So, we are looking for “common sense gun control laws,” and constantly bickering about 2nd amendment rights mostly because of mass shootings/school shootings and often we hear that parents who own the guns should be responsible. It makes sense right? They should lock the guns up so their kids don’t shoot up their school. They really should be held accountable.
Does it matter that they aren’t American citizens?
Does it matter that we don’t see the deaths on Fox News or CNN up close and personal?
Do we trivialize the deaths of these people because they’re in a country far, far away that our commander-in-chief has called
“shit hole countries?”
Does it make a difference that they’re not Christian?
Or the same color as the majority of those in power here in the states?
Do their lives matter less than ours do?
Could that thought process be part of why we sell arms to countries that we know will use them recklessly against other countries our government may not feel are as advanced or as important as we are?
Are the lives of actual, living children in other countries less important than an unborn child that hasn’t even come into life; into the world here in the states?
A fetus that doesn’t feel vs a child that will suffer pain and if these children and adults survive will experience the physical and emotional trauma of war that we supported?
We are passing unconstitutional laws here that take away a woman’s right to choose, often before a woman is aware that she is even pregnant, even if raped, even if due to incest, yet selling weapons that will obliterate a child thousands of miles away and for what exactly?
Diplomacy? Money? Power?
This is how terrorists are made. They are not born. They are molded through experience and by actively participating in the destruction of lives in other countries for political or financial gain, survivors of our irresponsibility will seek out revenge…and rightfully so. Did we not seek revenge for 9/11? We’re still looking for it long after Saddam was killed and long after Bin Laden was killed too.
Do we not see racism against muslims who have done nothing wrong even after almost twenty years since 9/11?
In less than four months, a child born on 9/11 can enlist in the US armed forces and fight in a war of which origins that they know nothing about. The United States is begging for decades of terrorists plots both domestic and abroad because we are unable to recognize the blatant disregard for peaceful diplomacy and instead of using military force as a last resort, we now use it as a standard means of operation. We put the lives of our troops at risk unnecessarily or maybe now we’ve just decided to let other countries do our dirty work for us but when it’s all said and done, we will never be able to wash the blood off of our hands. Instead of selling a gun to a drug dealer at a gun show without a permit, we’re selling weapons of massive power to nations with no conscience or restraint and they go unchecked and unchallenged. The hypocrisy of our government is unfathomable but I suppose as long as those in power stay in power, companies like Raytheon that make these weapons will continue to support our politicians via political donations and we can continue to live in a society that hates others because we fear others – which is our own fault. We sit by and do nothing which allows our elected officials to have free reign.
Nobody should have that much power. Nobody.
Lastly, I specifically focused on children in this post not because it can get an easy emotional response (well, hopefully unless you’re a sociopath) but because children are innocent. They aren’t terrorists, they aren’t guilty of crimes no matter what their parents may or may not have done and I know the first thing many people may think is – “Well, the parents must be guilty of *something* or they wouldn’t have been bombed!” …Sadly, that’s very stereotypical thinking but I know it’s going to happen. The progression of my thinking is, if we have states passing anti-abortion laws stricter than some of these
“shit-hole countries,” minimizing the rights of women and their value and worth in the process, then not even offering services to assist these women and children after they are born and possibly forcing them into poverty and lives of abuse and neglect, yet we are complicit in killing children in these countries, which country is really the shit hole?