On December 14, 2012, a 20 year old shooter killed 27 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, including himself. I won't glorify him by giving his name. Amoung the dead were 20 children, six adults, and the shooter. One of the adults was his mother, who he killed at her home before going to the school.
Hard to have any sympathy for the mother. Nancy Lanza was the registered owner of all the guns used, was reputedly a "survivalist" who had a fascination with guns, had regularly taken her awkward loner-son to shooting ranges, knew her son had problems, and obviously did not take proper care of the weapons. It might seem to be speaking ill of the dead, but Nancy Lanza setup the conditions for the entire massacre, and it only seems fitting she was the first person killed.
Unfortunately, when it comes to guns, it's not only the idiots that get killed
One of the most disgusting (and stupid) comments I heard on some blogs was this: "Well, if the teachers would have had a gun they could have stopped him". I can't believe that any moron could actually say this, but there is a grain of truth to it. A very small, very moldy grain of truth. If the teachers in the classrooms the shooter entered had a handgun in their purse or desk, it is within the realm of possibility they could have stopped the shooter. I put the possibility at about 0.5%. The shooter had a semi-automatic weapon, and a bullet-proof vest. He was ready to shoot everyone and anyone. There is almost a zero chance that a teacher could have stopped him.
Want to know the difference between having a gun, and only having a knife? An almost identical assault occurred in China only a couple of days before. The only real difference is that in China the man didn't have a gun. Twenty-two children were hurt. Note - 22 children were hurt and taken to hospital. Nobody died. Same intentions, different weapon, no deaths.
Just imagine how many student deaths there would be a year if every teacher had a gun in his/her possession at all times. Does the idiot who made the stupid comment "if the teacher had a gun, she could have stopped him" think all teachers in the U.S. are such perfect human beings that none of them could ever, in a fit of rage, pull out the weapon in their desk and fire off a couple of shots at students who have driven them over the edge? Let's see: we have teachers having sex with students, teachers sexually abusing students, teachers who go crazy screaming at students, teachers who are just a little off-beat saying crazy things to students, but of course, no teacher would ever shoot a student, so it would be safe for all teachers to have guns in their classrooms. What kind of idiot thinks this way?
Just to drive the point home, on August 20, 1982, a junior high school teacher Carl Robert Brown, 51, opened fire inside a welding shop. Total injured and killed: 11.
According to MotherJones
Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii."
And again, according to MotherJones
Of the 142 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally
As of the time I wrote this, the NRA has been silent since the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut. Not surprising, they are politically astute, and realize the outrage this latest massacre has created. Besides when the NRA arguements make absolutely no logical sense, the last thing they want to do is to engage in real debate. They are much better at working behind the scenes and using money to buy their Senate and Congressional votes.
Oh... did you know that since 2009, the NRA and allies have managed to get 99 laws passed effectively rolling back restrictions on possession of guns? You didn't really think it's just coincidence that the number of gun massacres has increased dramatically in the last couple of years did you?
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