The time for the same old arguments has to be over.
From the murderous rampage of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine High school in Colorado in 1999, to the utterly vicious murders of 20 children by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, the list of school assaults grows longer and victims more numerous.
Harris and Klebold stole the lives of twelve of their fellow Columbine students, as well as that of a teacher.
Lanza added six adult staff members of Sandy Hook to his violent assault.
Other attacks at schools, colleges and universities have taken place and most of them in the United States.
Today in Oregon, at Umpqua Community College more died. We don’t know the name of the gunman at the time I’m writing this. We have been informed thirteen people were killed, although that number remains somewhat in doubt.
The New York Daily News reports “this is the 34th time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that someone was killed by gunfire at a school, according to Everyone For Gun Safety.
I spoke on air with a father who lost his six year old son at Sandy Hook and frankly, I don’t know what to write here tonight.
It was just recently I spoke with a Minister of a church neighbouring the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. His friend, Clementa C. Pinckney, Pastor of Emanuel AME Church and eight of his parishioners were dead. Shot by Dylann Roof, a 21 year old who had been invited into the Church to pray with those present and who he, Roof, was about to murder.
Again, I don’t know what to write here tonight.
Except, it is far too easy for the wrong people to legally obtain a firearm or multiples of firearms in the United States.
These words from someone who supports the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun. Me.
I understand the argument that guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
I understand this brutal madness won’t be stopped. There are far too many guns in U.S. society.
There must though be logical and ultimately agreeable action which can be taken to save the lives it is possible to save.
If you disagree, please don’t make
your argument to me. Make it to the families of the victims.