I have had a few days to sort through my emotions and have come up with a few thoughts in the aftermath of Sandy Hook:
In regard to gun availability, the “toothpaste is out of the tube” already. Just like abortion, we aren’t going back, no matter how many people think otherwise.
Having said that, do I think an ordinary citizen should be able to buy a weapon in which the ONLY use for that weapon is for killing a multitude of their fellow humans at once (even in the name of self defense)?
No, I do not.
Granted, I am ignorant in regard to the specific characteristics of these weapons, but I do know that you probably don’t need to fire 45 rounds of armor piercing ammunition per minute into an animal that you are trying to hunt for food or game. These weapons were designed to kill other humans.
I get it, in war, that’s what needs to happen; however, I believe that they have no place in a (relatively) peaceful society.
Next, I consider myself a man of math and science. Numbers make sense to me.
What I’m having a tough time understanding is this: if we are trying to reduce the amount of something, I don’t get how we get to that solution by ADDING more of one variable to one side of that equation. Yes, I am aware that this is without taking human behavior into consideration (which is obviously a very large and essentially unmeasurable variable).
Pardon me, but I’m not sure I want Mrs. Randall, the Home Ec. teacher, who has never fired a gun at a living thing before, to be packing heat because her husband thinks that will help “protect her”. Again, I’m just speculating here, but I’m really unsure how composed the common citizen would be in the event an armored lunatic is coming at them spraying bullets from a semi-automatic weapon. Likely outcome: she gets mowed down and the madman has an additional weapon.
Lastly, the real issue here is how we, as a country, handle mental health problems (THE BIGGEST problem here) which are often exacerbated by events outside of the control of those involved. Anecdotal accounts are suggesting that this kids life went from ‘troubled’ to ‘really fucking bad’ once his parents got a divorce.
So many parents are selfish fucking assholes and get married/have kids without weighing the consequences of bringing new souls into this world. Thankfully, I am not a child of a broken home, but my wife is, and it horribly damaged her childhood.
Here’s where I get nuts: parents need to stop being so fucking selfish and think about how their fucking horseshit “irreconcilable differences” are going to affect the people who care about them the most: namely, their fucking kids. If someone is abusive or a horrible influence on their children, obviously that is a different story…but just wanting to stick your dick in other women (or vice versa) or “not getting along” is a really fucking shitty deal for those who you are leaving behind.
SUCK IT UP, AND BE A FUCKING MAN. Take care of and BE THERE FOR your kids. No matter how damaged they are, you leaving is only going to make things worse.
One final thing, I had a twinge of agony the other night when my main man MAXIMUS posted a picture on Twitter of his local PICU. You and your family are in my thoughts (I don’t pray, so it would be disingenuous for me to say that). With me having 2 little ones, I get kind of loony when they merely have a fever (I know, pace myself), I cannot conceive what it would be like for my children to really be sick. Stay strong, I really hope everything gets better for you guys soon.
My best to you all.