Breaking News from ABCNEWSVIRGINIA TECH KILLER SEUNG-HUI CHO PAID $571 FOR GUNS AND AMMUNITION AT A ROANOKE, VA. GUN STORE ON MARCH 13.
CBS News has learned one of the guns used in the massacre — a 9MM
semi-automatic Glock 19 — was purchased brand new at a Roanoke, Va.
gunshop, Roanoke Firearms, 36 days ago.
The NRA should be proud.
One of the first letters to the editor of our local paper I wrote as a teenager concerned the need for strict gun control. It was even clear to me then that the Founding Fathers did not intend for the Constitution to allow for tens of thousands of handgun deaths in the country. The twisted and confused thinking that we all have a right to a gun is not only wrong, but deadly. The lack of stringent regulations on the sale and ownership of guns in the United States has been a mystery to me for decades. So though it was indeed sad news today that the nation suffered the loss of so many people on the Virginia Tech campus none of us can say this type of horror was unexpected. The specific case, yes. The overall trend towards more gun violence, no. In the end the depravity that was exhibited in Virginia on Monday was not only the result of a tortured mind, but also the result of our addiction to guns, and our lack of resolve to stop the NRA. Though it may anger some to hear it, we are all a part of the problem with gun violence.
One figure tossed out on the news networks this afternoon was that there exists more guns in America than people. That is a sickness that infects all geographic areas and economic classes. When we start to review what happened in Virginia we need to be mindful that each of us played a role in the disaster. Both Democrats and Republicans who take the NRA funds and do the bidding of this blood soaked lobbying organization in Congress are responsible. Each voter that accepts the malarkey from the NRA that gun control means stripping rights from hunters, and then casts a ballot based on that lie is a part of the problem. I too am responsible in that I and other Democrats do not force our candidates to take bolder gun control stands while running for election. We do not hold our elected official’s feet to the fire and demand that they pass gun legislation with teeth while in office.
This afternoon when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke from the floor she did not face the issue that needs attention. While she spoke from the heart about the loss of life there was no mention of the NRA, and no mention of gun control. While I can give all the reasons why the issue was not ‘politically correct’ for Pelosi to address I can also add 33 more reasons (at the time of this writing) that common sense should start to rise above the self-interests of the gun lobby. And the self-interest of politicians! I am tired of the reasons why real gun control can’t take place and am looking for leaders who know that it must. And I strongly suspect that with a truthful debate on the merits of gun control enlightened thinking would prevail.
When President Bush spoke about his sadness, and that of the nation, he too forgot that the forces which perpetuate the violence continues because of gutless politicians that will not speak the truth about the NRA.
With the high level of violence that seeps into too many lives in our nation every day from movies, video games, and television this sad episode today will not make any lasting impression. It will soon not be talked about until the next crazy loser with a bunch of guns and ammunition that should never have been available makes us think again for a moment or two about the need for gun control.
I could take up space here and explain the need for gun registration, the need to prohibit certain guns from being manufactured, and the way the NRA has prevented gun legislation from becoming law. Sadly however far too many folks are becoming immune to the effects, images, and shock of gun violence and will watch the news tonight and lament that it took place………and that will be all. Until the next time…and the next.
We all are a part of the problem.