Thank you for the birthday wishes. Although I’m a year older, and I know that I can’t stop time, I’m choosing to ignore it. I have stopped wearing a watch. At last week’s Farmers Market, I bought a copper bracelet. It is a watch of sorts. Sort of SteamPunk. It has tons of gears, but no drive mechanism. It’s the perfect watch for an older woman.
Another Fourth of July is winding down in rural Colorado. Interspersing the horses and the horsemanship on display in Westcliffe, two units didn’t actually march; rather, they strolled and waved and called out to those lining the street.
The Southern Colorado Patriots had their fans as did the Open Carry Guitar Band. The patriots were armed with a variety of weapons. The guitar band was armed as well: some played real guitars / others approximated playing an instrument. Adherents of our Second Amendment, that grants the Right to Bear Arms, had their day in the sun as did those who oppose them. The day passed without incident, and the general mood was lighter than in past, more contentious years. Given that I can’t do militancy, the improved mood gave me hope.
I don’t begrudge the rights of those who choose to bear arms, but I must say that my heart seizes when I see children with guns. Do these children have the maturity to understand the Second Amendment and Colorado’s Open Carry laws? Do these children realize that guns are not toys, but lethal weapons? Do they know that guns are not the solution – more often they are the problem? If another child on the playground gives them grief, do they think of the gun that is handy at home?
Bill Rhodes, a good friend of many years, has always said that if armies around the world would only accept recruits of 35 years of age or older, there would be no wars. I love this notion. 35 years of age – the Age of Reason.
What would I like to see in next year’s parade? I can accept adults marching with guns; I cannot accept armed children skipping alongside their parents. Next year, might we restrict children with guns from marching?
Moving on… all in all, in these times of increasing uncivil discourse, it was uplifting to see opponents on both sides of the gun debate adopting a ‘live and let live’ frame of mind.