As a mother of three sons, I can’t even think of the grief the families in Newtown Connecticut, are suffering because of the recent school shooting.
The victims of a crazed young adult will have to bury their children and adult loved ones, so close to the most joyous time of the year for other families. Theirs will never be the same. My prayers for them seem little consolation for their losses. They will need our prayers for years to come. Our hearts and prayers go out to every family, friend and others in the community who will live with this dark day, etched in their memories forever.
With their grief, pundits are now beating the bushes to find reasons to chip away at the second amendment right of all Americans; the right to bear arms. There is a big difference between what happened in Newtown and what the second amendment is about.
We have the right to bear arms, not to use them against the innocent. NO ONE can stop a madman. Anti-gun activists would argue that this insane event would not have happened had there not been firearms available. Foolish. The Oklahoma City bombing was without guns, but rather explosives. The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was committed with our own airplanes. Should we stop air travel?
Those who propose we rid our society of weapons are bleeding hearts without information. Of course, NO ONE wants to see these kinds of tragedies happen, but gun control will not stop the psychotic actions of a drug induced, rage filled individual, from finding another way.
There are more young people dying in car accidents (by the thousands) each year than are killed by guns according to stats presented by Gun Owner of America. http://gunowners.org/sk0803htm.htm.
Governments who confiscate guns, eventually kill their people. The misinformed who think they are taking guns away from bad guys, may find out later, they are putting their fate in the hands of bad guys in a government. Every government has them. America is not exempt from the peculiar ideas of those who have power.
World statistics prove that mass genocides happen at the hands of governments when the people can no longer defend themselves. (See; “Genocide Worse than War” movie on this website, or go to PBS or You Tube; view free.) In a Dec. 15 Salon article, writer David Daley presents GOA executive director, Larry Pratt as “crazy” in his analysis of Pratt’s response to Newtown. His idea… arm the teachers.
“Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.” ~Larry Pratt
I agree with Pratt. In fact, the women who were killed (four as news agencies report) in the school office could have downed the shooter before he went unchecked to kill others. It takes courage and training. No, it would not be easy to make such a decision, but when human life is threatened, women can come up with enormous courage. We are becoming a nation of cowards, not only to what is right, but also to defending our freedom and our children.
Would you save a child by shooting one with murderous intent? Would a mama bear protect her cubs? NO ONE was protecting the cubs that day in Newtown. A locked door and an a call to 911 is not protection, it is response to a threat. It is grievous that these innocent people had no defense and if the real “crazies” in our culture have their bleeding heart way, they would leave all of us defenseless in the face of evil.
People who use guns to shoot people do not obey the law. They find ways to get weapons, and weapons will always exist. The real issue is whose hands are they in? There are laws to keep illegal guns from getting into the hands of criminals, but we have a government now accused of giving guns to cartels in Mexico, resulting in American blood being spilled.
There is no legitimate reason for me to give my second amendment rights away to a group of arbitrary individuals, who do not think like me, or have my values. If my government will legalize the genocide of millions of black babies in the poorest communities in America, and give the right to our children to receive abortions without parental notice, could I believe these people are capable of a right decision regarding firearms?
Newtown was a horrible, evil tragedy. Perhaps we should pay more attention to the shooter, his influences or lack of… perhaps we should look at his mental health and who was treating him; but that would change the discussion and direct it where it belongs… onto the individual, not the law.