My grandchildren–perfect……. This week my grandson and namesake, Carter, wrote his second column. He wrote his first column week before last. As it were, I thought he was going to be a one column flash in the pan. Perhaps he is going to be a two column flash in the pan if more people don’t read it and comment to him.
I don’t see how we could have made a bigger deal about it. We all commented on it. Patti Kaminski (Absolutely Focus editor) even framed it and gave it to him. We really tried to encourage him.
But Carter wanted immediate gratification. I explained to him that I have been writing a column for at least 25 years and only a few people of the 50,000 homes we deliver to has ever commented on it.
Carter is sort of like those business owners who put in one ad and expect the world to line up outside their door.
In any event, he is trying it again and must be planning on continuing as I heard him tell someone that he was going to save his $5 per column paycheck for four weeks and buy such and so. Yeah, he put the touch on me to get paid. Don’t tell the other columnists.
Carter just turned 9 and is a real live wire. His brother Jack who just had his 7th birthday has made a career of watching Carter. In fact that is what he does–watch Carter or watch TV or play with his iPad. He’s easy to keep up with.
As you can tell, I love my grandsons, just like I loved my granddaughter Kathryn when she was little. Now she is a sophomore in college and I don’t love her any less. I just don’t think every breath she takes is “cute.”
All of which brings me to the recent murder of the 20 first graders in Connecticut. I’m going to have to quit watching television as I bawl every time they show those babies and read their names, which I and most of you have memorized.
Although it’s not clear that the shooter used the assault weapon in his possession, it’s clear it’s time for our country to do something about guns. Please remember that the 2nd amendment, which was adopted on December 15, 1791, was never meant to cover the types of guns and magazines we now have. It was written when we still had muskets which took several minutes to load. It’s time is long past. And it was never meant for such a populous and violent people that we have become.
Of course there are any number of factors that contribute to the overall problem–illegal purchase of weapons, mental illness, illegal drugs, violent movies, television shows, video games–just to name a few. Any solution to the problem will have to deal with several factors besides guns. But we have to start somewhere.
It’s not that I don’t believe in having guns. I myself have two that I have to constantly change their hiding place so those boys can’t find them. If I needed one, I probably couldn’t remember where I hid it and if I found it, I’d probably shoot myself. I dare say many of you are in the same boat.
What we have to do is come up with some sane plan to stop the violence and tell the NRA to quit threatening to “primary” the legislators. And tell the legislators that if they take inordinate amounts of campaign money from the NRA, we’ll tell their grand kids!
Our country has practiced insanity for awhile, and every time a mass shooting has occurred, we’ve got all high behind, then forgotten it the next week. This time I think we have reached the tipping point and I think 20 sets of parents will be stronger advocates than the entire NRA.
Which reminds me. Why have we let the NRA dictate our political choices for generations? You do realize it’s mostly about money with them, don’t you?
I don’t usually tackle national issues, but I think about my precious grandchildren and their sweet faces and wonder at our national stupidity.
I’ve always heard that in Europe violent acts on television and in movies are banned. Here we tried for many years to ban sex instead.
However with the exchange of cultural products, both Europe and here watch and read much the same things. When I had a German exchange student, she had already seen many of the movies playing then in the theatres. Seems most of their popular movies are American with sub-titles so she knew more about our popular culture than I did.
The U.S.A. has more guns per capita than any other country in the world. In most parts of the world, guns are strictly regulated, and renewal licenses are frequent and strict. When mass murders occur in other countries, they react quickly and strongly. We should do the same. We have over 300 million guns in the U.S., one for nearly every adult. We have enough. It’s time to stop.
Sorry to write about such a sad act during this holiday season.
B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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