IS THE NRA AN ASSET TO SOCIETY–OR A THREAT?

   First of all, it’s been a long time since I last wrote a blog article – at least over two weeks ago.  That’s partly because I underwent facial surgery a few weeks ago (which occurred at the same time as the winter blizzard hitting the East Coast) – not to mention the fact that I’ve been trying to catch up to both my life and career, post-surgery.  Right now, as I write this, there’s already inclement weather in my neck of the woods (though it’s planning on being less troublesome that the aforementioned blizzard that happened a few weeks ago) – with more on the way this upcoming week.  However, the weather is the last thing on my mind – and has nothing to do with the subject of my latest blog article.  So …!

   The debate concerning gun control laws throughout the United States has been on the mind of many since the shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut this past December – but then, the debate has already existed for a long time, and will probably remain so for a long time to come, as well as the frightening possibility of future rampage shootings that might or might not surpass the carnage resulting from past shootings (and that includes the shooting in Newtown).

   Then there’s the presence and influence of the National Rifle Association, who believes that the right to bear arms that’s part of our heritage as a country should not be compromised.  Of course, there’s more to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment than just the right to bear arms – and those who originally conceived the Constitution might turn over in their graves if they learned about the NRA’s actions and opinions, including the idea of having armed security guards in every school and college throughout the country to prevent future rampage shooting from happening.  Unfortunately, that idea is neither great or practical for many reasons – including the possibility of both students and teachers getting caught in the crossfire.  This is the 21st Century, not the Wild West of the 19th Century – and the law of the gun that was associated with such Wild West lawmen as Earp and Masterson is, more often than not, out of place in today’s society.  What does matter are the laws that were created to protect the public – including those against violent crimes.  And the same kind of crimes that are enforced by the world’s law enforcement agencies.

   Of course, we all know the reasons for the NRA’s stance against the gun control laws that many want to become a reality – including not only their unending obsession to be noticed and steal the spotlight from those who really deserve it, but also to hold on to their power and influence on American society.  (Not unlike certain political pundits.)  In that respect, the NRA has ignored the fact that owning a firearm carries a tremendous amount of responsibility – including using it safely and properly (even more so if you have a family).  The NRA should also remember that the criminals and mentally ill who come in possession of firearms (legal or not) hardly care about the innocents who might end up wounded and/or dead as a result of their shooting sprees – or the long term suffering of the victims’ families and friends who are forever changed by the senseless gun violence that does nobody any good.  And that includes, ironically, those belonging to the NRA, who might someday face a similar situation faced by the families and friends who lost those they loved to gun violence – and more importantly, come to the mind-numbing realization that there are more important things than simply the right to bear arms.  Including the preservation and dignity of human life – a simple fact that should never be taken for granted, even in our modern age.

   John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Booktango), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com).  Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), and his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488).

©2013 John Lavernoich.

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About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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