I have been thus far silent about the terrible tragedy that took place last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. What Adam Lanza did was evil on an unimaginable scale. The thought of him shooting his way inside the school and then systematically killing 20 children and 6 adults, ending only when he heard the first signs of armed resistance coming down the halls, has stuck in my mind for days. It made me hug our two grandchildren a little closer over the weekend and my heart still hurts from the news. I can not express how badly I felt at church Sunday morning as one of the men of our church requested that we pray for the victims in Connecticut. Surrounded by a church full of young children, even holding one of them on my lap, made me realize even more how terrible this tragedy really was.
As with any such tragedy, the first questions that have been asked have been centered around someone or something to shoulder the blame. Predictably, the liberal proponents of tighter gun control laws have already made their voices heard. Clearly, they want to restrict gun sales and I believe, if they thought they could pull it off, ban them entirely. In their eyes, guns are evil. It seems to escape their attention that Adam Lanza was responsible for killing the children and adults in Newtown, not the .223 Bushmaster rifle. Even Wal-Mart has stepped into the frenzy of knee jerk responses, as they have pulled the Bushmaster from their stores. With all due respect to Wal-Mart, the Bushmaster rifle is not the culprit. It was Adam Lanza pulling the trigger.
As I was browsing through different news stories this morning, I came across one from the Associated Press that discussed how the NRA has went silent after the shooting in Newtown. They have not responded to the hateful tweets that have appeared on Twitter. Some of the pictures included with the article contained signs that displayed slogans like “Stop The NRA”, “Kill The NRA, Not Children”, and “Protect Children, Not Guns”. Again, with all due respect to others who no doubt have a different viewpoint than mine, the NRA is not the culprit. Nothing the NRA has done in promoting our 2nd Amendment rights allowed Adam Lanza to accomplish his goal of killing the children in Newton.
President Obama has made it clear that in the coming days, he will use the power of his office to try to make sure tragedy such as this never happens again. He has made it clear that stricture gun control laws are needed and some of his liberal friends in Congress have already noted they wanted the assault weapon ban to be reinstated. No doubt, the fact that Adam Lanza had several 30-round clips for the rifle he was using will be mentioned. I am surprised that someone hasn’t been declaring that these high-capacity clips serve no purpose, other than to allow someone to go on a rampage and kill more people, more easily. When that happens, they will fail to mention that a person with any kind of training at all can use a semi-automatic pistol to get off an amazing amount of shots, with only a few 10-round clips. For someone who has practiced, it is no hard feat for them to fire 10 rounds accurately and change clips. It takes about two seconds and they can continue firing, with little or no interruption.
More gun control is not the answer to what happened in Newtown. No matter if it is a .223 Bushmaster with a 30-round clip, or a .44 Magnum revolver with a 6-shot cylinder, guns are not to blame when such a tragedy takes place. There is something much deeper and much more evil at work. If you can’t see that, take another look at the violence in movies and television shows. Take another look at the violence, blood, and gore that are glorified in video games. When are we going to realize as a society that those things do have results? Are we really going to be so naive that we will ignore the effects they are having on our society, both adults and children? I’m not saying those things should be banned, but if we are going to hear the same cry from the liberals that we always hear after such tragedies, wanting to restrict or ban guns, then why not look at some of the things that have caused our society to be so swayed so easily towards violence?
There are still few clues as to why Adam Lanza turned to violence and chose to carry out his attack in Newtown. Hopefully, in the coming days, the authorities will be able to piece together why he chose to kill the children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. While we are waiting for that information, it would do us all well to step back and take a breath. A knee-jerk reaction to further restrict or ban guns is not the answer. Blaming the NRA or the 2nd Amendment is not the answer. Blaming the .223 Bushmaster Rifle is not the answer. We should be blaming Adam Lanza and looking at what caused him to commit this terrible crime against his community.