Yelling “Fire” In & Opening Fire On a Crowded Theater

 

Let’s talk Constitutional Amendments… starting with the 1st, which states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To flesh out those above “talking points” a bit…

America’s Founding Fathers had known democracy and theocracy could never coexist… that freedom of religion must also be inclusive of freedom FROM religion. As for civil disobedience / political protest, they not only had viewed citizens calling out errant leadership as the height of patriotism, but they also recognized how such demonstrations do act as a societal safety valve / a preventative of revolutionary wars… especially when responsive, responsible leadership takes constructive criticism to heart and then rectifies the problem(s)¹.

They had also understood how freedom of the spoken / published word (and more recently the blogged word, too) could never be an anything goes proposition. In other words…

The 1st Amendment’s right to free speech was never intended to permit anyone to yell out “FIRE!” in a crowded theater… especially where and when no such conflagration exists. In other words, to get one’s jollies by victimizing innocent people… by maiming and murdering them… was never meant to be a protected, Constitutional right².

Let’s move along now to the 2nd Amendment, which states:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Once again, to flesh out that above “talking point” a bit…

America’s Founding Fathers would’ve never equated “A well regulated Militia” with the present-day, too few rules and regs, gun sick society which the National Rifle Association has spawned… i.e., the bullets flying, blood splattered, pop-up, anytime / anywhere domestic war-zone.

They would’ve been appalled by the NRA’s hardliner sociopaths, who absolutely refuse to accept even minimal, common sense laws such as bans on military grade automatic weapons, raising the age for gun ownership and… last but not least… background checks to ensure weaponry is not falling into the hands of the criminals and the criminally insane.

The 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms was never intended to grant carte blanche to gun nuts… i.e., allow them to open fire in a crowded theater… or for that matter… anywhere else. In other words, to get one’s jollies by victimizing innocent people… by maiming and murdering them… was never meant to be a protected, Constitutional right.

Yet, essentially, is not that very scenario exactly what the NRA’s stone hearted, hardliners have been lobbying their political puppets to perpetuate?

Equally deplorable is their MO for routinely targeting and marginalizing all who oppose them… and far worse yet… how they’ve been ridiculing and showing little sympathy to the still in deep mourning survivors of the mass shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Targeting, marginalizing and showing little sympathy to society. Hmmm… when you really thing about it… that not only describes the overall attitude of the NRA but also each and every mass murderer who has ever open fired on innocents… the next mass murderers who will (someday soon) open fire once again.
 

Footnotes:

¹Such concepts are totally foreign to the present-day, unenlightened, Oval Office occupant.

²Hate speech must never be protected, either. It not only kills the human spirit and dignity of its targeted victims, but also incites the oft deadly, accompanying physical violence inflicted by lynch mobs.

 

 

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Political Activism / Ballots Can Stop Bullets

 

In the wake of the recent, Parkland, Florida massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many of us caring, decent folks… worldwide.. have once more paused to consider America’s chronic, gun violence epidemic… America’s blood splattered history. Regrettably, such decency is not a trait shared by the powers-that-be who are figuratively and literally calling all the shots… those who… to keep it real… are supposed to be answerable to We the Majority of the People. And that, folks, puts them in direct defiance of 66% of polled Americans who DO want stricter gun control laws.

Weighing heavily on our minds is how, over the course of the past two decades, innocent souls… some of them yet to even see the seventh candle flickering atop their own birthday cakes… mind you… have been traumatized when forced into no-win confrontations with armed to the teeth, gun nuts (a.k.a. domestic terrorists). Indeed, the victims we are speaking of are school / college kids, church goers, concert / political rally attendees  and other everyday people who are merely going about their everyday lives.

Who’ll be next? Well, that could easily be you or me… especially if you reside in or are visiting ill America.

Inclusive within our compassionate thoughts are all of the wounded victims… who’ll now bear the physical and emotional scars, suffer in pain and contend with chronic disabilities… till the day the take their last gasp of oxygen… how they’ll be forever haunted by flashbacks and night terrors associated with all of the dark, malevolence that went down within these rural / suburban / urban war-zones.

With even heavier hearts, we remember all who’ve needlessly paid with their own precious lives… how many of them had yet to even experience so many of life’s joyous moments and simple pleasures. And for what?

Just to ensure the status quo carnage triggered by the intransigent National Rifle Association’s lobbyists (terrorists all). All to maintain the NRA’s ownership of the congressmen and the so-called prez. All to guarantee this lobbyist / politician collusion will continue… that these conscience barren entities will persist in representing the willful, trigger happy sociopaths… allow both gun nuts and their enablers to quench their mutual, insatiable thirst for human blood… your blood and mine.

We the horrified onlookers, also offer our heartfelt (yet otherwise useless) prayers and condolences to the surviving families and friends of all who’ve perished…

Yet… in reality…

Not one of us has a prayer of ever feeling truly safe so long as America remains ill. And the cures to this cold, metallic and leaden societal scourge will remain elusive unless… well…

The remedies must begin with the enactment of far, Far, FAR tougher, no-nonsense, gun control laws. The catalyst to speeding up this recovery process involves We the sane People, becoming more vocal… more involved.

The upcoming protest movement… the March 24, 2018, March For Our Lives, is a prime example of political activism at its very best. That’ll be the time and place where Parkland’s finest… young students… will lead the way as they (and folks of all ages) take to the streets in Washington, DC (and all across America).

Properly filling in ballots can also stop the flying bullets. We must call out and/or vote out each and every defiant, cantankerous, cancerous, know nothing, do nothing, good for nothing lobbyist owned politician. After all, those unscrupulous entities are the idols of each and every mentally disturbed creature who has ever scratched his itchy trigger finger to declare open season on humanity.

 

My thanks to follower and reader Yassy for inspiring today’s post.

 

 

Parkland… We Will Remember (March BlogCast)

 

A little over two weeks ago, gun violence… once again… erupted and reared its ugly head, here, within gun sick America… this time the bloodshed occurring at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Once more, the lives of innocent school kids and educators have been tragically cut short.

It is with heavy heart that I extend my condolences to their surviving families and friends. My best wishes that the wounded victims experience the speediest and most complete recoveries possible. May the living nightmare everyone has been enduring begin to ease up so, hopefully, you can start piecing your shattered lives back together again.

My respect and admiration also go outward bound to you, the surviving students, who have turned to political activism. Your resolve to ensure your voices get heard and continue to be heard by the gun lobbyist owned legislators and “president” have proven that youth is a force to be reckoned with. You do offer a glimmer of hope to all the rest of us, who’ve been feeling powerless due to our overexposure to decades’ worth of worthless, decadent politicians.

Come March 24th… when you take your March For Our Lives demonstration to Washington, DC, continue to raise your collective voice to give ‘em all hell… and don’t stop until they stop dragging their political asses.

As for my further response to this massacre, I’ve decided to suspend my regular BlogCast format in favor of providing all who perished yet another social media platform to be remembered and another opportunity for all who survived to be heard once more…

 

Parkland… We Will Remember

To Enhance The Incomplete Bios of CNN’s / Anderson Cooper’s Tribute…

The Stoneman Douglas Drama Club performs “Shine”

(An original composition to express both their sorrow and hope for a safer, saner tomorrow.)