More Thoughts on the #Aurora Tragedy – Who can we blame? Blame Me. I helped

NRA Gun Club

NRA Gun Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d like to blame the NRA -

Just last week LaPierre showed up at the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty here in New York and spoke out against what he called “anti-freedom policies that disregard American citizens’ right to self-defense.”  Now at least 12 are dead in Aurora, Colorado, gunned down at a showing of the new film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” a Batman movie filled with make-believe violence. One of the guns the shooter reportedly used was an AK-47 type assault weapon that was banned in 1994. The NRA pressured Congress to let the ban run out in 2004.

The NRA spends millions and millions of dollars on local and national races to insure that guns are accessible and that guns are protected by the U.S. Congress. I would not be surprised if they would actually support a national gun mandate, but… nothing on that front yet. (George Washington did that, by the way) The NRA’s money elects State officials, U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives. Wait… maybe their money doesn’t elect those people but we do. We actually go to the polls and vote for the finest ad on television instead of basing the decision on self-education. Fear and not facts is our lived motto. So, even if the NRA would spend 10 Trillion dollars, in the end, we are the ones voting for the Congressmen who vote for those laws. I would also urge you to consider the level of planning that went into this operation. If it wasn’t a gun, it could have been explosives or even a car. And for our European friends, don’t forget the child sex and kidnapping rings that have come to light in the last few years.

We could blame Christianity or the Presbyterian Church since he that is where he attended in his faith tradition. Perhaps it is something in religion that did this, because we know that no atheist ever committed horrible crimes. While he is undergoing a mental health evaluation, it should be noted that he had shown signs of struggling with mental health issues before. He was a noted loner, shy, and while clearly intelligent, unable to become the success that he should have. No, being introverted is not a sign of mental illness – believe it or not, I’m a bit introverted myself – but there are other signs to note. He left school in June for no reason and spent the rest of the time planning every detail. Could someone have noticed that he was experiencing problems? We have began to remove a focus on mental health in this country. Why? Because it is no longer a stigma. And, frankly, we don’t have enough money to help those who need it but can’t afford it. Sure, we are involved in two wars, with an expansive military budget, but we need that, not money for mental health initiatives.

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NRA Tattoo (Photo credit: drewish)

We are a blaming culture, aren’t we? We are blaming everyone else, but rarely look at what part we are playing in the entire thing. Our government wouldn’t be beholden to the lobbyists, gun or otherwise, if we paid more attention and voted for those who should be there rather than who pay to be there. Maybe if we did, we could redirect our tax dollars away from the military to those next door who need it. I don’t know about you, but if we have to blame someone, blame us. Or blame me if you are completely innocent. I’m sure you are. Why? Why should we blame us? Because next week, when this is over and out of the news, and Kim Kard-this-or-that or Tom Cruise makes another movie, silly tweet, or other nonsense, we’ll forget about it and move on. I already know the movies I want to see next month, after all, and I’m waiting to see if Tom Cruise gets another beard or not. We won’t remember this in November, that’s for sure. In fact, how many of us will look at the NRA score for a political candidate, see it is 100% and vote for them out of fear that the President will take away our guns? Or maybe, see that they have received lots of money from the NRA and decide not to vote for them regardless of their party affiliation because we cannot trust them to vote for sane gun control laws? Or, what about those candidates who support doing away with all social services provided for by the tax payer?  And in two years, if those I did elect did nothing, will I vote for them again? Next week, when local and national budgets are discussed, and someone suggests cutting the military budget or raising taxes to restore needed social services, such as mental health care, we will recoil in terror and suggest that the liberals just want to make us defenseless and start a class war. That’s why we should blame ourselves and not the actors on the stage. The NRA is the perfect actor that never forgets his lines but we are upset when he does what he is supposed to do. We are the audience that allows the actor to say his lines. If you don’t like the actor, don’t watch the movie. Otherwise, you are to blame for it. Or maybe, I’m the only one to share in the blame for this.

Just some continuing thoughts.

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Post By Joel Watts (9,936 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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