The cover of the newspaper on Tuesday featured the face of a madman. It was the mug shot of Jared Lee Loughner, the mentally ill murderer of at least six people in Tucson, Arizona. This man was able to legally purchase a semi-automatic weapon, a 9mm Glock model 19 pistol with a 30-round magazine that allowed his bullets to pierce the body of twenty different people before anyone could react. Meanwhile pundits are blaming knuckleheads like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck for spreading partisan hatred, but the news is avoiding the obvious reason for this mass murder.
I know all my readers who are registered members of the NRA are up in outrage. “You goddamned pinko, you can pry my gun from my cold dead hands.” But there is really no good reason why guns should be legal. They’re glamorous and every good movie needs them , but in real life all firearms cause are death and misery.
“But the second amendment gives us the right to bear arms.” The Constitution also gave us the right to own slaves, which most people will agree isn’t really right. I can not understand why words written over 220 years ago still serve as canon. At least religious zealots, believe their text is the word of God. Even the strictest constitutionalist accepts that Thomas Jefferson possessed no supernatural powers.
“We need the right to defend ourselves.” Yes, it is true if guns are illegal only criminals will have guns. But they will be much harder to obtain and your garden variety schizophrenic will have a much harder time making the contacts to purchase such a weapon.
“We need to defend ourselves from the government.” I love the idea of rebellion, but as much as I hate to admit it, you and your militia will probably lose against the United States military.
“What about my hunting?” Yeah, I’m a lilly livered vegan, so I’m against the killing of animals. If you’re going to do it, why don’t you man up and use a crossbow or Bowie knife. Give the animal a fighting chance in this sport.
For all the thrill firing live ammo might provide, the downside doesn’t make it worth it. I’ve yet to hear a story that ended well when a gun was involved.