It’s now the day after

If you’re not part of the rabid US gun culture, you MUST read Boortz today. If you believe that strict gun control is good and that stricter gun control is better, all you have to do is refute a couple of Boortz’ points and let me know. Put a comment here and, if it’s rational, well-reasoned, and effective, I’ll give it its own post. (If it isn’t, I’ll mock it derisively…Of course.)

I repeat: If you’re not part of the rabid US gun culture, you MUST read Boortz today.

If you are part of what’s being called the rabid US gun culture, or supporter of said rabid US Gun culture, you just SHOULD read Boortz today.

Yesterday’s events at Virginia Tech were tragic. But they’re going to be used against us by those who would make things worse.

Comments

  1. We could be talking about the need to get tougher on domestic violence, or about how to better identify mental illnesses that could result in the injury or death of innocent people. We could be talking about a general alarm system that could be implemented campus-wide to immediately alert the staff and student body in such emergencies so that the people being directly affected would know to either hunker down and bar themselves in or evacuate the campus. We could be talking about making such large and public institutions prepare a link to any video/audio monitoring equipement so that police can immediately see or hear who, what, where and as a result be better able to respond to intruders exhibiting deadly intent. Blaming guns will not prevent this type of crime from happening again. Just as blaming the car would not prevent a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel again. We need to have a honest look at practical measures that will allow for rapid alert and effective response on all school campuses in our country.

  2. Excellent article, thanks for the link. Americans, by and large, are ‘can do’ people. We like to ‘do’. Flight 93. The people in Austin that got their long guns out and fought the sniper there. The people that showed up in New Orleans after the hurricane with air boats that rescued people without waiting for the gov’mint to say it was okay. (And didn’t bring their personal photographer…) Firearms are tools. Powerful tools. If they scare me, I don’t want anybody else to have them. That fear keeps me from wanting to put the effort into learning to control my fears and master the operation of said tool. To allow concealed carry places the locus of power in the hands of the many. And, in horrific cases, potentially places the critical resources in the right place at the RIGHT time. But how to decide blame after the fact? It’s much easier to criticize than it is to do. Lawyerin’ is all about the manipulation of details and information. It is all about ‘order’ after the fact. If everybody has a firearm the initiative goes to those who are comfortable and proficient. Gun control is for those who seek mastery and proficiency of ideas and concepts. Who would rather argue the fine points in a safe environment such as a courtroom or legislative committee. We overvalue this intellectual form of controlling power, to our detriment.

  3. One of the arguments used on Mr. Boortz’s site was that Japan has no gun crime. Funny, didn’t I just hear that the Mayor of Kyoto was just shot to death on the radio?

  4. Is it possible to be a member of the ‘rabid US gun culture’ without being (a) in the US or even North America, (b) owning a gun, or (c) being able to easily obtain one? I think the answer has to be yes, because I’m exactly the type of person who is being referred to by such a phrase…