Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook

It's been a few days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

This tragedy is about mental illness and our failure to find a way to deal with it. The common thread in most mass shootings is a deranged person. Are we working on laws to deal with those people? Are we creating programs to deal with mental health issues?

 On the same day in China a man stabbed 22 children at a school. The Chinese are experiencing a rash of school attacks. The perpetrators pick schools for their attacks because they know that they will get a lot of publicity for their causes. The Chinese have been executing those responsible, but the trend of attacks continues.

Led by the Moron Mayor of New York, the anti-gun forces are now planning to pass more laws to restrict gun ownership. Why pass laws? There are laws against illegal immigration, but the Obama administration has announced that they will not enforce those laws. They will probably want to enforce gun laws, however. Maybe they should start by enforcing the laws that we already have. Anyone in the Obama administration ready to talk about Operation Fast and Furious??

Here's an interesting point to ponder. When a drunk driver or someone speeding kills people, there is never any talk of banning automobiles. Why?? Because everyone realizes that the cause is the individual and not the vehicle. Why then do they want to ban guns everytime a shooting occurs?

I have guns that have never killed anyone. Why is my right to own them being challenged? A few weeks ago a friend of more than forty years took his own life. That gun had sat quietly in a closet for more than thirty years until someone with a mental illness problem used it. Did the gun kill my friend or did he kill himself?? Except for the mental illness, the gun would still be on the shelf.

The government is focusing on the wrong element in this tragedy.


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