He says that people who have signs with the slogan YOU WILL TAKE MY GUN WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS "aren't bad people." That the sign only makes them "a walking contradiction and who among us isn't a walking contradiction?"
I may agree that everyone is a walking contradiction but I don't believe that everyone's contradiction ends up getting people killed who didn't deserve to die. People who begged the killer not to shoot her or her students and that he just looked right at her and shot her three times in the goddam face. Then killed every one of her students (or so he thought, the last pretended to be dead) without so much as uttering a single word, and even had the GALL to get angry when people were hiding from him in other parts of the school & locking him out of their rooms. At one point he yelled "Let me IN!" All frustrated. As if he expected them to just LET him kill them.
These "walking contradictions" can "mourn for the people who died that day," but not want gun laws changed b/c they don't want to know what REALLY happened anyway. And by and large, they DON'T know, b/c they turn away from it every time you try to TELL them about it.
Well I'm going to try telling it anyway as well as post a picture at the end of this mini-essay of my own.
This is a corner piece of the nightmare that happened that day: What I described above is what happened to my friend, Lauren Rousseau. She only had less than a few minutes to even assemble her students and find a place to hide them after hearing Dawn, the principal, say to the gunman "Don't shoot us."
Then Lauren must have figured the popping sounds she probably heard when he blasted his way into the school really were but he entered her class first, directly after shooting the two women at the front door (where the security system had been UPdated a week before this happened. REAL gun loons will tell you they didn't have a good security system, they've told me that, but the security system was a week old) both of whom he might have stepped over as he proceeded into the school. She didn't have time to get them hidden.
He came into the room and, according to the only child who survived the shooting in that room "looked the most angry and mean" she'd ever seen.
He spoke no words. Lauren begged him not to hurt her and the kids (her exact words were "Please don't shoot me"), then he shot her in the face multiple times. The kids started screaming the same words, taking up where Lauren left off, and he shot them all as they all begged him not to.
I found this out not that long ago, and STILL hardly anyone even knows about it. But if you wanted to look it up to check the story, you could find most of it.
I read the open letter the parent of a child in the next room wrote, explaining what her daughter now lives with every day of her life.
I was also a victim of gun violence myself, and I'm a member of The Brady Campaign. I don't agree with EVERYthing they suggest, but most of it makes sense to me.
Recently I found a page on Facebook called Gun Owners for Gun Laws, and that's been the biggest asset to me b/c everyone in my family is screaming red Republican to the farthest right you've ever seen. My niece is a member of the Tea Party. You can find staunch Republicans who don't even like the Tea Party. One of my brothers will terminally defend George Bush Junior but hates the Tea Party. But I digress.
The walking contradictions have no idea what they're contradicting, and most get angry at me when I even mention a single word about what happened to Lauren.
I've even encountered people who refuse to admit that Adam Lanza was the wrong person to have access to guns.
Nobody will ever convince me that a person who refuses to call Adam Lanza the wrong person with a gun is merely a walking contradiction.
Most people have agreed that he WAS the wrong person, but I've met plenty who won't even say THAT much. Their choose not to respond with IMO is still making a statement.
I don't believe that those particular people are "walking contradictions."
I believe they're being "willfully ignorant."
I have no problem with someone BEARing arms.
I have a BIG problem with someone arming Adam Lanza legally, knowing there was something 'not right' about him before she ever bought guns in her name and gave them to him. His mom used to tell his babysitters not to turn their backs on him even one time.
You're not allowed to own a semiautomatic rifle until you're 21.
Why did she buy rifles in her own name and give them to him to keep in his own room in his own gun safe? The police report said she did that.
I think the FB page, Gun Owners for Gun Laws, explains how I feel about people HAVing a gun. I have no issue with responsible gun owners. It's just that besides my brother, niece and other members of my family who own guns, I haven't met very many others.
Which is why I really like the FB page even though I've never owned a gun, and most likely never will.