Another day, another tragedy in the US of A. This time little ones played victim to a deranged and troubled young man. A man who found no problem popping his mom in the head with the same gun he would later use to chase down and kill defenseless children at an elementary school. I’m talking of course about the recent events of the Sandy Hook massacre of innocents.
How do we react to this? How can you even fathom the motive in order to understand the actions? I don’t think you can. This is evil in its fleshy form. However, it’s not unprecedented in history unfortunately (as the image suggests).
There are those who will rush to blame guns and say the Second Amendment is outdated. Strange though that the Second Amendment has been around as long as the Bill of Rights — it being of course the Second Amendment and all. But these kinds of massacres are only a recent phenomenon. Sure America has always had its share of violence to talk about and kick around, but nothing on the sadistic level we now find ourselves trying to come to terms with. So what has changed recently?
This is something different. This is societal rot showing itself. In other words, we have problems as a people, as a nation. We have problems as communities and families. For those who wish to curtail and possibly greatly limit Second Amendment rights, what do we do with the First Amendment? The amendment, which protects the filth, the decadence, and the hedonistic culture that is our entertainment, our lifestyles, and our past time.
I’m not a Wild Bill, militiaman type of guy. I certainly grew up with guns and learned to hunt and use one. Joining the military, I was trained and taught how to use them against other people. After coming back from Iraq, I don’t particularly like guns. You could say I gained a new understanding about them. I cringe when I see kids playing war and shooting each other in my neighborhood. I don’t like it when my son pretends to shoot someone or plays dead. He’s not allowed to point his toy guns at people.
However, I own one gun, which I keep in my room. I have it for protection. I have a wife and two young children and no one or no thing will harm them if there is anything I can do to physically prevent it.
Even in spite of this senseless slaying of innocents, I appreciate the wisdom behind the Second Amendment. I feel freer and safer having the ability and right to legally keep a firearm for my protection. Or if I choose so, to purchase another firearm and teach my son to hunt just as my father taught me and his father taught him. I feel this way even in spite that there are undoubtedly those who wish to use that right to do harm to others.
So I think we should ask ourselves what drove this young man to do what he did, and not why he chose a gun as his instrument to do it.
And maybe, just maybe, we’ll begin to scratch at what’s underneath. But I have feeling people would rather just pour on the paint as opposed to dealing with the rot that’s waiting for them.