In regards to the latest mass shooting: ‘Guns don’t kill people, people do’ does not make me feel safer

And yet another mass shooting. It appears a lone gunman killed at least five people and injured at least eight more (as I write this) at an airport at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. No motive known at this time, and the gunman is said to be in custody. There has been a report that he was carrying a military I.D.

But of course this will not convince enough people that something needs to done to stop the free flow of guns and the ease of which mentally unbalanced people get their hands on weapons.

“Guns don’t kill people, people do”. Somehow that smug little phrase of the gun culture does not reassure me.

And then at the same time I know there are times when people might feel more secure if they had their own weapons for protection. We don’t live in a police state and would not want to and the police cannot be everywhere and cannot read minds.

By chance I was watching something yesterday about the movie “Tower” about a 1960s incident when a lone gunman shot people from a tower on a Texas college campus. It was said at the time that the police actually sought civilian help — they did not have the fire power to go after him.

Even though this is supposed to be a Second Amendment issue, I think that confuses things. The Second Amendment provides for individual gun ownership in the context of national defense.

The problem we are facing is the continuing repeat scenario of terrorists or lone, mentally disturbed gunmen opening fire anywhere and everywhere — airports, movie theaters, college campuses, first-grade classrooms and so on.

While it is no doubt true that all the gun control laws that could be enacted would not necessarily prevent all this, nonetheless it does seem that we must work towards some control, and that for our own safety we must stem what is still the unhindered free flow of weapons in this nation and that we should not be held hostage by an ambiguous Second Amendment. That amendment can stand, but we can also do what is necessary to protect ourselves. The idea that we all simply have to hitch a gun belt to our waists old-West style is nonsense and not at all practical and then at the same time might seem the only alternative for lack of any other plan.


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