Another shooting massacre occurred on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the
Sandy Hook Elementary School in . Twenty children and six adults were killed by
a gunman who opened fire at the school. All
of the children were in the first grade.
The adult victims included the school principal, psychologist, and four
teachers who were killed and one teacher who survived the attack. Many other children were saved because of the
heroics of their teachers. Newtown, Connecticut
The carnage at the school was so terrible that the parents identified their children with pictures. The school district announced that the school would be closed and the children assigned to other schools. The shooter shot his mother before going to the school and then killed himself after shooting all his victims multiple times.
The shooting is the second-deadliest school shooting in the history of our nation and is exceeded only by the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead. The shooting apparently took place in two different classrooms in one section of the school. Authorities recovered three weapons (a Glock pistol, a Sig Sauer pistols, and a .223-caliber rifle). There were numerous conflicting accounts about which weapons were where, but the latest is that the shooter used the rifle to kill his victims. The guns were all purchased legally and registered to the shooter's mother.
My heart goes out to the families who are mourning, including the shooter's family. My prayers are with all of them plus those children and adults who were traumatized but lived through the ordeal. The little children lost much of their innocence and probably need therapy in order to live normal lives. The Christmas season - a time that is supposed to be peaceful - has been ruined for all of them and dampened for the rest of us. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still have our loved ones with us should extend extra love to them!
This massacre is not the only gun-related killings in the
this weekend, but
those who desire to control guns are using it for political purposes. They cannot/will not understand that guns do
not kill people and that deranged people kill people. We do not blame vehicles for the deaths
caused by drunk drivers, and we should not blame guns for the deaths caused by
mentally ill or emotionally disturbed people. United States
These facts and opinions do not sway the gun control advocates. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an avid gun control advocate, immediately called for greater gun control. "… the country needs him [President Obama] to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem… We need immediate action… This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response…."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino issued a similar statement: "… As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today's tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action…. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future."
Rupert Murdoch tweeted, "Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?"
These politicians were wrong about the guns being automatic because they are apparently semi-automatic. As pointed out by Breitbart dot com, the politicians cannot blame
's gun policy so they call for a
national gun policy. Those cities and
states with the strongest gun-control laws in our nation seem to have the most
attacks. The liberal politicians do not understand
the effect of gun-control laws: when
they take away the guns from law-abiding citizens, only the criminals will have
guns. We cannot pass enough gun-control
laws to take tragedy out of our future!
Anyone who wants to kill someone else will find a way! Connecticut
As proof of this statement, along with all the articles about the tragedy in
found an article entitled "Knife-wielding man injures 22 children in ." "A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary
school in central China
on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on school
children in the country." There
were no details about the extent of the injuries. China
I also offer the following statistics about deaths per year from selected causes from the Center for Disease Control, FBI, and U.S. Federal Government.
Gun Control Stats: Compare the Ten Big "Killers" in the
Tobacco Use 529,000
Medical Errors 195,000
Unintentional Injuries 118,021
Alcohol Abuse 107,400
Motor Vehicle Accidents 34,485
Unintentional Poisoning 31,758
Drug Abuse 25,500
Unintentional Falls 24,792
Non-Firearm Homicides 16,799*
Firearm Homicides 11,493
*According to the FBI, the #1 weapon used in violent crimes is a baseball bat.
I hope that you noticed that of the ten top killers in the
firearm homicides is number ten out of ten!
This proves that there are many other "weapons" besides guns
that can be used to inflict injury and/or death. Do you want to eliminate all of them? United States
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has recently been called "the new KKK" and answered that charge in this video entitled "The NRA is the New KKK Response."
Stricter gun control laws are not the answer to violent crimes. Politicians who clamor for stricter gun control are not really interested in controlling guns; they simply want greater control of the residents of their cities and the citizens of our nation.
is #1 in gun control laws and also #1
in crime; its violence regularly makes the news. In comparison, Chicago issues an assault rifle
to each adult male citizen to keep at home.
Citizens regularly carry their rifles around the towns and country; they
practice shooting and hold shooting competitions. Switzerland was able to maintain
neutrality in both World War I and World War II. The Nazis did not invade Switzerland , and there was no
Holocaust there. Switzerland
Yes, the massacre in
is a national tragedy, and I
join my fellow Americans in mourning the deaths of the many innocent
people. I hope that we will not be too
anxious about giving up liberty in an attempt to get safety. It did not work in the days of our Founders,
and it will not work in our day.
Benjamin Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to
obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." I hope American citizens will be extra
careful about the kinds of laws and regulations we ask for because we may not
like what we get! Connecticut