When I heard about yesterday’s shooting, my first reaction was “again?” There is so much chatter going on today on social media, so many opinions being shared back and forth. Some opinions are similar some are polar opposites. I think social media is a good place for people to vent their feelings, their confusion, their anger and sorrow. As usual opinions were expressed from the point of view of the left and the right. The most outrageous comment I have heard was Mike Huckabee saying this happened because we dont have enough God in our lives. Not only is that absolute bullshit its also highly cruel to the people who are suffering through this tragedy.
My thoughts about these mass shootings usually has to do with the person themselves; what motivated them to do this. What in their lives makes a person want to inflict such ugly violence and murder to innocent people, especially children. What brings them to this point? A mental illness; frustration with life. Maybe some people are born predisposed to cause violence and the desire to hurt other people. That concept is foreign to me because I am the exact opposite. If there is something I can do to help someone else I’d gladly try to do it. So thats my first question, whats the motivation. I am not sure that is a question that can ever be answered. Obviously not by the people who kill themselves; but in older cases like Ted Bundy and Son of Sam I dont particularly trust what kind of answers they give. So we might never know.
The next part is where do people get the weapons to kill; the loaded issue of gun control. I am a person who grew up in New England and has lived in NYC since college. I dont think I have ever seen a gun, aside from one you see cops wearing. I have no interest in guns and never understood why people get so crazy on this issue. Yes, I think its reasonable to be able to protect yourself; so having a gun at home I could see. In this case I believe a weapon was used that was made for use during a war. Guns that shoot out multiple rounds in seconds; sorry I dont know the proper name. A gun like that should be outlawed completely. There is not one reason a citizen would need one of those. I think gun control laws should be completely rewritten, and be much more closely monitored and tougher laws. I heard others say today that if a teacher was carrying a gun this wouldnt have happened. Again, thats such bullshit. Are we supposed to all walk around armed? People should not be able to carry guns around with them, or into a bar. Seriously, in a bar, where you drink and your judgement is impaired.
People who are pro gun will tell you that the people who want guns will find them, no matter how strict the laws are. I think thats accurate. I think there will always be a black market for things like guns. So then you come back to the question of why change the laws since ‘people kill people, guns don’t.’ This is not an inaccurate statement; it is the individual that has some sort of motivation and will find a weapon to carry out his rampage. That doesnt mean that making guns much harder to obtain wont stop some of these events from happening. It sickens me that our government is too afraid of the NRA and gun lobby to stand up to them to change the laws. Obama said yesterday something way too tepid. Mayor Bloomberg said we should act immediately on this issue. I agree with Bloomberg. There must be tighter restrictions, better ID checks, waiting periods that could be put in place. Also a much stricter code of how to maintain a gun once you own it.
My heart goes out to all the victims families and loved ones.