On Friday, faced with the unspeakable horror of Newtown, I wrote this post for The Daily Weekly - calling for action in the face of yet another senseless act of gun violence. Not surprisingly, as is typical with the gun control debate, not everyone thinks making guns more difficult to obtain is the answer.
As my post noted:
The White House, in expressing its condolences for those touched by this tragedy, has said today isn't the day to discuss gun control in our country.
The White House is probably right. The conversation should have happened yesterday - or sooner.
This tragedy shouldn't have happened. It didn't have to happen. As a country, we've got to put a stop to it.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it guarantee a person the right to shoot up an elementary school. While it's may be factually accurate to say the shooter - preliminarily identified as Ryan Lanza - was responsible for the massacre, and not the gun(s) he carried, that logic defies the reality of the situation in our country.
The reality is guns are too easy to get and it's long past time we did something about it.
The reality is guns are easier to get than mental health treatment, and it's long past time we did something about it.
The reality is our American culture is obsessed with violence, and it's long past time we did something about it.
We have to. We're obligated to. There is no good argument to the contrary.
Commenter daymdrops had a different take.
As daymdrops writes:
Gun control..hmm..we tried alcohol control in the 1920's and people still had access to alcohol. In fact its what built the Mafia. Alcohol wars ensued and more people were killed for the right to sell bootleg booze than killed by alcohol pre prohibition.
Outlawing guns will just mean that China and Russia have a new business; selling guns to gun runners to smuggle across the border. For evidence about how hard it is to smuggle things across the border, check the DEA's numbers of how much meth, coke and heroin is smuggled across the border.
The problem is waaay deeper than saying "outlaw guns" and then problem solved. There's a cold unrest in society thats making people cross barriers they wouldn't have in the past.