On a talk show last week a news reporter said that after the terrible school shooting that a poll showed a missing group known as “the middle” needs to make its wishes known. She stated that the media covers the extreme pro-gun and anti-gun activists, but not the everyday person. So where do we fit in?
Let’s throw politics out, shall we? Violence, hate, anger and mental illness have been around since the first rock was thrown. We, as a species, can be hostile, territorial and selfish. Can you think of a period in civilization that war hasn’t existed somewhere? Me neither.
When my husband went to school, it was not uncommon to see shotguns in lockers during hunting season (the ammo was left at the principal’s office). I remember driving to town and almost every pick-up truck had a gun rack in the rear window. No one freaked out, and we just went about our business.
In my high school we had race riots that spanned three decades. There were over 2,800 students, 14 percent who didn’t speak English fluently. There were teen suicides and at least one car fatality. Growing up right was a choice and not everyone made it — that was life.
Somewhere along the line things that were common and accepted became taboo and pure evil. It must have happened in the last 30 years, and I can’t pinpoint it.
Somehow a group of us got labeled as the “missing middle.” I don’t know how. I’m certainly not sitting idly by (and I hope my readers aren’t either). I am not a fanatic in either direction. I have common sense and I want people to be safe and behave and live in a society where government is for the people and not creating “fear” in the people. Maybe “we the middle” need to come up with a spokesperson and a nice logo. How about a theme song that we can sing anywhere and is catchy like the Happy song?
I’m tired of stress. I’m over being politically correct. I want to have fun and to laugh. I want to walk on the beach and breathe deep. I want electric cars and freedom from big oil. I want to eat the seafood that swims off our shores.
Repeat after me, “I pledge allegiance to keep this great country of ours free and a place to be proud of. I am sick and tired of too many rules and restrictions. We have the right to enjoy life and a right to privacy and its okay to ask for help, because at one time or another we all need it.”
Remember knowledge is power, and the 4th of July is more than a barbecue. Put down your cell phone and go outside and take a good look around. We live in a beautiful country, and it needs us now more than ever.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.