Are we living in the “wild west?” Seems every time I pick up a newspaper or listen to the news there has been a shooting somewhere in this country by some deranged person.
Nothing was more heart wrenching this year than the senseless killing of innocent life in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 six-year olds were gunned down sitting in a classroom. Their teachers and principal were also slaughtered. Kindergarteners who were just beginning their future met their end instead. How tragic and reprehensible is that?
A few days ago near Rochester, New York, firemen were lured to a house to put out a fire, but instead they were ambushed and fired at. They responded to a call about a fire but their lives were snuffed out for their heroic efforts. Firemen put their lives on the line every day knowing the danger they face from fire…. not bullets!
In July, in Aurora, CO, during a midnight screening of the sequel Batman movie a gunman entered the Cineplex and fired into the audience. Some 70 people who attended the screening were shot. What should have been an entertaining evening turned out to be a horror show.
These are but three events that took place this year alone. There have been others that resulted in injury and deaths. According to USA Today, four or more people are killed every two weeks in the United States. Is that what we can expect the norm to be in this country now?
What a sad commentary when classrooms are not safe; when our emergency responders are under fire; and when entertainment facilities turn into shooting galleries.
All of these incidents were carried out by madmen with automatic or semi-automatic weapons. And that is the issue at hand. Guns, specifically assault weapons, that are in the hands of unstable individuals spells impending danger.
Collectors and sportsmen take issue and pride in owning their guns of choice. But here’s my question, is there any need for them to own assault weapons? They should be in the hands of soldiers, not private citizens. What hunter requires an automatic to shoot an Elk? What private citizen needs a semi-automatic to defend his home?
President Obama, when visiting Newtown, made a promise to that community that he would do everything in his power to stop this killing spree. I hope he will put these words into action. It’s all well and good to comfort those in pain for their loss but it’s another matter to get tough and get that job done.
2012 is coming to an end in a few days. It has been a bloody year. Not from fighting a war, but from stateside killers who pointed their guns at unsuspecting, innocent citizens, and killed or maimed them.
Hopefully 2013 will be a kinder and gentler year!