Another shooting tragedy has hit the nation. As always, this will reignite a bitter debate on gun control that will soon peter out again. One side advocates for personal freedoms, the other public safety. Neither is prepared to compromise, so nothing will ever change.
I have never liked guns. No matter what else they may be, they have always struck me as implements of death. They make killing easy – a sport. When a man can end a dozen lives in a few minutes, maybe it’s time to look at what we’ve created and ask whether it’s necessary.
The shooter was armed with multiple weapons, including an assault rifle capable of holding up to 100 rounds. He could fire 50-60 rounds per minute. Over the past 60 days, he purchased four guns and 6000 rounds of ammunition.
I’m aware people want guns for hunting and self-defense. But this level of weaponry is not applicable for either. No one machine guns deer into oblivion. These weapons are made for one thing and one thing only: to kill large amounts of people very quickly. There should be no reason for the general public to have them.
I have seen people say that if the moviegoers had been armed, one of them would have killed the shooter. Neer in a situation like this has that actually happened. The shooting didn’t last that long. Unless someone had their gun in their lap, loaded and with the safety off, they would have been hard pressed to react in time. That’s ignoring the freezing effect shock often has. More guns do not prevent gun deaths.
I don’t know what to suggest that hasn’t already been suggested and dismissed. We could monitor weapon and ammunition purchases to make sure no one is stockpiling arms, but people would probably resent that. We could stop making mass-slaughter weapons available to the public, but killers would get their hands on other deadly things. (And we can’t trample the God-given constitutional right to have an AK-47 in the basement, right?) Those steps might help if they were taken. At the end of the day, though, we will have disasters like this as long as we have people. It’s not the fault of video games or poor parenting or a curse from God. Some people are just terrible. All we can do is try to keep them from hurting others.
(You might find this article amusing… or depressing. http://www.theonion.com/articles/nra-sets-1000-killed-in-school-shooting-as-amount,28352/ )