As completely expected, after the theater shooting tragedy, there has been a call from some circles (The Brady Bunch, Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Gun Ownership and others, for yet more gun control.
This is not surprising, even when the political element is removed from the outcry. People question why, and want something done to keep this from happening in the future. It should never happen to anyone. But, generally I don’t appeal to the government to solve problems. They’re inefficient and incompetent. And
usually have a different agenda.
I guess I’m disconnected from this kind of thinking. There ought to be a law is not something in my normal reaction lexicon. I’m a libertarian, small ‘L’. I was, even before I knew there was such a word. I’ve an extreme aversion to the word ‘ban’. Even if it is regarding something for which I lack fondness. Drug abuse comes to mind.
Hey, it’s your body (they tell us).
If you want to believe ‘X’, go ahead, feel free. Go for it. As long as ‘X’ doesn’t interfere with MY RIGHTS. Or anyone else’s.
If you don’t like guns, don’t own one. But telling others they shouldn’t be able to exercise their rights in this matter is repugnant. And against the American tradition.
Regular readers of this blog know I lost my daughter in an automobile accident in 1995. She was 12. We were t-boned at a major intersection by a guy driving a GM car in excess of 70 miles per hour, who ran the light.
After I got out of the hospital, I didn’t immediately call for the banning of drivers, owners of GM cars or even GM cars. The guy was speeding to get to work, and didn’t do it intentionally, but even if he had been some nutjob trying to hit us on purpose, it would have made no sense to ban GM cars. Or any cars.
Millions of people in the United States legally own and use firearms, and keep them for self-protection, sport, hunting, and the enjoyment of ownership of a fine tool. They don’t go shooting up theaters or committing heinous acts with them.
It’s irrational and illogical to demand more control of the law-abiding citizenry. Let’s try holding criminals responsible for their acts, instead.