Back to back mall and school shootings left a country in shock and grief over such senseless acts also leaves me somewhat perplexed after viewing the comments made by people like Gov. Cuomo. Even as I watched the footage unfold on TV, with bodies of young children and adults not even cold, the far left was already up in ‘arms’ [sic] with demands that ‘assault weapons were the cause of this disaster! My thought… ‘hit the knee, watch it jerk’.
Look, if I thought for even a second that guns were the source and cure of the problem, I’d be right up there with the rest of the ignoramuses shouting for sweeping gun, knife and club bans for the entire country. But, that’s not going to fix the problems. The reality is that our country has more than its fair share of loony bins, nut jobs and wackos all walking our streets, many without any form of supervision or drug therapy. And, the national figures are startling! According to an article published in the Huffington Post, 1 in 5 American citizens were deemed ‘mentally ill’ last year! Combine that number of people (~24 million) with the incredibly lax manner in which the existing gun laws are applied (think ATF and Mr. Holder) and what really surprises me is why we don’t have more nuts out there shooting or blowing up the American landscape!
The truth be told, banning assault guns won’t stop this kind of problem (crazy people sometimes act…well…crazy)! But, it might sure make a dent in the number of tragedies like Sandy Hook Elementary if some of the unstable individuals walking among us were taken off the streets and given the care they so desperately need. (Where’s Obama stand on that issue I wonder). It would also be a really good thing if the laws already on the books were rigorously enforced. Or OK, is it better to blame it all on guns and just pee in the wind.