We are a nation of followers, not leaders. We make our decisions by what information we are fed, and how it is presented. We sometimes declare our allegiance to an idea that would normally be opposite to our beliefs.
The reason I say this is because of the gun control debate. People are being fed information that is contrary to common sense, and they end up repeating it, and further expounding on it. Whoever made up the story that "the government is going to take your guns" must be smiling right now. The paranoid oddballs that believe this are frothing at the mouth over it. As time goes by, more and more "facts" get attached to the story. Soon, it becomes the gospel truth, and the believers, fraught with fear, buy and hoard guns and ammunition. Of course, this creates a windfall for gun shops, and gun and ammunition makers. At over $1K a pop, every assault rifle purchased makes the smile on these opportunists larger.
The manufacturers have paid the NRA to do their bidding, by forcing congress to pass laws to promote gun buying through....bull! The "Stand Your Ground laws they passed are just an example. You can shoot people that appear threatening to you, and get away with it. The only way to be safe, is for everyone to be armed, and to shoot anyone who shoots first. What a circus! What could possibly go wrong with such a plan? The death tolls from these incidents would go through the roof, with wanna-be Rambos whipping out their guns and shooting in the direction of the gunfire. How many innocent people would be hit by bullets?
Sadly, the bull machine has been working overtime on this one, but this is far from the first heap of flung dung!
Remember the Iraq "war"? How a simple lie to start an invasion, blossomed into trillions of dollars being wasted? Billions went to the companies that make the weapons, and other gear of war, with additional billions for other companies to clean up the mess we made. Remember how it started? Bin Laden took credit for the carnage that was 9\11, and fled to Pakistan. Instead of chasing him down and extracting justice, the US began a huge effort to promote the invasion of Iraq. After all, there isn't much profit in capturing a terrorist, but a good old fashioned "war" means profits aplenty! Never mind that the Bin Laden family happened to be business partners with the President's family. Never mind that the vice-President's former company would reap billions in profits by being selected to provide ground services for the troops. The manure was flying faster and faster as we geared up for an invasion. Some people questioned the rhetoric and the actions, and were promptly chastised as being Communists, or sympathizers. When France saw through this charade and said "no" to joining our invasion, we heard that they were cowards, afraid to help out the US. Remember how we were taught to have so much disdain for their "cowardice" that we no longer used the words "French Fries", instead we called them "Freedom Fries"! Freedom from what?
Tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children died, and thousands of our own troops were killed due to this complete and utter lie!
Now our cowardly lawmakers are pushing to have armed citizens in our schools, armed teachers, even armed custodians! Imagine sending your child to what's being run like an interment camp. "Duck and cover kids, because Mr. Jenkins is having a bad day"! The crack of gunfire as all the armed "grownups" fire back wildly, without any idea who the actual shooter is.
It's time we cut through the crap, learned the facts ourselves, without any of the pure bull we're being handed, and brought the country back to sanity.
I'm in the mood for some french fries...........!