Another New Year, another chance to remember what’s important. I like to take today to think about what a much better country this could be without all the guns.
I’m not alone – Dan Bern wrote a funny and truthy song about disarmament.
Last year there were many reasons to heed the sentiments of this song. In my home state of Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a nutcase who had easy access to as many guns as he wanted.Today, a man shot and killed a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park. A National Park! These spaces were set aside to show us what the Earth is capable of on its best day, and here comes one lunatic with a gun to ruin it all. But that’s not the worst part. From the article:
It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a controversial federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.
You let people take guns into national parks, and what happens? They shoot other people.
Rage like what I’m feeling right now should be reserved for later in the year, long after the plastic has been ripped off and it’s become scuffed and worn. New Year’s Day is not supposed to be a day of violence, yet here we are.
So let me go down this well-worn path once more and say, Disarm! As Vonnegut put it:
We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly evil wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM.