I’m not a member of the NRA, the Republican party, or any such so-called group of nutty control freaks. I do, however, want my right to own a firearm preserved. I deserve the right to protect myself and those around me from others who threaten or attack with a firearm. And making them illegal will not stop violent people from having them. Nor will it stop nutty violent people from killing others. Men in China have slaughtered children in schools with knives . . . bombs are apparently easy to make . . . . People who are bent on killing others will find a way to do so. The problem is partly or mostly a social-cultural one (the rest is a problem of individual psychiatric imbalance) (as a Christian, I believe in the forces of evil, but this is not a post to get into how that ties in here).
Our culture promotes aggression and greed – selfish behavior. It’s all about self and money. Do things YOURSELF, do it ALL YOURSELF. Also, we are into letting people do things all by and of THEMSELVES, so we don’t do anything about crazy people. We just leave them be until they go totally nuts and kill people. The guns the shooter used in Newton were and are inanimate objects. They are dangerous, to be sure, but not evil in themselves. It was the shooter’s evil that caused the deaths of all those innocent people.
When are we going to start being a more community-oriented country, instead of one where everyone has to pull themselves up by their bootstraps (even if they have some bad disease or ailment)? Where so many people can’t pull themselves up, anyway, because there are fewer and fewer full-time jobs, and most things are more expensive while we make less, and where executives and do-nothing investors keep making more money while we make less? It is kind-of amazing to me that more protesting, rioting, and violence hasn’t occurred. Keep people too tired, worried, but also entertained with sports and games, and not too much happens . . .
Anyway, I have the right to defend myself, and many persons with firearms in this country have indeed stopped violent attackers from harming themselves or others. When shootings like Newton occur, it’s so awful and tragic that people have a knee-jerk reaction to gun ownership. Maybe there’s a way to make it harder for unstable people to use or acquire guns, and I would be for that. In the case of the Lanza’s, would any new regulations have helped? There is not enough known yet, but from what I’ve seen so far, I have my doubts. We need to be more proactive, as people and a nation, in addressing the needs of those with mental health issues in our communities. Quit ignoring THAT, and maybe we’ll all be a bit safer (yes, it’s OK to butt into other people’s business if it means saving lives). More so than if you take away good folks’ defense against armed criminals and deranged folks.
We need to be more community-oriented, period, which means being more socially loving and showing concern for our neighbors.
(Imagine the change in this country if corporations actually started acting this way . . . we need to start fixing our cold, aggressive, greedy, selfish hearts, rather than taking people’s rights away.)
[A little bit of food for thought: Obama sheds fake tears]
A PS: Is anyone else seriously tired of all the conflicting “news” in the news (like, the shooters mom worked at the school, but now she doesn’t, and no other info is given? Or that his dad was found dead, but then he wasn’t?)? All day I’ve been checking back to see what the motive of the killer was, since early on it was reported that investigators had good evidence for the motive. But now, I’m seeing new articles (like in the Huffington Post), that say they don’t know the motive . . . So tired of US media and whatever goes on with censoring. If you want to know some more detailed news, or any news at all, check out foreign sources.
A PSS: “The victims of the shooting were shot multiple times by a rifle, a medical examiner said Saturday . . .” Yet no rifle was found in the school; Lanza killed himself (apparently) in the school at the time police arrived – he didn’t run back to the car, dump a rifle, and then go back in and kill himself. Quote (not my commentary) from: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/16/at-least-26-dead-in-shooting-at-connecticut-school/#ixzz2FF4cyFTf”