It didn't take the heartwrenching tragedy of the murder of 20 small children and their 6 teachers to make me hate the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment, but I hope and pray it made more American's hate it. But we are a distracted society, and December 14, 2012 although only 19 days ago, is already last year.
Our right to bear arms and the evolution of the amendment over time has turned my country into a dangerous land. As we continue to fight terrorists in far away lands, I feel the terror right here at home. At the theatre, on the subway, at the mall, at schools.
As my sweet German husband and I discussed again this New Year's Eve that, yes it's against the law in the United States to have an open container of alcohol in public... and no the guy who walked around with an exposed automatic weapon at a political event for President Obama broke no laws, is sadly the state of our country. Sad isn't it?
We are in desperate and urgent need of intellegence and common sense. I want to fight this fight. There seems to be no more important call to action for our times than gun control. We have overcome ignorance and fear many times in the history of this nation, to do what's right.
So I'm pointing the finger at myself and asking "so now what are you going to do!?". The honest answer is I don't quite know. On November 6, 2012 the cititzens of the US cast their vote against a candidate and a party who were stuck in a time most of us don't even remember, and who paid little attention to facts. Well, I love facts and here's one that drives me to action: last year in the US, there were 10, 728 people killed by handguns. In Great Britain, 8. In Japan, 48. In Germany, 42. The list goes on.
The wisdom of crowds can drive action, and I'm in search of ideas. So what now Kalliope?