Friday, March 22, 2013

If this doesn’t move you

Read this news story, about something that happened earlier today in Georgia:

Go and read it, then come back. I’ll wait.

If this story doesn’t move you to outrage and despair, then you are suffering from some sort of deficiency of human decency, and you are in need of mental health care.

If you can’t, or won’t, see the connection between this crime and the ready availability of guns and ammunition, then you are either stupid, deluded, willfully obtuse, or benefiting financially from the gun industry.

If you are not outraged that the general discussion of gun control — which had finally started moving in a rational direction after the mass murder of children in Connecticut in December — has once again become a game of political ping-pong, with the gun lobby the likely winner, then either you are not paying attention, or you don’t care.

Don’t tell me that assault rifles are OK because most crimes are committed with hand guns. You are implying that mass shootings committed with assault weapons, such as the Newtown murders and the Aurora murder, are OK because they are rare.

Don’t quibble about the relative size of ammunition magazines. Yes, it is quibbling. Seven rounds, ten, 14, 30, 100? THEY ARE ALL TOO BIG. One bullet is too much, especially for the person on the receiving end.

Don’t tell me that we need more armed guards everywhere. It’s a thinly-veiled rationale for increasing revenues derived from gun manufacturing.

Don’t try to argue that more background checks, or improved background checks, will eradicate gun crime. Aurora, Newtown – background checks were never an issue. Do you think that the kids — kids! 10 years old! — who committed the crime in the linked story [were you brave enough to read it?] were the least little bit deterred by a background check?

Here’s that link again, in case you tried to skip over it earlier:

This crime happened because guns and ammunition are freely available, almost everywhere, to almost anyone, even children. Is this the kind of world you want to live in? If so, I pity you.

If the pathetic, outrageous simplicity of that murder doesn’t make you believe that we need to get rid of all guns, then just don’t talk to me anymore, I don’t want to know you. I don’t want people like you in my life. I’m embarrassed and ashamed for you.

There are enough red herrings in the “gun control” discussion to open a canning factory.

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