Over at CNN; two people whose father was killed at Fort Hood penned an opinion piece. I’m not going to fisk the article but simply try to answer their last paragraph.
Here is the question we are haunted by: “What is wrong with us that it takes 20 children dying in one shooting to make us change?” And some of us still won’t. We have to address the answers, and we have to have the conversation. Let’s start fixing the problem instead of treating the symptoms.
First, I’ll answer your straw-man argument that we waited until 20 children were shot; the short answer is only people like you waited.Sorry if that sounds offensive, I don’t mean it to be but it is the simple truth. Many of ‘us’ have been trying to get things done for years now. We haven’t waited. We’ve pushed for actual and vigorous enforcement of the existing laws. Firearm charges are too often plea bargained away and killers or future killers are back on the streets too soon.
Second, also part of your same mistake is that action has to be at the national level in the form of more restrictive laws. Those restrictive laws, Connecticut does have the 5th most restrictive laws in the country, didn’t stop the Sandy Hook Elementary atrocity. So please tell me how another restrictive law or a dozen would stop another shooting?
I will call your attention to what does work to reduce the death toll; firearms carried responsible people already at the scene. Pearl Mississippi High School, Appalachia Law School, New Hope Church in Colorado; the list goes on.
Please don’t ignore the evidence because it doesn’t fit your mindset.
Which brings up the last point; treating the problem. The first step in treating the problem is to accurately identify the problem. As long the focus is on firearms, we will not identify the root cause; mental illness and/or the drugs used to treat it. Look at the numbers, look at the links, look deeper than the tool used; please don’t fall for the rhetoric that the ‘guns are the problem’.