Op-Ed: As many people in the west were starting or completing their Christmas preparations, a lone gunman entered the Sandyhook school in Connecticut, USA. 20 children and six adults were murdered in his killing spree, on December 14. The gunman then killed himself. Apart from the dead those left 'damaged' by this incident also became victims of shooter Adam Lanza. Another troubled young man. What tipped him over the edge and into such dreadful action, may never be known.
In the wake of the killing various people took to the 'airwaves' in America. The consensus appeared to be that now was the right time to finally tighten gun controls. Gun supporters such as the NRA, national rife association, of America stayed silent. They waitied in the wings. Along with the many 'gun nuts' in the USA they chose to bide their time. When the dust had settled they came out of their corner fighting.
Wayne LaPierre, the man at the helm of the NRA, looked as sane as any person locked up for life in an insane asylum, when he addressed America. He had the gall to blame everyone but lax gun laws and gun ownership in the USA. The laws vary from state to state. His answer to such mass shootings was to arm more people.
He opted to want to arm 'good guys' with guns, rather than reduce the amount of weaponry in the USA. Defining such a good guy is of course tricky. Many a killing has been carried out by a so-called 'good guy'.
In the period of time that followed the killing of those 26 individuals, this writer has listened to, and read, a great deal of drivel about guns. This is her opinion and her rant. Feel free to comment but go over the edge and your comment will merely be deleted. That to me seems to be how the 'gun fans' in the US act so, if you cannot beat them, join them.
LaPierre put forward a solution. It was to put armed security guards into schools. Hmm. Remember Trayvon Martin? That young black man killed by an armed security man in Florida.
So how do security guards feel about this? Well online some have aired their views. One school was considering arming its janitors. The response by janitors was that their pay and working conditions would need a positive improvement for one thing. However, is a janitor an unofficial officer of the law? We think not.
The extreme right has shown itself in all its glory. Obama has been verbally abused for attempts to tighten gun controls. Those politicians involved in addressing the issue have fared no better. Chat show host Piers Morgan has a petition against him, demanding he is deported back to the UK, for daring to speak out. So much for free speech in the USA.
Last night UK news carried a report which included a gun dealer in the USA. The smirking retailer said thank-you to President Obama, as customers stock-piled weapons and ammunition, in the hope of beating a possible change in the law.
Online the debate has included:
In none of this have any of those extremists mentioned or appeared to have a single thought about the dead. The dead and injured at Sandy Hook, inWisconsin, inAurora and more. It has all been about MY rights. MY gun-ownership. They may as well say 'F**k those dead kids, Who cares!' Tthat would at least be an honest representation of how they feel.
For the money men and women behind the industry,it is business as usual. For them, it all boils down to money. For many in the USA it all boils down to a piece of paper, with words written centuries ago, their Constitution.
So here's to the next massacre. The next time tearful officials address the media with crocodile tears. Can they be anything else unless America chooses to act and does so NOW?
RIP and thoughts to the loved ones.