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Tragedy and the Question of Timing December 17, 2012

Filed under: In the News — katblogger @ 4:23 PM
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We all know what happened last Friday, so I won’t go into details. Suffice it to say that it hit me – as it hit most people – very hard. I have grown up in a world where tragedies like this have become increasingly common. I do not plan on having children, but I would like the children of my friends and younger family members to grow up in a better world than this. To do so, we need a change.

I posted an admittedly vague and angry call for change on my Facebook page and was almost immediately chastised for my temerity. Political posturing – if that was what my desire for a safer world was – has no place after a tragedy. I was placing a soapbox upon the bodies of the dead, and that was beyond wrong – it was sickening. I should go sit in a corner and think about what I had done.

If a plague leveled a city, we would immediately search for a cure. If a plane crashed killing everyone on board, we would try to figure out what went wrong and fix it. It is only with incidents involving guns – or so it seems to me – that we are told it’s too soon to talk about gun control. But you know what? It’s not.

It is far, far too late.

Whenever people I know call for gun control, people jump to the conclusion that we want to take all guns away. Proponents of regulations are told that ‘only criminals will have guns’ and ‘we have rights’ and ‘it’s people, not the guns’.

We are not taking your toys away.

Although I would love to live in a nation where guns did not exist, I understand that is an impossible dream. However, there is no need – NONE – for civilians to get their hands on assault rifles, guns that shoot rounds faster than I can blink, or bullets that tear their victims apart. That is not self-defense. The only thing those are for is mass slaughter.

This article, I think, is a very good discussion on the topic. I hope that someday soon we can follow other countries and create meaningful regulations to cut down on the amount of lives lost. It is a tragedy in itself that we seem to need dead children to even hope for change, but that’s how it is.

I would really love to stop seeing shootings on the news.

 

The Colorado Tragedy and Weapons July 22, 2012

Filed under: In the News — katblogger @ 3:43 PM
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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/¬†)