I typed in keywords “guns” “children” “war” “images” and Google gave me more than I bargained for.
Read article Teach Your Children Well at (photo credit) Atlas Shrugs.
These Palestinian boys in the photo are playing soldier with toy guns, a result of the reality they see every day. I know a soldier who was in Afghanistan and he and his fellow soldiers were being approached by a group of people including a boy with a gun. The boy was instructed to stop repeatedly (in English and in his native language) but he did not. As he continued to approach the American soldiers, he was shot and killed in self-defense. The soldiers later realized it was a toy gun. The boy was twelve.
Earlier today I was watching more of the gun control debate on television and I thought to myself “Imagine a world without guns. Imagine a world without violence. Imagine a world where everyone is cared for, provided for or taught to provide for themselves, where everyone has physical and mental health care…”
Then I thought that those thoughts were sounding like the beginning of a potential post. Then I realized… it’s already been written.
Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us. Above us only sky.
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.
Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world.
You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.
R.I.P John Lennon
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