“Inside In every man, do you know this my friend? “
This is the “infallible idea”, in the words of Bobby Sands, who was killed by a hunger strike opposing British rule over Ireland in 1981, who thought ‘I am right!’ “” That is the thing that motivates our schoolchildren all over the country protesting for changes in gun control laws. It’s the thing that says “Never Again” and goes from Sandy Hook to Virginia Tech, San Bernardino to Orlando, Las Vegas to Parkland.
This semester I am teaching a class on political imprisonment where we discuss conscience, political prisoners, and prisoners of exile. We regard civil disobedience as advocated by Thoreau and the hunger strike as a memorial by Yates. Soon we will discuss the student protests happening now. My own students ask me such questions: Aren’t we all prisoners of conscience in this atmosphere of political struggle? Are we not all morally inclined to resist the tide of bad government that washes over us? How we?
I don’t know how to answer them.
While listening to this radio last week, I overheard a father wondering how to respond to his son who asked him, “Daddy, what’s a better plan, to run or hide?” During a school shooting. He never expected such a question from his young son. I am at a loss to answer such a question of my daughter, a sophistication in high school. What does someone say? They are children, not soldiers. Nor are their teachers.
When my daughter asked for permission to participate in a nationwide school walkout, I gave. Because of Bobby Sands. Because of Thoreau and Yeats. Because of that inner talk. This will be her first experience with civil disobedience, and I applaud her and her fellow students. They are struggling to hear their young voices in the best way they can and are looking to us for answers but are unable to find anything.
We only know that good men with guns are as bad men as good men without guns when in high velocity rounds. There will be no Cool Hand Luke or Wyatt Earp teachers protecting our children in schools around America. The conserved handgun has no match against the incoming high-velocity rifle fire. As Reported Wired in 2016, “The bullet from a handgun … is slower than an AR-15. It can be stopped by a thick bone of the upper leg … The bullet from the AR-15 would have done a completely different kind of violence.” Is. For the human body. It’s relatively small, but it leaves the muzzle at three times the speed of a handgun bullet. “
It is three times the speed of a handgun because the AR-15 rifle was designed to kill people. And like other machines, it has evolved to do its work quickly and effectively. An article in 1981 the Atlantic A study by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency about the AR-15 for the US Army cited: “The greater lethality of the AR-15 rifle in this weapon since 1959 and the accuracy and rate of fire in this weapon. Considering the improvements. The squad’s firepower is as effective as the AR-15 rifle M-14 rifle. “ It is a rifle made for war, not for “sport”.
It is not a question of banning all guns, as people hunting for home security and food are valuable tools. My fellow veterans have high-speed rifles like the AR-15, you don’t need them. If you want to protect your home, buy a firearm. If you want to be prepared for imaginary upheavals of tyranny, you already are. You will get enough weapons as did every other revolutionary from the beginning of time. Those citizens who buy them because you want to play army, just stop. If you want to play soldier, you must be admitted.
I am no bleeding heart or shrinking violet or kampi or “snowflake”. I served on a military police team in Baghdad before returning home to work as a civilian police officer. I am familiar with weapons of war and weapons used to maintain peace. I have no issue with qualified law enforcement officers possessing high-velocity weapons as the ultimate defense against high-velocity weapons. I have no issue with our National Guard arsenal stocking such weapons for use by our modern Minutemen in wartime.
A friend of mine is a researcher and journalist in Mexico City who studies drug cartels and homegrown militias. On this occasion when he sends me pictures of weapons, we come to know that many of them are AR-15s. Both he and I can accept that the people carrying these rifles are not using them for “civilian sport” purposes. Armed actors in Mexico do not bolt-action in the Winchester Rifles and Benelli shotguns for hunting and duck hunting. They carry AR-15s – the weapon of choice capable of greater wound destruction for hunting men.
It has been a long time in this country that we hear that “inner talk”. High-velocity weapons have no place in the hands of citizenship. The number of long-lived laboratories by the leadership and politicians of the National Rifle Association will never justify the deaths that this country has caused. “Every Marine is a Rifleman” is a saying for Marines, not for civilians. We are no longer under the oppressive rule of a foreign king, and it is foolish to think that civilians are protected by such weapons that we endanger our republic. We do nothing more than humiliate the bloated gun lobby in Washington. But by doing nothing, we keep putting our children’s lives at risk.