Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Guns Don't Kill People" and Other Lies We Believe

On December 14, not one, but two crazed men placed their hands the door knobs of kindergarten classrooms.  Both men are the definition of sick and wrong, both bent on the destruction of innocence.  One brandished in his hand a gun, the other man a knife. One in Conneticut, the other in China.  Today the loved ones of 26 Americans are preparing for funerals.  In China, the parents of 22 children are nursing stab wounds.  Wounds.  Not deaths.

We all deal with grief in different ways.  Me?  I hurt and ache and hold my children tighter, and then...I get mad.  And I want to fix it.  I want to just STOP hearing of yet another mass killing.

Did you know that in the last two decades America has had 62 mass murders carried out by firearms?  And, read this slowly, more than three quarters of these guns were obtained LEGALLY.   

Dozens of assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns were legally placed in the possession of psychopaths who turned and sprayed bullets into humans. 

Now, I fully understand that killers will find ways to kill.  There's no way around that.  However, with what ease can they obtain an object that with one flick of the finger obliterates a life?

Guns don't kill people, people kill people.  Right.  Why don't we say, "Bombs don't kill people, people kill people"?  You got a bomb in your basement, you can guaran-dang-tee no one is going to say, "Hey, that's your right, pal." 

Now, before you go calling me a crazy, get this:  Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I do believe it IS our right to bear arms.  However, have we ever stopped to think that maybe, just perhaps, we should willingly give up our rights?  In the spirit of the one who gave up his rights of heaven for the sake of those that could not save themselves?     

I can responsibly handle owning a gun for purposes of entertainment or protection or whatever.  But I happen to live in a world of weaker brothers who cannot handle that same ownership.  And for their sake and the sake of their victims, I'd give up my right of ownership in a heartbeat. 

I know we don't often go looking at China as a model in policy making.  All I know is that having lived there for five years, I felt much safer there than I do in America, knowing that it is extremely difficult and illegal to obtain a gun.

Again, killers will find ways to kill.  China has had it's own host of violence and school attacks.  No guns does not equal no murders.  But legalized guns do equal more murders.  Don't take my word for it.  Take Harvard's.   We cannot stop madmen from killing.  The question is, "What tools are available for them to commit their crimes?"  Guns are the most efficient legal means for killing in America. Without those efficient tools available to the general public, lives will be saved.

But let's be realistic and acknowledge that all this talk is probably for naught.  We already can own guns, and we're all not going to give them up in a beautiful drop-your-gun-off and sing "kum by ya" with us campfire.  Ultimately outlawing guns would lead to a search and seizure scenario that would violate the Constitution, culminating in a Civil War or at least the cessation of Texas. 

But perhaps all this talk and all this grief will spark something in someone smarter than I, who will step up with some genius policy making.  And perhaps all this talk and all this grief will move us to actually going along with it.  One can hope and dream.

Other than that, we are left to weep with those weep and to echo long and loud, "Come, Lord Jesus, come.  Put an end to all this."  

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