After 20 children and six adults died
in Newtown, Connecticut, we all are standing in shock and wondering
what we, as a society, are going to do to stop these insane attacks
on innocent people.
There is a lot of talk about gun laws,
and on that subject there are a 1,000 ways to look at it. The
Constitutional argument is really not a valid one unless those folks
want to talk about everyone having muskets and they are going to join
an official militia.
Frankly, I have two guns. I have a .22
caliber rifle and a 9 mm pistol. I have had the .22 caliber since I
was a kid. It does not bother me to tell law enforcement I have the
guns and register them. The 9 mm is registered. I bought the pistol
when a local nut case told me he could blowup the newspaper just like
the terrorist did in Oklahoma. I have never shot that pistol in the
15 years I have owned it.
I have never figured out why the NRA
does not propose its own plan to stop or curtail killing with guns.
Doing that now will be none too soon. If nothing else, they could
encourage the strict enforcement of the laws currently on the books.
An idiot speaking for NRA went on television last Monday and said we
should give all the teachers guns. Right, now teachers have to be
Rambo too?That should draw an interesting crowd of educators.
Better background checks before a
dealer or individual can sell certain types of guns and the equipment
to go with those guns would be a start. Gun shows need tighter
controls. People are going out in the parking lot and selling weapons
not permitted to be sold inside the shows.
Yes, one can kill with any type gun
but the last three mass shootings were committed with an AR 15
assault rifle as part of the arsenal. Gosh, do think there might be a
Another issue no one wants to talk
about is the nation's failure to deal with the mentally ill. ACLU
lawyers, and other groups, want to talk about the rights of the
mentally ill but they never seem to get around to talking about my
right to be protected from the mentally ill who are considered
dangerous. I agree this is one area in which lines could be crossed
from which people could never recover. Something has to be done. The
fellow who shot and killed 16 people in a Colorado theater had given
multiple people indications that he was off the chart in relation to
his mental health. Nothing was reported in a way that would have
taken him off the street.
Why did the people working with him
not say anything? Could it be because they could eventually be the
victim? Could they be in danger of a lawsuit, loss of job, and
professional reputation, and thus, have too much at stake to take
There are at least three problems
here. Are we, as a nation, going to allow our representatives to do
nothing because they do not want to face powerful lobbyist? We, the
people, need to be the most powerful lobby they face. Demand courage
and a job well done from those elected to represent us.
They applied for the job, now they
need to do it.