The only safe place to live


With each passing day we hear of promising students being shot and killed on the streets of Chicago. And I think of the line from the Temptations song Ball of Confusion “the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation.” Events later proved that reservations weren’t safe, either. Families are caught up in a river of sadness and grief. People are discovering just how sick and twisted the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers really are. They continually suggest that we all need to be armed because we cannot depend on the police. A couple of weeks ago the “Sheriff” of Milwaukee County David Clarke made a commercial with the same message. While waiting for a police response to your 911 call, you could be killed. The same people who starve our public schools are suggesting that teachers be licensed to carry firearms. The NRA called for police in every school without bothering to calculate the enormous cost of such an undertaking.

 

Everywhere we look and see the facts show that loosening or eliminating gun regulations has not made us safer. We live in an era in which convicted killers can legally obtain firearms. And the internet, the medium by which I am communicating to you, has also helped spread deadly weapons that much faster. The same people who talk about so-called conspiracies and coverups involving the shootings in Libya are not moved to action to stop the slaughter in our streets. And the band played on.

 

Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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