Skip to comments.Post Newtown: Time to Just Ban Everything?
Posted on 01/12/2013 1:13:14 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Perhaps the Christmas 2012 season was bloodier than normal or perhaps December 14ths particularly heinous Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in suburban Newtown, Connecticut only makes it seem so. In any case, lots of people died violently over several pre-holiday weeks. And, adding to the awfulness, the widespread reaction has been an exasperatingly predictable exercise in distraction and misdirection.
Actually, to clarify: its the reaction to the Connecticut atrocity thats been vocally wrongheaded. Decembers other outbreaks of firearms carnage have, by comparison, been forgotten pretty quickly by the national press and commentariat.
In case you dont know, three days preceding Sandy Hooks slaughter of a score of pre-adolescents and handful of school personnel, an amply armed Oregon man walked into a Portland shopping mall and opened fire, killing two and wounding a third before taking his own life.
Exactly one week after the Newtown mayhem, Jeffrey Lee MIchael launched a central Pennsylvania killing spree, taking the lives of three civilians and injuring a trio of State Troopers before they finally shot him dead. Days later Christmas Eve morning a 62 year old ex-con cut down four Webster, NY firefighters who responded when he set his own home ablaze; two subsequently died. As the inferno spread through his neighborhood, the shooter, William Spengler, Jr., was pinned down by an arriving policeman before dying himself from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Its certainly understandable why Sandy Hooks nightmare has garnered the gruesome lions share of attention: weeks later, photos of its angelic victims , never mind the heart-rending accounts of helpless school officials sacrificing their lives protecting the children, continue to mesmerize. Still, its not like these other depravities are exactly run-of-the-mill: holiday shoppers targeted in Oregon? A shoot-out with PA State Police following the execution of, among others, a woman whod been innocently decorating a church? A Christmas Eve crossfire, complete with a literal conflagration and the slaying of devoted public servants? Not exactly the yawn-inducing stuff of just another news cycle; but nearly disregarded when contrasted to the school shooting focus.
Could it be just asking that for the 2nd-Amendment spurning mainstream media the non-Sandy Hook killings dont square sufficiently with their anti-firearm agenda? Perhaps, even less permissibly, contain elements that jam up their gun-grabbing narrative?
In the Oregon mall pandemonium, for instance, a masked, AR-15-toting Jacob Tyler Roberts was halted, in part, when bystander Nick Meli confronted him with his own Glock 22. Notice: whereas the villain used a firearm one hed stolen the day before, by the way to wreak sanguinary havoc, the good guy used his to stymie it, likely diminishing the body count in the process. In this scenario, guns werent only part of the problem, but played a role in its solution dismaying, no doubt, the firearms-are-the-devil set.
469px-MOA_bans_gunsBan guns because Sandy Hooks Adam Lanza employed them to horrific ends? Just like December 21sts Pennsylvania perpetrator? Then, perhaps motor vehicles should be outlawed as well since the Keystone State killer also assaulted two of his victims with his pick-up truck. Though not widely reported, in the course of his rampage Jeffrey Lee Michael rammed head-on into not only a car, but a state troopers cruiser, as well.
A firearm was misused. So, too, a motor vehicle. The only solution? It must be to make them both across-the-board illegal, right?
Except that slightly complicating this tidy deduction it turns out an off-duty cop attempted to protect the fallen firefighters with his car; an action Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering praised as heroic.
Hmm motor vehicle as instrument of evil and of heroism? Its all so very confusing. Maybe we should just stick with the former.
Which, inevitably, prompts the question: at what point do all these bannning proposals overreach?
People abuse bladed tools all the time is it time for knives to be removed from general circulation? Racial-radio-huckster Al Sharpton recently suggested as much: What happens when the criminal goes to knives ? a December 28 caller asked the talk host.
Then you deal with knives, Sharpton replied. The job of society is to deal with whatever problem confronts it.
For the record, Sharptons not alone in these anti-cutlery cogitations: the UKs BBC is reporting that a team of Accident and Emergency doctors is decrying the availability of intolerably long domestic knives ie, kitchenware. Shorter blades? They should still get the nod. Not their lengthier brethren, however time for a ban in Britain!
Thus, ixnay on the: Guns. Cars. Knives. Anything else?
Since you ask: why not matches? Accelerants?
Recall, Webster, NYs Spengler fiendishly lured those first-responders into his ambush by staging a raging inferno. Not only did two end up dead and three more wounded, but seven homes were consumed. What was his fuel of choice? Kerosene? Acetone?
Furthermore, in an especially macabre twist, this is the second Christmas season in a row the Rochester suburb has experienced fire-related violence: in December 2011 a 15-year-old boy set his gasoline-doused house afire, killing his father and two brothers and injuring his mother and sister.
Which settles it: whatever their utility, flame and fuel have gotta go must get to work on that!
Meanwhile, what goes unaddressed? Matters like: a feckless, pasta-spined court system which paroled Spengler in 1998, after his serving a paltry seventeen years for the pummeling death of his grandmother. Free, thereafter, to blissfully ignore his states well-meaning, but too often irrelevant, gun-control restrictions, he burned down his block and gunned down brave men.
Matters like: The Oregon mall-shooters similar flouting of firearms law on the way to transgressing yet others. (Criminals have a disconcerting, if reliable, habit of conducting themselves that way.)
Matters like: the beneficial service honorable citizens law-enforcement or layman can render society when theyre at liberty to keep and bear arms, (our Founders phrasing).
Finally shunted aside is the notion that a principled community shouldnt punish responsible folks by denying them access to the worthwhile rights ill-used by irresponsible and wicked folks. Currently, thats a perspective not much abided, even though, not that long ago it was the popularly accepted one.
But that was before common sense was banned.
Nanny State PING!
Nanny State PING!
If murder was more illegal it would stop.
!!! Ban Murder !!!
In a free society, the existence of a few people whose stupidity of choice, ignorance, or foolishness, result in the misuse of freedom, or the fear of the misuse of freedom, does not justify the denial of freedom to everyone else, the loss of the great benefits of freedom to everyone else, or the punishment of the innocent, by the initiation of force and the violation of their rights.
The harm done by the government to everyone who will lose their freedom will easily outweigh the harm done by the the few who misuse their freedom.
No truer words were spoken as despite the national ban on intoxicating liquors, more liquor was drank then ever before. Everybody involved got rich during Prohibition; the California grape growers saw their profits increase tenfold and anybody that wanted a drink was able to easily get one.
Ironically, these "gun laws" are going to greatly increase the amount of firearms among us.
I got an Idea, lets ban school massacres!
A 6 yr old in GA burnt the house down and killed many of his siblings while all were asleep while “playing” with a lighter. Ban lighters-—or 6 year olds(after all, it would only be a post trimester abortion).
Of course, there wouldn't be any news or money in that, but it would be factual.
Biden’s 7 point plan: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/biden-unveils-7-point-agenda-gun-control
Thanks for the ping!