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I just need to make my statement to the NRA, weapons makers & dealers, and anti-government gun-fanatical crazy people.

I do not want my country to be turned into a war zone.

I don't want an armed guard to go to the store or gas station, or to a school, public library, theater, soccer game or family party. Or to vote when that time comes.

We have some problems now, sure, but they will never be solved by having everyone carry a firearm. I don't want to, it's a heavy responsibility (and not too good for a bad back, either) as I would have to worry about someone targeting me because I have a gun.

I did not work hard to raise my kids to be safe, competent adults just to have a bunch of money grubbing loonies make it unsafe to live in my own country. As a woman, there is already a kind of target on my back as a prime target for personal violence in our society. Carrying a gun will NOT make me safer. More guns & ammo just increases the risk of violence, maiming, pain & death. That is not a world to leave for children.

A weapon-makers & dealers utopia probably has everyone owning and maintaining guns.
That is not my vision of utopia. I don't care if zero dollars are spent on weapons in the future - I will feel safer.

If I choose to, I can live in a place on this earth that requires carrying a gun for personal safety. I DO NOT WANT TO live in such a place - I'm damn lucky to have that choice. I don't want someone's industry of death changing my safety level.

I'm just sick that there are so many current discussions of all the ways people could be killed besides guns, such as IED & other bombs, poison gases & other toxins. This is WAR TALK and I don't want to apply it to my country or local community. We are not in a civil war & I don't want to be in a civil war.

The only 'them' I'm afraid of are the WAR MONGERS spewing hate speech through every available media outlet, and organizations that tell people to plan for the apocalypse & collapse of our government - use your guns to steal survival supplies from neighbors! Right now it is so easy for people to get guns they can steal cars, money & jewelry, etc. at gun point.

And they are stealing our safety, our peace of mind, our choices for our families & children.

And they are stealing our lives & our chances for a livable future.

Originally posted to CA wildwoman on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

    by CA wildwoman on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:52:29 PM PST

  •  Last thing I want to do is to have to clear... (8+ / 0-)

    A weapon in the clearing barrel before I walk into my home.

    Nice First Diary, and I hear you.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:07:54 PM PST

  •  Weird idea I had: Indiana is SO concerned about (3+ / 0-)
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    CA wildwoman, blueoasis, BusyinCA

    Standardized Test Scores and now want to layer  Classroom Firing Capacity to the teacher's job resume.'  It would make sense if a teacher's class didn't score quite as high as Administrators wanted, they could cut her some slack on salary punishments due to low scores if she is a crack shot with an assult rifle.  It's all in the priorities!  

    Pardon my cynicism, but I can't imagine teaching Kindergarten or First Grade with an Armed Guard at the door.  What is the NRA thinking?  

    •  I'm still hoping we can stop the 'mission creep' (4+ / 0-)

      by talking about it in visual words that make sense.

      Faux News seems to LOVE the WAR word - maybe we can use it to our advantage.

      Let's see if they really want to promote a modern CIVIL WAR on American soil, in American neighborhoods, in American suburbia - that's what the NRA & RWNJ gun fanatics are proposing.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:51:35 PM PST

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  •  I think that you see the future pretty clearly. (5+ / 0-)

    Because you see the present pretty clearly.  A society at constant war and when every major problem is described as a war, when disagreement and competition become unbalanced to be prized over ultimate cooperation in definiing the rules of the game, when the people become terrorized to support a war on terror, then there will result a violent society until it reaches a point that a police state is declared.

    Many of the NRA members and their supporters, regular people and plutocrats or corporatists if one prefers, will be the ones to bring about that possibility, I would say eventuality even, if the present circumstances continue. And if there are plutocrats who want that eventual end, the NRA positions and those who refuse reasonable regulation will bring about that end.

    Conversely, calling for outright bans or amendment changes will almost certainly help accelerate the war and is impractical.  Actually, I think that this is one of the few instances that I've seen where a pragmatic or centrist approach could work.  They do have limited applicability in problem-solving, even though they are often misused.

    The key to any resolutions is going to be what is federally mandated.  Avoiding the loopholes and tricks and also throwing too such leeway back to the states are going to be necessary, if we can do it.

    •  I'm thinking about ways to get public notice on (6+ / 0-)

      the future & ways it can be shaped for the public good.

      Not what I thought my old age mission would be.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:11:05 PM PST

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      •  And me and other allies here join in with you. (3+ / 0-)

        I would have never believed it possible, so quickly that is.

        My own belief is that climate change, once it was determined to be severe and faster than early estimates, accelerated the plans dramatically.  The neoconservative vision of world domination moved quickly after that point and they thought that they had nothing to lose if the majority of power weilders agreed.  The religious plutocrats could be convinced by doomsday predictions.  Everything becomes short-term because the majority of plutocrats believe that it is short term.

        That's my theory of why suddenly the worst are batshit crazy and the best tenuous and ambiguous in governing and leading.

        We all have to do what be can because whatever the motivations we are in continual crises and in the class wars, only 1% or fewer really are winning.  

  •  Let's face it. In the history of the (3+ / 0-)
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    human race, might consistently wins out over right. And in this struggle we have on one side the people who like to own lots of guns, many of them military-style. On the other side we have a bunch of peaceniks who hate guns and don't have any (yeah for us!). So guess who is going to win this battle?

  •  Thank you for speaking up with this diary, and (1+ / 0-)
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    CA wildwoman

    please consider this comment shared in an earlier diary:

    What's next from the NRA and their minions?

  •  The women have the power (0+ / 0-)

    you just don't realize it.The NRA isn't the only people who make political contributions. Boycott the other contributors and make them quit giving to the congress critters who are giving money to the NRA congressman. Women have the power of the household purse in America. Everyone is connected in one way or another. Target a few of the congressmen and win. this will make believers out of the others.

    Also legislation needs to include a RETRO_Active ban on high capacity bullet clips. I am getting sick of the gun stores making huge profits every time the gun nuts start fearing gun legislation. At least insert a provision that would make it a 20 prison sentence to own these clips. We need to stop the gun sales. Most of those bought on the panic marker will be resold to people who do not need a background check.

    I am a 65 year old white male from Texas who owns 10 long guns that hold no more than 3-4 bullets/ shells per weapon. I really don't need then, most are for varmints. Wouldn't bother ne to turn them in if such a law is passed.

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