Virginia Tech Lesson: GUN CONTROL
"The gun lobby finds waiting periods inconvenient. You have only to ask my husband how inconvenient he finds his wheelchair." Sara Teasdale
As a resident of one of the most violent cities in the nation, I'm well in touch with my inner Gun Control Advocate. In fact I've been ranting for years in favor of smaller guns and bigger rules about who can buy them.
All those *patriotic* gun activists who self-righteously claim a Constitutional imperative to blast Bambi with an AK 47 need to step out from behind the trees and join the 21st Century.
The so-called right to bear arms is no more relevant today than the right to own slaves. It's archaic. We don't have a Citizen Army. We're not taming frontiers or honky-tonk towns. Most of us don't live in isolated areas threatened by wild animals.
Many of us do live in cities under a new threat -- humans who behave like animals. It's barbaric. They're shooting each other and innocent victims in epidemic numbers.
Our gun laws--the few in existence anyway--don't even try to identify criminals or potentially dangerous gun purchasers.
Sick, misanthropic, angry, unbalanced, under-aged and just plain stupid people can buy guns with virtually no legal oversight. In most states it's harder to get a driver's license than it is to buy a gun.
Something's wrong with that picture. Something's really wrong with anyone who claims to need--or have a right to own--automatic weapons. And with a system that allows anyone with a valid ID and a credit card to buy them at will.
It's unconscionable. As the horrific events at Virginia Tech demonstrate, it's deadly dangerous.
Guns don't kill people. People WITH GUNS kill people.
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