This blog and the columns I write for newspapers are designed to offer commentary on the events of the day. Most of the time words flow rather freely from my brain. Today as I write, however, words are harder to put together. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time. It should not be a time to consider the horror of children being murdered by a deranged psychopath. There is no making sense of this tragedy. There is no convenient explanation which gives solace. There is only the reality and the pain.
course the usual suspects are offering their usual explanations of this
murderous scene and they are also offering their usual solutions.
Number one is always to blame the gun. Legislation will be introduced to
ban “assault weapons” and all manner of perceived dangerous weapons to
keep them out of the hands of free American people. Does any thinking
person really think denying guns to legitimate, sane citizens will have
any effect on the crazies in our midst? It has been said many times
before that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Let’s
face it, laws only affect law abiding people. Bad guys don’t pay any
attention to laws and they surely don’t obey them.
this. I heard a West Point instructor today explain that violent video
games are used to desensitize individuals in their training for war.
Apparently the more blood and guts one is exposed to, the easier it is
for them to kill others. I found that interesting.
second amendment is our guarantee of keeping and bearing weapons. These
weapons are not only to protect us from crooks but primarily to protect
us from our government. I also heard this interesting little tidbit.
“Armed people are citizens, unarmed people are subjects.” A fact we
should never forget.
then are my conclusions. These rare and random events, while they are
indeed tragic, are in fact rare and random. Another truth is there are
individuals in our free society running loose who should be in cages.
Anyone who believes registering guns or even banning certain “assault
weapons” will curtail nutcases is not thinking clearly. A gun is a tool
just like a knife or a baseball bat is a tool. It is not now nor has it
ever been the tool, it is the perpetrator who is the problem. Had there
been anyone near this latest massacre site who also had a gun and used
it, there might have been far fewer deaths of innocent children. The
only way to stop a gun is with a gun, period.
have the great benefit of living in a free country. Sadly, though, not
everyone who lives in this free society is equipped to be free. In a
country of over 330 million people, we are bound to have some misfits.
There will be the evil. There will be the disturbed. There will just be
nutcases who have evaded the mental health system and the justice
system. Such is life in a free society.
many of you know someone who you think is just not playing with a full
deck? They may be eccentric, or just not “normal.” Should they be
reported to the police? What would be their crime? Obviously we cannot
have preemptive, preventive law enforcement. Law enforcement comes into
play only after the law is broken.
our job is to mourn and to clean up the mess caused by a nutcase. There
can be no understanding. Just mourn and clean up. There are no
guarantees in life, not for you or for me, and certainly not for those
little children in Connecticut. I hope and believe tomorrow will be a
brighter day for all of us. Our broken hearts will mend. Tomorrow will
be a better day.
Ron Scarbro December 26, 2012
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