Sunday, December 9, 2007

Another Mass Shooting, And The Country Will Shrug It Off

This time in a religious training center.

But the country is so in the grip of the gun lobby that nothing remedial will come if it, just as other mass shootings - - in a mall, in an Amish school, on a playground, on a University campus, in a McDonalds...the list is endless and bloody- - roll right off our collective back.


And updating - - a second fatal shooting at a church, 60 miles from the site of the first.

No doubt the gun movement will say this is an argument for concealed carry in the pews.

Madness II.


Benjamin said...

Well what is your answer? I doubt an outright ban of guns would ever happen in the United States, and even if it did it'll never work. I mean look at the UK, they've banned citizens to own guns outright and yet violent gun crime is up. As cheesy as it sounds, the whole argument that taking guns away from law abiding citizens is the correct one. You know the one that the gun people love to use over and over, that criminals will still have guns.

Also, think about this, the most dangerous mass killing in the US was done so by a bomb. Indeed, this is the internet and I'm sure you can find such information on how to make a bomb across it. The point is, people who do these mass killings will pay no head to laws and will use any means possible to achieve their means.

That being said, I don't have an answer. What I do know is that the people who have done the recent gun shootings have all been mentally/socially unstable. All were willing to die instead of surrendering to the law. Again, these are determined individuals, who care nothing for the law. Do you really think that stricter gun laws are going to solve the problem?

No, the problem is much deeper than that, and guns are only part of the problem. In the end is a problem with society it self, and its refusal or ignoring of such individuals. There needs to be a greater sense of community, but I'm not sure how you get there with all this technology and big cities.

Benjamin said...

Hmm, this is Japan's way of doing it, even when just getting a hunting gun.

The licensing procedure is rigorous. A prospective gun owner must first attend classes and pass a written test.[7] Shooting range classes and a shooting test follow; 95 per cent pass.[8] After the safety exam, the applicant takes a simple 'mental test' at a local hospital, to ensure that the applicant is not suffering from a readily detectable mental illness. The applicant then produces for the police a medical certificate attesting that he or she is mentally healthy and not addicted to drugs.