Most every news story about the Santa Barbara shootings from May 23,

talk about the “madman” killer.  That’s a tragic smokescreen for all of us

to hide behind.  What concerns me are the people, our political leaders,

apparently “sane,” who continue to do nothing courageous to end, and

therefore perpetuate, the wave of deaths across this nation.  According to

the Gun Violence Archive, over 4,100 people in the U.S. have died by

firearms since the beginning of 2014.  And Michael Waldman, author of

THE SECOND AMENDMENT, over the last thirty years the 2nd Amendment

has “re-surfaced” as an “individual” right rather than it’s original purpose which

was to establish an armed militia to protect a new nation.  It is time for a 21st

century re-interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.  The NRA and those they own,

like “Joe, the plumber” who posted: “..your dead child doesn’t trump my

constitutional rights…,” is a horrific example of an “insane” understand of the 2nd Amendment.

The NRA and those they own, from my city council here in Wichita to President

Obama need to learn a 21st century interpretation of constitutional law.  The

NRA and those they own, like CNN, MSNBC, and the mainstream media need

to find and include voices who articulately and calmly speak the truth about

the 2nd Amendment, how it is tragically misused and mangled, literally, to



About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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