This piece was initiated the moment I finished reading the article about the latest workplace murder in Illinois. There is so much political “noise” generated after each and every shooting. Nobody takes time to learn the facts, the story behind what happened. Everyone(including the Republican Party officials) just use the moment of spotlight on guns and Second Amendment to grandstand and score some political points.
I always expect it from the Democratic Party whose sole agenda is to grab more power for them selves. They have no principals, they have nobody’s interests in mind other than the party itself. There is so many radicals in their midst at this point the common sense democrat is being squeezed out.
You can say that about the Republican Party as well but at least we have moral and philosophical values that guide through the difficult times. At least most of us do.
Democrats want power at all cost. Also you can say it this way “the end justifies the means”. That is, by the way, what communist believed before they collectively murdered tens of millions of people through out the 20th century. I have digressed here but not really.
That kind of violence happening here are very unlikely if not impossible because of THE SECOND AMENDMENT. The way the change will occur in this country is through the legislation and courts. Why? Because we have too many people whose life is so good and better than they ever hoped for. They do not care about their rights and the government intrusion because at this moment all is good. Sometimes people do not pay attention until it’s too late.
It’s not going to happen to me as long as I breathe
I personally did not feel the effects of heavy handed centralized governments the way my parents or grandparents did but I will never forget the sacrifices they made for me to have better opportunities.
I also will never forget what it took for the ones before us to create the phenomenal country we live in today.
As mentioned above every shooting creates opportunity for politicians and activists to steal some of the spotlight. This time it was little different. The local and state government agencies were part of the blame, big part.
So what happened in Illinois? Disgruntled employee who was very bad at his job knew he was getting fired and brought a handgun to the meeting. In the meeting he shot five people dead and got into a shootout with police afterwards. Several brave police officers were wounded but they managed to neutralize( nice word for killing) the murderer. Very tragic story especially when you learn one of the victim it was the first day on the job as intern.
The problem with this tragic event is the gunman used legally bought handgun that he had NO right to buy as convicted felon. There should be tremendous outrage in the media(yeah right) or amongst all politicians that the local(Aurora, Illinois) law enforcement agency and Illinois State Police did not prevent the sale to happened. That is just wishful thinking on my part. They have the laws on their side but it was a human error(very likely few of them) that caused this legal handgun to get into the hands of someone who was convicted felon.
Another example of human error allowing gunmen to commit mass shooting.
Adam Lanza shot dead 26 people, mostly very young children, in Sandy Hook Elementary School before committing suicide. He murdered his mother to get access to her guns. That’ not the worst part. His mother knew throughout his life he had serious mental health issues yet exposed him to firearms. There was no effort by her to try to commit him into mental health facility where he could and should have been supervised. I am a parent and I believe it must have been extremely difficulty for Adam’s mother to come to realization their son was very sick. I do not want to go into great details but preparing for this article I read few pages from the investigation of the shooting and Adam Lanza has some serious problems from the time he was very young. So the human error here does not fall on the law enforcement, the human error was made by his mom. Mother’s love overruled her best judgement and she treated her son as normal young man when it comes to firearms. And he was, yes I said it he was not normal he was mentally ill. Terrible events occurred and many children died as a result. I always write about “the adults in the room” having great responsibility not only to yourself, your family but also to society. She failed and unfortunately paid the worst price imaginable.
There is so many more examples we can discuss over and over again like the Texas church shooting where the shooter had history of physical abuse against women and children. Those are as big of red flags as one can find.
The Parkland,Florida shooter’s you tube postings and bragging about possibly committing school shooting. Nothing was done about it and as the shooting was happening the only armed officer on site did not even respond adequately(that’s an incredible understatement).
My point is. We can legislate all the anti gun laws in the world, in the process we’ll loose our freedoms and liberty yet there will always be the human factor. The history tells us more laws, rules, regulations and restrictions created to control us more selfish we humans become. Why? Everyone of us instead of caring about the neighbors and communities we falsely assume the ever present government will do it for us so we just care about ourselves.
Example. Growing up in the communist country where we all have guaranteed free healthcare, guaranteed free education and constant “full” employment I noticed people outside of our own family could give you know what about others. The utopian idea of “perfect” society where everyone is equal creates the most imperfect, selfish one.
On the other hand the United States with its historically limited government could not be in all the places because of the country’s vast spaces. So neighbors helped neighbors, communities cared about its members and especially throughout Midwest and the West the pioneers and settlers learned to rely on each instead of the government. Hopefully we can keep it that way. The alternative is not an option. Please take my word for it.