More thoughts on the Tucson Tragedy

Rest in peace -Christina Green, Dorwan Stoddard, John Roll, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Murray, Phyllis Scheck – they were all gathered at the Safeway in Tucson, just to listen to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and they lost their lives at the hands of a 22 year old madman – Jared Lee Loughner.

Today I learnt from Gail Collins piece in the NYT, A Right to Bear Glocks, that even at a gathering being addressed by Gabrielle Giffords in 2009, a concealed weapon had fallen out of the armpit of another maniacal gun-toting person.  Anyone can walk around anywhere in that state, carrying a concealed weapon.  A friend just tells me that they are allowed to carry a gun to school in Arizona and that anyone over 18 can carry a gun and a permit isn’t required by someone over 21.  
How is it that none of the powers that be, in these gun loving states, see anything wrong with this picture? The gun folks love telling people that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.  Do these people believe that mental illness has been eradicated and uprooted from this country?  Do they really believe guns are necessary for school? Would they see nothing wrong with school bullies taking potshots at other kids or at teachers? Would the NRA defend the sale of guns to these “PEOPLE” who can and will KILL PEOPLE using a GUN?
Many people have expressed an opinion about the vitriol in public discourse these days.  I feel it’s likely and equally unlikely that Jared Loughner was impressed by the ugly words coming out of his television or computer screen.  Maybe he was entranced by such rhetoric or maybe he was marching to his own drummer.  Either way he is insane.  If he is so easily influenced by the purveyors of vitriol he is insane, if his inner voices and fractured selves are telling him to assassinate a congresswoman and several other innocents, he is insane.  
Insane people should not be allowed near guns!  The states that are so fond of their gun laws cannot possibly defend a position that lets guns get into the hands of such people!
Or can they?
Will they continue to throw millions of NRA dollars at ensuring that every child, every psychotic, every sociopath in this country was given glocks?
The rhetoric needs to be toned down, no doubt.  It should have been toned down before any of this happened, before any idiotic politicians placed congressional districts under the image of the cross-hairs of a gun.  But why aren’t enough people talking about lethal guns being in the hands of lethal people?

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