I’ll start this post by stating that I am not an NRA member, nor do I plan on being one in the future.
The recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary School have left many people rightfully upset. So upset that finger pointing has begun. The feeling to just DO something to make us feel like something is getting done to make it better, or to make us, who are still living, feel better.
If you have read any of my posts in the last few years you would have gotten the understanding of my somewhat pacifist bent. So my view point is not coming from the bias of a gun-wielding ”lets fight” attitude. To me, using a gun against another human is the last resort… if ever, and that is only concerning one on one confrontations, not war. My opinions on war can be found in other posts.
Anyway, lets take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. Here is an incident where a mentally impaired individual had access to a firearm. This individual was a boiling pot before that morning. His family was broken, he had estranged himself from his father, who it seems was separated from his mother. He had mental issues, serious enough for her to look into committing him against his will. To him, he had nothing to lose and he was going to let everyone know how he felt. So we see there were MANY red flags that weren’t tended to.
The firearms that he used should have been under lock and key. This is well stated in documentation that accompanies any new firearm purchase. But it wasn’t, which is probably the biggest argument used by the anti-gun crowd. The ease of access to firearms such as the one he used, by people like himself, is a serious concern regardless of any law that would be put in place.
So, we have a young man with mental issues, very angry, nothing to lose, and access to a firearm. Now he is heading to the school to make a statement…an awful statement. The school is a gun-free zone. Do you think that if you were to ask anyone if they knew this man was headed to the school with intent on a killing spree if they would have been ok with someone shooting him down to prevent it? I think you’d get a resounding “YES!” You would be insane to look at the situation and say, “No, let every one keep going about their business and don’t let anyone else come on the property with a firearm.”
That is essentially what is happening now. Even after such a horrifying event, people (mostly influenced by emotions and/or media) are demanding that we disarm. They look at the inanimate object he was carrying and put blame on it rather than on the killer, or on the failed mental health systems.
Taking the argument that you could prevent him from ever having an “assault” rifle in the first place is not a worthwhile argument. Because, if he didn’t have an AR-15, he would have used a handgun. If he didn’t have access to that, he would have taken a bulky hunting rifle or shotgun. If he didn’t have access to that, it would have been a knife, explosives, a hammer, a bat, a vehicle. He was determined to do anything that he possibly could to get his point across. Did you know that on the same day a man in china entered a school with a knife and started attacking students and teachers there?
The saving situation would have been if an upright citizen within the school was responsibly carrying a firearm. Whether a security guard, a teacher or part of the administration, this whole situation could have been mitigated by one shot. Some 26 children and adults would still be alive in their parents arms today.
But instead there is great sorrow. The shooter shot himself anyway after his horrible actions. Now the liberal media and politicians are spewing out accusations against the type of firearms the sick young man used. Its ridiculous! Instead there should be stiffer regulations keeping those types of people away from using those tools.
How many children have died from automobile accidents? How about ….abortion? There I said it. The United states allows the murdering of millions of children through abortion, but somehow condemns a gun for the death of these school children. Don’t dishonor the lives of these children by making such wrong conclusions. Honor them by taking a hard look at the real problem, the reasons behind the wicked actions of people. The loss of the value of life.
Through poor social situations, entertainment, and other media, humans in generation after generation are being desensitized by evil and losing the value of life. Human life is not as important as it once was. When a woman is pregnant, it’s an inconvenience. In the movies and video games, human lives are a dime a dozen. Where will it end?
Again, I am not an NRA member, but after hearing their Executive Vice President, Wayne Lapierre, speak on the issue at their press conference I thought he really nailed it. The media ignores the important facts that he stated but rather, with a political agenda, they just summarizes what he said by “NRA says more guns”. That’s not at all what he said. Our values are so backwards that we would rather make sure our money is more secure than our children. We make prison “Easy Street”, then let them back out on the street before they should be. We pour fully automatic weapons on foreign citizenry to protect themselves against warlords and evil government (which often end up being used against our own military) but push to pass laws that disarm our own citizens here in the United States. Isn’t something backwards here?
Is difficult to keep my thoughts from going in a few directions at one time. What lies at the core of the problem, but most all people are unwilling to recognize it, is the state of man…a sinner.