I’m reading all these posts polluting my timeline about how people are so sad about yesterday’s shootings; All these business entities are putting out vaguely worded PC statements expressing their sadness but in a fake business sense and not an actual heartfelt response…but what is anyone going to do about it? This business-as-usual thing isn’t working. How long do your mourn for 20 little kids shot with absolutely no chance of fathoming what was happening? ESPN thinks not tweeting about sports for 3 days is appropriate.
I have seen posts advocating that teachers have guns too…that everyone has the chance to take a shot, you know…if the bad guy comes. That idea would be great, but unfortunately based on the posts I have seen over the past couple of years the same people who wants all these guns in their possession and personal responsibility are the very last ones who want to pay for providing the teachers, training or knowledgeable people (such as extra police) to defend the schools. We can’t even get these people (yes, I’m categorizing you tea-baggers) to pay for needed teachers and pay them a decent wage never mind providing security training on top of that.
I’m not advocating getting rid of guns…you know for hunters or an organized militia but otherwise I don’t see much point in letting individuals have automated weapons (or the ability to easily retrofit the “semi-automatic” ones). I saw another post on a timeline of the standard guns don’t kill people, people do but you can help eliminate the sheer mass destruction of one person and their arsenal if they have less ability to have that arsenal or if what they have is less capable of mowing people down in a moment without any chance to react.
I am sure that half of my Facebook friend list will have the thought process (or post) that its the mental defect’s fault that killed the people and not the gun’s fault…and I understand the position and agree with it…somewhat. My personal position is that its easier to get rid of dangerous mechanical devices and to make them so marginalized and irrelevant in a couple of generations they will be seen as a quaint memory with a notorious past. Doing this is easier than changing the hearts and minds of the people who have such weapons now and equate the ability to have such weaponry as power (and respect). Hopefully until that time happens when these weapons are a distant memory perhaps we can use a 2 pronged approach of making these weapons truly difficult to get and to provide increased energy towards teaching/reaching people that think such a drastic response to solving their problems can be sorted out differently.