Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gun Control '07

Where did that suicidal murderer purchase that Glock 9 mm pistol and why is it so easy to purchase such a weapon? Let me get one thing straight. I eat meat. I am not opposed to hunting. I am in favor of gun control. Ever since Jim Brady was shot, I have supported the Brady Campaign to Limit Gun Violence. Just a check, just once a year. He was shot in 1981 and the Brady Bill wasn't passed until 1993 when Bill Clinton signed it into law. If you feel so inclined, and I would hope this horrific event at Va. Tech gives you a shove, click on the Jim Brady link and make a donation. And while you're at it, ponder the importance of the NRA in this country and ask yourself, "What the hell is that organization all about?" Click on their website cos I'm sure that pretty soon you can catch their 'spin' on the current horror.

I guess Columbine wasn't enough.

5 Comments:

Blogger Martin Sims said...

We could be talking about the need to get tougher on domestic violence, or about how to better identify mental illnesses that could result in the injury or death of innocent people. We could be talking about a general alarm system that could be implemented campus-wide to immediately alert the staff and student body in such emergencies so that the people being directly affected would know to either hunker down and bar themselves in or evacuate the campus. We could be talking about making such large and public institutions prepare a link to any video/audio monitoring equipement so that police can immediately see or hear who, what, where and as a result be better able to respond to intruders exhibiting deadly intent.

Blaming guns will not prevent this type of crime from happening again. Just as blaming the car would not prevent a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel again. We need to have a honest look at practical measures that will allow for rapid alert and effective response on all school campuses in our country.

9:16 AM  
Blogger gwendomama said...

No, Martin, blaming the gun would distract too much from BLAMING THE PSYCHO FUCK WHO BOUGHT THE GUN.

What I think is worthy of noting is that our own dumbass president- in the same breath as his 'condolences', had to make a remark about 'his people's' right to bear arms. Go rinse the vomit from your mouths.

9:21 AM  
Blogger granny p said...

What to be said. This side of the Atlantic we can only watch, amazed. But anything so culturally engrained is hard to shift. (As is clear from your first commenter.) Which doesn't mean it shouldn't shift. Scary for all of you.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Lin said...

Martin Sims. I'd like to be able to respond directly to you, but I can't. Because clicking on martin sims takes me nowhere, furthering my belief that your words have been spoonfed to you by the NRA. They are so 'reasoned' and so 'balanced' in tone, but the message...it's still nuts. You people don't get it, do you? Whoever thought the day would come when you couldn't smoke just about anywhere? It didn't happen overnight. It took decades. Just like it will take decades before it's impossible to stroll into your local Walmart and pick up a Glock handgun. Just like it will take decades before every state in this union is on the same page in understanding there is a direct correlation between HANDGUN sales and wholesale murder. Martin, as reasonable as your words sound, the message is so flawed and so very, very wrong. The NRA has the blood of a lot of innocent Americans on its hands and why this country doesn't strip them and all their lobbyists of their tinpot power is beyond me.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Martin Sims said...

You cannot accept my reasoning and logic because you are approaching this debate from a purely emotional point of view. The degree to which you rely on emotional arguments must be what is making you so contemptuous of mine. That is the reason you are so venomous in your denunciation of me. Your desire to utilize personal attacks on somebody you don’t know rather than directly debating each of the points I made, should at least suggest to you that your own arguments are rationalizations you prefer to believe rather than a doctrine that can be explained in logical terms.

I believe in the logic I have used and have little doubt that it will (as it has) stand the test of time. I hold dear the integrity of the values I impart to others, and I appreciate the sincerity of your convictions as well. However, you and those that choose to blame inanimate objects for the evil that is perpetrated by human beings are deluding yourselves. Such delusions cannot be satiated by logic or by reasonable communication. Debate is such an important component of our political and legal system for the very fact that it weeds out emotion from logic and generally provides us with the clearest view of the truth. The truth is that we need reasonable, practical approaches to dealing with violence of the scale and nature seen in recent weeks and in past years. The truth is that the 2nd amendment will not be overturned, ever! An example of this reality can be seen in a recent Supreme Court ruling that has shut down Washington DC’s 30 year ban on handguns as unconstitutional.

12:28 PM  

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