Comments on: Time for gun control in America Bridges, budgets, bonds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:29:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: Woolhouse Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:53:04 +0000 I love the qualifier “Among the G20 nations, the US owns the highest firearms-related death rate”. I guess the “firearms related” makes it somewhat accurate.
Actually though, Two G20 nations, Indonesia and Russia have TOTAL homicide rates twice as high as the US, Brazil and Mexico, 4X the rate of the US, and one, South Africa, nearly 6X as high as the US.

By: SalvatoreM Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:06:01 +0000 No gun control law could have prevented this massacre at the Sandy Hook school. This was the work of a disturbed young person who had easy access to legally-owned firearms. There are a host of problems on many different levels that play a part in this tragedy.

The mother of the shooter had a responsibility to keep the firearms in a locked cabinet, especially when the household included an under 21 person who had mental issues. Obviously this was not the case here. If the mother was not killed she would have been arrested and would have shared responsibility for this tragedy.

There is a law in Connecticut that makes it illegal to go on school property with a firearm in all but a few cases. The stupidity of this law is apparent. Who was in the building to defend the children? If there was one or more persons who had a legal permit to carry and if these people regularly took part in the sport of recreational shooting, perhaps there would have been the chance that this incident could have been prevented or hopefully mitigated. In Connecticut, it is glaringly obvious that schools are full of defenseless people who are at the mercy of a madman.

The theater in Aurora Colorado had a No Firearms Allowed sign posted, which was a blaring statement that there was no one in the theater who would be able to defend against an armed crazy person. This was the only theater in the area that had such a posting.

The Australian law does not ban the handguns that were used in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Nor does it ban a wide range of rifles and handguns. Lee Harvey Oswald’s bolt action rifle is legal in Australia. The crazy madman would merely use whatever weapon that was at his/her disposal to carry out the mission. If someone was intent on killing as many children as possible, any household object can be used and is only limited by one’s imagination.

The norms of today’s society are yet one more contributing factor to these kinds of acts. Villains are glorified, certain clothing fashions promote the image of thuggery, movies, television, and videos encourage violence on a level that would never be allowed in the era of the early 1960’s, which is when I happened to live my childhood. Yet all of us played with realistic toy guns of all types, whether it was cowboys and indians, or army games. Having a Mattel Tommy Gun was the holy grail of toys of this type. Yet these mass murderers that pick off the innocents in schools and public places are a much younger generation that was raised in an society where toy guns are politically incorrect, but shocking levels of violence in the various media are tolerated, all in the name of free expression.

Police in the 60’s projected an image of subdued professionalism and confidence. Today, police departments have vehicles that either look like Nascar vehicles with huge graphics and fitted with every James Bond gadget available, or they look like evil para-military assault vehicles with blacked out windows that belong in the latest Terminator movie.

How does a less than perfect looking, perhaps nerdy, perhaps shy, perhaps not able to dress to the latest clothing styles cope with being constantly reminded that they are losers? Without a moral counterweight in the home they grow in a vacuum that is void of righteousness. And then at a certain age when able, they strike back at society in the most horrid of ways. Or they strike back at themselves in the forms of drugs, anorexia, suicide, or some other self-abuse.

Do you really think that instituting a ban on assault weapons is the answer to this mess?