I’m well aware that last Friday was a tragedy of epic proportions. No parent should ever have to bury a child, and no child should ever have to experience that level of violence. It seems like mass shootings are becoming more frequent, but I’m not convinced that stricter gun laws and more gun regulations are the answer. Recently in an elementary school in China, a man wounded 23 students in a stabbing spree. By the logic currently being used, we should ban knives as well. Half the news reports on the Connecticut shooting state that the .223 caliber rifle was found in the shooter’s car, rather than as having been used in the attack. While guns are deadlier than knives – for example, you don’t have to get as close to the target to cause damage or death – it’s evidence that if somebody is going to go off the deep end, they’ll do it whether they have guns or not. What about the list of mass shootings that could have been, but weren’t because they were stopped by a law-abiding citizen legally carrying a firearm?
I agree with the NRA, that more needs to be done for mental illness, rather than gun restrictions. Normal, sane people don’t go on shooting sprees. People who are bug-nuts and have something seriously wrong upstairs do. Perhaps rather than banning guns, we should train more people how to use them safely and properly, and how to protect themselves and their families. How many school shootings would be successful if all the teachers had a firearm and the training to use it?
Many retailers have removed “AR” style rifles from sale, refusing to sell them in wake of the tragedy in Connecticut. The stores that have continued to sell them… are sold out. People see the writing on the wall in the form of a new assault weapons ban, and are stocking up. Stores are either rationing .223 and 5.56 caliber ammunition or are sold out. The company that I work for has also required its stores that carry AR-15 style rifles in .223 and 5.56 caliber to remove them from sale. While I consider that overreacting, that’s the company’s decision and all employees are required to follow it. What I consider to be a massive, uncalled for, overreaction is that while we are still allowed to sell our .22LR caliber tactical rifles, we’ve been required to remove them from our gun racks so our customers must ask to see them, rather than being able to browse from the counter. Even further, we have been required to remove tactical-style BB guns and airsoft rifles from display. My only guess is lest a clear plastic rifle that shoots plastic BBs offend somebody.
Between a trifecta of Christmas looming, recent events causing some serious concerns about future gun availability, and the doomsday prophecy for tomorrow, gun sales all around have skyrocketed. We’re experiencing issues calling NICS for firearm background checks matched only by “Black Friday” each year – being on hold sometimes for upwards of 20 or 30 minutes, and the dreaded message of “All circuits are currently busy, please try again later.”
Here’s hoping that people can behave themselves tomorrow rather than causing chaos, violence, and inciting riots in the name of doomsday, not give the people who would ban guns even more fodder for their arguments, and that people can pull together and realize that banning guns isn’t the answer.