I understand the call for gun control after Charleston. I do. But there’s another side.
What if someone inside that church had had a weapon? The loss of life could have been limited. It has happened before.
A shooter or some assailant begins to create havoc and some hero with a gun takes him out. John Hawkins of the political site “Town Hall” cites several incidents of this kind.
Wouldn’t it have been better if the man who pleaded in the AME church in Charleston for the nut case to stop shooting people had weapon and stopped him with bullets. The words obviously had no effect.
If some had their way, the end result would be that the crazies would have the guns and the rest of us would be disarmed. Mr. Obama said in wake of Charleston,”At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
I am sorry, Mr. President, but I am afraid your argument does not hold water. This is America, a country founded on a revolution meant to give liberty to its people and protect them from oppressors.
The Supreme Court has tinkered with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over the years, but has still upheld the principle that individuals have the right to bear arms. All Mr. Obama’s statement does is lead credence to the “birthers” who believe he is not really American. (I for one don’t care where he was born. His mother was from Kansas.)
What I would support is making gun licenses difficult to get for nuts. I am not a student of gun laws because I do not own one. I can’t even shoot. I have relatives and friends who do, though, so I stay interested, especially when guns in American come to the forefront during incidents like Charleston.
I do agree that something has to be done to keep sick individuals from getting access to a weapon. Perhaps if our politicians would look at things on a case by case basis instead of posturing for personal gain and trying to limit the rights of the entire population, things would go better.
In the case of the young man who shot up the AME church in Charleston, it seems he got a gun for his birthday. Didn’t Dylann Roof’s father know about his son’s predelictions for wearing apartheid era South African symbols and getting in trouble with the law when he bought the boy his gun? The father has some responsibility here.
Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, the 20-year old responsible for the deaths of a bunch of school children, did not get his guns by himself. He stole them from his mother, who didn’t have the wherewithal to keep them away from him. She paid for this with her life when she died during his shooting spree.
It’s time our politicians quit wringing their hands and blaming the ills and irresponsibility of some on the entire nation. Put the blame where it lies.