Monday, December 3, 2012

Jason Whitlock On Gun Control

Jason Whitlock
 This is part of the column Mr. Whitlock wrote on Saturday night after the murder/suicide tragedy in Kansas City.  Bob Costas referenced this piece in his statement on Sunday and has been attacked for doing so.  Perhaps America is ready to stand up to the Gun Lobby and create some sensible gun laws particularly concerning assault rifles, large capacity ammunition clips and mandatory background checks. 
 I would argue that your rationalizations speak to how numb we are in this society to gun violence and murder. We’ve come to accept our insanity. We’d prefer to avoid seriously reflecting upon the absurdity of the prevailing notion that the second amendment somehow enhances our liberty rather than threatens it.
How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?
 Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.
In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
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