Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It's the GUN, Stupid!

As the nation mourns its worst mass shooting, media talking heads are again asking "What type of person would do this?" Sadly, the media is unlikely to give us any deeper analysis than it was the work of an angry lone nut. Moreover, we are likely to be told it's an isolated incident. So, other than grieving and lowering the flags there isn't much more we as a nation can do to prevent these disasters. Unfortunately, the past several years there seems to be no shortage of angry lone nuts willing at attack schools and shopping malls.

Yet, many are beginning to question whether the isolated "mad loner" theory fully explains the phenomena. Why is it we never read about knife wielding wackos or crossbow armed madmen killing scores? What is the media overlooking when it asks "What type of person would do this?"

What could it be, what could it be?

Someone armed with a GUN?

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Like mixing alcohol and driving, the combination of an unstable person and easy access to firearms seems to increase the chance of disaster. Unfortunately, until the country finds a solution addressing both parts of the problem, mass shootings will continue.

Some are starting to see the light, questioning the cost of our nation's gun laws. Organizations such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence are working hard to make the Blacksburg shooting the last. Give them your support.

1 comment:

Professional Critic said...

Truly. NRA types say, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people," but it's really more like, "People with guns kill people." I guess that doesn't quite advance their cause in the same way, does it?