I like many others listened to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting reports with pain and prayer. I reaffirmed to my maker that I was not perfect and asked why such a terrible thing was allowed to happen.
After the media frenzy and many false reports facts began to emerge. The perpetrator was a very disturbed young man who had trouble interacting in society.
His mother bought the guns used legally and he had access to them. Apparently he snapped because she was considering sending him away which sent him on a rampage that ended the deaths of innocent children, teachers, his mother and himself.
Whit Frost, a local attorney has even called military style weapons “true weapons of mass destruction” and called for a ban.
Here is a shock for him. All weapons are “military style” from muskets to bayonets. All hunting guns for the last 200 plus years were adapted from military weapons.
My question for him is, do you ban them all? What is the litmus test to be used to decide?
Here is my litmus test. Will any such actions stop a determined individual from killing again? No it will not. In the same week in China a crazed individual severely injured 20 children with knife, not a gun.
Before that, another individual in China with a knife succeeded in killing a number of school children.
The largest loss of life of school children in the U.S. occurred in 1927 not by guns but by bombs.
Let’s not forget the federal building in Oklahoma City where a real weapon of mass destruction was used. In these cases guns were not used.
The Columbine massacre happened in the middle of the U.S. ban on assault weapons and those laws did nothing to stop it.
The most shocking thing about Columbine was the perpetrators also set homemade bombs which fortunately fail to explode. If those bombs had exploded the loss of life would have been substantially more.
Perhaps if guns were outlawed the Columbine criminals would have perfected their bomb-making ability instead.
No Mr. Frost, I’ll hold to my “Draconian” idea that people kill people.
I want to keep my guns just to have the slightest chance of protecting my family from harm, all the while praying it never comes to that.
Our president thinks I am a “bitter person clinging to my guns and my religion.”
Then again I’m not an Elitist who believes government is our savior and answer for all things.