Another mass shooting is in the news. No one is saying the “t” word yet, but things are getting clearer as I write this. It was San Bernardin0 California this time, a holiday gathering where something went wrong. Terribly wrong.
Gun control is again in the headlines, another example of attention being misdirected, focusing on one detail and missing the big picture. Politicians and candidates on both sides are making scripted statements and shaking their fists. Emotions are running high. Real people are hurting in the worst way possible. The rest of us are helpless and raging at the senseless, stupid waste of it all. Wondering how long it will be before someone we love is caught up in a senseless act of violence with weapons meant for war that have gotten in the wrong hands.
I have no problem with people having guns. I understand the intent of the Second Amendment. Most people do. That’s not the issue here.
The issue is that in this country, lunatics can get their hands on terribly destructive weapons and bomb making materials pretty easily. Add to this that we let people come back into this country after visits to nations where they can train to use terribly destructive weapons, all the while becoming more rabid and hate filled. Body armor and other supplies get sold to those who have no legitimate reason for needing them, without anyone raising an alarm. The unhinged (or religious zealots) are then free to carry out destructive whims with no one to stop them.
Rather than adding more laws to control guns, why not enforce the ones we have? Plug the holes, certainly, but put the effort into following the rules already in place. Do something about allowing those (even American citizens) who visit a suspected training ground or sympathetic nation back in this country. Lets stop pretending we aren’t fighting a war and get to it.
Everyone — liberal, conservative and moderates — has to give something here.
The Second Amendment did not account for the easy availability of weapons meant for war, those have to be restricted — deal with it. You don’t need an AK-47 to hunt or protect yourself. Likewise, gun controllers have to accept that although they do not, other law abiding, background checked Americans want, and have the right, to carry guns — deal with it. There amy come a time when you are awfully glad the stranger beside you is armed.
If we can’t figure this out, fight this very dedicated foe, mass shootings are going to become heartbreakingly common.