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Date Posted: Sun, December 16 2012, 18:38:21
Author: Don Poss
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Subject: CT shooting at elementary school

The CT school shooting just gets worse. What a horrifying event to read about or see on the news as it is disclosed to us on T.V. Families, the cities and state of CT, and the nation at large once more struggle for a solution to deranged and purely evil people in our midst who kill others. Society reacts to tragic events by demanding action and new gun laws. An irony for those wanting to ban firearms is that laws passed attempting to control firearms, when applied to the latest outrage, rarely if ever would have prevented that recent shooting. We also hear demands that the mentally ill should somehow be screened to determine those 'likely' to harm others -- Really? Rarely does anyone suggest that we look at how to prevent shootings, such as in CT, but in the end, all potential solutions boil down to 'there's no money' to pay for safe-rooms or whatever on such a national scale.

Gun-banner-types don't want to apply their ‘banning’ type action to banning-autos which have killed millions since the Model-T’s first fatality -- because that addresses the ‘user’ rather than the ‘tool used’. Traffic Fatalities in the U.S. are at the lowest number since 1939, at 32,367. For years, the numbers on annual vehicle deaths were at or above 50,000. – Nevertheless, no one wants to ban motor vehicles.

Here are some gun-death stats on Firearm Related Deaths: "The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths." [Wikipedia]

Motor vehicles are essential for today’s society -- no argument there. Firearms are essential to the defense of our nation and as stated in the 2nd Amendment – plenty of disagreement there. All should recognize that motor vehicles and firearms can be misused. Vehicle and shooting fatalities are often committed by crazed or chemical-abuser people in control of a car or a firearm. However, mass-predicting who will misuse one or the other in the future is unrealistic. Motor vehicles will never be banned, but there are those who would willingly shred our constitution and ban firearms.

So -- What to do? We are not going to mass institutionalize the obvious loons in our midst, nor try to 'predict' who might do something bizarre in the future. Politicians will give outrage-speeches to like-minded choirs; the news-pukes will move on to the next media event; the people will shake their heads and try to make-sense of the incomprehensible; society will continue mass-killing unborn babies by the millions, complain about the cost of gasoline, and buy ever larger wide-screen televisions. The Supreme Court will continue failing to support the constitution, our students will know more about who won Dancing with The Stars without being able to name the countries bordering the USA. Partial birth babies will continue to be harvested for parts, Death-Panels will proclaim that you don’t need an expensive organ transplant – take a pill -- and the cycle will conclude once more: nothing will change.

Don Poss

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