I’d like to say that I’m less pissed this morning, but it’s more of a measured boil. So, in no particular order….
At this point, I think even they know they are the problem. Because how do you defend the indefensible?
Now, I’m going to say this one out loud. The shooter’s mother was a paranoid, pro-gun, anti-government, conspiracy theorist who started this whole shit by legally possessing an arsenal that was supposed to “keep her safe” from her imaginary enemies. The enemy was her own flesh and blood. Those weapons did not keep her safe which is the point. And worse, her wing nut ideals got 26 innocent women and children killed.
Another example of how more often than not, the weapons that are supposed to keep someone safe end up being used against them or as we are now seeing, the gun owner mistakes someone innocent for a criminal and shoots them.
To the complete jackasses who want to arm school teachers, please do us all a favor and quit talking. The job of our teachers is to educate. Naturally they facilitate fire drills, now they have to facilitate drills if some crazed madman tries to attack the children. Don’t make them get out there and participate in a fire fight. That shit only works in the movies. You people are delusional. Not to mention having a gun in every classroom full of children is such a great idea in the first place. What happens when the first high school gets over run with wanna be gang bangers who want the teachers’ guns for their drug war? Yeah, well thought out asshats.
Guns have one purpose and one purpose only. To kill things. That’s it. There is no other purpose. Now, is there a robust target shooting community? Absolutely. Arguably the point of target shooting is to be better at killing things, but quite honestly I enjoy shooting skeet. And have no intent of ever killing anything with a gun. Ever. I blow those clay pigeons out of the sky with an old Model 12. I get I think a total of five shots with that thing. And a very bruised shoulder. At the end of the day, a looney tune with that thing couldn’t have gotten past the front door of the school. If you weren’t paying attention, the little shit on Friday shot the locked doors of the school to get through them, and then shot three women to get to the rest of the children. Because he had that much ammo in the magazines.
First, limit the size of magazines. No more than 10. At 10 we are having a very different conversation today about what happened on Friday. Certainly no more than 10. I think five is fine. Everything else is melted down. No grandfathering in. Scrap. That’s it. The only application for more fire power is military. Oxicotin is more regulated right now. If we can regulate Oxicotin, we can regulate fire power. At five, the little shit doesn’t even get into the building. And this amazing woman goes on to get her doctorate.
Second, get military weapons out of the general population. I didn’t even know that Gary Hart was still alive, but he is and he’s making a lot of sense. Oh yeah, and he understands the Constitution.
Of course guns don’t kill people…oh wait a minute, yes they do. Naturally they need a user to do it. If the human being is a deranged young white man, not that any one like that has ever shot up a school or anything… Now, what do we do about the mental illness? How do we see it in the first place? How do we recognize the difference between the next shooter and someone who is just a little eccentric? How do we keep from institutionalizing the wrong people while protecting society from the right ones? How do we balance protecting society and individual rights? Let’s just lock them all up? Sounds great, unless you are the eccentric who society is trying to shutter away. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a mental hospital by mistake. And like prison, no one who is there will tell you they are supposed to be there. Prisons are full of “guys who didn’t do it”. Mental hospitals are full of people who will tell you “I’m not crazy”.
Where is the line? And what makes these people break and commit these horrific crimes? I hear lots of comments about don’t say their name because they just wanted the glory. Well, none of them ever live so we don’t really know what they wanted. Unless we can ask the Bozo the Clown look a like in Aurora. He seems like the kind of guy you could have a reasonable conversation with. I’m sure he’s explain it all for us.
An old friend of mine lost her mind. I didn’t see it coming at first. She was always a lot of fun, but then it wasn’t fun any more. She had a .357 she asked me to hold for her. During the period of time that I possessed the firearm it became apparent to me that she should not have access to a weapon like that. She also had a 5 year old son. One day she asked for the weapon back. I put her off. Then she asked several more times. I sidestepped. Finally she said “It seems like you don’t want to give me back my gun.” I said “No, I don’t. I am afraid for you and your son.” I stood firm and never engaged into a conversation as to why I felt that way. Finally I said “I will give your gun to the local police. You can get it from them, I don’t want to hand it back to you.” I already knew she’d been rung up on two 5150’s. I drove down to the cop house, handed them the weapon and told the officer to please consider the 5 year old before returning the weapon. The local PeeDee did not give the gun back to her. That’s what happens when a responsible citizen sees a potential issue and takes responsibility to protect the community.
Liza Long wrote an amazing column about dealing with mental illness. Naturally the wing nuts are out there saying she’s a bad mother and if she hadn’t divorced her husband her son wouldn’t be having the issues he’s having. Armchair quarterbacks. Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one. She knows she’s got a problem on her hands and she is struggling to balance a mother’s love for her son and her duty to protect the rest of her children, herself and her community. I know this battle is fought out in many families across the country every day. No one wants to be the family that raised the next serial killer.
I don’t know what the answer is, but as a society, we have to be available to help these families and stem potential tragedy. Or we end up trying to answer unanswerable questions.