Yesterday there was another mass shooting. A tragedy in Connecticuit. Though the faces and stories all change, the overarching story and the news machine is all too familiar. For the news stations there must be some formula to it by now. We need shots of people that are shocked. People that are horrified. Someone that saw this coming. People that never expected this. Parents? Roommate? Find them. For this tragedy in particular I think it’s safe to say that no one really expected this. So many children. If anything should come of this it’s finally changing the laws in place- or missing- regarding gun ownership.
I am stunned that you can see youtube clips of people walking into different stores and getting guns without permits and some without even showing ID. It is kind of nuts that people can buy guns without showing ID, but if I want to get a box of sudafed the amount I can buy is limited, they take my ID and basically make a copy of it, and I have to do that every single time. I have a stuffy nose due to allergies. I’m not going to hurl the pills at the speed of sound through someone. I’m not going to hoard mass amounts to cook meth. How does THAT law pass so easily, but people can’t agree on gun control?And of the more no-brainer ones- ban on assault weapons. How does something like that expire? Guns have on purpose- to kill. Maybe if the Constitution gave the right to bear decongestants I could be in and out of the pharmacy a little faster.
I don’t believe people need to own guns. But if that’s something that’s not going to change then what I don’t get is why gun ownership isn’t at least treated with the same amount of red tape as owning a car. With a car you have to have a driver’s license to operate one. If you own a car you need tags. Those tags expire after a certain amount of time. The license expires every few years and in some cases you’ll need to be re-tested. What sense does it make that with an actual weapon- that people use to kill thousands a year- a lot of that doesn’t happen. If you want to own a gun you should be tested periodically. Physically and mentallly. And your ability with the gun should be tested as well.
If new/updated legislation is not brought to the floor of congress very quickly following this- what are they doing there? Fuck the fiscal cliff for 3 days. Don’t let this moment, where swift action is needed, pass. What message does that send to the next person to do this? And the next? What message does that send to the rest of the world? End the war on drugs. Start the war on guns. At least with drugs people getting involved and hurting themselves do so at their own hand. With tragedies like the one yesterday, that lunatic attacked the helpless. It’s the role of the government to protect it’s people. It’s the main role of government. How about you start doing that by limiting access to what’s killing thousands of us a year?