Gun Control? How do you feel?

My friend Marc Gamberdella posted this on his fb page.  In an onslaught of other friends posting about gun control....  I had so many mixed emotions and Marc nailed it on the head for me.    Thank you Marc for putting it so eloquently.  Education, parenting, love and peace....please.

"We all want/need to find something to blame for today's events, and it's very easy to say that taking guns off the streets would be the answer. It's not that easy. Americans have been armed with guns since we became America. In fact, the right to bear arms is what allowed us to become America in the first place. The real problem lies in the fact that as a society, we don't foster our youth (as a society) to make good choices, and to value their lives and the lives of others. The next time you see someone taking their 5 year old to an R rated movie at midnight, or any other time for that matter...Take note. The next time you see an 8 year old buying a copy of Black Ops...take note. The next time you let your 10 year old daughter watch Honey Boo Boo, or Little Liars, or the real housewives of Beverly Hills...take note. If your kids watch the news and don't bat an eye at the story of people getting trampled while trying to get their iPad deal at Walmart...TAKE NOTE. All of these things collectively are NOT harmless, and will cause some people to lose their grasp with what's right and wrong in our world. We'd all like to think that that's not the case with our own offspring, but ask any parent of the kids committing these crimes and they'd say the same thing. Remember the days when as kids, we were restricted from viewing/participating in any activities that were adult themed? Those days have been long gone, and we are just plain seeing the effects of it. Don't believe me? Look up ABC "FAMILY" channel and look at the lineup of programming we've accepted as OK for kids to watch. We reap what we sow. He'll, everyone is convinced that the world is going to end in a couple weeks. What do you think that does to the psyche of our kids when they hear that stuff? Do you remember your parents telling you the world was going to end when you were a kid?? I don't.
Anyway, sorry for the long post. I'm not trying to be self righteous. I'm as guilty at some of this stuff as anyone. But it's time to step up and create a better generation than our own. Even if that means we might have to skip going to that midnight movie once in a while, so our kids can remain safely at home in bed. Where they should be." (Marc Gamberdella)

"Let's remember people that box cutters are what set off 9/11, not guns! Guns are not the problem. Criminals will be the only people armed if we take them away. They don't follow the same rules that you and I do; morally, ethically or legally." (Lisette Franklin) 

1 comment:

Staci Goldfarb said...

LOVE this post! xoxo