Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Non-Violence: The Ultimate Gun Control

Today, President Barack Obama will announce measures his administration will take to curb gun violence in our country. Initial reports about what will be included in his proposals are promising.

There are those who suggest that any measure to limit access to the multi-round killing machines that have taken the lives of innocent people in Arizona, Wisconsin and Sandy Hook shootings, is referred to as a 'slippery slope'. I think we've already fallen down a slippery slope that suggests that any politics that promotes as 'absolute' any 'right' (such as the second amendment), that literally makes it easy to kill and maim other citizens, must be reevaluated.

How many more innocent people must be injured or murdered before we realize that we can no longer put our country's values on autopilot while establishing a culture in which isolation, resentment, anger and hate ultimately lead to deadly violence. We cannot keep people from killing one another. We can take giant steps toward taking the 'mass' out of 'mass killings'.

As we approach the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday (his actual birthday was January 15), we must also consider a renewed focus on non-violence. It is the ultimate gun control and ultimate cure to a society in which injury of the spirit and the death of hope is gradually becoming things we accede to as the norm.

King's haunting reflection on his day, should provide sobering reflection on ours: "Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. "

To not understand, that the very technology that has increased our access to information, entertainment and commerce, is rapidly outpacing the moral capacity of mankind and refuse to do anything to curb the results that we have already seen, is not only insanity - it's suicide.

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