I was curious what our anti-smart counterparts at Fred Dooley’s hilariously named Real Debate Wisconsin blog would have to say about the Newtown massacre. I was disappointed, but not surprised, that contributor “still unreal” thought it necessary to trivialize the event in the following manner.
“This may surprise some of you, but I’m for banning all guns. Also while we’re at it, lets prevent any future copycats by being proactive: I say we also ban light sabers now, before its too late. And we should probably pull Star Wars off the shelves, too. Seems logical, right?”
Where do these people get this crap? Lights sabers and Star Wars? Video games? Let’s get real. A gun, a singularly designed weapon to kill lots of people quickly was used to kill children. At a public school. Dynamite was not used. Knives, baseball bats, ninja stars, nukes, light sabers nor zombies were used. No, it was a gun. People died.
It didn’t happen because there were too few males. It didn’t happen because the kids failed to harness their inner Chuck Norris and rush and take down the shooter. It didn’t happen because the shooter was tranked on playing Grand Theft Auto all night. It didn’t happen because the school was designated a gun free zone. It didn’t happen because god is pissed. It didn’t happen because someone forgot their gun at home and could have defended themselves. And it didn’t happen because of Sheriff Clarke’s assertion that Israeli-type ideas regarding defense were not used. If the man had half a brain he would know that gun laws in Israeli are highly restrictive and that only law enforcement, the military or those properly trained and licensed in settlements prone to attack are allowed to carry.
It happened because the shooter was mentally ill and had easy access to deadly weaponry.
Let’s get serious. A serious discussion about the accessibility of guns is needed. Not snide trivializations. By doing so you diminish the lives abruptly ended.