A collage of quotes, verses, medical testimony, videos, and images in observation of the American genuflection before the most religious of symbols, the Gun (this includes rifles, bazookas, hand grenades, RPGs, and all other weapons of war thought to be perfectly legitimately used for non-military purposes in pursuit of self-defense or the overthrow of the government).

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

United States Constitution Second Amendment
Just a girl with her dog and gun (Image by klimkin from Pixabay)
A gun. A rifle. A weapon. I was twenty-one or twenty-two when I held a rifle in my hands for the first time. Pretty sure it was a .22 caliber. The memory is faint. The hunting instrument was heavier than I thought it would be. I brought it up to my eye level, fantasizing what it would feel like, smell like, and how the animal might feel as the bullet entered its body. What would it taste like after we cut it up and cooked it? With a bit of salt and pepper and maybe some gravy and potatoes. Yeah, I wondered about it.
How An AR-15 Rifle Works: Part 1, Components

New York Times. May 28, 2022. Headline. Gun in Texas Shooting Came From Company Known for Pushing Boundaries

“All firearms come with three main groups of parts. Each weapon has an action, a stock, and a barrel. These are universal truths. The action is the internal part of the weapon. Inside the action you will find all the moving parts that are used to load, shoot, and eject either shells or cartridges.”

Gun Anatomy 101: The Universal Parts of a Gun-
How An AR-15 Rifle Works: Part 1, Components
I was hunting for food. For sport. Self Defense from them. Crime Control. 

Washington Post. May 28, 2022. Headline. Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust.

National Public Radio. May 29, 2022. Headline. School Shooters: Understanding their path to violence is key to prevention.

National Public Radio. May 29, 2022. Headline. School Shooters: Understanding their path to violence is key to prevention.

Top 10 Movie Shootouts of All Time
I’ve seen police raise their guns to detain a person. An off-duty police officer left a .38 in a holster in a bathroom. I found it while I was cleaning. I was afraid to touch it. It was heavier than I imagined it would be. Fear gripped me. But, I enjoy a war film—an action thriller. Murderous path to excitement, my eyes transfixed, and the rush of blood through my veins. Yeah, it’s pretty cool in America.
Just a boy with his gun (Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay)

CNN. May 29, 20022. Headline. ‘These are our children.’ 80 minutes of horror at Robb Elementary School

“When bullets enter a human body, they don’t just pierce tissue, they shatter bones and dislocate limbs.”

PBS NewsHour. February 17, 2018. What a bullet does to a human body.
Hollow Point Bullet Through Gelatine
Video games are not my thing. I’ve played a few. You know the kind where you stand in front of a screen with a fake gun or rifle or machine gun and you fire incessantly hoping, praying really, to hit, kill, as many images created by coders to look as real as possible so you can feel a thrill, a sense of mission accomplished. Yes, I know it’s not real but I wonder what it would be like to feel that sense of power. 
Top 10 Most Violent Video Games

“Typical entrance wounds are ordinarily round in shape with a circumferential margin of abrasion surrounding the defect produced by the bullet (Figure 1, A and B).4 The margin of abrasion is a scraping or scuffing of the skin caused by the bullet as it pushes inward. The margin of abrasion may be concentric or eccentric. When a bullet penetrates the skin nose on, it produces a concentric margin of abrasion—that is, a ring of scraped skin of uniform thickness—because it enters perpendicular to the skin. When the nose of a bullet penetrates the skin at an angle, it produces an eccentric margin of abrasion, that is, a ring that is thicker in 1 area. The thick area of an eccentric margin of abrasion indicates the direction from which the bullet came. In addition, the thicker the margin the shallower the angle of the bullet was as it struck the skin.”

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. September 01, 2006- Practical Pathology of Gunshot Wounds.
We see what we want to see so we can feel and think better about the world around us. To be safe from those whom we fear, sometimes hate, oppress, to allow ourselves saving grace. 
Buffalo Shooting Eyewitness: “It’s not the gun. It’s the person with the gun…”
A boy with a gun kills. Shoots boys and girls dead. We are all a little dead inside. 

Author: Antonio Pedro Ruiz

Antonio Ruiz is an ex-junkie-alcoholic, former seminarian, one-time radio host-producer, past community organizer, continuing to be a media advocate, retired television reporter, ex-commission executive director, once a street vendor of jewelry and gloves, waitron (waiter to you), a former bartender who drank too much on the job, an ex-motorcycle courier who learned to ride a bike just for the job, ex-airport shuttle driver, former Entertainment news director-producer, the best time of my life, one-time live TV events red carpet producer-executive producer, ex-small business consultant, ex-youth media and journalism mentor, and now a college student who also has been married three times (thirds the charm), and just couldn't help living with two other women because well, that's part of my story.

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