Parkland: commentary from no one of consequence(?)


“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”—Robert Heinlein

Are we not an armed society? I suppose not heavily enough, being that schools are gun-free zones.

I find it comical and infuriating both at once that in America we “teach” that guns are dangerous in the hands of children. We “teach” that gun owners should keep their firearms in locked boxes or cabinets, unloaded. Yet there’s always a young Tommy who knows his dad keeps a handgun in a fucking shoe box at the top of a closet; and Tommy wants to show the gun to his friend. Sometimes there’s a Tommy whose dad does keep his gun locked up, and unloaded. But this Tommy knows the combination, or where to find the keys, and also knows where his dad stores ammunition.

I’m not suggesting that America should eradicate firearms. I’m suggesting that parents who own firearms should attend gun safety with their age appropriate children. They should have frequent conversations with their children about how to safely handle a gun. And when a Tommy shoots his friend, or takes a gun into a school to massacre his peers and staff, his parents or guardians  should be held criminally culpable every fucking time.

To propose that teachers and school staff should be armed is fucking ridiculous to me. Would school staff actually carry firearms on their person? Or would these guns be locked in a desk?  Who would pay for these guns? Who would pay for gun safety classes? Is that up to the staff? If it were, would they be fired if they didn’t comply? And what about gym teachers, and coaches? How the hell would they be expected to be active with a holster and a loaded gun attached to their hips? I imagine that a coach out on the field with his/her students would have no choice but to keep a loaded gun. Because what? If a shooter presented themselves, is that coach really going to run back into the school, into his/her office, unlock their desk or whatever fucking thing that stores their gun and bullets, load the motherfucker, and THEN run all the way back to the field to protect the students?

I find the apathy that the Parkland families and survivors are being met with to be absolutely abhorrent. Why CAN’T our government do something to show they give a fuck? Why can’t we at least take one goddamned step toward making the gun purchasing process a little more secure? For example, make background checks on EVERY type of firearm mandatory.

For all of you against reforming gun control: get a fucking clue. No one is suggesting that America follows Australia, or England. No one is ever going to unarm you. I’m sick to death of seeing these memes of Hitler and what he said about unarming the people polluting social media, as if to warn his second fucking coming is nigh.

I support the survivors of Parkland, and their march on Washington. To dismiss them as ignorant is just plain cruel.


(image: The Christian Post)

Published by Kindra M. Austin

Author of fiction, poetry, and very sweary social commentary. Editor, and co-founder of Indie Blu(e) Publishing. Co-founder of Blood Into Ink, and Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen.

9 thoughts on “Parkland: commentary from no one of consequence(?)

  1. I love your suggestion that gun owners should attend class WITH their loved ones, like children. It’s important for parents to have frank discussions with kids if there will be guns in the home. Off-the-hand comments about “don’t touch this ever” just don’t make effective care and prevention of accidents. You really need to take the time to invest in teaching them the dangers.

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    1. Absolutely. Forbidding a child to touch his/her parents guns is no where near good enough. Thank you for reading, and taking the time to write a thoughtful comment. This is a subject very important to me, and I appreciate your words. 🙂

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      1. Definitely. We just wrote an article at Rogue Millennials on the topic as well, because it’s so important. It’s literally a life and death issue for many, and it affects more than just the families impacted – it’s a community and national concern.

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          1. It’s from a religious perspective, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s important for them to get on board and realize that they shouldn’t blindly follow a political ideology over taking care of real human lives when their faith is based on “love your neighbor”!

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    1. Thank you SO much! That’s just it–as a writer, I see it as my duty to express myself, and hopefully rally like-minded others. Your comment has made my heart smile. ❤

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    1. Thank YOU for reading, and commenting your thoughts. We must stand together to make change. My words alone cannot make a difference, so I appreciate when I connect with others. Peace to you! ❤

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