5 days ago
Monday, January 10, 2011
GUNS IN THE HANDS OF THE UNSTABLE
I am so saddened by the shooting of Congresswoman Gaby Giffords, 13 others and the senseless deaths of 6 bystanders in Arizona. It is apparent that the young man who caused all of this destruction is mentally ill and has been for some time. Yet he was able to purchase the semi-automatic weapon months in advance of the shootings.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, who said Saturday at a news conference that “unbalanced people” could be affected by the vitriol, anger and hatred of anti government rhetoric. That's a "Duh" statement if I ever heard one. Yet they felt the need to analyse it on the Today Show. Tom Brokaw pointed out that we are all at the drug store buying tiny bottles of shampoo and this paranoid young man was out buying a gun. Thank you Tom Brokaw!
Because this young man didn't have anything "on record" that he was mentally disturbed, he was good to go on the gun. All the rest of us are still out buying tiny shampoo bottles - no matter how clean our "records" are. Didn't this same thing happen in Virginia? Unstable young man buys a gun and shoots a bunch of people. In the effort to spare anyone from having a bad record haunting them, we don't report these aberrant behaviours (or make the reports available) which should prohibit the purchase of a gun and perhaps stop or at least make more difficult these attacks.
A cynical person might think that the shooting of more members of Congress might be what it takes to make some changes in these laws.