Conscious Thoughts

Conscious Thoughts: Greys Anatomy Highlighted Why I Will Never Be A Supporter Of Gun Laws

Written by Kim Knight

So it’s 2:00a.m. I’ve been on social media just before I was about to get into bed, I saw something that made me pull out my laptop and write. Just write whatever I feel in response to this Conscious Thoughts topic from way back in November 2017.  In the USA an episode of Greys Anatomy  aired, apparently, from the clip I saw it addressed a the topic gun laws and the police’s relationship with young black, Asian and minority males. As I watched the clip I asked myself again ‘will my son ever be safe in the USA?’ No, I’m not convinced. With the movie Black Panther about to be released next month, just in time for Black History month in the USA, knowing what I already know why this civil rights party formed, I look forward to the movie to raise awareness but I’m still filled with rage again. It’s not enough it’s just a movie. In my view the laws on guns in the USA need to be looked at, desperately. Supporters  of the laws need to wake up.

Now, while right wing, white, conservative Americans want to jump up and down about their  ‘constitutional rights’  to bear arms and all that jazz, what about my community and son’s right to walk the streets without the bias toward them? Or ‘him’ just because who he is? What about every mother with a son from a minority background who has to worry every time he leaves the house?  Do ethnic minority males not have ‘constitutional rights’ to be left alone, as well and not targeted?

Don’t worry right wing supporters, I hear your argument ‘protection’ ‘trespassing’ ‘this is my land’ ‘terrorists’ yeah yeah…hmm, we have all that here in Europe too. But it could be argued and even statistically proven with the number of deaths, that you don’t see the wider issue here at hand, and your ‘rights’ you advocate  are outdated and in desperate need of a revamp. What you stand for is not fit for purpose outside your bubble of ‘protection’ you hide behind.  Hey, this is not my personal view, or me making this point as an outraged member of society from across the Atlantic. Or even a mother with a son fed up of him being ‘public enemy #1’ in many people’s eyes. This is me using facts, cold hard facts … statistics will show you the law is outdated and needs to be looked at, as it ‘protects’  no one.

I see no statistics to prove this law is effective in any shape or form for your argument for gun laws and the right to bear arms freely. In fact, it could be argued (and I would like to point out it was argued back in 1966 by the Black Panthers), this constitutional right is designed to disadvantage certain folk. I have lost count of how many lives have been lost due to law enforcement who ‘protect themselves’. Against what? Unarmed black males, jezzz the law enforcement of the USA exactly what can an unarmed male do? In addition a minority male is schooled from a very young age by his peers, mother, father and community how to interact with the police as they are the enemy in the eyes of law enforcement in some respects, and must not act is certain ways to give a motive for shooting at them. But you still do it, freely, as if their lives mean nothing. My son is just four, but I have every intention of schooling him on how he must act not if, more like when  he  is randomly stopped and searched just because he fits a ‘profile’.

Also I find it interesting that it’s always assumed ‘he had a gun’ so ‘let’s shoot’ the victim or the ‘assumed’  always has the same profile, young, male, black or minority.

I’m British and in my part of the world there is no ‘constitutional right’ to bear arms against anyone. To me as a European this right seems like some kind of cop out and then pled ‘I was scared of him.’ Him being the black male you just shot dead yet again, oh please! We in Europe are doing just fine without this ‘right’ to shoot people dead. Every right wing American jumping up and down it is this ‘trigger happy’ mentality that is also allowing people to freely purchase guns, and kill innocent people like what happens all across the USA in schools and communities.

No, I will never support gun laws and ‘rights’ to bear arms to ‘protect yourself’ exactly who are you protecting yourself from? I really can’t see the good it brings.  From my side of the Atlantic all I see is bad news, people with mental health issues killing innocent people, members of my community losing lives. And statistically for the USA it has been proven that bearing arms disadvantages certain people.  It is for these reasons for me the cons outweigh the pros many see in the right to bear arms. On top of that I have never heard of a good deed  done, or life saved, or ‘protection’ with a good outcome from this right to bear arms. But most importantly my son is too important for me to support this cause.

In my view supporters of this ‘trigger happy’ right have lost sight of the damage this ‘right’ has done and will continue to do, as long as you close your mind to 1. statistical evidence 2. members of society who are disadvantaged by this ‘right’. It has been argued since 1966 and conservative, right wing America you are still not listening.

The clip I watched on social media can be viewed here.

About the author

Kim Knight

Kim is born in 1983, and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful toddler, a proud award- winning author (awarded Best Romance Novel 2017 for the novel A Stranger In France), and the editor of Conscious Talk Magazine. As a writer Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, learning about society, history and culture, fashion, drawing, make-up artistry, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make–up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.