Op-Ed: It is almost three days since a shooter killed 20 children and 6 adults at a Connecticut School, in the USA, before killing himself. We have had the gun debate rear its head again and President Obama, this time visibly moved, talk of gun controls. We have seen the grief and the people of that community will live with it now and for the foreseeable future. The loved ones of the dead may never heal.
Yet for all of the words gun sales in the USA have once more increased.
After the Aurora cinema shooting in the Summer of 2012 the response of some in the USA was to buy more weapons. It was felt that if you were armed you were prepared for a shooting. You would not be caught unawares and be able to protect and defend yourself, we presume. One American said to this blogger how would I in the UK be able to respond, hit them with my handbag. I realised that man was more to be pitied than scolded.
For many in the USA it is incomprehensible that buying more weapons makes matters worse. Of course it does. The gun lobby want people to think in such a way as there is money to be made from weapons. Big Money at that.
If you try to look at the Sandy Hook killings in an honest way you will soon see that individual gun ownership was part of the problem. The shooter's Mum, the first person he killed, was the owner of the weapons he used. Today there are reports that claim she had them in order to protect herself and her property should a war or attack take place. In these dire economic times how many more are living prepared? In other words she had them for much the same reasons that others are buying them now. And so on it goes. It makes no sense.
If all these weapons are at large in the USA for citizens to use them as protection where were they last Friday?
Even those who show a thoughtful attitude to gun control in the US are not much better. They tend to show reasons why others should not have guns but also why it is OK for them to do so.
The hard facts you have to face are that if you have a gun in your home you have the potential for a tragedy. You could flip, a partner could, a child could access the weapon or it could be a means of a suicide. Making excuses that "my weapons are always locked away and I am trained to use weapons" is not really an aswer.
In spite of strict security procedures weapons still get into the wrong hands.
America holds that part of its Constitution which grants the people the right to bear arms to its breast. It is a document written by long dead people which seems to bear little relation to 21st Century living. Other countries all lived by the gun at some time or another but most have changed.
Note: I realise that my opinion may vary from yours. Thoughtful debate and comments will be answered. Abuse will be deleted.