A Rational Response to the Tragedy in Connecticut

December 14 2012
by GSL Staff
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First off, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, families, friends, teachers, staff and everyone involved in the events in Connecticut earlier today. Nothing anyone says can ease the pain and this incident was truly horrific.

The amount of mail we’ve received recently about the extremely tragic mass shooting in Connecticut is overwhelming.

Most of the comments are along the lines of, “How many guns did lives save in CT today, HUH??!”

First off, let’s be clear if you’re new here. The name of this site “Guns Save Lives” is a parody of the anti gun argument that “Guns Kill People”.

Guns are neither good nor bad. They are inanimate objects. They can neither commit good nor evil without someone behind them making a conscious decision.

Gas chambers didn’t kill the victims of the Holocaust. Hitler and the Nazis did.

Chemical weapons didn’t kill those thousands of people in Iraq. Saddam Hussein did.

Already the calls for gun bans are in full effect. Why do people want to ban an inanimate object based on the evil actions of one individual?

I believe I have an answer. People don’t want to believe that someone could be so evil as to calmly walk into an elementary school, kill their mother and then systematically kill a room full of children. The overwhelming majority of the population has some level of good, some level of humanity, contained within them. The people who commit these heinous crimes do not have this humanity inside. They are pure evil. They are cowards. They are monsters. People don’t want to believe monsters really exist. We’re taught as children that monsters aren’t real.

As adults many people cannot handle the fact that monsters do, in fact, exist. What is even scarier is the fact that they are not hiding in caves, dark woods, or under bridges. They are walking among us. You will never know they are a true monster until it is too late.

Since we can’t wrap our heads around the fact that these monsters exist, we want to shift the blame to something else. In this case, guns. If guns weren’t available surely this man would not have committed this horrible crime, right? It must be the availability of the guns that caused him to do these unspeakable things, right? WRONG. The person who committed this act, and any cowardice act of mass murder would find ways to carry out their evil mission.

Just ask the guy who stabbed over 20 students at a school in China. He didn’t need guns to carry out his deranged actions. Did China call for a ban on knives? No, they called for better mental health care and better security at rural schools.

New gun bans and restrictions will only take guns out of the hands of the good guys. Criminals don’t obey laws. That is the definition of a criminal, someone who breaks laws. Only law abiding citizens follow laws and own legal firearms.

We will be crafting a more detailed response post early next week with some statistics showing that gun bans and laws do not stop mass killings. Let’s not forget the Norway killer who carried out a similar massacre in a country that does have an assault weapons ban.

What is the answer? That’s tough. Preliminary reports sound like the gunman had mental problems. This country has a serious mental health issue and the care and identification of people needing help is embarrassing compared to the rest of the world.

Securing schools and arming teachers has worked well for Israel.

Whatever the solution, denying law abiding citizens an inalienable right is not it.

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