No seriously, why bother?
We're being told that if someone wants to get guns, to hurt people there is NOTHING you or the government can do to prevent it. One can reasonably ask then, why bother with anything we do?
Why bother locking our homes?
If someone really wanted to get in, that lock/deadbolt won't stop them.
Why bother locking our cars?
If someone really wanted to steal it, it would be gone.
If your an abused wife, why bother leaving the relationship?
He'll find you.
Why bother with metal detectors at the airport, court houses and the like?
etc. etc. etc.
But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening."Using the metric now being given to us by the NRA, and their puppet Republicans, if someone really wants to do something bad to you, your family, your property THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP THEM.
- Mitt Romney
So why do we do half of the things we do to protect ourselves, our families and our property?
It's all as meaningless and in the end as much a waste of time as banning assault rifles, clips/mazaines of more than 11 rounds.
We are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for car alarms, home security systems, bike locks, door locks, employing guards, putting in metal dectors, moving to gated communities etc. etc. etc. and it doesn't mean anything . . . no matter what you do, if someone else wants it . . .
. . . they'll get it.
Back in 1980 I bought a brand new blue 10 speed bike, a coveted one with name "Peugeot."
I took great care of my bike. Locking in a friends garage when during high school, then taking it in with me to work at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (old campus). When it came time to attend college/university and I had to leave my bike locked outside in the bike racks, I did something unheard of at the time.
I bought two locks. A newly on the market Kryptonite Lock for the frame and a heavy duty cable, with strong key lock for the wheels (woven through the frame). My theory was: "if they wanted my bike, they were at least going to work for it."
Bikes around mine were stolen, mine was not.
Silly me though. I thought it was because I placed enough hurdles in front to make it less appealing . . . but I guess in reality it was because no one wanted my (highly sought after) bike. Because as I am learning now, nothing, NOTHING, I did prevented my bike from being stolen.
Why did I bother? I could have saved myself a few hundred dollars. And I'd have extra space in my garage some 30 years later.
. . . And if someone wants to hurt you . . .
And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’tWhy did I bother leaving my 1st husband 26 years ago, after his physical abuse and trying to kill me. Why did I even waste my time going into hiding? Or separating with my kids for a time, to keep them safer? Why did I bother with a restraining order, filing police reports, pressing charges (finally) . . . why did I bother doing all that?
I should have just let him pull me from the car and throw me into oncoming traffic, instead of fighting him. I should have just followed countless other women into death, before laws were changed to recognize spousal abuse as a real crime.
because he really wanted to hurt/kill me, and there was nothing I could do to stop him . . . . . .