The drum beat has begun, yet again. Gun nuts in all shapes and sizes and from almost every walk of life have had their sleeper cells activated. And, whether or not anyone cares about their answer or even asks a relevant question...their mantra spewing about freedom and their genetically mutated mis-interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, is underway.
The guns didn't kill and injure 82 people. The weapons were legal. The guy was nuts. If guns are illegal only criminals will have guns. This guy was nuts. Blah...blah blah, blah blah.
At what point is someone going to stand up and challenge these gun nuts, stop spouting buzz words and phrases that were learned at the age of 8 when their parents sent them to "Gun Camp"...and stop this senseless killing?
Before I get into the totality of arguments offered by the gun nuts which are unsupportable in their entirety, there are a few facts which should in and of themselves make that effort thoroughly unnecessary.
Every year in the United States...EVERY YEAR...There are more than THREE to FIVE TIMES the number of GUN-RELATED DEATHS in the United States, THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF United States Soldiers KILLED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
In the ten years since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, roughly 6600 US Troops have been killed.In the ten years since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, BETWEEN 250,000 and 300,000 FREE AMERICANS have lost their lives in gun-related incidents.
So...How many gun nuts does it take to end YOUR life?
In the Colorado movie theater incident, as in most if not all of the last 30 mass killings in this country, the weapons used were legally acquired and possessed by the murderer. The gun nuts want no new laws rstricting anyone's right to acquire these weapons of mass destruction. Of course not. Gun nuts have rights. Right?
A person with a sinus condition can't purchase three packages of Pseudophed or Mucinex within a 30 day period, and haS to show their government-issued photo ID, give a thumb print, and swear allegiance to Eli Lilly just to get the first two.
A mass murderer in Colorado, or anywhere in the United States can acquire nearly 10,000 rounds of ammunition, semi-automatic weapons, convertible to automatic weapons, tear gas canisters, flash-bang grenades, full body-armour...and, do so without restriction or limitation...and while swearing allegiance to no one.
But...WHAT ABOUT THE 2ND AMENDMENT?Don't we, in this "greatest nation on earth" have, yes...a GOD-GIVEN RIGHT to kill ANYTHING WE WANT TO...even if our bullseye happens to be trained upon someone else's 7 year old 2nd Grade little boy or girl?
Which is of greater importance in the year 2012...
The 2nd Amendment...or a 2nd Grader?
Before you answer, let's examine what the gun nut response has been to every other mass murder committed using the world's most deadly weapon of mass destruction.
After a run of school shootings:
"ARM THE TEACHERS!"
After shootings at colleges and universities:
"ARM THE TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS!"
After shootings at a Seattle coffee shop:
"ARM THE BARRISTAS!"
After the September 11th attacks:
"ARM THE PILOTS!"
After the shootings of a Congresswoman in Arizona:
"ARM THE CONGRESS!
"What can we expect from the gun nuts after the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater?
"ARM THE GIRLS AT THE CANDY COUNTER!"
In case we haven't figured this out yet...ARMING MORE PEOPLE ONLY GETS MORE PEOPLE DEAD!
But...what about the 2nd Amendment?
Let's talk about the 2nd Amendment for just a moment.
The 2nd Amendment was adopted in the year 1791. In 1791, "arms" which Americans had a right to keep and bear...were forged BY HAND, and took anywhere from 1 to three minutes to fire a SINGLE SHOT.MASS MURDER, in 1791 WAS A PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY, unless a group of 82 people (like in the Colorado movie theater) was set upon BY AN ENTIRE ARMY of murderers...or, unless the 82 people being attacked, WERE ASLEEP.
From 1791 until Antonin "THE ANTI-CHRIST" Scalia vitiated the intent of the Framers of the Constitution in 2008...anyone with 2 live brain cells understood that THE PURPOSE of this "right" to keep and bear arms...was very specific...that being to support a "well-regulated militia" because that was necessary "for the security of a free state".
But...220 years after first adoption, Scalia, a Life Member of the NRA no doubt, decided, in his own infinite lunacy, that what the Framers REALLY meant, was that any American who had FIVE FREAKING DOLLARS to pay for parking at a gun show...and thus avoid a background check, could buy all of the convertible automatic weapons he could fit in his trunk...and then as many Free Americans as he could afford hollow-point bullets.
Of the 36 wealthiest nations on earth, the United States has a gun-related murder rate TWO HUNDRED TIMES HIGHER THAN JAPAN, over thirty times higher than Great Britain, and already shows over three guns in place FOR EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS NATION.
The facts COMPLETELY REFUTE the rhetoric of the gun nuts.
Of the last 30 mass murders in this nation, ONLY TWO of the murderers had ANY prior criminal records of note. The people commiting these heinous crimes are NOT career criminals, nor are they, by and large, documented crazy people. So...enforing existing laws WOULD NOT have prevented their crimes. Likewise, if you took THEIR guns away, the result WOULD NOT BE that "only criminals would have guns".
The truth is, if you took their guns away...hundreds of Free Americans would still be alive, and hundreds more would not have been wounded...and at least one LESS "criminal" would have his own arsenal.
NO ONE would be injured, or have even been denied a "constitutional right" if these murderers had their guns taken away.
And...since we have absolutely NO IDEA who the NEXT gun nut to have a spontaneous breakdown might be, where that will occur, or how many people THAT gun nut will kill...well...the simple solution to this complex problem, is to fix it so that no gun nut has the capability of taking even so much as one Free American life, just because he lost a job, couldn't get a job, had a rough day at the office, his double wide got repossessed, momma ran off with the Maytag Repairman, or his kids got a bad report card.
Gun nuts tend to swear by the slogan, "Kill them all...and let God sort them out".
I think a much more effective life-saving adage is to TAKE ALL OF THE GUNS AWAY...AND GOD WILL HAVE FAR LESS SORTING OUT, TO ATTEND TO".
Without a radical course correction, the killing will continue, and...it will only take ONE gun nut, to make YOU or your entire family...NEXT!