I wrote the post below on my blog at fairnessactivist.blogspot.com in July, but after seeing Bob Costas on Lawrence O'Donnell's show speaking out about the horrific murder/suicide committed by the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker I had to comment again. I'm not mentioning his name, because it's been out there enough. I do want to ask the same question Mr. Costas spoke about while quoting a reporter ... if not now, when? Since my prior blog post, we have heard of all too many unnecessary deaths perpetrated by someone with a gun. Two weeks ago, another innocent teenager who just happened to be playing music too loud in his car was shot by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. The man who allegedly shot and killed a teen was waiting for his girlfriend to come out of a convenience store with wine. All he had to do was deal with the so-called noise for a couple minutes and drive off, like he did after he shot the boy. But this man, once again allegedly, took it upon himself and kill the boy over music that was too loud for his sensibility, which was obviously in doubt if sense tells someone that in order to get your point across to someone who is ignoring you, you shoot to kill.
In a world in which the way to settle disputes is to attack instead of try to communicate with words and a cool temper, this seems to be a very sad state of how our society has devolved and become immune to violence. "Kill one person, it's murder; kill 100,000, it's national security." This quote from Robert McNamara who was Sec'y of Defense during the Viet Nam War. He didn't say that then, however; he said it during an interview for a documentary 30 years later. Isn't hind sight always 20/20?
Tuesday, July 24,2012
I am a parent, and I would like to know that my daughter & her boyfriend could go to the movies and only be frightened by what is on the screen, not fearing for their lives. There is no reason whatsoever for a civilian to own an assault weapon. Nada. Zilch. None. So why are we going through another tragic event like the one that happened in Columbine or VATech, Tucson, AZ, et al? Because the NRA threatens people running for office that it's their way or the bullet-ridden highway. But our citizens do nothing.
Of course, the shooter is still "alleged" to have killed 12 and wounded 58 others; so it is his fault. But he was enabled by the NRA and their ridiculously lax gun laws. But we need to have a conversation about this NOW, since it's impossible to do last week, say Thursday afternoon ... Responsible citizens may be allowed to have guns for hunting or protecting their homes & families (altho I don't necessarily believe that part), but an assault weapon should only be used by the police (in DIRE circumstances) and the military.
And all gun owners should be held accountable for their actions; i.e., hospital bills, overtime for police and other first-responders, as well as the funerals for those who have died. How is this a political argument? It's a humane argument. As much as people have the right to bear arms (tho there was NOTHING in the Constitution about AK's), so too do people have the right to go shopping or to a movie w/out wondering if they'll make it out of the mall or theater alive.
Please, NRA, use common sense. Don't regard gun ownership higher than the value of a life. Do it now, while we are still bleeding from this senseless act of violence, not when we are finished grieving and push it out of our minds.