Saturday, March 23, 2013

Another Red Herring

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In today’s New York Times, Joe Nocera continues his series of essays on gun violence:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/opinion/nocera-saving-children-from-guns.html?ref=opinion

This sort of discussion infuriates me. Here’s the comment I posted (slightly edited):

Please, Mr. Nocera, commenters, and all of America: Spare us the discussion of which types of locks are best. Even the best technology, applied to newly manufactured firearms, will do nothing to protect us from the hundreds of millions of guns that already exist in this country. It’s a red herring, a distraction from the real issue, which is that we allow the almost unlimited manufacture, sale, and possession of gun, of any sort.

No technologies, rules, regulations, or daydreams of fancy technology would have saved THIS child:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/us/teenagers-charged-in-killing-of-13-month-old-in-georgia.html?ref=us

It seems that this heartbreaking story is so routine, even for the New York Times, that all it warrants is a one-paragraph feed from the Associated Press. Is this less tragic than the mass murders in Newtown? Because this was one baby instead of 20 first-graders, is it less deserving of our outrage?

The problem is that we have too many guns, we constantly add more to our national cache, and we resist any restrictions on our deadly armature because of our stubborn, selfish national misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.

Discussions of gun makes and models, sizes of ammo clips, background checks, safes and locks, etc., are all red herrings.

We have enough red herrings here to open a canning factory.

Until we as a society are willing to give up the “right” to own firearms, we will continue to murder and main each other. Until the proliferation of firearms is stemmed and reversed, we will continue to be the object of pity and disgust from civilized societies around the world who cannot fathom why we choose to live this way.

My reaction to the murder yesterday of a baby, by a teenager with a handgun:

http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/03/if-this-doesnt-move-you.html

More on this topic:

http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/02/red-herrings.html

http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/01/and-in-last-weeks-gun-news.html

http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2013/01/isnt-it-obvious-what-causes-gun.html

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