Since the tragic school shooting last week, everyone is sharing opinions, sometimes their own, but more often than not cutting and pasting opinions from the “trusted” sources on the internet. Here’s some things I notice and/or think:
1- The argument that bad people will do bad things is true. Without a gun the killer could have made his own bomb or used knife (like the guy in China), both thoughts are true. The difference is the fact that even the best homemade bomb doesn’t always work. Sometimes, even under the eyes of professionals, wires don’t connect right or mixtures are wrong. Heck sometimes the bomb maker kills himself. (Our Commanding Officer called this an “Own Goal” while we were deployed). But an assault rifle is pretty damn reliable and efficient, particularly in relation to a knife, and unlike having to “make” a bomb, it’s ready to go at a moments notice. You can also carry more than one in case the first one jams. It’s pretty hard to do that with a bomb, though admittedly not impossible. This not to say that the lack of assault rifles will end crimes, it’s just admitting that there is a reason this is a primary option of the deranged. So I don’t buy this particular argument against the regulation of assault weapons. Random thought- can you purchase live hand grenades? I imagine not, but am honestly not sure.
2- I find it interesting that the same people who are relying on the mental illness aspect of the case are (in general) the same people who are against any form of health care reform. The idea that one persons lack of mental health can so tragically affect their community seems pretty evident right now, the question is how is it paid for?
3- On a similar vein, the petitions and Facebook posts about hiring out of work vets to stand as armed guards in schools is being made by the same folks (in general) who are against any kind of government jobs program, particularly the most recent one that was heavy on hiring cops and teachers.
4- If you really want something to go viral, attribute it to Morgan Freeman.
Those are just some thoughts.