Making Houston a battleground -- for what?
by Pryce Watkins
I caught Patrick Kennedy's poignant argument against the bill to repeal the ban on assault weapons in our society. Kennedy argued from a victim's perspective that we don't need these weapons in our society. He argued that the senseless death of a loved one affects the whole family. No one knows better than the Kennedys.
He accused the framers of the "midnight bill" of catering to the National Rifle Association, and shamed them for their blatant disregard for the victims of the senseless use of the weapons.
I heard a mother of a child crippled for life in one of the senseless uses of an assault weapon challenge any congressman who was for the repeal of the ban to come spend a day with her son.
Then, I heard one of the framers of the bill heatedly defend it on the grounds of loss of liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Representative Solomon's most poignant argument was that his wife lives in upstate New York and spends five days a week alone. And she has a right to defend herself. Solomon shouted on the floor of the House that he wanted Kennedy "to never forget that fact."
I wanted to share the mental image of Mrs. Solomon up there in crime-ridden upstate New York, cleaning her house, preparing the evening meal for her husband, possibly tending her garden and feeding her chickens with an assault-style weapon strapped to her back.
Upstate New York must be under assault from elements we are unaware of here in the suburbs of Houston. I haven't seen a single housewife in my neighborhood with an assault weapon strapped to her back.
I commute to Houston about six days a week, and so far, I haven't seen one woman so afraid of her environment that she is armed with an assault weapon.
I am from a small town in Pennsylvania much like the ones in Upstate New York. Trust me, they make Nacogdoches, Lufkin or Bryan look like teeming metropolises. And, the housewives there are not wearing assault weapons either!
I get the impression Solomon and most of the other politicians in Washington, D.C., think the American people have lost their common sense just because they have.
Ah, but perhaps Solomon and his wife are part of the infamous militia movement, anticipating civil war at any moment. They must know something that we don't know here in Houston.
But then, Gov. Bush is arming the populace of Texas with handguns.
Perhaps these politicians ALL know something I don't.
Watkins is a
senior studio art major.