I’m so devastated by the tragic mass shooting in Connecticut. It’s so senseless. Why? There is no rhyme or reason. I’ve been crying all weekend as I grieve with those who’ve lost loved ones and dealt with this shocking event first hand. I woke up sick with stomach flu on Friday morning, but this news took me out of my own pain as I watched the news.
I don’t have children. Never did. I tried to imagine what it would be like to lose a child this way, or in a panic state wondering if I my child was alive, or a teacher trying to protect my class while scared myself, or a first responder encountering the carnage, and the list goes on. Each scenario I could imagine brought a fresh set of tears to my eyes as I felt the collective ache of loss in my heart.
I’m a fixer so I try to think of what can be done to ensure this kind of thing never happens again. Here are some ideas:
– Get rid of automatic weapons
– Force gun makers to put a thumb print pad so that only the registered user who has passed background AND psychological testing can use the weapon.
– Once the thumbprint is pressed on a gun, like computer chip will record the use of that gun auditorially and visually so that there is a record of how that gun was used. It also sends some sort of message to authorities of its use and location.
– If the gun is tampered with to try to remove the thumbprint or black box from the guns, an alarm will be sent to the police.
– Not sure if this is possible, but the bullets themselves have tracking devices so that the recipients of the bullets can easily be found and information about the gun and user is readily available.
– Make the bullets very expensive so potential killers really have to think about the cost of their actions.
In the end, though, would this ensure our safety? While it might make criminals think twice about getting caught, it doesn’t solve anything because, as an article points out,
The problem with gun control laws is that only law-abiding citizens follow laws. This should be self-evident. So while a gun ban law would see law-abiding citizens turning their guns in, law-abiding citizens are not the source of violent shootings.
It’s the psychopathic criminals who are committing the violence. And because they are criminals, they will by definition ignore gun ban laws.
And so it is true in this case. The mother followed all the laws in obtaining guns and it is reported was very safety-conscious. The laws in place in Connecticut worked in that they did not sell the guns to the shooter. So what did he do? He stole them from his mother. While some might say that had the guns might not been so readily available at his Mom’s that would have stopped him. I’m not sure I believe that. He seemed to have had a plan and I’m guessing he would have found a way.
As the article says, criminals and the mentally troubled will find a way to get their hands on weapons regardless of whatever laws are in place. Tis sad, but true.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not an NRA gun-totting enthusiast. I don’t have experience with guns nor do I want any. I just don’t think that gun control is the only issue or solution here. As much as we’d like to think that if we just took the guns away, that something like this wouldn’t happen again, it’s just not true. The criminals and troubled with a mind for violence will get their hands on weapons despite what the laws are. It’s sad but true that not all play by the rulebook. Some just don’t seem to follow their moral compass and thus rules don’t matter to them.
Thus if guns are taken away all the guns from responsible law-abiding citizens, they are left defenseless against the criminal crazies that do get their hands on them. In this case, the defenseless were cornered. What if a teacher had one of those guns I was talking about above and had an opportunity to shoot the “bad man”, or the principle for that matter? Perhaps that would have reduced the carnage. But then you have the danger of having a gun in the classroom. So that’s probably not the answer. The is no easy answer or solution to this.
It’s just such a sad situation all around. My thoughts, prayers and tears are with all involved. May they find peace, love and comfort in abundance. The selfless outpouring of love to and in Newtown is tremendous.