i feel so sad about the shootings in CT yesterday. the awfulness gives rise to a host of philosophical questions, as well as practical questions. what kind of country do we live in where guns are dealt with so casually? i'm tired of the old saw about it being about the people, not the guns. bullshit. i saw the charts yesterday where countries were compared, and the US had far and away the most gun deaths. and the most guns. coincidence? i think not.
people who have easy access to guns kill people. and it's generally young, mentally ill white men. This time, the shooter's mother had the guns - why would a suburban mom need 4 guns, including an assault rifle? WHY?? what would adam lanza have done with his craziness had he not had such easy access to guns? I don't know, but he wouldn't have been able to kill 27 people. as it was, all he had to do was look around the house.
yes, of course, there should be more efficient ways to insure that those with a history of mental illness not have guns - and yesterday there was a facebook meme going around stating it was easier to get a gun in this country then to get treatment for mental illness. very true.
obama has run his last race; there is no additional election to be concerned about - he staked his first term on healthcare, what better issue to stake his second term on than gun control. go for it!!