Well, here we are again. It’s been 13 years since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 students at Columbine High School in Colorado … five years since Seung-Hui Cho slaughtered 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech … now 12 dead in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater at the hands of a mentally deranged graduate-school dropout by the name of James Holmes.
As disconcerting as it is to contemplate, we can all agree that there will be more mass slayings in the future. Aurora, like Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and many others before it, was a terrible tragedy. The grief and sorrow of the family members of the victims is impossible for those of us who have not been touched by such a tragedy to comprehend.
Unfortunately, as expected, immediately after news of the Aurora tragedy flashed across our television screens, gun-control advocates started banging away on the anti-gun drums. I totally understand their emotional reaction, but that’s precisely the problem: Their reaction is based on emotion rather than logic.
Like millions of other Americans, I see the problem as there being too few guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. I agree with Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who said that if the government is going to mandate that people purchase medical insurance, they should also mandate that everyone buy a Glock 9mm handgun.
In all seriousness, I don’t believe the government has a right to mandate that any citizen buy anything, but I certainly would like to see as many non-criminals as possible carrying concealed weapons. Just owning a weapon doesn’t cut it. You have to have it with you when some nut walks into a fast-food place and starts shooting people.
The age-old anti-gun argument is that if everyone carried a gun, minor disagreements would turn into gunfights. I have seen zero evidence of this. In fact, though there are probably some cases I’m not aware of, I, personally, have never heard of anyone with a concealed-weapon permit pulling out a gun and randomly killing people.
On the other side of the coin, if a half dozen kids (and the instructor) had been carrying concealed weapons at Virginia Tech, can there be any doubt in a rational person’s mind that the carnage would have been far less? How about 10 dead instead of 32? Or 15 dead instead of 32? Or even 20 dead instead of 32? Even the latter would have meant that 12 innocent people would still be alive.
Ditto with Aurora. Had half the people in the theater been carrying concealed weapons (which the theater itself disallows!), perhaps that poor, demented young man who carried out the savage attack on human life would have been stopped at six dead and 20 wounded instead of 12 dead and 58 wounded. That would have been six people who would still be alive and 38 who would not have been wounded.
I admit it, I’ve never understood the logic of the anti-gun folks. But, then, I’ve never understood most of the things those on the far left believe in. Maybe I’m just missing something. If so, can anyone help straighten me out on this?
Either way, may those innocent souls who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time in Aurora, Colorado rest in peace.
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