Dear Whoever – Ban the gun

She's young, she's innocent, she's growing up in our dirty old world. And she's wondering what the hell is going on.
This is how the world looks through the eyes of a child.

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Dear Whoever,

I’m praying to you but I don’t know who you are. My grandparents used to pray to God, but now lots of people say there is no such person and anyone who’s religious is just imagining it. And other people say there is, but not the one that Christians call God, the one who had a son called Jesus. They have other names for their god. Whatever, this is what’s on my mind this week.

How about banning guns completely, all over the world, for everybody? So no one can ever be killed by a bullet again. If I ever become a person of influence, like a politician, that is going to be part of my manifesto.

It might sound like a crazy idea, but it could be done. Look at chemical weapons: when the world leaders decided they were too dirty even for war, they were banned and although you hear about them being used occasionally by armies of governments who think the world’s not going to notice, by and large they are gone.

Look at war crimes in general. It might seem like war is an anything-goes kind of thing, but rules were eventually drawn up and although it is impossible to really make sure everyone is playing by them, at least people know that if they don’t, they are going to be international pariahs.

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The gun is an especially controversial subject in the US, where there always seems to be somebody running amok, at the end of their tether and determined to kill a few people and then kill themselves. You would think it was just common sense to ban firearms altogether, and I think most Americans would agree, but there is a group there who are dead against it. They say the right to bear arms is in the constitution, and they use that fact – the precious nature of their constitution – to silence those who see sense.

I can only presume they think that if they as an individual don’t have a gun, they are immediately weaker than somebody who does have one. And that would be true, obviously. But if nobody had one – nobody in the world – then no one could harm them with one.

It’s so simple I’m amazed I have never heard the idea being proposed before.

But yes, I know there is a word that people throw at people like me: naïve. It’s a funny word, isn’t it? Funny looking, because it’s supposed to have two little dots over the i, and it just looks wrong. And what it means is sort of pathetically, cluelessly out of touch with the big bad world.

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I’m naïve because I’m young and have lived a sheltered life. If I was a teenage prostitute with an absent father and a mother out of her mind on drugs all the time, then I wouldn’t be naïve.

Well I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I am, and so is everybody my age that I know. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we were all naïve? I suppose that would take us back to the Garden of Eden, before Adam and Eve discovered what my Mum calls hanky panky. And for us to be back in that innocent state is what you, Whoever, wanted all along.

It’s a complicated issue, I know, and it will probably never happen. But that’s only probably. Not definitely.

So how about that? Think you could swing it?

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