Or, is it because of today’s school shooting and President Obama’s desire for gun control legislation?
The simple answer is, YES and YES.
While the verdict is in that, overwhelmingly, Michelle’s new ‘do scores high points, more bone-chilling bangs were heard today at a community campus in Texas.
At approximately 1:00 PM, The Lone Star College System campus in Texas reported a shooting that wounded three people, leading to a school lockdown. Conflicting reports vary from whether there were three or five or eight shots fired. In any case, students who heard the shots fled the campus and sought shelter.
The community college campus shooting was reportedly a result of an altercation between two people, at least one of whom is a student. More than one person is said to have been be involved in the shootings approximately 20 miles north of downtown Huston.
Today’s shooting comes only one month after a gunman murdered 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. One would think that schools nationwide would have implemented plans to thwart such heinous intrusions and protect their precious students. Apparently, that is not the case. Guns in school, arming teachers, gun control legislation -- they are hot-button issues, but issues that must be faced boldly. They're not going away.
In no uncertain terms, President Obama has made it known that gun control legislation will be part of his second term agenda. People on both sides of the aisle and issue agree that some form of control is necessary.
The NRA opposes all forms of gun control, suggesting that people kill people, not guns. Really? People handling guns kill people, thus, indeed, guns kill people. End of story. When polled, even members of NRA agree in principle with some forms of control.
Sure, the Bill of Rights guarantees our right to bear arms. However, in context of the times the document was created, the legislation was written to protect colonists, who were ALL part of the colonial militia. The “rights” that the document guarantees are outdated. The rights under question were a way of authorizing colonists to protect themselves against British loyalists and to protect their rights to freedom in the New World. These were military rights for colonial militia – yes, every man was part of the militia. Unless one is, today, a part of the U.S. armed forces, this “right” should not be a wide brushstroke guarantee for all.
Our Constitution in no way grants any right or privileges for anyone to deliberately act in any way that is to the detriment of or that may harm another human being, especially one who is unprovoked. Even hunters agree that their rifles are not designed nor intended for human targets.
We must all work towards a plan to guarantee that guns are treated as controlled substances and dispensed with the rights and protection of all people in mind.
President Obama’s proposals will undoubtedly be debated and watered down before legislation is voted on and passed. Let’s be smart about it. Let’s protect our children in lieu of permitting easy access and unlawful possession of murderous weapons to people of questionable morals and unstable mental health states.
Haven’t we had enough senseless gun shootings, injuries, and deaths?
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