Saturday, December 15, 2012
America's Gun Related Deaths: Are We Asking the Right Question?
I don't believe it's truly about guns, honestly. Rarely have I. Too few or too many. There are other countries with similar gun laws, minus these incidents. Lunacy and rage and hate will find the means to their ends. This is a societal problem, a cultural problem and to some extent a health problem. If we allow the focus of this tragedy to fall once again on Second Amendment freedoms or restrictions, we are once again missing the opportunity to redress the cause of the problem in favor of bickering over its symptoms and the agents of its delivery. And I find that myopic. But I'm sure it's more comfortable because it's tangible and material and concrete; not conceptual or philosophical or, heaven forbid, introspective.
To those who feel the absence of guns will pave the way to some idyllic and pacific paradise, you're wrong. The insane will find other weapons. Arson. Poisoned milk. Anthrax. Whatever. To those who think loosening restrictions on gun control or carry policies will prevent such tragedies, you're wrong. You accomplish little more than expanding the choices available and the access, especially with the absurdly lax regulations in many states. Let's not even get into the intellectual effrontery that is Stand Your Ground. You're all wrong, in fact, because you keep talking about the device, the method, the thing, and not the impetus, the compulsion, the reason or the cause. If a person killed my child and I decided in blind, vindictive grief to exact retribution, it would be done. Doesn't matter how: lead pipe, wrench, rope, candlestick; I'd find a way if I so chose. And in that spirit, it also doesn't matter to me how that person killed my child. Fact is, my child is dead. WHY is my child dead? Not how. Why. Why did this happen? Well, that's the question no one seems to be asking in earnest. But it's really the only question, isn't it?