Okay, time to rant.
I am posting here rather than in the School shooting in CT thread out of respect for the admin’s wishes to keep all things political in the political thread, though some of my comments are directed to what I’ve read in that thread.
Some in the other thread are saying that we shouldn’t politicize this tragedy by bringing up gun control. Bull. That’s an easy out for the pro-gun side; what they’re really saying is “let’s leave well enough alone.” Some in the other thread are stating that the shooting is not a gun control issue. Bull. If this event is not about the easy availability of guns in this country, what is?
In a tragically ironic coincidence, the massacre at Newtown was not the only attack on elementary school children to take place yesterday. In China, a deranged 23-year-old walked into an elementary school and brutally attacked school children. Twenty-two kids are now in the hospital, but none of them were killed. Here are 23 kids who hopefully will go on to have happy and productive lives. That won’t be happening with the victims in Newtown. Why has no one killed in China? Because the attacker came with a knife, not with semi-automatic weapons, which are virtually unheard of in China.
If you compare U.S. homicide rates to those in other industrialized countries, the numbers are astounding, with the U.S. homicide rate some 10 to 15% higher than other western nations. http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2012/jan/27/jim-moran/rep-jim-moran-says-us-gun-homicide-rate-20-times-h/
The NRA and their supporters always cite the Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms.” But they conveniently forget the “well regulated Militia”
part of that amendment. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in United States v. Miller
(1939) that citizens do not have a right to bear arms if they are not part of a well-regulated militia. It’s time for us to start regulating. Or at least let 5-year-olds start packing heat.