Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|On CBS News at 6:00 PM today, August 27, 2015, they said:
90 people die each day by gunshot wounds in the USA
The US has 4% of the Earth population, and 42% of privately
I figured this out. Americans are killing 33,850 people every year in the privacy of their lives. That is close to the entire population of the county in which I live. I told my friend in England I was planning on traveling by car to Arizona. Her response: “aren’t you afraid?” I asked why I would be afraid. She said “Aren’t you afraid you’ll get shot?” It had not occurred to me to be afraid because the way I handle fear is to ignore it. I wonder how many of us, if we look inside would find quite a collection of fears related to the armed public?
There is a lot of discussion about fear of foreign terrorists. I don’t fear foreigners. I fear my neighbors. I don’t know who is angry, who has guns, who hates people like me or when they will blow up. I do know that the people with the guns are running things and tell those of us who don’t want guns in our neighborhood we are not truly American if we prefer to live unarmed. When did it become a trait of the American public to value killing each other? Are those of us who want this to stop keeping our mouths shut because we fear those with the guns? I wonder.