Last year in Israel, I shot an M16. Doing that was a big deal not only because shooting an assault rifle is a big deal, but because I was the kind of mom who wouldn’t buy my children a toy gun.
I was the kid who wore peace sign T-shirts and scribbled the word peace all over my notebooks.
I won’t kill an insect.
But I grew up during a time of relative peace, a time when hippies spewed love and John Lennon sang Imagine.
I didn’t understand until recently that conditions in the world could change, that the harmony I’d experienced my entire life, could vanish.
I believed there would never be another war.
How could there be? Weren’t people smarter? Hadn’t we seen enough destruction in World War II and in Vietnam?
My mother used to tell me stories about the air raid drills she had to participate in during the 50’s when she was a young schoolgirl, and how she was instructed to hide under her desk when an alarm rang in order to shield herself from flying glass. She always emphasized the fear, the uncertainty, she felt. I thought those stories to be antiquated, a thing of the past.
I never had to do anything like that.
But my daughter does. At her school, they practice. Students are prepared for a terrorist attack.
It seems that every day now, in the newspaper and on the news, there is a new story involving guns and death.
For so long, I believed we had to get rid of guns.
But then one day recently, I think it was after the shooting in California, I woke up and decided I wanted to learn to shoot. I was done with my Pollyanna attitude. For the first time in my life, the world seemed like a dangerous place.
It’s not that I want to hurt anyone; but I do feel a pull, a calling, to protect my family and myself.
The day after I left Tel-Aviv, four days after I’d shot an M16, there was a shooting just a ten-minute walk from the hotel we stayed at. A gunman killed two innocent people and injured eight outside a bar in the middle of the day.
He got away.
I don’t know if I could ever really own a gun. But the fact that I, a self-proclaimed flower child, could even think about it is significant.
Times are changing.
People change too.
Although it is sad that we got here..I am happy with your new found posture on guns. I will certainly be on “your side”.Peace 😉
Not sure it is a posture just yet. It’s a complicated issue. Just wanted to share how my own personal thoughts around the topic are shifting.
I feel the same way…I pray everyday that my kids should go out safely and come home safely ….that G-d should protect us wherever we are.The world is a different place from which we are used to….
It’s unfortunate but true. Things – the world- is out of control.It’s not so far fetched anymore to own a gun.
Hopefully it never comes to that, that we become a lawless society.
But better safe than sorry.
Great article !
Thanks Barbara!!We need strict laws around obtaining a gun for sure. But I love the Clint Eastwood quote. Don’t want the bad guys to be the only ones with guns. But gun “control” is an interesting word in this case because even with a gun we have little control over much of what’s happening today. It is just us humans trying to have any control at all.
Sad but True!! I’ve just experienced being In Paris during the recent attacks. The world has become unsafe. We have to be aware of our surroundings at all times I’ve never felt on edge like I do now. You never know what will be next. I won’t be buying a gun, but I can’t say I’m not happy my husband owns one which in the past I thought was totally unnecessary Sad to Say our 🌷 Flower Child 🌷 days are Over 😢😢😢😢
Still hoping for and Praying for Peace and Love for all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
PS Where’s the peace sign emoji????? :).
Praying for peace still too. We can never stop doing that.
President Obamas speech on gun control today, called for more strict background checks. This order can affect law abiding citizens more than anyone else. Unfortunately, most criminals are not buying guns through gun dealers, but rather through the black market. Great topic for debate Corie
It’s true Mary that criminals can get guns on the black market. And that’s a problem. But I think we still need to have tougher laws in place. Someone could drive a car without a driver’s license but they would be breaking the law and if caught face consequences. We need to create law aimed at protecting the majority. I know many believe imposing background checks restricts the freedom of Americans but I don’t think so.Thanks for commenting!
I’m hoping that it’s not going to back fire on us I could never shoot a gun but I’m not sure we’re not going to need a gun to defend ourselves . I think Obama is doing this to divert the real problem of letting the Arabs into the country . Sarah t
I have no problem with a gun in the hands of normal, mentally stable, peace-loving individuals. But with such lax gun laws, I’m torn.