the bomb makers leave the assembly line? When will the gun makers find another art?
I will forgive those who make bombs, who carry them and explode them, killing many, including many who are not guilty of the injuries to those who want to explode the bombs. – JP from 43 Things.
The sad truth is that guns were created for war. Long before the gun was every conceived hunting had been perfected so they weren’t need for that purpose. Those that learned to heard and raise animals needed no projectiles at all to acquire their meat and those that did used arrows or spears. What was needed (and was created) was a more deadly and effective way to kill other human beings. Guns were made to hunt people as they are used for mostly to this day.
No other example shows how guns and their killing can trouble the soul than the story of Sarah Winchester who constantly ran from the ghosts of those her husband’s guns had killed. The Winchester rifle has been given the title “the gun that won the west”. Once this repeating rifle was created the Native Americans didn’t stand a chance.
If a person is making home-made bombs in their garage or basement we generally see that as a reprehensible act and we would alert the authorites to arrest them. However, when the government makes thousands of bombs capable of killing many more people we think nothing of it – our government, of course, if ‘responsible’ (no pun intended). It’s been approved by their rubber stamp so it must be ok. But how is a bomb maker any different than an illicit drug maker who knowingly toils away creating an item that hurts others? While they both destroy lifes of those that ‘use’ their protect at least the customers of the drug maker have a choice.
How do we justify death and murder in this capacity? Is this just the way things are? Must we accept this as a reality we cannot chnage? What if the bomb makers refused to make any more bombs? In this I’m speaking to those on the production line for Lockeed Martin and other bomb/missle making companies. Of course we would still have the many bombs that have already been made just waiting to take lives, but what if everyone decided to refuse to create, fire or carry bombs? What if the bomb makers was creating their own bomb? If their boss said “Henry, that bomb’s going to be dropped on your house – make it good.” I don’t think that bomb would be down the assembly line. Do you?
We often feel powerless to the government machine, but we are not remote control devices implanted with servos and sensors. We are human beings with the capacity to think for ourselves. Why do we believe (or practice ‘belief’ through allowance) that if out government decides to do something it must be right? Why is it ok that tens of thousands, if not more, Iraqis have been slaughtered – Iraqis that had nothing to do with 9/11 or any other infraction against the U.S.? Why is it ok that hundreds of thousands have fled the country as refugees because of our ‘just’ war?
Whether we’re talking about the Iraq War or immigration we need to stand up for humanity and I call on those people that create missles, bombs and guns for war to consider what the fruits of your labor bring. Are these craftsmen and women not responsible on some part for the death their products bring? Can we not all simply refuse to stop the assembly line – to lay down the bombs and guns before our government every gets a chance to use them or sell them to another country? This question is not only for the U.S., but for all nations.
Here is a site showing a list of U.S. soldiers who refused to fight in the war. Though I believe that all soldiers are brave and should be commended for their duty these soldiers show us that you can refuse to obey orders that are unjust.