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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Op/Ed - Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre directly challenges rights to 'bear arms'

Independent Underground News Op/Ed
by Monica RW

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Write without getting emotional. Those are the words in my head, as details continue to emerge about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

A moment of reflection of sorts, I thought back upon hearing of this horrible incident to another day of deep, emotional loss for our nation - September 11, 2011. As a parent of two young children at the time, I watched television the first of three planes ran into public buildings. Immediately, my mind raced to the location of my children's separate public school locations, near two airports: one international and another regional cargo air transit facility.

I thought about how fast the car operating under my control arrived at the first child Elementary and my second child's Middle school. Memories reflected to emotions shown on each parent face after arriving at the same location in hopes they would walk out with their child alive.

On September 11, 2011, late morning I was able to pick up both of my children, safe. 

Twenty parents, grandparents and/or associated family members in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012 were not.


China seems like a World away from the United States of America. The distance between Detroit, Michigan and Beijing, China is 6637 miles (10681 km) or Detroit, MI (DTT) to Beijing (BJS) Flight Duration is 19 hours 45 mins. Known as the Red Nation for the country red colored national flag with yellow emblems, China guns laws are restrictive. Very restrictive.

Wikipedia- Gun Politics:
Gun ownership in the People's Republic of China is heavily regulated by law. Generally, private citizens are not allowed to possess guns.Guns can be used by law enforcement, the military and paramilitary, and security personnel protecting property of state importance (including the arms industry, financial institutions, storage of resources, and scientific research institutions). 
Civilian ownership of guns is largely restricted to authorized, non-individual entities, including sporting organisations, authorized hunting reserves and wild life protection, management and research organizations. The chief exception to the general ban for individual gun ownership is for the purpose of hunting. 
Individuals who hold hunting permits can apply to purchase and hold firearms for the purpose of hunting. Illegal possession or sale of firearms may result in a minimum punishment of 3 years in prison, with the maximum being the death penalty.
On December 14, 2012, a suspect in China stabbed 22 children with a knife. The children, unlike what occurred in Newtown, CT the same day, survived. 

These Chinese Elementary school aged children, although hurt and hospitalized are alive. Many miles away from China, America mourns the 20 children, 6 public school employees and one offsite associated victim loosely associated with Sandy Hook Elementary school. Each of the victims lives were taken by a gun in the hand of Adam Lanza, who also killed himself.

Twelve days before the religious celebration of Jesus's Birth on Christmas Day, Michigan's Republican controlled House and Senate voted to expand our States' Concealed Weapon Law allowing residents to carry guns of all types in churches and schools. It is unknown, if Governor Rick Snyder (R) will sign, delay or veto the bill, in aftermath of what occurred has at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

Eleven days before Christmas Day, the residents of Newtown, CT and surrounding communities are experiencing deep emotions over the tragic loss of life on December 14, 2012; a month, day and year set in recent history, Americans and people around the World will now always remember.

On December 25th families will spend time in celebrating peace, joy and goodwill while gathering for holiday celebration's. Within days after the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre, "Christian" members associated with Kansas (correction) based Westboro Baptist Church announced this group have announced their intent to set up pickets in Newtown, CT.

Media reports confirmed all 26 victims at the Sandy Brook Elementary School location were shot and killed with at least three bullets each, in some cases eleven fatal gunshot wounds in total. Murderer Adam Lanza obtained at least a .223 Semi-Automatic Rifle, a Glock 9MM and three other high-capacity guns from his Mother's home, before he killed his Mom on the morning of December 14, 2012.

We're not sure what actions members of the Westboro Baptist Church plan to protest near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. 

Unless Westboro Baptist Church "Christians" plan on offering prayers, condolences and sympathies to the victims' families, it would be wise for them to just stay home.

Revisiting September 11, 2001, the tragedy costing over 2,600 Americans their lives, swift actions were quickly then. In immediate days, months and years after 9/11/01, former President George W. Bush (R) declared America would take retribution on behalf the innocent lives lost from terrorists associated actions while after victims arrived to work, visit  businesses, traveled on plane to visit family members, or for other manners in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Two wars against Iraq and Afghanistan were launched. By the following year airports deployed Government mandated security measures, managing partial militia named the 'Transportation Security Agency or T.S.A.', ensuring Americans safe travels in our skies.

Today, Americans far and wide debate when is the right day to perform deep analysis of our nations' gun laws. Firearms supporters decry their perceived "Right to Bear Arms" adopted via the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights December 15, 1971.

If the Founding Fathers could have foreseen 220 years and two days later guns would be used to murder twenty children ages 5, 6 & 7 in school along with five adults entrusted to ensure their education and safety, is it possible the Fathers would have altered this statement?

The Second 
As passed by the Congress: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.

Some say now is not the appropriate time for discussing a change to Americans gun laws. Let's wait until all the victims in Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting are buried, they say. Today it not the right time to make a political statement about gun control, they cry. We need to focus on those who lost their lives on December 14th, they'll will reply.

My response, if not now, when. 

After another incident similar to what tragically occurred in Newtown, CT happens again; as history proves a mass murder with high-powered guns will repeat its' horrible outcome? After "Christian" members of Westboro Baptist Church complete picketing actions near Sandy Hook Elementary School? After more Residents of Chicago are killed on city streets? 

When by mistake a gun goes off in a Michigan Public School by mistake, thanks to the Republican controlled Legislature expanding our States' gun laws? After a member of your family life is taken a individual pulling back the barrel of a gun?

The time is now. 

In fact, for innocent victims of gun violence across America, we're frankly a bit late in answering this call. As the grievous actions of 9/11/01 proven that a high body count in a day, shouldn't be the only barrier test to compel swift action.

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Monica RW said...

Westboro is based in KS, not FL.

Monica RW said...

Thanks! Correction noted!

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