Letter: American society becoming schizophrenic over guns

Editor:

President Obama set up a special committee to solve the issue of gun regulation among the citizens. All the talk shows are debating how to solve this problem of violence on our streets. More people are buying guns, and gun manufacturers are getting richer.

The problem is not too many guns among our citizens; what is problematic is America's mission statement about how to deal with violence. Basically, American Society has become mentally unstable. How schizophrenic does America have to be before letting go its grandiose fantasy of being a great military power?

America lags far behind other developed countries in health care, education system, care of the poor, but there is one thing about which it can always brag. American is Number One in Military Might. We are proud of our military men with their guns.

The media praises our men in uniform, who carry guns and kill with guns. Everyday the U.S. Budget Office writes out another hundred thousand dollar plus check to an industry producing military airplanes, warships, armored trucks, etc. Nobody talks about how Americans bow down to all things military, but rather the media constantly praise our brave men in uniform. And all we hear is how bad it is for citizens to own a gun. Where is the reality?

Politicians are constantly telling us how we must cut federal spending on schools, elderly, sick people, prisons, and all social needs; yet no mention is made of cutting military spending. Is the military some holy place that we dare not touch, or even mention? The media is also fearful of this holy ground, seeming to skirt around any mention of our obscene military spending.

When America stops needing to be the Number One Military Force in the World, and stops idolizing gun-carrying soldiers or sailors, we may honestly face reality. A true government meets the needs of all its people, and most Americans do not care to be top Military Might in the world.

Social values and principles start at top leadership; we might call it a trickle down theory. When America's leaders show us other ways to stop violence in world affairs without the use of guns, it is reasonable that down here on the streets we common people will have a model to follow in forming our social values. We ordinary citizens need leaders to show us how to stop violent people without the use of guns.

It can only start at the top -- where the money is. How the money is spent always reveals the true social values. Stop spending money to use guns for killing people around the world. The rest of we common people are watching and learning.

Billie Jane McIntosh

Cottonwood

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