part Mommy blog, part angry feminist rant. Part food blog, part personal atheist manifesto. My musings as I come to terms with a failed adoption attempt and living in one of the world's most misogynist societies.
the thing is, I believe (and it's simply MINE), that America HAS to
have an enemy. Whether it's the Russian about to nuke them, or the North
Koreans or the Cubans or the Iranians or the Muslims. On an individual
level, it's the 'whackjobs in my city" or "the black gangs" or some
other "OTHER" that is out to get you. Look at the development of James
Bond movies (yes, I KNOW he's British!). When the Cold War ended, it was
the Koreans. Or the Colombians. It's JB's 'thing" to save the
Superpowers (i.e Britain and the US ) from "them", whoever they are
perceived to be at any one given historical moment. SMERSH, or drug
cartels, or whomever.So maybe it's like that for the citizens of
America? Maybe they've grown up on an insidious diet of "They're coming
to get us", from earliest colonization, thru the Wild West days, via
9/11. Maybe they've been sold the lie that they actually do NEED all
this weaponry? It's the reds under the beds mentality, perpetrated by
whom? I don't know. Maybe the governments? Maybe the media?
that's what I am struggling with, and is the root of my questions,
which clearly appear un-informed and US-phobic to some. Australia had
the same mentality during WWII when the Japanese really were coming to
get us, but since then, we've had no fear of some imminent bomb to
descend on us, fired by some distant enemy. Hell yes, we got involved in
George Dubba Ya's fights, but even post 9/11 there was no imminent
sense that we all had to arm ourselves against some possible invasion by
"the enemy". I'm sure we have doomsday preppers in OZ, but we sure as
shit don't have a 'reality' show about it.
Of course we worry
about home invasions and our houses being broken into and our kids being
raped in their beds. That shit goes down every day in Aus. What we
don't have is the social/communal mentality that we must keep a gun in
the house "just in case". Some of us might keep a baseball bat by the
bed, or an hickory axe handle by the door, but there is no pervasive
"They're coming to kill our women and take our precious metals"
The Australian government talks a lot, at the
moment about illegal refugees and "our borders being overrun", and yet,
there is no sense that we all have to race out and buy a gun, to protect
ourselves from these faceless hoards.
300 million guns in
America? Honestly, when I was growing up I didn't know ONE SINGLE FAMILY
THAT HAD A WEAPON FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION. Not one. Maybe some did and I
didn't know about it. Maybe some Dads had rifles in the cupboard for
hunting. The point I'm making is that before the gun laws changed in 96,
I didn't know ANYONE who had a gun, hand gun or otherwise simply to
protect "me and mine".
How many Americans of my age can say that?
When I was in Chicago earlier this year, I was approached by a scary guy on the street. He rode past me on a bike and said "Hey baby, what's your name". I gave him a kinda "Pfft, whatever" look and the next thing I know he'd got off the bike and was coming towards me saying "What? You're not going to tell me your name".
It never ONCE dawned on me that he might be armed. It never once dawned on me that I should have bought a handgun to have in my purse. All I could think of to do was to get back into the restaurant, with my friends and "arm" myself with the safety of numbers.
I told him to "Fuck off" as I side-stepped him and went back into the restaurant, never even considering he'd shoot me. Attack me with his bare hands? Yes. Call for his mates and drag me somewhere? Yes.
Follow me into the restaurant and shoot the place up?
It's simply NOT how Australians think. Guns, even when we're standing on our own, in a street in downtown Chicago, are not what we reach for- physically and intellectually- as a first resort.
So all this personal safety thing? Imma not smack talking America about
it. I simply don't understand it. Really? It seems that most of you
live in a perpetual state of fear that "someone" is coming to get you
and you better be armed, just in case.