As usual, a murderous sociopath, the latest in probably a googolplex of predecessors along this line, has triggered, not a dialog re murderous sociopaths but instead, hand-wringing over some of his chosen tools. The Aurora Joker shot his victims, though he seems to have carried a machete as backup.
Many, many more die by car; we address the drivers responsible, we don’t scream for limiting or banning cars. Silence re machetes, too. “But killing is the only use for a gun!” keeps echoing in the empty cavern of the winds that passes for debate these days. A lie, of course; nobody is screaming to deprive citizens of bows and arrows are they? Both guns and bows are shooting devices with multiple uses; let’s try to stay real here. And anyway, don’t talk of a gun ban to solve anything until you can make a drug ban stick.
We used to lock up our nuts; that became expensive so we turned them loose, hoping they’d take their meds. Maybe we should revisit that decision. Research among prisoners has recently shown that sociopathic criminals in the prison population have a different brain configuration than do the more normal ones. It shows up on brain scans. Seems to me, that screams for investigation. Nothing like these from the Nervous Nellies, though; just screaming louder: “Take away their guns!” Yeah, they’ll be satisfied with ‘control’ they won’t take them completely away. Look, if you can’t at least be honest, why are we even talking? They want them gone; they’ll take partial steps if they have to and keep on from there. We both know that; let’s not kid around.
That Sacred Second Amendment pasted to the foreheads of the Gun Crowd isn’t what many are told, either; let’s have honesty on that, too. The Founders took guns for granted. Some places required citizens to have them; calling out the militia wasn’t funny, then. And that’s a big part of the Second Amendment; the government needed household guns for security. And no, that wasn’t the only reason for the Amendment; the Founders wrote in so many words that an armed citizenry was needed to head off tyrannical government. You may recall that the Declaration of Independence claims for us the right to change or replace our government when necessary; that’s hardly advice for disarmed citizens is it? Which is one reason the gun-phobic Left avoids and trashes the Declaration of Independence.
But as no less than Righteous Justice Antonin Scalia has pointed out: The Second Amendment doesn’t preclude government regulation of guns. That was pretty common in fact, back in the day. Just as free speech doesn’t allow yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, the right to keep guns has limits, too.
Hypocrites of Left and Right deplore each other’s extremism, pleading for fair-mindedness by which they mean: Do it my way! Which is when real world solutions to any of these problems go up in smoke. You have to get a big bang out of it; it’s pretty funny, really…except of course, for all the dead people. The Joker was the problem in Aurora, not his guns. He could, with his tear gas, have offed his 12 with his machete or an axe if inclined. Time to ban axes, maybe?