Will we continue our cowardly ways of dealing with this social disease or will this become the pivotal point where we stand up to the merchants of death in this country?
What is the message we take away from the Newtown Conn. school mass killing? When crazies do things like this, what could conceivably motivate them to take another human life and then, in a lot of cases, their own. Anger and rage are likely a part of it aimed at someone or some idea represented by those they kill. But if this is part of this insanity, how would that apply to killing children so young as 5 years old whose lives have yet to develop any ideological bent that would offend the meanest advocate of some world view?
We’ll never know. And after the shock and horror of it all subsides we will once again fail as a society to take concrete action to address the source of all this pain – easy access to weapons of destruction and their increased firepower. The zealots of 2nd amendment rights will evoke the bogus fears about how their right to own guns is being threatened and demand even greater access to such weapons. Some with the belief that this will really help deter those who would engage in such horrible actions. This falsely presumes of course that we’re dealing with rational people.
There is only one sure answer to reduce the gun violence in this country and that’s to find the courage in enough people to finally stand up to the Wayne Lapierre’s of this country and shout down the fear-mongering that declares any restraint of gun sales is somehow a slippery slope to despotism. The ardent defenders who see the 2nd amendment more than just the necessity of establishing a “well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state” have convinced too many Americans that private ownership of small arsenals of deadly weapons are truly what the founding fathers envisioned for future generations.
Human fear buys into to such nonsense too easy and it is this fear that the makers and devotees of guns promote to make sure we don’t think outside that box they have created. We see the violence on TV and it overwhelms us. Our fear allows these scenarios to explode in our mind thinking that we’re next and that only by equalizing our chances by possessing a gun or guns will allow us to sleep safer at night. It’s a myth we allow ourselves to take seriously because we are reticent to admit that we are too afraid and uncertain.
The Second Amendment does NOT guarantee the right of any and all citizens to own any and all kinds of guns. It DEMANDS, in the name of national security, that we regulate it.
NEVER let assertions of the so-called “sanctity” of the 2d Amendment bully you into thinking it guarantees unregulated weapon ownership. It does NOT. SOURCE