A young man walked into a movie theater last night wearing a “ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest and a gas mask”. He threw a tear gas canister into the room, then opened fire with what the police have just described as a 12 gauge shot gun and two Glock hand guns. Twelve people are dead, fifty nine are wounded and hundreds are traumatized.
One victim is three months old. One is six years old. Babies were shot!
Today politicians all over the country are falling over themselves to express just how “shocked” they are that this has happened.
Where the hell have they been?
We live in a country where pretty much anyone is allowed to buy a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, a gas mask, a tear gas canister, a 12 gauge shot gun and two Glock hand guns. Our laws allow this to happen without anyone asking any questions or raising any alarms. In Colorado you can carry a gun in a “dwelling, place of business or vehicle”. Not only is it easy to get a permit to carry, the state actually prohibits the registration of these guns.
How on earth can anyone seriously be “shocked” when those items are used to engage in acts of violence? Why would the guy have bought all that stuff if he WASN’T planning to massacre someone?
I understand the whole second amendment argument, I really do. I thoroughly and completely believe that the men who wrote that amendment put it in there because they wanted to stop the federal government from preventing local militias from arming themselves. They wrote it at a time when there really was no central federal army, and every town and state was expected to maintain a militia which could be called up to defend the country.
But some people want to believe that the second amendment means that we are all allowed to own guns. We need to be allowed to hunt, to shoot for fun, to defend ourselves, the argument goes.
So given the fact that we have the “freedom” to buy riot gear, pepper spray, tear gas, semi-automatic weapons, shotguns, handguns, Uzi’s, Glocks and all the rest of this crap, how can we be “shocked” when it all gets used for its intended purpose?
I ask this question in all seriousness, out of my sadness, my fear and my disgust with yet another mass shooting in my country:
Why do people buy Glock handguns if not to kill people? Why do they buy semi-automatic weapons if not to kill other humans?
And why do we outlaw marijuana, but not these terrible weapons of mass destruction?
I am just not shocked.