Friday, December 14, 2012

The mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut.

I'd really like to not say anything other than this is a horrible, sickening crime and I can't even begin to understand how much it has hurt so many people so terribly.

Unfortunately, I can't just leave it at that because...well, Sebastian said it best:

As gun owners, if we could just experience the grief and sorrow along with the rest of the country, instead of having it intruded upon by that impending feeling of doom about what the media, the politicians, and the people in society who don’t much care for civilian gun ownership are going to do to our lives, liberty and often times livelihood? If we could go through something like this without worrying how much we’re going to be the scapegoats? I know that’s the thought that’s been crossing my mind as this entire horror story is playing out in the media. I don’t want to think about or deal with politics right now, but that’s precisely what I have to start getting ready for if I don’t want to risk that America, and the politicians who claim to represent her, in their rashest and most impulsive worst instincts, pass a knee jerk law that will overnight turn many Americans into instant felons. There are times I believe we all deserve a break from politics. This is one of them, but we will never get it.

Nothing, not one damned thing that any person on this planet can do now, after the fact, will do anything to change the fact that a madman went into a school and murdered 20 children and six adults.  Nor will banning guns, or a certain type of gun, prevent it from happening again.  Madmen do not need guns in order to murder children.  I wish it were as simple as banning a particular item in order to prevent the murders of children, but it's not.  People who wish it were that easy are simply not living in reality.

Inevitably, in fact already, people are blaming the method of the murders, rather than the murderer for this heinous act.  I have, like millions of other people across these United States, owned firearms capable of firing 10+ rounds before reloading for almost two decades.  I have never once committed a single act of violence against another human being with any of them.

To quote one of my favorite authors, Michael Z. Williamson:

Most violent criminals are black, but suggest "black people control" and you're (properly) called a bigot.  Most (70%) are Democrats, but call for Democrat control and people will (properly) look at you like you're an idiot.  But if ONE PERSON with a gun commits a crime, it's perfectly okay to suggest registering, psych-testing, or otherwise hassling 94 million gun owners who didn't kill anyone.

Banning guns, or certain types of guns, will not prevent future tragedies.  The only sure way of stopping a madman from doing harm is to physically incapacitate him before or at the start of his malicious actions.  The quickest, easiest, and safest (to you and those you'd protect) method of physically incapacitating a madman is to shoot him, preferably multiple times, with some form of firearm.  Making it harder for good people to do just that, setting up barriers to where and when they can do that, will only make it more likely that madmen will NOT be prevented from wreaking havoc rather than the reverse.


Old NFO said...

Robert, well said. And yes, they are ALREADY saying if he hadn't had high cap guns this wouldn't have happened... I pray for those who died and their families, and can only wonder at the mentality of one that could kill ONE child, much less 18 of them...

RobertM said...

The guy was nuts. No other explanation for it. I hate that it happened. It's horrible. But that's no excuse to blame tools. If anyone is responsible, aside from the asshole who actually did it, it is the school for not having some kind of active defense against this sort of thing. No law can stop someone from doing something. It takes having someone physically present with the means of stopping another person's actions to have any hope of prevention.