By definition Guts can refer to courage, fortitude, and determination.
Quite a few people in this country have taken to toting semi-auto weaponry in public.
Does toting those Guns in public take Guts to do so?
We’re even seeing some folks challenge Gun violence survivors to arm wrestle over the 2nd Amendment:
Does it take Guts to issue challenges like this in order to make a point….especially challenging those who’ve gone through what sane and empathetic folks can only describe as Hell?
And then there’s The Nuge:
And he’s supposed to be the ‘adult’ in the room?
But I digress.
“THAT took Guts” is a pretty common refrain folks use to describe something someone has done that goes beyond the norm. That statement is, more often than not, preceded by an expletive like:
- Good GAWD! Or,
- HOLY SHEE-IT! Or,
- GAWD DAMN! Or,
- JESUS H. CHRIST!
If you haven’t used one of these expletives, you’ve certainly given thought to doing it. You know you have! It’s been right on the tip of your tongue…more than a few times.
These expletives have something in common – they all express a reference to God, or something holy, or something Christ-like, although some of my spelling could probably be better.
The Third Commandment of the Ten Commandments says:
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
That’s kind of a problem because we’ve all taken the name of the Lord, our God, in vain even if it’s been under our breath or in our thoughts.
The name of the Lord our God is often taken in vain when triggers (no pun intended) set us off.
It might be safe to say the massacre at Sandy Hook December 14, 2012 was one of those triggers. It was for me.
I won’t share what was going through my mind when I found out what was happening that day. Suffice to say I took the Lord, our God’s, name in vain more than once but sans the ‘THAT took Guts’ missive.
Following that massacre, Wayne LaPierre of NRA notoriety had the Guts to say, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. Not long after he made that statement, the NRA came out with their National School SHIELD Program.
I initially wondered where they were going with that program.
Given LaPierre’s past reference to the right to keep and bear arms being a ‘God given right’ could that ‘right’ be stretched to include those good guys with Guns thingy in an effort to put more guns in schools?
The Background and Methodology statement at the beginning of the summary report submitted states: “This review has been conducted without any preconceived conclusions or mandate from the NRA except to determine what is needed to save young lives”.
That statement alone motivated me to read the rest of the summary because, you know, color me a bit skeptical of anything commissioned by the NRA.
My conclusion is that the recommendations put forward are not new, but they are pretty good overall.
Now, if only the NRA would concentrate their efforts on vigorously promoting their National School SHIELD Program instead of relentlessly focusing on their ‘God given right’ guns everywhere agenda we might actually see safer schools.
But once again I digress….
Where does that leave God and Guns, and how do Guts factor into the equation?
It’s a logical step for hoplophiliacs to assert it takes Guts to be a good guy with a Gun. That’s certainly true for law enforcement personnel especially in an active shooter scenario. I have a lot of trouble applying that to the general population, though.
Add in that a lot of folks who embrace God and Guns also tout having the Guts to use those Guns for whatever purpose, and we’re left with a potential ‘vigilante’ system of law enforcement.
To me, those three things – God, Guns, and Guts – are a dangerous combination for anyone to embrace.
My two cents.
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