Been off the blog for a while. Of course, you’ve heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. There hasn’t been a more tragic, horrific event in the last several years. I can’t even put into words how horrible this is. Elementary school children, first graders and their teachers gunned down by this piece of human garbage. We’re not going to mention the shooter’s name because they don’t deserve the publicity.
I’ve read some of the details of the shooting. It describes true bravery on the part of the teachers and the principal. Miss Victoria Soto, who told the gunman the children were not in that classroom, which may have saved their lives. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who tried to tackle the gunman. Kathleen Roig, who hid herself and the children in the classroom bathroom, saving all of them.
Meanwhile, the mother of this criminal, this murderer? She was collecting guns because she was a “prepper”, one of the people who believe the nation is in danger of collapse due to some calamity; in her case, she believed economic collapse was coming. So this idiot, this nutberger ended up being her mentally unstable child’s first victim. Are you kidding me? She had firearms available to someone whom she had told a friend that she was having trouble reaching him.
In line with the title, something’s got to happen. Mental illness and guns are like giving a habitual drunk driver a bottle of whiskey and keys to a Ferrari. Its a bad mix.
You know I’m a gun “enthusiast.” At least. But there’s a very thick line between enthusiast and being stupid. You cannot have high-powered weapons lying around where kids, especially kids suffering from mental illness, can get a hold of them. I’m sorry my sportsmen friends. There’s no defending it.
I for one, cannot understand the reason for a 100-round clip. I can’t understand the reason for a 50-round clip, other than killing large numbers of people. Yes, I have clips. I fear people who are totally unprepared in the event of emergency. But I know it’s a big deal to protect your weapons and firearm assets on a daily basis from theft and unauthorized use.
Don’t be surprised if you hear a national “assault rifle” ban is introduced and goes into effect. Personally, I find that ridiculous. Banning “assault rifles” is WAY too late, and it does virtually nothing about the weapons already out there. There’s 300 million guns in the United States. Of the gun crime in America, very little is done with “assault rifles.” It’s the big crimes, like the Sandy Hook tragedy that draw attention.
I don’t know what the answer is, to be honest, but here are some things I think should be taken seriously:
– Taking guns from mentally ill persons. Speaks for itself; I don’t care about some nutjob’s 2nd Amendment rights. Someone who has been identified as suffering from severe depression does not need and should not have multiple high-caliber pistols or semi-automatic rifles. Same for family members. If you live in the house with a nutjob, you don’t need weapons…or better yet, make them pay for liability insurance for the potential damage caused by illegal weapons use.
– Putting the hammer down on people who buy firearms for people who can’t pass background checks: I was in a Wal-Mart buying ammo, and I saw a lady and man buying a shotgun. He checked out the shotgun, declared it worthy but she bought it. She never touched the weapon. I looked at the guy, and yes, I know looks are deceiving but he looked like he couldn’t pass a background check on his own.
– Mandatory classes for people who have firearms: I suspect this would cut down the rate of accidental death from gun mistakes. Yeah, even gun enthusiasts would be enthusiastic about this…no one wants some dumbass at the range who looks down the barrel of his weapon thinking its ok.
– Better sharing of date between law enforcement and the people doing background checks: This prepper with her nutjob son shouldn’t even have been allowed to buy a weapon.