First, I want to offer deepest sympathy, prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and their friends of those who were killed in today's
tragedy and the other tragedies previous to this one. I am not a gun owner and I do not actively promote the right to bare arms.
That being said, I do feel I can be somewhat impartial when it comes to the issue of gun control. After the events of this morning and a long day of
reviewing comments and also involving myself in this debate. I have come to a few personal conclusions about some of the gun control advocates who are
so vocal about their beliefs.
They really seem like a bunch of hypocrites. Blinded by their emotions and looking for a scapegoat to vent their frustrations, which are based on
fear, and the false perception that more gun control would solve the problem of angry or psychotic people from carrying out their acts of violence
against innocent civilians.
Why are people so quick to blame guns? Why not society as a whole? Is it because they do not want to accept any personal responsibility for the
problem? They will say, "We need to ban guns". Yet they will say, "support our troops". They will buy themselves and their children the latest
"Call of Duty" or other FPS video game and the most violent and vulgar music CD's. They
Why isn't it a violent society to blame? Why isn't it a war mongering government to blame? Why isn't it the fault of violent video games? Or
violent music? Why not the bullies in school? Abusive parents, relatives or neighbors? Why just guns? Why aren't all the other factors being
considered as the cause of these tragedies?
These people are either crazy, violent, angry, emotionally disturbed or all of the above. Their problems didn't begin the moment they acquired a gun.
In fact, I would guess that their problems began long before the day they snapped and went on their deadly rampages. Shouldn't we place the blame on
all the factors that led up to these senseless tragedies and not just gun control?
Okay, moving on to my next point. Drunk driving is illegal. Yet it is responsible for the deaths of more people in the USA than gun violence does. How
come those same anti-gun people aren't out there trying to get stricter alcohol control or trying to ban alcohol all together? Why are bartenders and
liquor stores required to run a background check on people to see if they have prior convictions for DUI's and alcohol related crimes?
Drugs are illegal but that doesn't stop people from getting the drugs they want. Why would more gun control stop criminals and crazy people from
getting guns? It wouldn't, in fact I think they would either find a gun on the black market or they would devise a different method to carry out
their disturbing and evil acts of violence.
Personally, in my own life, I have been affected more by people's use and abuse of drugs and alcohol rather than guns. I would feel a lot safer if
there were less drunk people out there roaming the streets and driving on the highways. But, I'm not out there trying to take away anyone's right to
drink. I'm not out there trying to get stricter laws concerning the sale of alcohol.
I wonder what would happen to all those anti-gun advocates if the government decided to take away their right to drink alcohol. Would they be in an
uproar demanding their right to buy, drink and sell alcohol? Probably. Would they be upset enough that they would take up arms to fight for those
rights? I bet that some would.
It all comes down to the individuals personal responsibility. That is why even though I don't own a gun myself. I support the right of others to own
a gun. I don't drink and people who abuse alcohol bother me deeply. But I support their right to drink whatever they want. I would like to see more
freedom restored to the people of this country and not less.
Bartenders and liquor stores have no control over the actions of their customers once they leave their place of business. Neither do the gun stores.
Some people like to drink alcohol and others like to own guns and hunt. Dick Cheney likes to do both.
I just don't think that more gun control is the solution to this problem. At the very least I would like all the contributing factors to the problem
be acknowledged and not just blame it on guns. Why aren't we also blaming the failures of society? I'll tell you why. Because it's a lot easier to
find a scapegoat, move on and shove the real problem under the rug.