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November 25, 2013 | 12:58 PMGuns, guns and more guns. We live in a country where there are more guns than people. In a nation of 300 millions there are guns enough for every man, woman and child, with plenty left over.
And that’s just the ones we know about.
Guns are not used to prop open doors. Guns are not used to hold down piles of loose paper. Guns are designed, manufactured and purchased for only one purpose: to shoot and to kill.
That’s why we don’t call them doorstops or paperweights. They are labeled as firearms and classified as lethal weapons.
For good reason. Because they are meant to shoot and to kill.
Consider an alternative: “There are many causes I would be willing to die for, but none that I would kill for.”
The speaker was described by Albert Einstein this way: “Future generations will scarce believe that one such as this, ever, in flesh and blood, walked upon this earth.”
His countryman called him the “Mahatma,” or “Great Soul.” He was Mohandus Karachand Gandhi. And he brought down the entire British Empire with nothing more than a walking stick and a loin cloth.
The Massacre at Amritsa, or the utter refusal to accept violence as a solution to anything. The Enfield 303 calibre rifle, or the belief that “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
There is an alternative to gun violence, but it requires strength to understand it. And courage to act upon it.
It is certain that Wayne LaPierre and the NRA will be consigned to dust, long since, while the name of the little man from India will echo down the halls of time, for all ages yet to come.
To every one of those who are convinced that the only way to solve our nation’s problems is to arm an entire society, here is a new sticker for your bumper: “People don’t kill people, guns do.”