Eighteen children slaughtered. Two 9mm handguns ... guns designed for one purpose only ... to kill people and to kill them expeditiously. Legally purchased weapons. Twenty seven people killed in all.
The gun culture in this country, the paradigm that proposes violence is a solution to anything, the proliferation and sophistication of weapons and the general widespread lack of empathy are all to blame. Reactionaries who believe that this is the same country it was in 1791, that any law or ammendment crafted hundreds of years ago necessarily is efficacious today and must be defended, even against the slaughter of children ... I am tired of these lame, and abstract arguments. The dead in Conneticut cry out for sanity in the way adults — adults — regulate the sale of machines made to kill humans. The children who bled to death in a spree of shooting from weapons designed by Glock, etc., their voices demand to know why these weapons were made, why they were distributed with such complete abandon, why regulations do not protect children from the things adults seem to believe are necessary.
I don't care about those who hold that we need to be able to defend ourselves from a potentially repressive government. You will not be able to defend yourself from the most powerful military on the face of the earth with a bunch of disorganized private gun owners, most of them seriously untrained in modern combat should the government ever go repressive.
I don't care about the people who think they should be able to conceal and carry without any serious training in what are essentially combat situations ... they don't know what they would do, they fantasize about being heroes ... firefights are not scripted Hollywood movies.
I am sick of people who want to defend thier rights to buy weapons designed to kill people so that they can entertain themselves on firing ranges ... when school children in this country now, most certainly, have to wonder if they may be next ... may be the targets of sophisticated weapons that destroyed these children.
The Ammendment and/or the gun laws in this country must be changed. Glock should be ashamed ... ashamed that their weapons were used to kill these children as should the other gun manufacturers. The reactionaries will sing the mantra ...
Guns don't kill people ... people kill people.
I say guns don't create peace or security. People do.
My question is: what do you want to do? What will you do?