WC tries not to get involved in the ammosexuals’ shrill and insane claims to unrestricted, unlimited Second Amendment rights in the face of the mounting body count.
The massacre at Pulse in Orlando has made that impossible.
If you read the comments on any article – any of the Alaska Dispatch News stories is representative – they quickly devolve into the same tired arguments. Godwin’s Law invariably plays out. The closest thing to an even remotely credible gun nut argument is that the Pulse slaughter early Sunday morning wouldn’t have happened if only the crowd at Pulse had been armed. Granted, it’s not a very good idea. In act, it’s a really bad idea. But it’s the only solution that the gun nuts have offered.
Yet the United States has been running that experiment for decades now. We’re the most heavily armed society on the planet. There are far more firearms in the United States than citizens. And the body count continues to mount at a faster and faster rate. The only persons that have gained anything out of this protracted and bloody societal experiment are the undertakers and the firearm manufacturers. By any sane measure, the NRA’s idea of arming everyone is an utter failure.
There was a time in these United States when we learned from our tragedies, when a disaster served as a call to action. Now we allow the mentally ill access to the most dangerous kinds of tools, devices made sole to wound, maim and kill. And when the insane use those tools for their intended purposes, we are shocked, we mourn, and then … we move on. We do nothing. Nothing at all in response.
- November 5, 2009. Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist kills 13 people and injures 32 others in a rampage. Nothing.
- January 8, 2011. A supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during a meet-and-greet with constituents. Six people are killed and 11 others wounded. Nothing.
- July 20, 2012. Century 16 movie theater in Aurora Colorado. 12 people killed and 58 inured. Nothing.
- December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 20 first graders and six adults killed. Nothing.
- September 16, 2013. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Navy contractor and former Navy enlisted man, shoots and kills 12 people and injures 3. Nothing.
- June 18, 2015. Charleston, South Carolina. Nine killed and three wounded in an attack at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.Nothing.
- October 15, 2015. Roseburg, Oregon. At Umpqua Community College, nine killed and nine injured. Nothing.
- November 29, 2015. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three murdered and nine injured at a Planned Parenthood Clinic. Nothing.
- December 2, 2015. San Bernadino, California. Inland Regional Center, 14 killed and 22 injured. Nothing.
WC admits it’s an equal opportunity kind of neglect. African-Americans, veterans, soldiers, college students, grade school students, congress women; we let them all get shot and do nothing at all in response. That’s cold comfort.
WC rejects the claim that there is nothing that can be done. WC refuses to accept the “genie out of the bottle” argument. Here are XX specific proposals.
- We can ban the sale of any more assault weapons. No quibbles over what is or is not an assault weapon; if there’s any doubt, ban them. The ban should include private sales, sales at gun shows as well as sales by merchants. The ammosexuals can cling to the ones they have, but no new ones and no transfers.
- We can impose qualification tests for use and possession of firearms. We do that already for airplanes with pilot licenses, autos for driver’s licenses and licenses before we let folks cut other folks’ hair. We can damn well have a test and license before you can pack or possess a firearm.
- We can broaden the screening tests prior to purchase of a firearm. Both the kinds of persons excluded, which should be expanded to include the mentally ill and folks with domestic violence orders against them. And the kinds of purchases, to include sales at gun shows.
- We can adopt and implement a sensible mental health program in this country.
That’s be a start. All it takes is a Congress with a spine. And all we need to have a Congress with a spine is to insist that the folks we elect implement these steps. WC recognizes that may require replacement of a number of our current senators and representatives. It will require grassroots efforts, because the current Congress and the SCOTUS have stacked the deck.
Because the alternative is to keep stacking up bodies.