I’ve never liked dealing with an armchair quarterback who wants to tell you everything that is wrong about something but doesn’t have a solution and isn’t willing to step forward and make an effort to make things better.
But, that’s what I feel like every time I mistakenly watch the news and hear about another shooting.
I’m not currently a gun owner. We got rid of them when we had our first grandchild, but I have a good friend who is a hunter and owns guns for that purpose. I probably know people who have handguns in their homes for what they deem security purposes.
But, I’m at a loss to understand how “make my day” has become a mantra for everyone who is irritated about something or maybe nothing at all.
I grew up in the era of watching westerns at the movies. I still enjoy a good western, but even Wyatt Earp knew guns had to be checked before going to the saloon for a night of drinking.
We’ve become desensitized to mass shootings either by terrorists or by our neighbors because they now happen several times a week.
All I have are questions instead of answers.
Have we lost our minds with people walking the streets carrying automatic weapons? Do we need to revisit the Second Amendment? Did Thomas Jefferson and John Adams really envision the average citizen openly carrying guns that shoot hundreds of bullets just for the heck of it? Will either slate of candidates help us?
I’m really not trying to incite a conversation on the NRA or the Second Amendment because that can get ugly and ugly is not what I’m after. I’m just wondering about our safety to travel outside and inside the US and our ability to go about our lives without being shot because of an unending list of potential reasons.
I guess it comes right back around to the fact that as I sit in my chair in the relative safety of my home, I’m constantly looking for an answer to the violence all around us. I worry for my grandchildren and the world they will grow up in.
Now that I’ve admitted I have no solutions to the state of the world, I guess I’ll make some decisions I can handle. Blueberries or banana on my Cheerios, water or not water the tomatoes, weed or leave it until tomorrow, maybe start sandwiching that baby quilt, do errands this morning or this afternoon, stop at Salvation Army and see what repurposing finds they have – these things I can handle.
Stay safe this week and enjoy your family, friends, jobs, gardens, sewing machines, or whatever else puts a smile on your face. 🙂