My heart is in Orlando.
And, I'm sorry.
I keep trying to create gunpowder art to make the world a safer place. That is my mission. Today it seems like my plan is not working.
Have I failed?
There is too much violence. Too much killing.
Do common folk really need machine guns? "Assault weapon" is too nice a word.
Can't we do something?
Years ago the government had manufacturers put governors on car engines so they cannot do unlimited speeds. Sure some people cheat, but it keeps the top end speeds down. It keeps people from dying. And well, duhhhh, we also have speed limits!
Deeper background checks. Waiting periods. No machine guns. We need a speed limit on guns.
That would work for me.
I owned and managed a couple of large businesses. When things went bad, month after month, year after year, we tried a new course. We had the courage to go another direction.
Newtown. Sandy Hook. Orlando.
I also know of a number of businesses that did not change when their businesses struggled. They stuck to their ego, they stuck to their poor plans. Their businesses are no longer here.
It takes courage. We can take on the NRA and Smith and Wesson.
We can change.
It is about our soul.
To do nothing is failure!
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist, former CEO, and author of LESS KILLING. Stick currently lives and creates explosive pop art at The Blast Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. Not limited to one medium, he works in gunpowder drawings and paintings, photography, digital art and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.