Can anyone Hear me Screaming?

Patricia Neve


I am crying out to all you avid anti any gun safety/gun regulation folks – NOBODY IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HANDGUNS, SHOTGUNS OR HUNTING RIFLES. 

The Supreme Court has already ruled on that…a person has the right to protect him/herself and his/her family with a firearm.  I am a gun owner.  All anyone with a lick-o’-sense wants is to make it illegal to possess weaponry that is capable of killing 30 people in 30 seconds!  Is that so terrible? 

I ask you – I implore you – I beg you to tell me why the possession of this type of weapon and/or ammunition capability is so important to you.  These weapons surely cannot be used for hunting. Such a weapon would render any game beyond the ability to be dressed and or consumed. Or are you planning to hunt something other than elk, deer, bear, etc.? 

Who or whom are you afraid of?  Is it the conspiracy of the slippery slope that would lead to the government’s ability to disarm you so it can take over as a mega-police state?  (Puh-leeeeeeze!)  Is it a macho thing?  Is it something that gives you power?  Power, over what?  Inquiring minds want to know why you need to keep a machine in your home that can kill 30 men, or 30 women, or 30 children in 30 seconds. Why?

I’m sick to death of hearing “Guns don’t kill people – People kill people.”  It may be so, but guns make it so much easier, much faster, less personal, and less messy.  All you have to do is pull a trigger – pull a trigger from across the room and, BOOM – mission accomplished.  

Is mental illness a problem?  Of course!  And something should be done about it.  Here’s something to stuff in your pipe.  Reagan defunded the Mental Health Systems Act and turned many onto the streets. Within a month, the Office of Management Budget announced it would curtail the budget of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), phase out training of clinicians, interrupt research, and eliminate services. Cutbacks to staff followed; chaos ensued. Experienced people left, others remained in government service but were forced into menial jobs. Trained professionals were reassigned to labs to dissect dead rats; science writers were reassigned to typing pools. The Mental Health Systems Act disappeared.  That, plus, the government you all hate so much protects everyone – including you – from health records being public information.  (Of course, there’s nothing wrong with you, right?  It’s everyone else.)  Do you want to change that?  Should everyone have a psychological evaluation on file?  Fine with me, but are you okay with that?

As a start, why not:

  • Stop the sale of assault weapons
  • Make it illegal to own a magazine that holds more than 5 or 10 bullets
  • Make it illegal to own more than one of the aforementioned magazines
  • Make it a felony to sell any weapon, including private and gun show sales - without a 3-day wait and an in-depth background check of the purchaser. 

What is so wrong about that?

If there is something in your personality that just cries out to fire one of these extreme weapons perhaps the local gun club can apply for a special permit to own a certain number of these weapons and magazines and make them available to members. You could fire to your heart’s content and be the man you wish to be (or think you are).

Grow up and get real.


Patricia Neve,

South Bend, Wash.