Ann Wright Gun Violence

Does America Stand for Guns or for Sanity?

Ann Wright at rally in Houston.

By Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright / Popular Resistance

On Memorial Day where our country honors its wars and its war dead, it seems to me that too many in our country have adopted a new pledge of allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the guns of the United States

Of America and to the gun lobbies for which it stands,

A divided nation under guns, easily divisible, with liberty and justice for those with guns!

I changed my flight back home to Hawai’i so I could be at the protest of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Houston on Friday, May 27 following the mass murder of 19 kids and 2 teachers at the Uvalde, Texas elementary school earlier in the week.

The NRA callously refused to postpone its annual gun-selling convention in Houston despite the call for the organization to stand down in wake of yet another mass killing, the third in a period of three weeks with ten killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York and one person killed and five wounded in shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, California.  

Thousands of angry people of all ages jammed into Discovery Park across the street from the massive George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston.

Before I left my sister’s home for downtown, she warned me, “Remember where you are.  This is Texas and anyone can carry a gun—and they won’t like what you are doing.”

Well, the gun carriers were across the street inside the convention center.  Very few came out of the convention to face the thousands who were challenging their dangerous organization.  

The crowd challenging the NRA and gun violence was loud but peaceful.  The signs people carried hit home on the senseless murders committed by people who were allowed to buy weapons.  

In Texas any 18-year-old can purchase an assault rifle and all the ammunition they want as did the 18-year-old who murdered 19 kids and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week.

As the Texas Governor Greg Abbot and Texas Senator Ted Cruz tried to dodge answering the fact that guns kill people but instead blamed murders on mental health alone, the signs in the crowd in Houston in front of the NRA convention took on the lawmakers and politicians in Texas and around the country who are paid off by the gun lobby to kill any proposed gun control legislation.

Interestingly, former President Trump seems to like the gun-toting Second Amendment except when the killer guns are near him as his NRA admirers were required to check their weapons at Trump’s assembly door.

It’s time again to put pressure on our lawmakers to carry gun control legislation and make the 2022 midterm elections a one issue election- on gun controls. 

As a minimum, requiring background checks before the purchase of weapons, a federal age limit of 21 years before one can purchase a gun, banning assault weapons and red-flagging persons with mental and/or security issues. 

Time to end the allegiance of too many in our country to guns and violence and to begin to walk a path of sanity toward our own personal and national security.

Ann Wright

Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserve and retired as a Colonel.  She was also a U.S. diplomat and served in US Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.  She resigned from the US government in March 2003 in opposition to the US war on Iraq. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”

14 comments

  1. I wasn’t aware that America stood for anything, other then greed of course….

  2. Of course America stands for guns. Need you ask? They’re killing each other in Ukraine right now because America stands for guns. With guns the Americans sent them. And are sending. And will send.

    This is the elephant in the room: America is NOT a ‘nation’. America is a ‘Company’. A business. Actually a collection of them, of course, but we can say ‘a business’.

    And it is in the business of selling guns and promoting warfare. With a side business of drug.

    The ‘leaders’ and the directions and actions that ‘leadership’ take appear to be totally insane to an observer. Irrational to the nth degree. Witness the covid fantasy.

    And from the point of view of the expected actions of a government of a country, concerned with the interests of its people, striving to build a happy and prosperous and good nation with good relationships with all other nations – it is insane, it just doesn’t fit, it is incredibly wrong.

    But how could all those people ‘at the top’ all be ‘insane’ ? That’s an insane idea in itself.

    Well they are not insane. They are very sane, very rational. But they are not ‘in the business’ of leading a nation. They are ‘in the business’ of ‘business’ and their business is : guns. and drugs.

    Accordingly they are currently congratulating themselves for a sterling performance in this last two coming up three years. They have profited like never before. They have rescued an ailing drug industry and built new paths and new protocols that will guarantee future major success and now they have segued into giving the arms industry a major boost with avenues of future expansion opening all the time…

    They are businessmen, not humanitarians, they are CEO’s not ‘leaders’, they are profit takers, not givers of good things.

    Is the USA for guns or sanity? It is for guns. And for the people who run America, being in business, that IS sanity.

    Get with it and you can have a slice of the profits I guess.

    1. President Calvin Coolidge said it “The business of America is business”, in 1925 (the gilded age).

  3. Such horseshit here from Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright with her fat pension check from her pro mega-gun toting days for Uncle Sam.

    Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Jews’ murder of RAZAN AL-NAJJAR, whom I remember as “Nurse Beautiful”.

    Three weeks ago from today, on 11 May, the Yids shot to death SHIREEN ABU AKLEH, the outstanding American journalist in Palestine.

    Everybody knows already: “First justice, then peace” right?

    That means revolution here in the USA and in all of our puppet statelets. All living U.S. Presidents, the unanimous Senate, 97+% of the House, all 50 state Governors, Sulzberger the Heirhead and only the Devil knows how many other high mucky-mucks deserve to hang for war crimes. AFTOC = “After a Fair Trial, Of Course”.

    BTW was the Uvalde shooter brought to us by NTPX “the Nutso Targetting Project X”? Perfect time and location for CABAT [the “Cabal Above Biden And Trump”], that’s Kneeling Joe and רמת טראמפ , of course, you’ll excuse my Hebrew. Or Else.

    Absolutely everybody except a tiny naked minority of the Jains is “pro-gun”. Col. Wright and the rest of the limousine liberals are just anti-civilian. Only the heroes of My Lai, Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Fallujah etc etc should have guns, right?

    1. Ann Wright ditched careerism in 2003 when she resigned in protest from the State Department. She was in her early 50s and could have served for quite a while accruing both benefits and standing. She opposed the Iraq War and other interventions. She says 9/11 doesn’t pass the smell test. She has protested Israeli brutality and dispossession of Palestinians. She was speaking out against Ukraine policy as early as 2014. She opposes nuclear weapons and has been arrested in a slew of demonstrative protest actions. By participating in a pro-Palestinian flotilla that was boarded and mistreated she risked her life. To call her a horseshitter and gun-toter is celebrating ignorance. She’s 75 years old, and being in that age range I can witness that nothing comes easy in the October of life. But old Ann was out there in Dallas deploring the gunshow (NRA) and toxic masculinity. I admire Ann Wright and think her comfortable retirement in Hawaii is well-deserved. Imagine if there were no pensions (or Social Security) what a burden and horror the elderly would be (like the homeless/unhoused). I and she both paid in, and I am not jealous of her check , which admittedly is much larger than mine. It only confers greater responsibility .

  4. NRA has little PR sense and they showed their asses to those of us who care about this issue. Kids like that 18 yr old are searched for and harvested to do such things, in my conspiracy theory thinking. How else could an 18 yr old fast food wage earner have $4000 to buy guns? If he got a loan, who co-signed on it. I hope someone follows up on the money trail. Sure, it may be a dead end, but we don’t know that until some brave soul digs deeper. Used to be journalists who did that, but since they’ve suicided some of them like Gary Webb with two, not one shot to the head, journalists are about as brave as the police officials in Uvalde.

  5. Perhaps the NRA should be declared a terrorist organisation.

  6. (1) Gun control has to be like motor vehicle control. Guns as well as cars, trucks, planes are all dangerous unless operated by a competent person. Title, register, and insure every gun, and license every gun user who must pass a competency test and background check. Enforce.

    (2) There are grotesque, demonic, violence and torture-as-fun video games that should be heavily boycotted and ideally banned. These are influential. Media is powerful in influence, as the mega-billion dollar advertising industry knows full well.

    (3) The massive grotesque military budget and war-mongering of the U.S. has a role in the ethos of violence in America.

  7. The U.S. is a very violent country, far more than any other wealthy country. Cops are violent, civilians are violent, and there are more guns than people. What could go wrong?

  8. All old people should remember that in the 1950s there were no mass shootings, school shootings, or, record breaking shootings.
    Our allegiance is to profits and money – guns, war, violence – is the result of lust and greed for money and profits.
    Over the decades, gun manufacturers, weapons industry, and war machines provide huge and obscene profits.
    These excess profits fund our politi-tudes and pressi-tudes to promote gun ownership and our powerful M I complex.

    Our economy would be drastically hampered without our gun culture and business of war.
    Innocent folks and kids that are killed is collateral damage/ friendly fire…..
    Just ask GOP.

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