What will happen when we pass all of these gun laws and there is another shooting? What will we do then?
Let me start by saying that I am not a gun owner, I don't ever plan on becoming a gun owner, and honestly don't understand why anyone would need an automatic rifle for anything. This shooting happened in Connecticut, a liberal state with strict gun control laws. The school itself was a gun-free zone. Unfortunately, we cannot outlaw madness an evil. Madness and evil will always find a way to kill people and I believe we should not prevent good people from defending themselves.
I understand the emotion behind this. I am days away from becoming a father and the thought of my daughter living for only for seven years is beyond horrifying. If I was a father of one of those kids, I would have the same impulses. In an act like this, it is so unspeakable and frustrating because there is nothing we can do. We can't bring those kids and teachers back, we can't stop that madman, we cannot do anything. So we feel we have to do something and I understand how that would then direct itself to the means of killing those people. Guns.
But let me ask the question again. What happens if we pass gun control legislation and there is another spree-killing? Because there will be.
Mind you, I am purposefully NOT arguing this on a constitutional level. I'm trying to keep this real and human. The fact is these killers are killers, and taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens because of the horrific acts of a few is not how a true free society operates. We should not let these mad men redefine us and redefine our liberties. I was angry when I saw that Dannel Malloy said we a violent society. We are not. I see every day in my life the goodness of America and our society. Gov. Malloy was speaking out from a broken heart, I have no doubt.
I worry that this debate on gun control will lull us into sleep. We will focus our anger on the NRA and pro-gun congressmen and legislators. Then feel better about ourselves when the President signs an anti-gun bill surrounding by kids and proclaim a change. Government can't solve mental health, over-medication, Godlessness, and the breakdown of the family unit that once protected our kids. More laws will be passed, which means next time this happens more laws will be broken.
Above I said we aren't a violent society, but in some ways we are a broken society. Local communities taking care of each other have given way to government-back daycare that raises our kids for us. I understand for some it is needed and the people who work there do honorable work, but the change is not for the better. The need to have "well-behaved" kids leads parents to throw pill after pill that is recommended by some doctor you don't know taking a cut from the Big Pharma company who makes it. Our society has accepted divorce as a norm, emphasising the happiness of the parents over the effects on and stability of the kids. Attendance in churches of all denominations has plummeted and our popular culture enjoy mocking and laughing at peoples of faith while they churn out violence in movies and television from actors who preach to us about morals and diversity. We rely on a faceless and nameless government alphabet agency to take care of us instead of our neighbors and communities.
But yes. Ban more guns, make ourselves feel like we have really done something.
Then when it happens again, will we finally look inward?