The "Right To Bear Arms"... My take on the Denver Tragedy
Our thoughts today are with the families who grieve the loss of loved ones from Aurora, Colorado. The people of that state know all too well the carnage that is possible when deranged individuals own weapons. Hopefully, we we'll find out sooner rather than later why this man decided to shoot up a movie theatre with hundreds inside enjoying the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises".
One thing has always been clear to me when it comes to guns. They do not kill people. People kill people. Chances are that this man in Colorado, for whatever reason, was bound and determine to inflict pain and suffering on a large group of people. It wouldn't have mattered if guns were involved or not. In fact, if guns were illegal and he couldn't obtain them, he might have been in that theatre throwing rocks at people. But, in America, you have the "Right to Bear Arms".
It's in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Every free citizen of the U.S. is allowed to own a gun and defend themselves. The law was passed in 1788. 1788! Over 200 years ago. When, as a landowner (and slave owner) you needed to protect your property because there was no one else to help you if you were under attack. As long as our American cousins continue to allow guns of any kind into the hands of their citizens, you will always have tragedies like we saw in Aurora. You have my empathy America, but not my sympathy.
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