Gunman kills 2 in Oregon mall on Tuesday
Elementary school shooting on Friday with 26 dead.
Birmingham Alabama hospital shooting 2 injured gunman shot dead Sat.
Police had a busy day in Alabama as they shot and killed two other gunmen one of which had killed three more in a mobile home park earlier in the day. Sat.
Las Vegas - Employee shot and killed gunman kills self Sat.
California mall - man fires 50 rounds before being captured no injuries Sat.
So what does Michigan do? It passes a law to permit the carrying of guns in once restricted places like schools, churches, day cares and stadiums. Just what ya need at a day care right? After all those toddlers just might be packin heat ya never know. And let's see what an angry soccer mom has to say when she's looking down a barrel of a 45 automatic. Back to your seat lady. Unless of course she's packin too. Then it'll start to look like the shoot out at the O K corral.
Once you had to do the duck and cover drill for a possible atom bomb attack. Now it's a duck and cover for a deranged gunman. I think we know which has the better odds of happening. Forget the terrorists. We have seen the enemy and it's us. But it's really all about the attitude in this country. Somehow we've gotten it into our thick heads that brute force always wins the argument right or wrong. It's been drilled into our heads from TV and movies as well as our own politicians. A fist fight turns into a knife fight that turned into a gun fight that turns into a war with bigger and bigger weapons. It's gotten to the point that we're more adept at killing people than fixing any appliance or healing a sick person. Sorry but I'm not buying into a Klingon culture (you know the warrior race from Star Trek). We have not been taught negotiating skills and we're so lazy that we wouldn't bother to get up off the couch to change the channels anymore. Why would we think of the effort when the click of a remote button or a squeeze of a trigger is so much easier?
And as I said in the earlier post this isn't going to get better any time soon. There's a percentage of the population that's bordering on the edge and it's not looking like it's taking very much of a push to get things rolling.
What's the solution? Well for starters the Brady bill being reinstated might do a bit of good. It ended the ownership of assault rifles at least for a time. It also required a background check at all gun outlets including shows. It's not the end all but it is a start. But over all the attitudes must change. We have after all the distinction of having the most gun deaths of any industrialized nation.