It’s Elizabeth Gomez, founding writer at Drinkers with Writing Problems. I am proudly using the DWWP Author tag for this post. I don’t even need to talk to my fellow writers to know that I have support for this post. We are sickened by the act of one person yesterday; gutted, empty. In the years that we’ve been together, we have seen way too many of these tragedies concerning anger, hate, and guns. I don’t even know if I’m 100% against guns. However, if you’re argument for changing gun laws is Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston, and the many many more shootings that have occurred so often that Mother Jones simply keeps a mother fucking spreadsheet so they can keep mother fucking tallies, then you have my ear.
My sympathy for the victims runs deep, but my anger for the system that allows for this continue is tenfold. My daughter once asked me to go with her father to a gun range. I lost my goddamn mind. She spit out the same rhetoric that every gun loving mofo does, “Mom, guns don’t kill people. It’s how they use the gun.”
Uh…….NO. A gun is created for the sole purpose of killing. I don’t care what you’re killing, that is the only reason guns were created; a speedier and more efficient way to make a breathing animal die. I’m 100% sure that if that if Adam Lanza ran into Sandy Hook with a knife, we’d have a very different story today. Instead, we have many dead children.
I can tell you from personal experience, that a person who has been hospitalized for mental instability can get a FOID card. I know him and I know he has one because I said to him directly, “HOW THE FUCK DID YOU GET THAT CARD?”
He responded, “I mailed it in.”
Even if you believe this crap about your right to own a gun to everyone else’s detriment, I implore to consider the idea that there is something systematically wrong in our country, that a change is needed.
I remember when I was a teenager, the whole world of music had to change because parents were fearful of the hate, misogyny, and violence that many artist portrayed in their work by simply using words like, “Fuck the police.” Yet, standing in the face of reality and tangible body counts, people cling to their guns, wave their flags, and scream out constitutional rights! The right to free speech, in my opinion, is the most important and powerful constitutional right, but America still decided that a change was necessary in our system to “protect our children.” Yet, a bullet, something you can’t turn off or lower or immerse yourself in your headphones, does not warrant hearings and policy change?
I am including a few pieces that various DWWP writers have posted inspired by tragedies like Orlando. I want you to know that this is not the first time we’ve tackled the subject. We are a small group of nobody writers, but we believe in the power of words. So write your politicians and beg for them to take this seriously (here’s the link to finding their contact information), then register to vote, and then threaten to make sure they lose their comfortable leather back chairs if they do not take action before the next election. Words are important. They can stir passion, give comfort, or fuel hate. So, please use them, but choose wisely.
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