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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
"What's wrong with people?" That was the comment made by a tearful student at New River Community College just after a man opened fire at the school. ("Student charged in shooting of 2 at mall," April 13 news story). Though he may have been thinking of the one with the gun, I am wondering about the rest of us.
Nationally, we care more about the rights of individuals to purchase whatever guns they want whenever they want than we do about the consequences of such priorities. Why? Because of what we are about to hear next: the cry to arm absolutely everybody in sight; the whining about how it does no good to set any limit whatsoever on the rights of good gun owners; how any sensible measure will have no effect on the crazies out there because they will get a gun anyway.
Funny how they never mention that their own position ensures such ease of access. The laws in Virginia are especially lax, to the sorrow of many states around us.
The rest of the world thinks the U.S. is crazy, but what do we care? We won't even listen to the sensible gun owners among us, many of whom support the need for small steps toward reasonable change. It appears we would rather go on watching people, including children, maimed and slaughtered so that gun enthusiasts who want what they want when they want it can have their way. What's wrong with us, indeed.
Blacksburg Presbyterian Church
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