By AATTP Guest Contributor Single Mother Goddess
Now that the US Senate has dropped the bill to ban assault weapons, Republicans
can feel safe again placing the blame for gun violence back onto those they deem to
be the real criminals at large – single mothers and the children we raise.
Rather than take away weapons of mass destruction, i.e. fully or semiautomatic
firearms, Conservative pro-gun enthusiasts believe the best solution to the epidemic
of gun violence in American is to arm “good” people so that they are able to defend
themselves against all the “bad” people, i.e. children of single mothers.
When the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights was written (ca 1789) I’m sure
Congress did not envision guns so outrageous as SIG Pro pistols or AK 47’s to be
readily available for any average nut-ball citizen to wipe out a school full of children
with. Besides, when innocent casualties from assault weapons far outweigh the
excuses of improbable home invaders or Hitler-like-police-state-dictators, it seems
that the common-sense thing to do would be to take away those things causing the
most harm today in the real world, i.e. guns.
But we’re not dealing with common sense people capable of thinking realistically
are we? Republican right-wingnuts would rather divert the attention away from
assault weapons and onto those they believe to be the real cause of crime in the
country, namely single mothers.
Guns don’t kill people – single mothers kill people!
Take the deplorable Ann Coulter for example. In her book “Guilt: Liberal “Victims”
and Their Assault on America” she devotes an entire chapter on how the majority
of society’s ills are caused by single mothers. She feels that the media glorifies and
exalts single motherhood, but instead should persecute them for producing 70% of
all teenage runaways, 70% of all inmates and pretty much all of societies problems
in the country.
However much to Ms Coulter’s disagreement I’m sure, I believe that “if life gives you
lemons, make lemonade.” We should give praise to single mothers – true heroes
willing to put aside their own dreams and differences in order to follow through
with their choices to raise their children no matter what obstacles are in front of
them. Unfortunately though, the only way single mothers can do that in America
(when left to fend for themselves in an egocentric every-man-for-himself society) is
to ask for help and depend on the kindness and aide of people around them.
But rather than be proactive in finding a solution to the growing use of assault
weapons in the hands of criminals, Ann Coulter and most of her Republican
Conservative constituents, prefer to point fingers and quote statistics about single
mothers and how they are the reasons behind all the violence today.
Yes single motherhood is on the rise, and yes for a number of very pertinent and
logical reasons single mother run families do struggle more with poverty and balancing their responsibilities than two-parent families. But scolding or ridiculing them while continuously blaming them for the majority of crimes in the country is not going to help anything.
Why not be proactive in trying to find reasonable, realistic solutions to both the
assault weapon epidemic AND the state of single-family households? Why not place
less emphasis on single mothers and more accountability on the half-assed, lazy
fathers out there incapable of following through with their commitments by doing
I say we kill two birds with one stone; let’s take all the assault rifles and all the
deadbeat, runaway, less than capable fathers, and stick them together on a deserted
island? Perhaps then we will see some improvements in violence and the rate of
single mother families.
All jokes aside, the fact is times are changing. Marriage and staying married is not
as sacred as it used to be. The face of the ‘nuclear’ family is evolving. So rather than
trying to contain or alter evolution, why don’t we open our minds and expand on the
possibilities and situations popping up all around us?
Today more and more affluent women are coming to terms with the fact that a
large majority of able men are just not capable of putting aside their own selfish
needs, or making the necessary commitments to being in a full-time family unit.
Unfortunately Mother Nature and women’s biological clocks dictate a certain
amount of urgency and limitations where our capabilities to bare children are
concerned. And now with all the advancements in science and reproductive
services, independent women are choosing to forgo waiting for a ‘suitable partner’
by having or adopting children on their own.
Like it or not, it’s happening. We can either jump on board and adjust things
accordingly, or continue to flounder and chase our own tails along with idiot bible
thumping Republicans like Wisconsin’s State Senator Glenn Grothman and State
Representative Donald Pridemore who tried to pass Senate Bill 507 stating that
single parents were a “contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
In as selfish a country as the United States, which advocates the pursuit of personal
happiness and independence above collective goals or interests, it is virtually
impossible for any single mother to break free of the chains holding them down. A
recent cross-national comparison of single parenthood families in the U.S and 16
other high-income countries, found that single parent families in the United States
are the worse off than any of the 16 other countries studied.
It’s true that child poverty and it’s connection to single mother families is at an
all-time high, but considering that the US has the highest rate of no health care
coverage, the worst income support system, and the longest wait times for early
childhood education to begin, it’s no wonder the child poverty rate for single mother
families is 29.9% (versus 6.2% for married couple families living in poverty).
And so you see, it’s a vicious cycle. Blaming single mothers for raising criminals who
use assault weapons ‘inappropriately’, while refusing to admit that the weapons
themselves are the cause of so much carnage and death won’t get us anywhere.
Who did what to whom is not the issue here – you can’t have your cake and eat it to
in this situation…there are too many innocent lives at stake.
Fully and/or semi-automatic guns are capable of killing massive amounts of people
in a short amount of time, regardless who is pulling the trigger.
Whether you feel you need one to protect yourself from the single-mother-raised
criminal about to break into your home, or to rob a bank because your (single)
mother has lost her job and you have no food on the table, it really doesn’t matter.
If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Christian, a Muslim, in a gay marriage,
a straight marriage, a single mother household or a two-parent nuclear
household…when you’re staring down the barrel of a fully automatic AK 47 and
you’re about to be torn apart by 100 rounds per minute – how much money you
have, what your religion is, who you love or whether you were raised by one or two
parents won’t matter at all – in the end it’s all about the guns.
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