We and China experienced horrific events on Friday morning: 26 children and adults killed in Newtown, Connecticut, 22 school children and one adult killed in Chengping, Henan Province.. 20-year-old Adam Lanza stole his weapons; it would have been illegal for him (under existing Federal Law) to purchase the handguns he had. 36-year-old Min Yingjun used a knife; in the US, knives over about four inches in blade length are illegal to carry in most States.
Adam Lanza relieved us of prosecution. Min Yingjun is in custody and will probably be subject t o the death penalty that remains legal for China, the US Government, and the US Military. Connecticut removed its death penalty in April of this year.
I hear that some Middle East nations condemn the US’ gun violence. Ironic, that nations with kids carrying fully-automatic AK-47s should criticize America, which pretty much banned fully-automatic weapons (and “sawed-off” shotguns) in 1934.
On the plus side, police in Oklahoma arrested another teenager Friday for plotting to shoot students at his his high school. Most students of high school age are under 18, and cannot possess pistols or rifles under Federal law.
We have plenty of laws on the books regulating guns, knives, and murder. They simply need to be enforced.
On the other hand, we haven’t been too successful detecting crazies. If there is to be a debate, it should be about “how do we prevent crazies from using guns, knives, pipe bombs, or fire to do horrible things.?”
Politicians love “gun control” as an issue. They ignore that they have already passed enough laws to control guns. But they cannot resist another opportunity to divide the public and get their faces on TV.
Instead, it would be nice for them to mourn with victims of violence and unite the people against acts of evil. And it would be nice if they would address the causes of crazy acts, instead of the methods crazies use.
Incidentally, one such cause is the 24-hour coverage of such events; “If it bleeds, it leads.” A little less glorification by publicity might at least reduce the frequency of crazy copycats. That’s what media and politicians could do.