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Fighting Horror

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May God’s Grace give the families and loved ones of the victims the strength to endure their grief and this nation the strength to do what needs to be done.

After the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shootings, I see the gun advocates jumping to their usual conclusions. There is no serious movement asking for guns to be banned. But I will freely tell you this. If taking your guns away would have prevented those babies from being killed, or prevent the next such senseless act, I would use every ounce of my being to accomplish that.

Your over-reaction says your paranoia is in full alert. We are not coming for your guns. But you might want to consider what your calls for looser and looser gun availability and carry might have wrought.

I was speaking with an Iraq veteran the other day and he assured me that most people who carry are as likely to be killed drawing their weapon as not. Few people have the training needed to react under literal gun fire. Those who keep saying an armed person on the scene (in a kindergarten classroom? Really?) would have possibly made a difference are kidding only themselves.

Now is precisely the time to think and talk about this. People sitting in safety reading and responding to a blog DO need to be made to think. Think what this tragedy is a symptom of. Even a cursory knowledge of the gun control debate knows that no matter the collateral damage the NRA has one focus and one focus only, for us to leave their guns alone.

You let me know when the NRA or VCDL spends one dime on the research to see what causes this mass violence as people decide to go out in a “blaze of glory”.

You let me know when the NRA or VCDL does one PSA that fights the gun culture and the use of guns to solve problems.

You let me know when the NRA or VCDL backs more funding for (or raises money for) mental health screenings and calls for intervention BEFORE these tragedies occur.

Like I said, if I thought banning guns, or even more restrictions on the gun would fix this problem, I would become the Carrie Nation of gun control. It is simply too late for any of those solutions to work. Facts remain facts, but closing the barn door after the stampede is pretty useless work.

1. Where there are more guns there is more homicide
2. Across high-income nations, more guns = more homicide
3. Across states, more guns = more homicide

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/hicrc/firearms-research/guns-and-death/index.html

But none of that matters now. What matters is that we fix the problem that is still causing people to “lose it” and take as many people, or children out with them as they can. I will not blame “mental illness” either, because I believe evil exists and has its own twisted reasoning that those without that bent cannot fully fathom. Serial killers and mass gunmen are quite often disturbed but it goes beyond mere mental illness. The logistics and activity involved goes beyond anyone in a psychotic state IMO. We have got to get past the idea that “big brother” is the bad guy for knowing anything about you and change the fact that seeking help is stigmatizing and often non-existent. We have big fish to fry here and it would be a blessing if the gun advocates could work WITH us to figure this out, instead of whining that we are after their guns.

“There are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives numbers (as of Aug. 1). Of those, 51,438 are retail gun stores, 7,356 are pawn shops and 61,562 are collectors, with the balance of the licenses belonging mostly to manufacturers and importers of firearms and destructive devices.

For comparison, here are some numbers of other ubiquitous elements of American life:

Gas Stations in the U.S. (2011): 143,839 (source TD LINX/Nielsen via National Associations of Convenience Stores, Association for Convenience for Convenience and Fuel Retailing)

Grocery Stores in the U.S. (2011) 36,569 (source: Food Marketing Institute)

McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. (2011): 14,098 (Source: McDonald’s Corporation Annual Report 2011)”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/08/guns-in-america-a-statistical-look/

There is no possibility of banning guns. Not hand guns, not long guns, not machine/automatic guns, not grenades, not bombs, and most assuredly not what is already in unknown hands in unknown quantities. That is a fact we all need to face. We also need to face that even if we did ban them altogether, like we do drugs, drunk driving, assault, robbery, vandalism and any other thing or activity, it will not stop this from happening.

The shooters in these situations go against everything in our human moral fiber. They chose to give in to whatever demons drive them and the only question involved is how far they will get with whatever decision they have made.

You will either choose to be part of the solution, or part of the problem.

Comments on: "Fighting Horror" (2)

  1. Okay, I have to say. I’m absolutely confused. What is your solution? You go after the gun-nuts and their whining about “taking our guns away.” But then you declare that there is “no possibility” of banning any kind of weapons. You seem to forget that there was an assault weapons ban before the swaggering little Texan lifted it.

    Since this Connecticut shooting first happened, I think you have probably been surprised at how quickly the president and others have signaled that, yes, they want to do something about it. Even the NRA’s statement, released today, I think, is remarkably calm for them.

    Isn’t it possible that you’re missing the main point here? Maybe the reality of dead bodies of first graders is finally the “tipping point,” as Sen. Schumer put it, that, yes, America will no longer tolerate a “new normal” of bi-weekly or monthly gun massacres.

    No matter how many guns there are in circulation in the country, why can’t we start walking it back? Again, I’ve read this more than once and I see no solution that you offer.

    Don’t tell people what we “can’t do” – and a lot of people will disagree with you there – what do you think we can do? You’re not offering a solution.

  2. I take your point Rick and I do support a new “assault weapons” ban, as well as a magazine size regulation but that is only a tiny percentage of the dangerous guns in circulation and in reality, no, it will not help IMO. I think it is a false sense of security and ability to tell people that such a ban will fix anything or prevent anything. A gun is a tool and we need to make that tool harder to get for people intent on harm but there are also millions upon millions of guns in circulation and they will not be confiscated or removed from society in our lifetimes. I wish I did have a solution, but I just don’t.

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