Will we ever learn?
Posted by keithosaunders on January 11, 2011
Every so often we are reminded of what a violent society we live in and how little hope there is of it changing. The six fatalities and the near-fatal shooting of Arizona Representative, Gabrielle Giffords by a lone gunmen is an all too familiar tragedy in a country that refuses to implement effective gun control.
Yesterday I heard an interview with one of Gifford’s fellow Arizona Congressman. When asked what could be done to avoid such an incident he feebly replied that “Americans have to find a way to be more civil with each other.”
Really? Is that the best you’ve got?
The interviewer pressed on asking the Congressman to elucidate, but he did little more than rephrase his original answer. Gun control was obviously not even close to entering the equation.
Thanks to an antiquated amendment which had more to do with protecting American Revolutionary’s from British soldiers than an inalienable right to buy an automatic weapon, we have a populace that has easy access to guns that can fire thirty-three bullets at a clip.
I’m all for allowing people to own rifles and to hunt animals for sport. I can’t understand the need to have a weapon that’s purpose is to kill people. Why must we repeat this same tragedy time and again?
Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey said he would introduce a measure to re-establish a prohibition that lapsed in 2004 on clips that feed more than 10 rounds at a time. He said, “The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. These high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market.”
Gun control advocates are going to tell me that people who really want guns will get them. Fine. You can’t tell me, however, that effective gun control would not save any lives. Even if it were only to save one or two lives a year it’s worth it. Who cares if the gun companies make less money? That’s what this boils down to, doesn’t it.