Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

Virginia Tech Shootings

I wasn't going to post about the Virginia Tech shootings. Long time readers of this blog know my passionate views on widespread private gun ownership. To put it simply, if you believe widespread private ownership of firearms is a public good, then you have to accept the consequences of that availability. Dead children, for example. Pray it is never your child trapped in a classroom.

However, the White House today said, in part, "The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms." Nice to see your Republican Party has its priorities straight. Wouldn't want to draw a connection between availability of firearms and firearms deaths or anything now, would we?

Two of the most idiotic counterarguments I get on this subject, near and dear to Second Amendment conservatives, seem apropos today. One is that assertion that an armed society is a polite society. Iraq is a heavily armed society, and no one but John McCain could possible interpret it as polite in the intended sense of that saying. The other is the oft repeated statement that angry people will find a way to hurt others, and why should law abiding gun owners be punished?

Other than firearms, could one angry, disturbed person kill thirty other people by any reasonable means without being stopped?

I hope you enjoy your Second Amendment rights, people. Thirty kids died in Virginia today for you. In a rational society, that would not have happened.
Tags: guns, politics

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