The recent slaughter of innocent children and teachers in Newtown CT. has assault weapon ban again back in the headlines.
It should be noted that I am a gun owner and have been for 60 years. I do not own an assault type weapon and never have. I live in a very rural area and most people are gun owners. They are used for hunting and for protecting your livestock. Do some people here own assault type weapons? I don't know, but probably they do. .
Since the slaughter in Newtown I've been giving this a lot of thought. When I first saw the headline I got sick to my stomach. It reminded me of the school shooting on the Red Lake Reservation in 2005. A sixteen year old killed his grandfather, his grandfather's friend and then went to the school that he attended, killed five students, and four more adults, one was a security guard. He wounded five more students before he killed himself. This was very personal to me since it is where I am from. Since this happened many security innovations have taken place, including an armed security person at the school. I am having a difficult time with armed security at schools, but the if it helps stop this type of mass killing then I can't argue with it.
As a side note, the survivor's of the Red Lake killing drove to Newtown to comfort the survivors there. They know first hand, what many of use will never know. The aftermath and mental pain that the parents, friends and relatives will be going through, FOREVER.
What I see is a argument that banning these types of weapons will stop or help stop this senseless killing. The last ban didn't have that affect.
I am familiar with these type weapons, having spent six years in the army I used them on a regular basis. They are very destructive weapons. I don't see how a hunter or someone protecting their livestock or a target shooter would need one of these types of weapons. An AR15 to hunt rabbits or deer!!!! Really, are they serious.
I am in favor of the 2nd Amendment. But there are exceptions to this and in my mind assault type weapons do not need to be in the hands of anyone other then the military and police departments.
The last ban didn't work for a number of reason, to many loopholes and those that owned these type weapons were grandfathered in. How many of these type weapons will be on the street after the next ban takes place?
This problem is a many headed monster. Assault weapons, mental health, violence in movies, games etc. and last but not least the mind set of the American public.
Each and everyone of these items has to be involved in solving the problem and probably a couple of more.
Have you ever looked at your health insurance policy. The part that say's coverage for mental health issues. The coverage on most is very limited. Very very limited. I just read an article that stated that 22 states will be cutting back on their mental health programs.
I don't know the answer to the problem, but it isn't just gun control. Until we open our minds and look at all aspects of the problem, it will never be solved.
I listened to LaPierre speech. Totally tone deaf but the part about armed guards is not that far off the mark. But we have to look at and try to understand all the components that make up mass murderers. There is not ''one simple answer'' and until we do that we will be having this conversation after the next mass murder.
Are we ready as a country to face this and solve the problem? That is up to each and everyone of you.
This is simply my opinion. CoH will apply as will the 3 B's. Be respectful. Be on-topic or BE GONE