Random Gun Observations
The mass shooting episode in Oregon this week led to the predictable public reactions from the White House, the NRA, the pro and con gun control advocates and the various biased and unbiased news outlets. I’d like to hear from the mental health experts. Did they get any coverage?
I hate guns and wish they didn’t exist, I will never own one and they are not allowed in my apartment. On the other hand, I don’t know that stricter gun control laws would prevent all the mass shootings. The President’s emotional speech after the Oregon incident was great and I wish we’d see his angry side more often. But he predictably called for more gun control. Yes, I think it should be difficult to get a gun but I’ll also note that several of the mass shooting incidents during the past decade involved legally registered guns. Correct me if I’m wrong, but ALL of them involved some level of mental illness.Various gun rights activists claim that we need more guns, arguably to protect ourselves. Parents, do really want your children’s teachers to be packing heat? Where would they keep their guns? In their desk in the classroom? In a holster like a cop or John Wayne? Locked in a gun safe? Think that through and tell me any of those options would have saved lives.
I’ve said this a hundred times too … Bible quoting conservative Christians advocating gun use are, in my opinion, spewing contradictory statements. “Thou shalt not kill” is which commandment again? I forget. Or maybe there was a second amendment to the Big Ten that I missed in twelve years of Catholic schooling.Back to the mental health part for a minute … that is probably the root of these killing sprees but that issue is at least as complicated as the gun issue and neither has a clear path to being the answer. But at the very minimum we should be studying mental health problems more and trying to figure out sensible approaches to that piece of the puzzle. The White House should make that a priority. The NRA should make that a priority. The media should make that a priority.
OK, I’ll get off my soap box, for now, before someone shoots me.