It's a disgusting, disgusting, tragic incident. Horrifying.
When we look at the stats on how many are killed by alcohol and drug impaired drivers every day, every year, it's hard to NOT make a case against alcohol and drug legalization.
Yet as a society we don't get too worked up about that.
I will admit that with the jobs I had in the military I didn't get issued a weapon that often but on the times I was the only time I had any control over that weapon was while I was on duty. When my duty was over it got checked in at the Armory and all ammunition was accounted for. (We are of course not talking about the battlefield or war zones)
We could do the same with civilian ownership, in that if you wish to have automatic/military style weapons that are definitely not needed for personal protection then keep them at a gun club where they are secure and controlled. That would take automatic weapons of the street and then people like this kid this morning would not have access to them in the first place,
Last edited by Byng; 12-14-2012 at 08:01 PM.
The situation would have been less horrific today if the shooter had not had an automatic weapon, the deaths would probably have been in the low single digits rather than closing in on 30. N0 Civilian needs an automatic weapon in the home for self protection.
Go check them out of the armory and run around the range playing soldiers to your hearts content but just check them back into the armory when your done?
Gun-free zones provide false sense of security
“If there's someone present with a gun when a mass shooting begins, the shooter is likely to be shot himself. And, in fact, many mass shootings — from the high school shooting by Luke Woodham in Pearl, Miss., to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., where an armed volunteer shot the attacker — have been terminated when someone retrieved a gun from a car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter.
Policies making areas "gun free" provide a sense of safety to those who engage in magical thinking, but in practice, of course, killers aren't stopped by gun-free zones. As always, it's the honest people — the very ones you want to be armed — who tend to obey the law.”
And once again, the theory I postulated years ago has manifested itself again, unfortunately: In over 50% of the mass shootings, the shooter will continue shooting until someone else shoots him, or he commits suicide by firearm himself.
Every one of us, myself included, who work in “gun free zones”, are but sitting targets for psycho’s who choose to ignore both laws and signs proclaiming work areas are “weapon free". My CCW permit is only used away from work, I have no other choice. I do not like it, but I have gotten used to working, exposed like fish in a barrel.
I fully expect to see larger “NO GUNS” signs to replace the small stickers, to make us all feel safer while we work in our fish barrel. I have gotten used to it, how about the rest of you who are forced to work under the false security of “no gun” signs plastered everywhere at your workplace??
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