Innocence lost

Tragic.  Senseless.  Heartbreaking.  Unfathomable. Trot out all the usual adjectives to describe another massacre. Twenty six people, including 20 children, are dead tonight because someone who shouldn’t have been allowed within 100 yards of a gun held one in his hands.

A man walks into a crowd carrying a gun. Sounds like the first line of an old joke. Yet the only stories repeated more often than old jokes these days are stories about killing sprees in movies theaters, malls and schools. The latest story took place in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. This one hit too close to home; but in reality, they all hit too close to home for someone.

Before too long, another massacre will hit too close to home for someone else. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun advocates will once again remind us that, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” They’ll also remind us of our constitutional right to bear arms — for protection. But I’ve always wondered, how come we never hear stories about people sitting at home minding their own business and having to kill armed intruders for protection? Instead, we hear stories about places like Virginia Tech, Columbine, Aurora and now Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

When are we going to wake up and address this national epidemic? Sure, we can put x-ray machines and metal detectors at the door of every school, store and public building in the nation. Yes, we can produce public service messages about gun safety. Yet these solutions are like applying a band-aid to the gaping wound caused by an automatic weapon.

When the founders of our country insured our right to bear arms I hardly think they imagined a day when a gun could kill dozens of people in the time it took them to load, fire, and reload their reliable old flintlock rifle. The only people who need these guns are the people who want to kill lots of other people and kill them quickly. The best way to prevent the next massacre is to cut off some lunatic’s easy access to automatic weapons. If that means the rest of us can’t get our hands on them either, consider it a fair trade-off for real safety — and a much more effective means of protection than taking our shoes off before boarding an airplane. 

Innocence went up against evil this morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School and innocence lost. How many more times do the innocent have to lose before we match the gun advocates dollar for dollar, sound-bite for sound-bite, and lobbyist for lobbyist, and get automatic weapons off the street and out of our neighborhoods?

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6 Responses to “Innocence lost”

  1. Jessica says:

    Such a tragic and heart wrenching story. My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

  2. Al Suther says:

    Ban Guns?

    Well written essay. Guns are banned in Mexico. Yet its gun homicide rate exceeds that of the US.

    The fallacy of soft-headed liberals (it’s all in the DNA with gene DBD4) is pathetic. Liberals never opened the West or the East in the 1600-1800s. They are the descendants of those who shirked military service or of scribes or others in servile or intellectual pursuits who were in the wimp category as far as the warrior or mercantile explorer classes were concerned. These two classes of people have been risking their lives and dying off the earth leaving it to the cowards and a few deranged imbeciles who hate others because they hate themselves to the point of killing indiscriminately. It’s not their fault the deranged and the liberals feel bad about themselves in their own different ways. It’s in the DNA stupid and the elite media propaganda machine. As Hitler said repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth!
    Ever noticed those senseless mass murderers came from liberal or broken homes with little supervision?

    Your insistence on disarming a law-abiding section of citizens will do nothing to protect them when hordes of disenfranchised blood-crazed revolutionaries (remember Watts and Rodney King riots anyone?) come throwing Molotov-cocktails through your ground floor windows at night. What’s your defence then? It will never happen? Think of the rich merchant homes in Lyon, France during the Revolution, Haiti and US plantation homes in 1800s, Lima, Peru and El Salvador middle class neighbourhoods ransacked and burned in the last 30 years, Russia in 1917-22, Christians killed everyday in Egypt (guns are illegal there too!) and kidnappings in Mexico. It won’t happen here? Heard of home invasions?

    Don’t buy into the simplistic hysteria of the liberals that banning the guns will change anything. Penises don’t make a man a rapist! His deranged mind does or perhaps over the top activist feminism caused the reaction.

    Banning penises now? Knives? Pressure cookers? How many times people die by gunfire in the US? But 50 times as many are saved by just brandishing a firearm or shooting a crazed monster.

    Don’t buy into the liberal-Marxist agenda meant to vilify the party that represents the solid values of self-reliance that made this country possible. If you count on the government to take care of you then vote for that party. You will end up by bring uniformly poor as in Cuba. America was not made by those who tremble. Wake up Americans and use your common sense. Stop your sedation by turning off the alphabet soup TV networks and believing any article written by those who have never been on the front lines. They are fed by a government and not by themselves.

    Guns don’t kill. Morons do! And the liberals are assisting!

  3. mike says:

    Al, if you go back and read the post I didn’t say “ban guns.” I said we need to cut off some lunatics access to automatic weapons, and if that means the rest of us can’t get our hands on them either, that’s a small price to pay in order to prevent another Sandy Hook or Aurora.

    There are plenty of other types of guns law-abiding citizens can own. Efforts to ban automatic weapons, high capacity magazine clips, and close the loopholes that allow anyone to buy a gun at a gun show without a background check is not part of any liberal-Marxist agenda or a way to vilify a political party. In fact, the majority of U.S. citizens support these measures — a fact that was lost on the representatives who ignored their constituents in favor of the lobbyists and donors who line their political war chests. Hopefully, voters will remember which representatives ignored their wishes during the next election.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I appreciate your comments on parental alienation. Many people don’t understand this dynamics. I have had people tell me to “just get with it”, but aren’t here in my home helping out. Their families are still ‘intact’, and so they aren’t dealing with the same issues that those of us living it are trying to survive through.

    Truly a tragic killing. It has changed our nation.

    Please also remember Hitler, and how he took away everyone’s guns. From my family, only 5 were left alive in all of Germany after Hitler’s holocaust. The only way that he could perpetrate all of this on his own countrymen and others as well, was that he first required gun registration (so that he could know who had the guns), and then used those lists to then know who to confiscate the guns from. If you google Warsaw uprising, you will learn about a last-ditch effort by the Jews to remain free. During the last days of their freedom, a few brave people were able to get guns. They were actually able to hold off the Nazi’s for a time. The only reason was that they were able to arm themselves.
    Amazing how the “brave” Hitler refused to invade Switzerland, where every one was required to have guns in their homes.

    We have to remember history so that we aren’t doomed to suffer it again.

  5. Ted says:

    A tragic event, no doubt. But what does this have to do with the subject of parental alienation?

  6. mike says:

    Not a thing Ted. But the massacre of 20 sweet, innocent children moved me to say something — as much for my own mental health as anything.

    Sadly, more than four years later, little has changed on the issue of gun violence in America. If anything, there is more of it now than there was at the time of the Sandy Hook massacre. And as I watched the coverage last week of the shootings at Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale airport I thought, “If killing 20 five and six year olds and their teachers didn’t change anyone’s mind about the need for tougher gun control, nothing will.”

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