How many mass murders are too many to act?
Like many I have a heavy heart after the senseless murders of 20 children and 8 adults in Newtown. As a parent I can’t imagine how the families of the slain will continue on.
I was so excited when my kids went to school to begin their growing process. They were beginning the learning process and entering society in earnest to become the fine people they would eventually become. It was such a proud time for me as a parent.
Now, due to the repeated tragedies like the most recent in Newtown, as my grandchildren embark on the same course and begin school, I am absolutely terrified. No longer is school the safe haven of learning as in times past. It is now too often a battlefield of the most horrible kind.
I don’t understand why these things have to happen, and I certainly don’t know how to prevent them. I am no expert on social diseases like this but I can look at things logically and one thing is without question in my mind.
It seems to me that these incidents, frequent as they are, are far worse than they might be due to the use of automatic (or semi-automatic) weapons. It’s bad enough that these imbalanced individuals open fire on innocent groups of people but far worse that they can use guns that rapid fire lots of ammunition.
Why are these weapons even available in this violent age? I’m not for nor against gun control in general, I’m not informed enough to be on one side or the other. But I do know that there is not a single legitimate reason for anyone in the general population to have automatic (or semi-automatic) weaponry at hand.
Why can people buy and sell these weapons legally? I’m not talking about handguns for personal defense nor hunting rifles. I am strictly referring to semi & automatic weaponry like these madmen are using that can fire lots of bullets at a group of innocent people in just a few seconds.
I know many states have made gun laws stricter, but people still legitimately have these weapons. That must stop. We must make federal laws that make owning and selling these weapons a major felony. There is not one legitimate reason for these weapons to be in the possession of anyone not in the active military or police forces.
A common excuse for owning semi and automatic weaponry is “collecting”. Gun owners state they “collect” these weapons as a hobby. Give me a break! Collecting is for stamps and comic books. Not weapons of mass destruction.
How many children and their parents must die before our federal government enacts laws making them not only illegal to buy and sell but even to own? That’s right, federal law should make it a serious felony to own semi and automatic weaponry of any kind. It should be a major crime to have these weapons in possession, no matter how much they cost the owner.
Private ownership of semi and automatic weapons is no better than owning grenades, rocket launchers, or explosives. They are all used for killing groups of people, and in fact semi-automatic rifles are used far more often to do so.
How many kids have to die?