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On violence

Posted: February 12, 2013 - 6:07pm

Violence needs to be on the national agenda. Guns are only one of the tools for violence.

“... since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. There were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.” (To 2011.) (http://americanhistory.about.com/library/timelines/bltimelineuswars.htm and http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/we-re-at-war-and-we-have-been-since-1776/.)

We are annually among the top arms sellers in the world.

“Overseas weapons sales by the United States totaled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. Russia was a distant second, with $4.8 billion in deals.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/27/world/middleeast/us-foreign-arms-sales-reach-66-3-billion-in-2011.html?_r=0.)

The United States arms most dictatorships. See http://sciencenordic.com/united-states-arms-most-dictatorships.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We can be proud that we supply a massive amount of guns and other weapons to help that along.

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. Feinstein, Andrew. 2011.

There is the argument that only the unbalanced are guilty of mass slayings. What are the psychological profiles of the various and diverse people who receive our weapons all around the world?

I realize I may be angering the people who with honor and integrity served our country. (I was in the military between Korea and Vietnam.) It is not my intention to demean their service.

Big business and the wealthy benefit from the sale of arms and equipment for violence; while the common people live with wounds — physical, psychological and spiritual — if they come back at all.

Our violence and arms sales require honest self-appraisal. Where is the outrage of ministers, pastors, priests and their congregations at the hundreds of thousands of children, women and men non-combatants killed over these many years from our aggressions and our arms sales globally?

John Weber,

Longville

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