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Guns and Greed

 April 20, 2023

Not a day goes by without hearing about another mass shooting, or just shootings of people who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the teenager who went to the wrong door to pick up his brother or the woman in the car that turned into the wrong driveway. In all the commentary about the need for gun control, I’ve seen no comment about the connection between guns and greed. A deadly combination.

Follow the Money

One need only ask, who profits from the sale of guns. Or follow the money.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” President and 5-star General Eisenhower said many years ago. This remains true today.

Birthday parties are no longer places of joy and celebration, but blood baths. It can be frightening to go to church on Sunday, or a rock concert, or a sporting event, or a parade, or even a grocery store. Who knows where the next shooting will take place. People blame this on guns, the vast amount of them, more than enough for every American to have one.

Who Profits from the Sale of Guns?

Behind the guns are the makers of the guns. The ones who profit from selling more and more and ever more powerful guns to a gun hungry nation. The ones who lobby congress and have so many politicians in their back pocket, afraid to ignite their ire. Those who promote fear and distrust of our neighbors, necessitating the “need” to purchase more and more guns for protection.

“In other words, the very gun violence created by lax gun laws and mass gun ownership fuels the kind of fearfulness that leads to gun ownership,” as one commentator states.

No, it isn’t just about guns, it’s about greed. If the making and selling of guns wasn’t so profitable, we wouldn’t see so many efforts to promote the sale of increasingly deadly weapons into the hands of the average citizen.

Guns and Greed

Unfortunately, guns and greed go together. Instead of pouring so much money into weapons that are killing our citizens, why not pour this money into making the lives of our people better, into health care and affordable housing? Why not? Because of greed.

Please note, I’m not saying get rid of all guns. I am saying, if it wasn’t so profitable to make guns, we wouldn’t see so much effort and money put into lobbying for laws to protect that profit.

There’s a reason why greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Greed is killing our people. When will we stop the madness?

(For more on gun control, check this article from Scientific America)

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