Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Monday, July 23, 2012

The killings continue

I'm sure all of you have heard by now of the senseless killings at the Aurora, Colorado midnight showing of the latest Batman movie last week. It was a horrible tragedy.

I'm not surprised that it happened.  Not really.  Let's face it:  It's just one of the latest incidents of its kind here in the US. It seems to happen all the time.

Yes.  People all over the world commit acts of violence.  They attempt to harm others for one reason or another - or for no reason that we can discern. I don't pretend to understand how a person decides to take this type of action.

The difference is that here in the US almost everyone could easily obtain a firearm.  I'm sure it's not necessary for me to point out that one can do so much more harm to other individuals with a gun than one can with other easily-obtained weapons. (Knives, etc)

This is why I'm not surprised that this happened.

It is clear that this particular individual could have made a bomb or something else if he had been unable to obtain his weapons. Most of us do not have the knowledge to do so, however.  I know I don't.

I could purchase a firearm if I wished.  Even though I know absolutely nothing about them, have no experience using them and have no business owning one, I could be a gun-owner.  So could you, most likely.

People always cite the Second amendment as the reason to allow average citizens to own handguns.  I've read it.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
I still don't understand how we think it applies to everyone when it clearly mentions "a well regulated militia" as the reason for the right.  It's clear to me that our founding fathers intended folks to bear arms to defend the country in a time before the founding of an official military.

Sadly it appears that we as a nation have, in essence, declared that having some of our loved ones killed by a maniac with a gun occasionally is worth it if it means that we can all carry a firearm if we wish.

What does this say about us as a society?

But, it is too late now.  There is no point in locking the barn once the horse has escaped.  This is the world we live in.