A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms for killing little children, teachers, Presidents, spouses, convenience store clerks, bank tellers, doctors, nurses, family planners, Christmas Shoppers, Congressmen, et al shall not be infringed.
Of course, the rabid right wing will blame this all on compulsory public schooling for providing easier targets for purchasers of guns specifically made for killing innocent people.
Guns made to kill people, don't kill people, People kill people with guns made to kill people.. I'm sure that is a great consolation for the parents of the kids slaughtered like pheasants in a snow drift. Update: 20 Children killed, 6 adults at school and another away from school. The shooter killed himself and his parents. His mother was a teacher at the school.-- 12-12-2012 2:45 PM CST.
Just to be fair, below are some comments from conservatives and gun supporters. No wonder PP at SD War College doesn't want any partisan comments on the Connecticut tragedy. He is getting prayers for them however. Whole nother lobbying group there.
From Mike Huckabee:"...We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a palce where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?"
And then there are the gun groups that think the problem is not enough guns in the schools.
Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, issued a statement this evening attributing the massacre to gun regulations, arguing that had weapons been permitted on school grounds, the murders could have been avoided:“Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.” LINK for this
And a surprise from Republican David Frum:
... Almost uniquely in the world, the United States suffers massacre after massacre after massacre: in schools, in workplaces, in movie theaters, on city streets. And after each such massacre, there follows a great hushing: don't you dare mention the most obvious reason for this unique American horror.
I experienced a small portion of this reaction personally today.
Earlier this week, the Seventh Circuit opened the way to a concealed-carry law in Illinois, the one remaining state not to allow citizens to carry weapons on their persons. The event moved me to revisit some writing I did this summer about the folly of imagining that law-abiding citizens make themselves more safe by owning weapons.
A permissive gun regime is not the only reason that the United States suffers so many atrocities like the one in Connecticut. An inadequate mental health system is surely at least as important a part of the answer, as are half a dozen other factors arising from some of the deepest wellsprings of American culture.
Nor can anybody promise that more rational gun laws would prevent each and every mass murder in this country. Gun killings do occur even in countries that restrict guns with maximum severity.
But we can say that if the United States worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be many, many fewer atrocities like the one in Connecticut.
And I'll say: I'll accept no lectures about "sensitivity" on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.
It's bad enough to have a gun lobby. It's the last straw when that lobby also sets up itself as the civility police. It may not be politically possible to do anything about the prevalence of weapons of mass murder. But it damn well ought to be possible to complain about them - and about the people who condone them. LINK To FRUM
Enough blather. Condolences to parents of children killed, injured and probably psychologically wounded for years to come.
And David Newquist at Northern Valley Beacon adds, Ho Hum..20 Grades School kids...
*** Stay tuned. Politicians will blather about the slaughtered 20 Connecticut children--- Doug Wiken