Letters to the Editor

Thoughts on Newtown shooting

I’ve read all the opinions and articles regarding Newtown and have the following observations:

Who is mourning? Mostly the families and friends directly involved in the tragedy. Some of us are horrified, but not mourning. The rest carry on as before and are busy buying guns.

President Obama and Senator Reid want to protect our children. President Obama read every child’s name, but apparently didn’t think it worthwhile to mention the teachers. I hardly hear them mentioned anywhere. Maybe they were old enough to protect themselves and it’s their own fault. Since there was no such outcry after Columbine and Virginia Tech, I can only assume that they were too old to be considered children. So, where is the cutoff? I think we owe it to every child that gets over the threshold to train them with guns and maybe give them a weapon for Christmas (I recommend an assault weapon, it’s so much better for protection).

Mental health has become the hot topic. For those who believe that if we take care of mental health we’ll be fine, I have the following fact. Of the over 30,000 killings every year, on average 18 are committed by mentally ill people. But I understand the anxiety. Mentally ill people seem to be colorblind and don’t limit their shootings to black neighborhoods, but mow down even little white children and congresswomen. Now that’s scary and we have to do something about that. Sixty-six thousand wind up in hospitals after shootings. I never saw it mentioned before. The health industry loves you, gun owners.

Cass Sunstein in her Dec. 20 column quoted former Chief Justice Warren Burger as saying on the McNeil/Lehrer Newshour the following: the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud – I repeat the word ‘fraud’ – on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.” The magic word is special interest groups, which means money. In America, money always trumps human lives. Well, Warren Burger is gone and we have a new sheriff in town. The present Supreme Court in a new and better interpretation of the Second Amendment has struck down every state law in all 50 states that prohibited concealed weapons. I guess even Supreme Court justices are humans. Personally I don’t believe in giving any human a lifetime appointment.

What will change? We may get a prohibition on assault weapons, but don’t panic, gun lovers. We had it before and I’m willing to bet, that in the not too distant future, we’ll see a little footnote in the papers, telling us that the ban has been lifted. Is there a chance that we someday will seriously eliminate guns from the streets? It would have to get to the point where gun violence happens with the frequency of a traffic accident. Until then, buy a gun and have the illusion of protecting yourself.

The writer lives in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.