Tuesday 17 April 2007

Gun Control

Amendment 2 of the US Constitution states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Many Americans have interpreted this to mean that everyone who so desires can own a gun. And use it. And tragedy ensues.

Virginia Tech Shooting

My hope is this will spur the citizens of the USA to see the error of their ways, to see how illogical this is, to see it is killing them.

My frustration is that it won't change a thing. The Columbine shooting didn't change a thing. Numerous workplace shootings haven't changed a thing. What will it take for people to see that their right to bear arms has nothing to do with having unfettered access to firearms and using them to shoot each other.

My sympathy goes out to the families of those who were shot down whilst they sought education, typical a path away from violence. My strength goes out to those who were present and must now find the courage to carry on. My courage goes out to those who have the power and will to change the laws so that this is less likely to occur in the future. Do Something!

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