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Newtown Massacre – Blame The Shooter Not The Guns

December 16, 2012

Newtown-MissedLast Thursday, most of us had never heard of Newtown, Connecticut. And now, due to the acts of one disturbed young man, Newtown will be remembered forever as (we hope) the worst mass shooting in our history. As we grieve for the senseless loss of twenty first-grade children and six of their mentors, several questions keep rising to the surface. Why would someone target an elementary school full of innocent children? Who was that shooter? How could he be so deranged and no one saw this coming? What were the obstacles in his life that steered him so far off course? Eventually we may know the answers to these questions.

Others are calling for stricter gun control laws to prevent this from happening again. You can’t blame the guns, although the types of guns available nowadays did have something to do with it. A gun is just a tool, a piece of hardware, until a crazy person picks it up and turns it into a deadly weapon. If it is a pistol, a revolver must be manually reloaded after firing six bullets and a semi-automatic after 9 bullets. Jarod Loughner, the Gabby Giffords shooter, was tackled when he stopped to reload. The carnage would be lessened if these pistols were all we had to deal with. The trouble today is the semi-automatic assault rifles with extended clips. They were originally intended only for the military and their reason for existing is to kill people. But, since the assault weapons ban was repealed in 2004, they are available at every gun shop and gun show. The weapons possessed by the criminals on the street are far deadlier than those carried by the average cop. There is no reason why any homeowner or hunter would need such a gun.

I’d like to see the assault weapons ban reinstated and all of them confiscated, but the NRA will never let that happen. No matter how many laws are passed, there are so many guns in this country that, if someone wants one – for whatever purpose – they can get one without much trouble. This shooter simply took his mother’s guns that she bought legally in the state with the strictest gun laws, shot her in the face and went on a rampage. Do you think that anyone who premeditatedly plans to commit mass murder cares about gun laws? Guns don’t kill people, mean, evil people kill people. The lawmakers should concentrate their efforts on identifying the wackos, degenerates and gang bangers and getting them off the streets before they harm innocent people.

I’d like to thank the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza, for having the decency to shoot himself before being captured. That saves us all a lot of time and money, and we can now be sure that he will never do something like that again. It’s just too bad he didn’t do it before the fact. There will probably be others, though, unless we find a way to stop them before they start. My thoughts are with the families of the victims of the Newtown massacre whose hearts are broken and their lives have been destroyed. May time heal their wounds and may the memories of their lost loved ones be of some comfort.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2012 10:56 AM

    I always wonder about the medications when I hear about these shootings without any apparent motivation other than to kill. In 1998 my Doctor convinced me take Zyban to stop smoking and did not tell me of any side effects. About a week into it I noticed I was getting angry at everything and I started having daydreams about violent things…scared the hell out of me and I stopped meds…decided better to kill myself smoking than someone else. I have met many others over the years that had same experience and if someone who already has social disorders is exposed to this side effect they do not have the tools to explain or cope. It is REAL, and it is so much worse now because it is soooo profitable. Nancy Lanza was so busy preparing for the unknown that she was blinded to the known. Maybe she was on meds to alter her view on reality??? She trained her mentally ill son to use these weapons….sorry but that is just fucking stupid.

    • December 17, 2012 11:19 AM

      Yeah, I’m a lifelong smoker myself. I always get a kick out of the ads for Chantix when they say “If you have any thoughts of suicide, stop taking Chantix and call your doctor.” Anybody who is trying to stop smoking will think, “blowing my brains out would be better than this.” I tried to stop years ago but everyone around me begged me to go back to smoking because I got so mean.

      You may be on to something, though. Everyone is so chemically medicated by Big Pharma these days and they don’t realize that any side effects are due to the drugs. Natural medication is the answer. Roll a doobie and peace out.

  2. December 20, 2012 10:20 PM

    Guns scare the daylights out of me but the ability of law abiding non-insane citizens not being able to have one for protection scares me more!

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