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The Need For More Gun Control?

09 Aug

                                             

“The lunatics are in my hall/ the paper holds their folded faces to the floor/ and every day  the paperboy  brings more.”- Pink  Floyd.

The above quote from   Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon album is quite real today giving recent events in all our lives. The lunatics are certainly out there and the media is giving them plenty of coverage.

First we had Jared Loughner who open fired on a political outing by Senator Gabby Giffords in Tucson, Arizona in 2011 killing six people including a federal judge and a nine year old girl. He wounded 14 others including Gifford   who was shot in the head and a special assistant to her. In a recent jailhouse interview by his court appointed psychiatrist, Loughner , who  was heavily medicated on psychiatric drugs showed no remorse as he said Gifford  deserved to die and was surprised she survived a bullet to the head. Sorry Jared, you are the one who deserves to die. When a person serves notice on society that they are no longer fit to be among us like you, they should be done away with accordingly.  Jared has agreed to a deal to plead  guilty before a judge thus sparing him the death penalty and living the rest of his natural life in prison with no parole.

Next we have James Holmes, the 24 year old neuroscience genius student  at the University of Colorado  who walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado showing  The Dark Knight Rises and open fired on a theater full of people using  gas bombs and killed 12 people and wounded 58. He is being charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. The prosecution intends to seek the death penalty.

Now we have Wade Michael Page, 40 years old who open  fired on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six people before a police officer killed him. The heavily tattooed maniac was a member of a white supremacist   skinhead group and played in white supremacist rock bands. Police are still wondering what the motive was other than the fact Page hated muslims and they think he thought sikhs were muslims.

Whenever incidents like this occur,  politicians   and the public immediately clamor for more stringent gun laws. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to pass new state laws  to crack down on illegal gun use and violence.  The answer is not   to pass new gun laws, but just enforce the existing ones.  Currently  there are 300 state gun laws as of 1999 defining those that manufacture, design, sale, purchase and possession. If you count local, state and federal laws the number rises to 20,000 laws. How many more laws do we need?

Gun control opponents often cite the example of the Nazi regime, claiming that once the Nazis had taken and consolidated their power, they proceeded to implement gun control laws to disarm the population and wipe out the opposition, and the genocide of disarmed Jews, gypsies, and other “undesirables” followed.

As folksinger Bob Dylan once said , ”And who really is responsible for one man carrying a gun? Surely it’s impossible that it’s   him.”

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “The Need For More Gun Control?

  1. Judy Nelson

    August 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Another brilliant blog.

     
  2. Sandy Jones

    August 10, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Great writing Jay. Do people ever wonder why all mass murderers kill in “gun free zones,” places where legal CCW licenses aren’t permitted? As hubby and I are licensed to CCW, we can’t legally carry in gun free zones, so we usually try to go only where we can legally carry I can almost gurantee that if the theater in Colorado allowed CCW holders to attend the movie, there would not have been as many killed and wounded, somebody would have taken the murderer out. Guns save lives over 2 million tines a year, usually without a shot being fired, brandishing a gun is usually enough to send any attacker running. Hubby and I have been legally carrying for 6 years and not once have either one of us had to pull our firearm.

    I invite all anti-gunners to count the killings from criminals at gun shows, it never happens, Politicians simply want to get our guns, as (D) Senator Metzenbaum said: “I don’t care about crime, I just want the guns.”

     

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