Lately there have been different blogs and posting groups who have debated the tragedy at VT. Imagine my shock when a fellow pagan asked if the rest of the pagans in a specific group felt that it was okay for Legal Immigrants, with Legal Green cards, (Permenent Residents) to have the ability to buy guns.
It's interesting when you really stop to think it through. Over 200 years ago, we were the immigrants. The founding fathers and mothers of this country came here for a variety of reasons. When England taxed us unreasonable, when England passed laws about who could own what, say what, practice what religion, we rebelled. We were NOT citizens of this country, we'd come here looking for a new start, a new beginning, Freedom.
We won that war.
Then, we turned around and passed laws telling the Native Americans, the indigenous peoples of this land, what they could believe, what language they could speak, what they could and could not say, how they could live, what they could eat, where they were to die, how their children would be educated, oh yeah, and passed laws saying they could not own guns. They had no recourse to our laws, we made sure of that, and just to be completely sure that we would win, we then made it impossbile for them to have the tools necessary to fight back, to rebel,to have a revolution to protect their culture, their children, their religions, all the reasons we fought the Revolutionary War and all the reasons we wrote the Constitution of the United States.
Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that there should have been better safeguards in place to make sure that this mentally ill young man could not legally obtain a gun. I also realize that if he'd been totally intent on his plan, he would have just bought one illegally.
I'm tired of people reacting in fear, and I'm tired of the government using that as a means to STEAL OUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.
So, today is Earth day. This is supposed to be a day in which we all think about how we treat this planet we live on. I'd like to suggest we take it a step further.
How are we responsible to everyone, every person, every animal, every plant, within our communities?
Oh Great Spirit of our
Ancestors, I raise
my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds, and
to Mother Earth who provides
for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children
to love, to respect, and to be kind
to each other so that they may grow
with peace of mind
Let us learn to share all good things that
you provide for us on this Earth.
--------------Native American prayer
Isn't it time we tried to walk in Beauty, in Harmony, and in Balance?