Another shooting, more dead and more questions. I know I will get hammered writing this but I am an adult so I am going forward with it anyway. I choose to live in a small town in a northeastern state because I like that combination and I feel at home and safe. I was never a mall person but but I don't think it matters much here or frankly even in other shootings. What I know is that sick and crazy people live everywhere and safety, like life is fleeting. That said it is never an accident that people who look to kill others typically go to places where there are many targets: schools, theaters, malls.
I am so saddened and so tired of the obvious ongoing massacres that are happening here and everywhere in a country that prides itself on freedom and justice, and yet turns a blind eye to the violence that can be better controlled a more aggressive approach to gun control. Guns kill, they were made for killing and those who say that it is people and not the instrument miss the picture in my view. I understand the second amendment and our rights in relation to this, but the argument is always the same: good people are not the shooters, but the unintended victims in the malaise. I simply don't agree. Without assess to weapons, there wouldn't be this discussion. So many sick or crazy people get their guns from parents or friends or thefts and then use them to kill others. We are not a military state, but our unabridged right to bear arms does not mean that continuing circumstances should not cause and effect a re-thinking of our values.
Gun registration and background checks are only a small part of the solution. Penalties for owners who do not insure safe and secure storage of their weapons is something I would think appropriate too. (real penalties are more than fines). Moreover, I believe that a consciousness of an ever increasing and changing population should warrant a honest look at laws written in a very different time and for a very different people.
Yesterday, before the most recent shooting, I read about the number of guns that were left in places where children and others could get at them and the sad consequences of this. More regulation is needed and until we recognize it and act the shooting will continue.