Don’t place blame for mass killings on weapons used
The Sandy Hook shooting was done by a young man who quite obviously was mentally ill. Evidence suggests that Adam Lanza was to be committed and a decision was made to have him transferred to a psychological unit before he decided to murder 27 people. Politicians such as the president took every opportunity to blame a tool rather than the person who would carry out such a horrific crime.
Weeks in advance of the Colorado shootings, James Holmes’ psychiatrist warned that he was a threat to society. True, not all men who commit such ghastly acts are mentally ill, but those who are not can be considered purely evil. Regardless, be the killers mentally ill or purely evil, we shouldn’t be pouring blame on the tools they use. Whenever a drunken driver kills, do we blame the car or do we blame the driver?
People have used weapons to obtain food for thousands of years. People also use them for protection against dangerous animals and men. Most important, weapons have been used to fight tyranny throughout time. During the course of history, men used weapons equal to those used by those who would enslave them. Only when dictators such as Hitler and Stalin confiscated their weapons did the people succumb to tyranny, slavery and/or genocide.
Because a gun looks like something you saw in a movie and something you consider an “assault weapon” is not a legitimate reason to outlaw that gun. All guns, in the hands of the mentally ill or evil, are tools for destruction and can be considered attack weapons.
Because a magazine can hold 30 and is not limited to 10 rounds does not mean that each bullet is any less of a tool for death, a tool that can be loaded and used by the mentally ill or the evil. Limiting rounds means more magazines will be bought to hold the amount the killer wishes to use. It takes 1.6 seconds or less for a practiced gun owner to reload a semi-automatic gun with a fresh, full magazine. Our automobiles do not need to go faster than 65 miles per hour in our state—but they do.
These so-called attack weapons are used in target shooting, hunting and home defense. I know hundreds of people who own these guns, and not one owner has ever murdered another human being. These guns are simply pieces of metal and manmade material. They will not kill anything without a person pulling their triggers.
A knife is just a piece of metal and wood, and it can be used as an attack weapon. A baseball bat is a formed piece of wood, which can be used as an attack weapon. We need to start placing the blame at the root source and not on a tool that the source uses.
Why is it so hard to understand the words our Founding Fathers wrote and that our Supreme Court has upheld time and time again—“Shall not be infringed”?
Earl Arrowood of Janesville is the Wisconsin organizer for Guns Across America. Readers can contact him at email@example.com.