Here's the most disturbing image that sticks in my mind after all the media coverage about the killing of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school:
Television footage of people right here in Oregon buying record numbers of military-style assault weapons similar to, if not exactly the same as, the Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle used in the killings.
A gun store owner said that he had amazing sales after two people were killed at the Clackamas Town Center attack in my state. But the day after the Connecticut massacre, he said sales were even higher, record-breaking.
It's why the term "gun nuts" is well deserved. Sane, caring, compassionate Americans were saddened by the 26 deaths. They started to talk about how to prevent additional attacks with large capacity assault weapons, which enabled Adam Lanza to shoot each child many times.
But the gun nuts' first thought was, "I need to buy the gun that just killed 20 children."
It's akin to bomb nuts going out and buying the ingredients that were used in the infamous Oklahoma City bombing. Who could respect the judgment or patriotism of anyone who did that? Only gun nuts, I suspect.
Fools who are allergic to facts keep saying, "Guns don't kill people, people do." That's idiotic. All you have to do is look at murder rates in countries which have much stricter gun laws than the United States does. I've done just that in my "Guns kill people. People don't kill people" post.
Let's look at another Wikipedia page, List of countries by firearm-related death rate. The years for the data differ as shown in parentheses. Rate is per 100,000 population. These are homicides by guns, not accidents.
United States 4.1 (2004-06)
Canada .8 (1992)
England/Wales .1 (2002)
Australia .4 (1994)
Germany .2 (1994)
Even though the data for some of these countries are from time periods a decade or more part, the conclusion is inespacable: guns kill people; people don't kill people. More availability of guns, more gun homicides.
Irrational fact-starved NRA types try to argue that if someone with a homicidal urge doesn't have a gun available, he or she will kill with a knife, baseball bat, or whatever.
Unless, as noted above, it is assumed that Canadians are inherently five times less homicidal than Americans, and Australians ten times less homicidal. I don't believe that. What I believe is that the ready availability of guns is the reason for both our very high overall intentional homicide rate and, obviously, our very high firearms homicide rate.
If terrorists from another country were wreaking such havoc on American citizens every year, killing many thousands more than died from similar terrorist attacks in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, there would (or should) be a massive outcry:
We've got to stop our people from being murdered! If other countries can protect their citizens, so can we! We're a culture of life, not of death!
Good point, me. I'm pleased to agree with myself.
Lots of right-wingers claim to be "pro-life" because they are opposed to abortion. Yet they have no problem with many thousands of Americans, children and adults alike, being killed by lax gun control laws. So they're not really pro-life. They're fooling themselves.
Fortunately, the Connecticut killings are waking people up. Gun nuts can't be allowed to make our country into a free fire insane asylum.
More than 6 in 10 Americans support a ban on assault rifles and high-ammunition magazines, according [to] a poll conducted after last week’s mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
The CNN/ORC International survey showed 62 percent of respondents back such restrictions, while 37 percent oppose both the assault-weapons ban and the prohibition on the high- ammunition clips.
Nancy Lanza, whose gun collection was raided by her son Adam for Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook school, was part of the “prepper” movement, which urges readiness for social chaos by hoarding supplies and training with weapons.
“She prepared for the worst,” her sister-in-law Marsha Lanza told reporters. “Last time we visited her in person, we talked about prepping – are you ready for what could happen down the line, when the economy collapses?”
Society can't do much about illogical, unfactual, anti-scientific people who believe in conspiracy theories, black UN helicopters, and an evil Federal Reserve, along with longing for a return to the gold standard.
But banning sales of all kinds of assault weapons and magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition is eminently feasible. And constitutional.