The events in Las Vegas should have us all questioning things. How could this happen? Why didn’t anybody know this was in the planning stages? And what about the “bump stock” which allowed this shooter to spray a crowd?
And what about all those guns?
I own guns. Just a few, and none of them are the big scary black kind that the left seems intent on banning. But I also know that the culprit in any mass killing is the individual doing the crime.
The tools which allowed this shooter to kill so many will be debated and discussed. There will be stupid and ignorant assumptions made, and somebody will try again the blame the gun. Banning black, evil looking guns is not really the answer.
I had a great conversation with a family member who brought up the idea that the Second Amendment was written when muskets were the primary weapon.
We wandered into discussions of street crime vs. mass shootings. Apparently a lot of “mass shootings” are being blamed on white guys, while I [pointed out that the carnage in Las Vegas is a bit like a month in Chicago. We added in the obvious fact that this time we apparently don’t have a Muslim convert as the suspect — though the police are still trying to find a motive.
It was a frank and honest exchange, because that’s the type of person I was talking with. Too many people jump to odd conclusions about guns because of snippets of information floating about the web. I pointed out that the Second Amendment is not a law, which can be easily changed. But it is open to repeal or editing, just like all parts of the Constitution. Just convince 2/3rds of Congress and 2/3rds of the state legislatures…
Can’t get that much support? Maybe it’s not an Amendment that needs changing. That’s hard. Taking the position that guns are not the problem seems difficult, with so many people dead. At the same time, we are a nation that is bound to our Constitution and our laws. When they lead, our leaders should err on the side of freedom.
Update: Apparently Jimmy Kimmel has abandoned comedy for punditry. Breitbart news is not amused.