Posts Tagged ‘Sandy Hook’

Straight Talk (Part Four)

December 21, 2012

And let’s be honest here.  We all know somebody who we know in our hearts that placing a gun in their hand would just be a bad idea.  (And if you don’t, I direct you to the old joke about “there’s always at least one weirdo riding public transportation at any given time; and if you don’t see them, it’s you.”)  Heck, some of us know people who we know in our hearts that placing string in their hand would be a bad idea!

And right now, that topic is what a lot of people want to talk about.  They’re entitled; it’s part of the First Amendment.  You know, that amendment that comes before the second one.

So let ’em talk.  In fact, I encourage you to join in – respectfully – because guns are a subject that needs to be talked about more in the United States, particularly without fear of reprisals.  I have more I could say on the subject myself, in fact.

But that’s not the only subject that needs to be talked about, and I’m out of time for this week, so we’ll have to pick this up another time . . . after Christmas, I think.

Happy Holidays, all, and if you can enjoy the time with your family . . . then I suggest you be glad that you have that option.

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Straight Talk (Part Three)

December 20, 2012

Are there situations where a gun is the tool needed for the job?

Sadly, yes, because like it or not (and I don’t), there are situations where it’s kill or die, for instance, and anyone betting on me being a pacifist in those situations is running the risk of losing that bet, but let us not try to mask what a gun is with pretty sounding words.

A gun is a tool designed to kill.

If I see someone walking around with a hammer, I’m going to tend to assume they’re looking to use it on a nail, or at the very least that they feel the need to be prepared to deal with a nail at a moment’s notice.  And if I find myself  talking with someone who spends all their spare time in hammer shops, talks about hammers all the time, and has more hammers than any one human being is ever going to need in their lifetime, I’m going to keep a very close eye on that person.

Maybe that person is a trained and skilled carpenter who’ll only use their hammer in the course of legitimate jobs, and maybe they’re not, but until I’m damn sure I know what kind of person I’m dealing with, I, as a private citizen, am never going to turn my back on them.

Period.

Straight Talk (Part Two)

December 19, 2012

So first let’s talk about guns, and let’s start by skewering one of the more ridiculous things ever said about them:

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Now the implication of this (assuming you’re not one of those people who like to point out that it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the end, so technically it’s bullets at velocity that kill people) is that guns are “just” tools, and they most certainly are tools, but it glosses over an important point to imply they are “just” tools.

Screwdrivers are tools too, and you could just as accurately say “Screwdrivers don’t unscrew screws, people unscrew screws,” but have you ever tried to unscrew a screw without a screwdriver or a drill with a screwdriver bit?  It’s a serious pain to do, if you can do it at all.  You need a screwdriver to do it quickly and effectively, because a screwdriver is a tool designed with precisely that job in mind.

And guns are tools designed to kill.  (Don’t yell at me yet, I’m still getting warmed up.)

Straight Talk (Part One)

December 18, 2012

“How does something like the Sandy Hook shooting happen?” is a question that’s going to be asked and argued for some time to come, and despite many people’s beliefs, an adequate answer that is both complete and simple is going to be elusive.  This is often the case with questions like that, but it’s going to be especially true with this question for a very simple reason:

Because the incomplete answers are hot button issues in the United States; the type of issues I never discuss with anyone outside a small group of trusted friends and family who have proven to me time and time again that they are capable of having an intelligent conversation respectful of the fact that differing points of view are actually possible without the other person being evil and/or an idiot.

For instance, one incomplete answer to the question of “How does something like the Sandy Hook shooting happen?” is “Because guns are so easy to obtain.”  Don’t bother yelling at me for saying that because, like it or not, it remains a fact that this kid couldn’t have shot anyone if he hadn’t been able to get his hands on the guns in the first place.  Also don’t bother yelling at me for calling it an incomplete answer because, like it or not, it is an incomplete answer at best, and at worst it’s a glib attempt to oversimply and/or gloss over other, equally important, aspects of this tragedy.

But it’s a place to start.

I Feel For You

December 17, 2012

Before I say anything, first let me pause for a moment of silence to light a candle for all those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.  (And that’s a lot of people.)

We can talk tomorrow . . . or maybe even a day after that.  For now, all I want to say is this:

I’m sorry for your loss.