So let’s review.
Less than one month ago, twenty children and six staff members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT were gunned down by a man carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic gun.
Since that time, there has been another multiple shooting in Aurora CO, site of the movie theater massacre a few months before.
Since that time, eighteen people on average have been shot dead every single day.
Since that time, the number of applications for firearm ownership in some places is up over twenty percent.
Since that time, the number of semi automatic weapons sold has skyrocketed.
In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, gun shows around the country were postponed or cancelled. Apparently that moratorium is now over. Gun shows are now reporting huge numbers in both attendance and sales. At a show in Columbia, MO, it was reported the AR-15 was selling for $300 to $400 more than before the massacre of twenty children.
It seems avid gun owners are getting nervous that the government will finally do something to curtail the ownership of these highly powerful killing machines. Seriously people, do you really need to own one of these guns to feel secure? If someone breaks into your home, is a semi-automatic gun with thirty rounds really what you need to defend yourself? And just how would you feel if you pumped a dozen shots into an intruder, only to realize it was your daughter’s boyfriend trying to sneak into the house?
At the Missouri gun show, a young couple was looking to buy an AR-15. The man already had one; apparently having a happy home required them each to own one. Asked what they planned to do with the gun, the man answered “Enjoy being an American. That’s what it’s for.” You know in my neighborhood, we light up the grill and throw on some hot dogs and I damn well enjoy being an American.
It has been said there are too many guns in this country for any gun regulation to have an effect on violence. That may be true right now, but change needs to start somewhere. Schools are already hiring armed guards. When will it not be enough for these protectors of the children to have a sidearm. How long before we need to up the ante and have them carry an AR-15 or a freakin’ machine gun?
More weapons does not make a better society, it just makes it better armed.