Where are we going? Who are we as a people? Why are we here? Why is this happening again? The man that shot so many, I won’t even type his name, was evil and deserves to be dead. It is a hard thing to admit, but the world is better off without certain people in it. But even one so focused and disturbed could not have carried out this act on his own. Politicians, radio hosts, arms manufactures, and citizens who traffic in fear are also partially to blame. If you are so afraid of the world that you need an assault rifle to face it, know that no gun owned by a citizen has stopped a mass shooting since 1982. (And even then people were killed first.)
There is no reason that assault rifles should be sold to the general public. There are only two uses for them: Killing and profit.
There are some that might say firing them at target ranges is their hobby. A hobby should be given up if it leads to the death of 50 plus, let alone all the shootings that have happened before it. No, not all people that have these guns are partially responsible, but going forward anyone that fights for the right to sell more of these weapons is.
Do you really think that as many politicians would support our current gun laws if they weren’t receiving campaign money from the NRA or gun manufacturers? If they are selling out for those who profit off such weapons, then they are partially to blame.
If a radio host goes on the air and helps to create a climate of fear so that more people believe these weapons are needed, they are partially to blame.
Those who sell these weapons to the public are partially to blame. They are partially to blame as merchants of death.
I have come along way. I used to not care about gun laws as they aren’t, and still aren’t, the most pressing problem in our society. But when one person is given the power to hurt and kill that many people things need to change. When mass killings become the new norm things need to change.
None of this means that sects of Islam aren’t insane and dangerous. They must be dealt with too. None of this means that there aren’t real problems with our mental health system. This too must be looked at. None of this means that the shooter isn’t more to blame than anyone else. Thankfully he has already been dealt with. I don’t know what happens when we die, but I can assure you he isn’t with 72 virgins. If somehow he was then the universe has no meaning and should just collapse upon itself now and get it over with.
I’m not against someone having a pistol at home for personal protection. I know someone whose home was broken into just this week. I’m not against owning a hunting rifle. Although I am not a hunter, I know that for some these kind of weapons have practical purposes. But an assault rifle is not a practical tool by anyone’s standards unless you are in the armed forces. If an instrument allows one person to do that much harm then it needs to be done away with, same as the people that would try to use them for such harm.
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people is a completely asinine argument. If the shooter, however evil and crazy he was, could not buy such a weapon legally, then more people would be alive.
How many lives have been affected by this shooting? I’m not talking just about the people that were killed or injured, but their friends and family? Look how many friends you have on Facebook and then multiply that times the number of people killed and wounded. That will at least give you some idea. (And yes not everyone on Facebook is our real friend, but we also have people in our lives that have smartly declined to join such a thing.) Think of that many people being completely devastated today. Now think of the people that are devastated by past shootings and people who have yet to be devastated. Wouldn’t you gladly ban a weapon, a weapon that wasn’t even around when our founding fathers wrote the Constitution, to make the pain for all those people go away? If you can say no to that, then I simply don’t understand your point of view.
But to those of you that would say no, that view gun restrictions as some form of tyranny, let me speak directly to you: I don’t want there to be more cops on the streets. I don’t want the government to have more of a say in our private lives. But these weapons do not prevent violence, but merely create it. A more violent world will become a world where freedom is restricted. Death on this level cannot be allowed to go on. To give up selling a weapon that didn’t even use to exist will erode far less freedom than allowing violence to continue on this scale. Do you really think this kind of weapon would protect you from tyranny anyhow, if it really were a threat? To some degree guns are primitive next to the kind of weapons that the US government uses all the time. If the government really wanted to come for you in your house they could simply fly a drone over it and make a giant crater where you and everything you hold dear used to be. We’ve already said that these kinds of weapons don’t prevent any mass shootings. So not only are you not protecting yourself from any threats real or imagined, but you helping to create a world where there will actually be more restrictions on our freedom. If this kind of thing keeps happening, how long do you really think it will be before clubs, schools, and other places of mass gatherings have stricter safety measures?
I apologize if I am rambling a bit. I am angry. But I am also tired. I’m not only tired for real, as the hour is late, but I’m tired of living in a country where reason is so often shown the door over tribal allegiances, profit margins, and a fake morality driven by primitive notions. I’ve said all that I have to say. Think of those poor souls that cannot sleep tonight due to grief over recent events. Goodnight…