In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown CT yesterday, we have begun to hear cries for gun control legislation…
Repeating firearms have been around for 160 years…
Why didn’t these kinds of massacres happen way back when those guns were first available?
Why didn’t these kinds of massacres take place when fully automatic weapons were available to the general public?
What has changed in recent years to cause these tragic events?
Hint: Its not the availability of guns.What we have a is a degradation of common sense and decency and the devaluation of human life. Movies and violent games are not the problem either. What we have are weak minded people and people that have serious emotional and mental problems, who have no sense of right and wrong. (Personally, I blame the weakening of the basically family unit, and an unwillingness on the part of today's parents to instill a sense of responsibility and morals in today's youth. But I digress.)
These crimes do not represent a majority of law-abiding citizens that own firearms, who never have or will commit a gun-related crime..
I have watched plenty of violent movies and I have played my fair share of first person shooters but that does not mean I am going to go out and do that in real life.
As we hear these impassioned pleas for “sane gun laws” ruminate on the words of William S. Burroughs:
"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
(But we’d also do well to remember that Mr. Burroughs shot & killed his wife Joan Vollmer by being exceptionally stupid.)
*And by 'people' I mean anyone who is so mentally off-center that they would commit a crime like this, and the people who would not let any crisis go to waste- your basic blood dancer-types, and anyone in the entertainment industry that thinks that by the virtue of their celebrity their opinion regarding Second Amendment means diddly-squat to the basic/normal/sane remainder of the US population.