Guns do not kill people. People kill people. People with guns kill people, effortlessly.
In light of recent measures enacted by the Obama administration to reinforce and toughen gun control legislation, some Texans vowed to stockpile weapons and ammunition, while others banded together, in true wartime style, and made their grievances known. The Texas Tribune reported that thousands of Texans congregated in Austin, Texas to flaunt their right to bear arms on Gun Appreciation Day.
Gun Appreciation Day, January 19th, which ended in a series of injuries, was celebrated just days after President Obama’s trailblazing speech on gun control and immediately before the celebration of MLK Day. It is not a federal holiday. Instead, it is a grassroots movement that began as a result of the Obama administration’s recent stance on weapon law reform.
Yesterday, days after Gun Appreciation Day, a brawl interrupted education at the Lone Star College in North Harris County, Texas. The fight ended with flying bullets and school closures at surrounding Aldine ISD schools.
While many support the efforts of the POTUS, critics claim that changing gun control laws don’t equate safety for children. After all, current Texas laws ban citizens from carrying weapons on school property. These laws do not deter assailants from entering campuses across the nation with concealed weapons and intent to fire.
In a society that is entertained by violence, in the form of movies, video games, and websites, it is difficult for anyone, Texan or otherwise, to believe that change starts in the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the people. As Governor Rick Perry sensibly stated “As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be.”