Here in the South the politicians pander 2nd Amendment rights. They do elsewhere as well. During a campaign, most serious candidates rarely forget to tell the voters they will defend their right to own and carry weapons. The Supreme Court has solidified the individuals right to bare arms. It is settled law ! Politicians still pander. Yet, reason must prevail and truth must emerge.
In the Colorado tragedy, and like mass shootings, there’s usually an outcry for tighter gun controls. I heard today(July 23) Mayor Bloomberg on New York wants to ban semi-automatic weapons. Well mayor, there is often other factors in these deranged shooters that eclipses easy access to weaponry. If you think it is the weapon more than the person; you have some explaining to do. What about alcohol as a weapon ? If a drunk driver causes a fatal accident; is this reason to remove alcohol commercials from sports events on television ? Same principle, Mr. Mayor ! Movies and television incite violence of all kinds. Should we police those more too ?
While I don’t agree with Bloomberg on the semi-automatic weapons ban; I do advocate looking at everything to prevent the next tragedy of the Colorado type. There is legitimate questions about mail order ammunition, and also the quantities that are shipped out.
For all the politicians benefit, the 2nd Amendment does have some borders. I cannot use a howitzer in my back yard for random shooting. There exists much weaponry that is unsafe and unsuitable for individuals to use.
I think when you explore these deranged minds you often find various motivations fro such tragedies. Associates have responsibilities to alert authorities when they perceive a seriously troubled person. I also think we can reasonably police a lot of violence and unsocial behavior from the likes of movies, video games, alcohol advertising, and television.
The great loss and bereavement of those Colorado families implore us to do something besides wait for the next one.