Tragedy in Arizona

January 8, 2011

Another shooting.  More people dead and maimed and emotionally traumatized.  And for what?  Yes, the Constitution says we should all be allowed to own guns.  It also says, in its original form, that slavery is legal and that those held as chattel under the plantation system should only be counted as three-fifths of a person.  The Founding Fathers didn’t always get it right.

And for the record, Arizona has just about the most permissive gun laws in the country.  So much for the idea that if everyone is allowed to carry a concealed weapon, if a potential shooter thinks that the people around him might be packing heat, he’ll be less likely to resort to violence.  That’s another fallacy brought to us by the NRA.

Six people are dead, including a Federal judge and a nine year-old girl.  Another dozen are wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  How many more acts of random gun violence will it take to convince people that saturating our society with firearms doesn’t make us safer?

I’m not one for the little mood emoticons, but today I’m sad.  And I’m angry.

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2 Responses to “Tragedy in Arizona”

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  2. MB said

    you need to read Leonard Levy’s “Origins of the Bill Of Rights” my friend. It may explain to you exactly how and why the Second Amendment exists. you have a rather simplistic view of guns and base your opinions on emotional reactions. it’s interesting that the shooter had more left leaning values.

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