Control Thyself

Tragedy.

The elementary school shooting fits that definition.  No debate about that.  Sadly, in a country of 350 million, I’m surprised that this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often, not less.  However, the immediate, knee-jerk response has been terrible as well.

Let me explain.

I have seen lots of talk about “gun control” from the immediate moments after the shooting into the wee hours of the night.  I’ve seen ghouls in the media latch on and suck blood by interviewing the CHILDREN just hours after this happened and then pat themselves on the back as they create their narrative.  NYC mayor Bloomberg demanded immediate action.  Boston mayor Menino got just as political.  President Obama followed suit with tears and a vague promise of “meaningful action.”  I’ve even seen people make wild, unsubstantiated claims about guns, like that it’s easier to get a gun than a drivers license.

The facts of the matter are the same today as they were yesterday and the day before:  Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people, and no amount of laws or legislation will change that.  I’ll go on and say what most people already know; that if a person intent on violence did not have a gun, they would use a knife, bare hands or even a shopping cart!  They could simply drive a car into someone.  Are we to ban cars now?  And what if that person didn’t have a license to drive?  Do the laws stop them from doing so?  Hell, alcohol was prohibited.  People still drank.  Marijuana is federally banned.  People still smoke.  Murder is illegal… yet…

And what of the gun laws already in place?  Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, not to mention that the school was a “gun free zone” that had just added new security measures.  Pieces of signed paper in a state capital or Washington D.C. don’t act as armor against a crazed human mind.  So, before we start blaming things other than the one who committed the tragedy, think about how ridiculous it is to blame a tool for the crime of the tool user.

Instead, mourn those that are lost, condemn the violent act, understand the signs that are there of an unstable mind and raise your children in an atmosphere of love.  The world is a dangerous place and only you are truly responsible for the well being of your family.

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