So, this is what happens when I look at the news online. I get all in a huff.
Not sure if you've seen the headlines, but some Iraq war vet came back, shot at some people at a party, went on the run, then shot & killed a Ranger while she was trying to stop his vehicle inside a Washington National Park.
So what happens when any crime involving a firearm happens? People start blaming the inatimate object for the crime. Not the person. Not the circumstances that may have lead to this horrible crime (he was said to have post-traumatic stress disorder). It's all about the gun. Can you hear the wardrums drumming "More laws, more restrictions, more laws, more restrictions....boom, boom, boom".
I'm waiting for another news clip to say "Ranger killed by a Midnight-Special Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle with Night Sights, High Capacity Clip and Expresso Attachment". Because you know that gun just got up and started shooting by itself.
And this is what some dim-wit had to say about it:
"The many congressmen and senators that voted for the legislation that allowed loaded weapons to be brought into the parks ought to be feeling pretty bad right now," Wade said.
Wade called Sunday's fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. (Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.)
Uhm, so Wade actually thinks that this guy would have stopped his vehicle, disposed of his weapon, THEN continued into the National Park because if there WERE a law that outlawed firearms in National Parks (by us "normal" people, not the "special" people like Rangers or Police) he would have adhered to that law?
Yes, Wade, this could have been prevented. Say, if this man didn't go through hell in a warzone in Iraq and come home mentally scarred. Say, if this man was willing to get help or go through consuling. Say, if he made a half-dozen other choices in his life, this may have been prevented.
But do NOT say, or even insinuate that having a law that prevents firearms in any particular area prevents shootings. It only prevents the law-abiding, gun carrying citizens from protecting themselves or those they care for. There are laws preventing the posession of firearms in courtrooms. How many stories have you read where there is a shooting in a courtroom? Too many, unfortunately.
A man brutally shot and killed at least one person, and I hope he pays for his crimes, here and in the afterlife. But it was a man who commited this crime, not the weapon.
Rant done. And to show you how scatter-brained I really am, you'll have to compare this blog post to tomorrow's Girly-Girl photo shoot of the progress in Rhiannon's Room!