Feelings

The Blame Game


There was some sad news this morning from Colorado. Twelve people died and fifty nine were wounded during a shooting spree in a movie theater. Being of a normal age to process this information, I was extremely saddened for those who died and their families. (I say, “Being of a normal age” because when I was younger, I wasn’t effected by the news of deaths, especially of those I didn’t know personally.)

Now that I reside in Canada, I’ve heard some opinions on last night’s events, but they were different from what I was expecting. Many people here blame the US for allowing our citizens to have guns. A few people have told me, “If your country made guns illegal, this wouldn’t have happened.”

I understand what people mean when they say things like this, but I have to disagree.

There are crazy people everywhere. Not just in the states–every country in the world has a percentage of mentally unstable people. We may not hear about crazy things they’ve done, and the percentage is most likely way smaller than those that reside in the US, but nevertheless, they are everywhere. Remember the massacre in Norway last year? And what about that guy in Canada who, just a couple of months ago, cut up some guy and mailed his body parts around? Yeah, because that’s totally normal.

I agree that without guns it’s harder to kill a mass amount of people. But these days people figure out how to use bombs and crash planes, and burn places to the ground. Psychopaths are narcissistic and want to hear their name in the news. They want to have people talking about them. Ex. Casey Anthony. They’ll find a way to kill a lot of people if they want to.

The reason we have guns is not to kill people and animals. It’s because our country gives us the right to keep and bear arms. This is part of our country’s history. Think back to when our constitution was formed. People needed guns. Every household had one because they needed to protect themselves and their children. Throughout the years, our country became more advanced and modern–the need for guns slowly disappeared. People still had them, sure. But they weren’t a necessity.

People are going to constantly ruin moments of comfort. The citizens of the US and Canada used to not need a passport to cross over the border between countries. Remember when there was barely any airport security? When I was in elementary school, I never had to do a lock-down drill in case a shooter came in. But now everything has changed. We have to be extra careful, extra prepared, and always be cautious of danger. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the way it is.

Feel free to blame guns. But please don’t blame my country.

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35 thoughts on “The Blame Game

  1. Dead on, Lily
    I put my gun on the table and said, “Shoot Gun! Kill!”
    Nothing happened.
    This guy is one sick bastard. The worst thing that can happen is for everyone else to over react to him.
    Does anyone else remember when you didn’t have to take off your shoes just to get on an airplane?

    Tim

    • Hey thanks! Haha I know what you mean. It’s like that saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
      Yes! I hate having to take of my shoes because I never think to wear socks…gross! Life used to be so much easier!

  2. A gripping life says:

    Excellent post, Lily!!! John Stossel would agree. In fact, I think I remember him doing a show on this and he came to the same conclusion.
    This is a case of mental/ emotional illness. The line between evil and this kind of illness might be an interesting post, too.
    This is really well written!
    Xoxox

    • Thanks! I knew it would be right up your alley. Why watch the news, when you can just read my blog?! Yeah, I think the line between hurting other people and mental illness is a thin one. There’s still a line, but it’s thin. Thanks momma! I tried! xoxoxo

  3. Ban guns totally in the states, get them out of houses and of the streets, close all guns shops and ban their sale on the web.

    Thats what i would do if i were President , but the gun lobby rules the politicians.

    • Haha how did I know you would say that? Don’t you think though, it’s kind of one on those things that people will want if they can’t have it? I don’t know how it would go, but I would be proud of you if you somehow managed to get voted in for president!

  4. Having guns so handily available doesn’t help whether people want to kill people or not. People don’t need guns anymore, this ain’t the wild west. Gun control should be enforced, not just in America but worldwide.

    In any case, I hope the sick fucker suffers, a lot.

    • Yeah, that’s an interesting though. I think gun control could be handled better maybe if each state could choose whether they wanted them or not. That way not every state would have them…maybe?

      Hahah I guess if you lived in the states you would want to live in a place that practiced capital punishment!

  5. Ha I knew you would write about this. You beat me to it. The US is a big place with lots of people. Everything is reported. We have money. I don’t doubt horrible things like this happen in other places in the world all the time. The big difference is our people have access to do these things whereas in third world it’s mainly the government doing the bad. I think somewhere in our history we got tired of seeing people close to us killed at random. We know about Columbine but there have been school attacks forever.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting#1700s

    First one was 1764. You know, when the first Grand Theft Auto game came out…

    • Hahah how did you know? This is so not like me! I hate getting all political and riled. I think you’re right though. Everything is reported–we have double, triple the population as so many other countries. That’s a crazy list of school shootings. The only other one I remember people talking about is the one from The Boomtown Rats song, “I Don’t Like Mondays”. Where the girl in the song shoots up her class and the police ask her why she did it and she says, “I don’t like Mondays.” I mean, reason enough.

      Ye Olde Grand Theft Automoblie

    • you would be mistaken moose…….i live in south africa and illegal guns are everywhere…………yet the govt attempts to remove guns from the legal owners….this is absurd.

  6. People who want to do harm, will alway find a way. But I do believe that the easier access to guns isn’t helping those people. Still – you can have a gun and not kill people. Sometimes though I think that it will be ahrder to do people harm when you have no access to guns. But overall we should worry more about our way of thinking and our attitude, more than about guns. Forbidding them is not removing them.

    So in the end, you put it very right.

    • Hah thanks! I agree, it’s harder to do a big killing spree when you don’t have a gun or anything like that. Forbidding them is definitely not removing them! Good way of putting it! People will always find a way, right?

  7. Any President doe’s not have the balls to push a gun ban through, he can sign a bill and do it.

    Close all gun shops the same day and confiscate all the guns etc.

    Give the people an amnesty of two months to hand in all their weapons of any sort.

    After that anyone with a weapon would get five years, if it was used in a murder they would get life.

    Melt all guns. Easy isn’t it, god i wish i was the President.

  8. Guns certainly don’t kill people, but they do make it a whole lot easier. I do think though that even without easy access to guns, if someone wants to kill someone, they’ll find a way to make it happen. I’m not pro-guns at all, but I do agree with you when you say that the blame shouldn’t entirely be pointed at the gun laws, there are other things to take into account.

    • People will definitely find a way to kill people if they want to. I’m not pro guns either, I think they should be harder to get, for sure. But, yes they do make it easier to kill lots of people at once. :(
      Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

  9. its a bit of a double edged sword….pun intended……as handguns need to be controlled yes…but preventing people from defending themselves by means of handguns leaves many vulnerable to criminals who have illegal guns…..including the govt……if someone in the cinema had of had a gun they could perhaps have prevented him from killing so many…….or he could have done as much damage with a sword of a petrol bomb…….imagine 300 hundred years ago how dangerous life must have been when every man walked around with a sword strapped to his waist…………..there will olways be loonies everywhere and they will find a means to do loony things no matter what………

    • You’re totally right. If someone had a gun in the theater, I think the day would have ended differently. Maybe. Maybe the shooter wouldn’t have even wanted to shoot up a theater knowing that there was possibly someone with a gun ready to kill him. It’s hard to say. I think in the future society might be forced to carry around handguns for protection. Look at history repeating itself!
      Thanks for reading my blog!

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