I’m going to break my break with a guest post. Recent events have brought me out of hiding. Today we have a special guest post from my husb., Ed Jahn. He’s got something he wants to say to you. A story with a moral. Welcome! Ed!
A Gun for a Toddler: A National Rifle Association Event
News of the latest mass shooting reminded me of an event in my life.
My son Karl, who was then a toddler still in diapers, was visiting his grandfather – who was a lifetime member of the National Rife Association, and avid gun collector. We grownups were sitting around the living room having causal conversation. Down the stairs came my son, carrying a 38 revolver. Which was loaded.
Grandfather took the gun away, but did not then or later do anything to unload, or lock up, or put his guns out of reach. Maybe it’s not quite fair to say that he cared more for his guns than for his grandchild – but he certainly had no real concern for child safety. (We didn’t stop visiting him after that, but we watched our children much more carefully when we did.)
This for me sums up the National Rife Association. Among its members, I’m sure, there are those who do care about children. But for the true believers like Karl’s grandfather – the people who decide the policies of the organization – it’s about promoting guns, no matter who might get hurt.
This blog usually deals with all things writing but we have felt sad since the Sandy Hook Elementary School Event. Since I still have life construction going on and will for some time, I thought this an apt topic to bring up. Our deepest condolences go to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary. And all those who have lost children in gun shootings of any kind.
Gun control is one of our top wishes this Christmas along with better prevention for Mental Illness. How do you feel about this topic? If you weigh in at the comments I would greatly appreciate it.
Now after today you may not see me blog till January 4th, in the new year 2013. Happy Holidays everyone! And Happy New Year! 🙂