I’ve heard that the gunman (which I won’t mention his name for ethics reasons) in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, had some mental health issues that his mother knew about. I’ve also heard that she was a gun enthusiast. Knowing these two things, she was responsible for maintaining more strict security measures to prevent her son from having access to her guns. It wasn’t the guns fault that he took it and used it on anyone. It also wasn’t the fault of the store owner who sold the guns legally to someone who was eligible to own a gun. If she had questions of his mental health, she should have either had a different security system or had someone that she could trust to hold her guns for her in another location or if she felt that he was dangerous to others, she should have had him admitted to a mental hospital.
Another issue with the guns used, I’ve heard all kinds of rumors as to his access to the guns, once he arrived at the school. I was told that he left the pistols in the car and have read that he brought them in with him. I’ve also read that he used a .223 cal Bushmaster, but in another article, they were talking about a .50 cal Bushmaster. There are a variety of styles and calibers of this particular rifle. They can be used for anything from target shooting at tin cans to hunting. Also, another thing that has been mentioned in conversations and on the discussion programs, but I didn’t find reference to, was the amount that a magazine (clip) can hold. If you don’t know how many rounds can be loaded in the magazines that he had, then you can’t argue that he had a magazine that was too large (apparently you can, but you shouldn’t). He could have had a bunch of five round magazines, and that is different than having one thirty or forty round magazine (either that or we will end up with the rifles for our military that we had 200 years ago that had to be loaded and packed after each shot, and more of our soldiers will die without getting a second shot in, than ever before if we change to that plan).
Another issue is that, an assault rifle is to any other rifle as a Hummer is to any other SUV or hunting clothes are to regular clothes. Just because you think that a certain gun looks menacing, doesn’t mean that it is anymore menacing than any other gun (and menacing is your perception, not the guns perception). People use certain guns because they like the feel, which gives them more accuracy in hunting or target shooting. I like the AR-15 because I used it for qualification in the military, but I don’t have one at this time. The M-1 was used by our military in WWII and into the Vietnam War and by Color Guards at funerals everyday. It looks more like the regular hunting rifles of today and often uses a bolt action rather than semi-automatic action (one shot per trigger pull, not fully automatic (multiple shots per trigger pull)), but that didn’t stop Obama from banning them from being imported. Fully automatic rifles still require a collectors license and/or special certifications.
Criminals will use whatever they can to do what they want to as long as they want something of yours. Lamps, curtain rods, baseball bats, kitchen knives…so don’t tell me that banning guns will stop criminals. If you take guns away from innocent people, then even innocent people who have never had a gun, should be in fear for their lives because criminals won’t have to worry about the protection of our ourselves and families. They will just break in and they will use their guns against you. At least, now the criminals don’t know who has a gun and who doesn’t, so they are a bit more careful so that they don’t get shot (though our government allows them to sue you for breaking into your house, even if they break their leg on your coffee table).
Another thought, when our government takes away the ‘assault rifles’, your hunting rifles will be called the next assault rifles. When the citizens of a country are no longer allowed to bear arms, you had better consider the possibility that a dictatorship is soon to follow, and this holds true right now with Obama in office, than at any other time in the history of the United States. Right now, ‘We the People of the United States of America’ need to be able to protect ourselves from the take-over that the U.S. government appears to be planning by making those that aren’t rich, poor servants of the government. If we let them take our guns, we will become the USSR–United States Socialist Republic (and you thought that the USSR was eliminated) and we will be standing in line for toilet paper, there will be no internet or cell phones or at least they will be highly controlled as the government doesn’t like us to know what they are doing. Transparency is the perfect example of this. They say that what they are doing is transparent so that we can see what they are doing, when in actuality, they are hiding what they are doing so that we can’t see the underhanded anti-United States policies that they are creating to give themselves more money and bigger benefits at our expense.
My final thought on the topic is that, if you want to stop these kinds of things from happening and each instance becoming worse than the last, all law enforcement needs to come up with policies that eliminate telling the media the name and details about the killer, except the information that is needed to catch and stop the criminals. What would the killers use to kill if they didn’t know that other killers used a certain type of gun or weapon to kill? Would the killers get their names in the history books and go down in history as the biggest killer of that type, up to that point in history? The killer from New Town’s name should never be mentioned again, but the media think that their first amendment rights are more important than an individuals (and in this case, the media thinks that they are more important than the children and teachers that were killed). The media should also be held to a higher standard because they should know better, but they are a bunch of children that know no bounds.
Let’s fix this problem the right way and stop throwing blame around without getting the facts.