Aurora, Colorado: Another Senseless Gun Tragedy

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This week’s focus: another senseless gun tragedy

Is the Aurora, Colorado, tragedy merely collateral damage due to our inability to control into whose hands assault weapons will fall? Is this collateral damage due to us not having the will to constrain the types of guns and gun clip and magazine sizes capable of creating mass mayhem?

I don’t own a gun. I’m not opposed to people owning guns. Assault weapons aren’t really for hunting or self-protection as much as they are for target shooting and fomenting human violence such as we have seen in Colorado this past week and with former Representative Gabriel Giffords in Arizona.

New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg challenged President Obama and Mitt Romney to state what they propose to do about this problem. I’ve heard no response and don’t expect to. Politicians don’t want to grab this political hot potato.

Some would argue the answer is to have more guns…everybody should carry a weapon at all times. Of course, what level of training will people have taken who are carrying weapons? Will they be trained as well as a police officer? Will they exercise appropriate restraint when this is indicated? Or, will we simply cover people with a “stand your ground” law? Apparently, all one need claim is they “felt threatened” and they are fully justified in firing their weapon and potentially killing someone.

Bill Maher offers we wouldn’t have the problem we have today if people were only armed with the weapons that existed back when the 2nd Amendment was written: muzzle-loading muskets. Bill, it’s too late..the train has left the station.

I wonder if there aren’t limits society is willing to tolerate with respect to gun types and gun clip and magazine capacities. Perhaps Americans need to stand up and say what they want in resounding numbers–make so much noise that the politicians can’t ignore it. Perhaps we’ve not been clear.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) could tone down its rhetoric of “the government wants to take your guns” and take a leadership role in helping the U.S. solve this problem and, then, work with its members to explain the necessity of implementing reasonable restrictions. Not every action is a slippery slope to losing 2nd Amendment rights. 2nd Amendment rights can and must be preserved while creating a “win-win” for society.

A mad man did this. Throughout history, there have been mad men and there will continue to be mad men. We can enable them with far less fire power and restrict the sale of body armor. We also need to reassess what we sell somewhat anonymously over the Internet.

Thought for the week:

“In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.” – William Saroyan

 

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

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2 Responses to Aurora, Colorado: Another Senseless Gun Tragedy

  1. Bravo, Dave! Thank you for so clearly (and courageously) articulating what many have been thinking but so few are willing to say publicly.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Like you, I have no desire to see, touch, or own a handgun, although in this Land of the Free I accept that many feel safer with one in the home. And I realize that there are those who love to hunt and shoot things…for which a rifle, I guess, is the appropriate firearm.

    But assault weapons? Who on earth outside of the military has any need for these? And for any civilian person to be able to buy them in this country — legally or otherwise — is an outrage.

    Many have been asking about the state of mind of the perpetrator, James Holmes. It begs the question: what state of mind does anyone have who believes we have the right, not just to bear arms, but to arm ourselves with some of the deadliest weapons out there!

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  2. Dave Gardner says:

    Well, good news! Not!! Gun sales are up in Colorado. The mayhem last week is actually good for gun industry, in part due to concern that restrictions might be imposed, and secondly, people are being driven by fear. Yikes!

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