Friday, December 14, 2012
Today is the day that gun control ceases to be a political issue. After the death of 20 kindergartners today in Newtown, CT, we have a moral responsibility as the self-proclaimed "leader of the free world" to do something about controlling guns. President Obama has said that today is "not the day for gun control," but if not now, the day of one of the worst school shootings in our history that killed mostly five-year-olds, then when? What kind of tragedy will it take for us to actually do something to restrict access to weapons? How can we stand by doing nothing but lowering our flags and robotically expressing our sympathy when kids are getting killed everyday, EVERY SINGLE DAY, by senseless gun violence? I understand the importance of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, but when was the last time we had a "well-regulated militia?" I think the only thing we have that could be considered to be "well-regulated" and a machine of war is the military, which is not who killed 20 little kids earlier today. I guess you could argue that hunters are pretty "well-regulated" too, and they serve an important ecological purpose (at least in Pennsylvania) ever since we killed all the wolves, but hunters a) don't use handguns and b) don't typically hunt small children. What is not regulated is a crazy person who decides to shoot up his entire family, including his mother and all of her students with a handgun. We need to ban handguns and assault weapons now, before more young children are hurt or killed. This isn't about politics, it's about living up to our responsibilities as human beings.