Hopefully White House Press Secretary Jay Carney thinks 24 hours is enough of a time lapse to talk about reasonable gun control measures. If we were all honest with ourselves we would admit that the time for conversation is over and the time for legislative action has arrived.
In the last five months alone I have written columns about the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, and the Jevon Belcher murder/suicide in Kansas City, anybody detecting a pattern?
There was the mall shooting in Oregon earlier this week, school shootings earlier this year in California and Ohio, and shootings in a hair salon and a cafe in Atlanta and Seattle respectively. Then came Friday morning.
It has been awhile since I have experienced a sleepless night, but last night was one. The image of kindergarteners being shot by a killing machine that quite honestly should only be used by the military, coupled with images of fellow kindergarteners who were spared being told by police officers to hold hands and cover their eyes so that they wouldn’t see their classmates bodies is enough to make the heart of the coldest individual alive sink.
Prior to Newtown gun activists and quite honestly right wing media outlets spent a couple of days bashing NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas for calling for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the Belcher incident, A lot of those same activists spent yesterday tearing apart documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on Twitter for voicing the same sentiment.
The question I have for these staunch defenders of the Second Amendment is what do they have to offer other than the ridiculous “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” diatribe.
Here’s what I would like to offer, First off the just re-elected President of the United States of America (Which is a huge factor in this discussion) Barack Obama should introduce a bill the re-institutes the assault weapons ban.
There is absolutely no reason that anyone who is not affiliated with the military should be walking around with a gun that allows you to get off 10, 15, or even 30 shots before having to reload. The United States Constitution says you do indeed have the right to bear arms, it doesn’t say what kind, Also that document was signed in the days when muskets and gunpowder were the tools of the trade not AK47’s.
As much as I would prefer not to, I think that we do need to have armed police officers at our nation’s schools. I know that kids would be in even more danger if you had cops firing back at assailants, but at least they are individuals who are properly trained to use guns and it sure as hell is a better idea than placing those guns in the hands of teachers and principles, some of whom have never picked up a gun in their lives.
Everyone should brace themselves for the last thing I would do. Assuming that we as nation crackdown on all gun sales in this country, stopping all illegal purchases and providing background checks on all legal ones, it should be illegal for anyone to carry a firearm outside of their own home (cue the laughter from all of the gun nuts).
Yes, once again The Second Amendment…. Blah, Blah, Blah. This is not the old days of the wild west, I have the right as an American citizen to go school, the supermarket, a movie theatre or my job and not be shot dead. Other industrialized nations in this world realize this, The United States of America sadly does not.
So how about it Mr. President and members of Congress is this finally going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I would like to think that it is, I’m optimistic, but I will believe it when I see it.