I’ve gotten about 50 responses to the gun debate issue tonight. Honestly, I don’t give a shit that you think you have the right to own a gun because someone 200+ years ago said you do to prevent (or allow for) an insurrection or whatever. If this issue is going to be solved, you’re going to have to agree that in the 21st century, maybe your right to own a gun isn’t as important as people — children — living or dying. Just look at the statistics. There is a very serious problem in this country that isn’t a problem in other countries. And there is very clearly one reason for that.
I absolutely do realize that. And in this case, he bought them LEGALLY, so it would have stopped that. At the very least, it would have severely impeded his insane goal. What good is you and I buying guns and ammo if we didn’t stop this? You and I buying guns and ammo never seems to stop things like this. Strange. (Not really.)
But yes, it would create (extend) a black market. Luckily, guns are not as easy to produce as say, drugs. A focus on the black market in this case would be significantly easier. Over time, that may change, but for now, it would work to great effect, I imagine.
By the way, I don’t think drugs (for the most part) should be illegal. I have no problem if someone wants to hurt themselves. I have a problem with people who want to hurt other people. My right to extend my arm ends at your face.
I’m not sure there is an easy link between movies and gun violence. I think the link is between the violence and the publicity.
Roger Ebert on the Aurora shooting.
He’s exactly right. The “Joker” nonsense simply adds to and elevates the publicity angle here — which the killer played perfectly. That’s not a problem with the movies, it’s a problem with the media. Sometimes it’s sad how easily psychopaths can outsmart us.