America and its gun culture
Hempstead | , N.Y. | , Steven Osakue | 1/11/2013, 12:49 p.m.
The NRA is a murderous organization, period. The institution has nothing to do with the safety or protection of anybody but everything to do with the almighty dollar, the obsession of every corporate entity and average individual in this society. To pursue that obsession, it appears they are all willing to die at any time, any day, anywhere. That is the undisputed truth. I don't know why the issue of a deadly weapon should be the subject of a debate. It defies rationality and common human candor. Its ban should be a foregone stance and conclusion by any sane society. A gun does only one thing: It kills.
I wish that the calamity that befell the families of those innocent children should befall the families of all NRA members, the gun manufacturers, the gun dealers and sellers and most of all the so-called lawmakers in Washington who look the other way because they have been bought by the NRA with blood dollars. They all have the blood of those innocent children on them and will forever. It is a shame; it is a disgrace and a letdown that the so-called greatest and most blessed country in the world can subject its citizens to such gun culture and violence. It is the height of gross incivility, animalism and barbarism. The country is nearing its doomsday.
The American government and its leadership under the Bush administration was so obsessed with the issue of weapons of mass destruction that it has the effrontery to squander billions of dollars in taxpayers' money and send its young citizens and forces to a foreign country--specifically, Iraq--to look for evidence of weapons of mass destruction to no avail, while the same government continues to nurture, promote, accommodate, aid, abet and lend its support to the production of weapons of mass destruction right here in its backyard. How hypocritical. Now we know that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction; it is indeed the U.S. and its government and its citizens who have the deadly weapons of mass destruction at its disposal.
Maybe Adam Lanza was sick, but no matter how mentally deranged he was, if there had not been three guns in the household and if he could not purchase or obtain a gun under any circumstance, he would be alive today, and of course those 20 innocent children and other adults would be alive too. That is a solid fact and nobody can dispute that. So what are we talking about?
And at this juncture, where is the outrage from the survivors and families of the victims? They should stand up in unison with one voice and vehemence and challenge their government for action today. The U.S. government can stop the production and distribution and indeed can eliminate guns from its environment if it wants to; it has the resources, the manpower, the know-how, the intelligence and everything it takes to stop gun proliferation today. But unfortunately, it has no conscience, and indeed the government is so morally bankrupt that it is incapable of taking any action because of the almighty dollar. How pitiful and what a disgrace.
The suggestion and recommendation that a teacher should carry a weapon on his or her person in the classroom is bizarre; it is an act of lunacy. It is indeed a mockery of the educational institution and environment. It is an undue affront to academia. Any teacher who agrees to such an idea should have his or her head examined and his professional sanity questioned.
-- Steven Osakue, Hempstead, N.Y.