I love the recent “op-ad” that highlights Hollywood’s Hypocrisy as it attempts to batter the run-of-the-mill gun owner.
“Demand a plan!” they say.
HA, How I adore the absurd!
This is classic, destined to be super-classic, if you ask me.
I avoid violence, always have. I joined the Peace Corps, not the Military. Never liked any of the Westerns, cop shows, horror flicks, none of them. I had to leave the theatre to vomit and then wait in the car for 1.5 hours at one Quentin Tarantino film. That’s when I gave up even trying anymore. It was a bit embarrassing, but I don’t apologize.
Circumstances have required I become a gun-owner and learn to shoot. The first time, at an indoor range outside New Orleans after Katrina, aimed at a target, I cried. It was automatic. Me, not the rifle. Some people view me as particularly sensitive, but overall there are few, if any, who would consider me wimpy.
Still I used my rifle less than a week ago, for reasons of actual real-life intimidation. It was nearly 3am, the dogs barked, but didn’t chase, an unusual sign. I peeped out the window, there was a car stopped at the end of the drive. I was alone, we are on a dirt road leading no where significant, there is no reason for anyone to be stopped there at that hour.
What to do? I wait and listen. Then I’m certain I hear a girl yelling for help. I flood the yard with lights, open the door to hear better, put on my robe, grab the gun.
What other choice do I have? Call the police? It would take them 30 minutes, bare minimum, in optimum conditions, to arrive here. I’m alone, I could call neighbors, I guess. What will they do? Grab their guns? Call the police?
With training we can overcome these cellular responses that for some, like myself, show up as an innate abhorrence of violence. Should I ever in one breath shun gun-ownership while earning my living glamorizing violence, as in these actors cases, please, shoot me. Seriously.
What a person isn’t willing to do for a fat paycheck. It’s truly astounding. I will remain astounded until the end of my days.
I wonder, are we the people, the wee commoners, really that violent?
Certainly I don’t wish to test the fates in this auspicious New Year, but I can count no less than half a dozen times where I was in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing with the wrong people, and violence broke out only once, and it was exceptionally contained between the violent participants.
What is this constant mass mayhem Hollywood is trying to sell us? Why does our government seem to be appreciating and promoting this cultural policy so much, with their criminal behavior abroad and scandalous behavior in our very backyards?
I demand a plan of my own! Arm yourselves people, to the hilt, because anyone grown up in an authoritarian environment knows, Do as they DO, NOT as they Say.
owning guns is not advocating violence, it’s leveling the playing field.