Monday morning in Webster NY, a village to the east of Rochester, a house fire was reported. Firefighters responded, and walked into a trap, resulting in two deaths and two seriously wounded. The shooter killed himself after SWAT units responded, but in the delay, several other houses caught fire. Two families lost their loved ones, and others were homeless for the holiday. What makes this resonate so much is not just that they were firefighters. They were volunteer firefighters, and it’s something that strikes a major chord with rural areas.
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One of the outcomes of the Newtown tragedy is that a national conversation has started about gun control, and reducing the levels of gun violence in this country. It’s sad that it took the deaths of 20 children to bring this front and center, but unlike previous tragedies it looks like this one has staying power. As I’ve said in a previous post here, we need not only have sensible regulations, we need to change how our culture views guns. The cultural change is going to be a longer term effort, but there are some sensible things we can do with the laws.
Last Friday as I was finishing up a blog post, a news story hit the wires. An elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut had attacked by a gunman and there were many children among the casualties. I put a quick paragraph in front about it, and made the following prediction:
What makes it worse is that I know, within a few days, that Wayne LaPierre is going to issue a statement out of NRA headquarters that will be just as stupid as his other ones.
Yesterday, he did.
If you read through the arguments the “pro gun” groups like to make about concealed carry and allowing people to carry their weapons into various places like schools, churches, and other public venues, you realize they’re – and the people who agree with them – thinking that it’ll be like this:
Yes, everyone is going to be like Dirty Harry. Leaving aside that it’s fiction, did anyone notice the number of times he almost shot an innocent bystander?
Back in the early eighties, a group of us on our way to a local bar happened to pass a gun shop. There in the window display was an AR-15, with a price tag of around $500. It caught our eye, and the price attracted a lot of comment along the lines of “that much?” Later on over drinks, the discussion wound around to why anyone would want to buy that rifle. Various uses were brought up, but quickly dismissed. Not so much because it couldn’t be used for those, but because another rifle or shotgun would do the job much better and cheaper. The consensus was that it was a vanity purchase. Were we “anti-gun fanatics?” No, it was because we knew that rifle intimately. We were all in the Army.