December 15th, 2012 by Lou
The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. – Bill Hicks, comedian, circa 1993
I have already seen the comments and on Facebook of course– “Don’t blame the guns” in response to yesterday’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Should we tell the Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to not blame the atom bomb? How about the 3000 dead on 9/11. Should we tell those families not to blame the airplanes? Of course the guns, the atom bomb and the airplanes did not kill by themselves. No, it took people controlling those tools to do so. But do you think the horrific events of yesterday could have turned out a bit better had the semi-automatic weapons used by the gunman been much harder to get a hold of.
Can we at least have a conversation about some form of gun control now? Huh?
Did you see what happened yesterday in China when someone there in a school went after a bunch of people with a knife. Twenty-two people were injured but nobody died. What would the number of deaths had been if the aggressor had been carrying a gun with semi automatic capability?
The real problem in this country is ignorance. Cure the ignorance and rid ourselves of fear and much of this horrifying stuff will go away. The answer is not easy. Simply banning assault weapons won’t completely solve the problem. But since assault weapons have been obtainable legally we have seen a rise in these a horrible massacres. Banning certain forms of weaponry is part of the solution. The other part is being better able to determine who among us is suffering from maladies that lead to these horrific events. It’s time we take action it must start at the top. As a huge supporter of President Obama, I admit he has not done nearly enough when it comes to the gun lobby in this country. Perhaps now he will and maybe the rest of us can get a bit smarter.