Many people like me were stunned to wake up this morning to hear of the newest, worst killings yet, over in Las Vegas. There have been rumours all day about the who and the why, no doubt many of them started to stir up and take advantage of any hate generated. It’s always handy to have a minority to blame. This time it turns out that the minority is a 64 year old white man with no criminal record and whose family say had no strong religious feelings. They are in fact stunned. The fact that Daesh claimed responsibility for the act does not make it true. Had he not killed himself he might have been able to answer questions as to his reasoning and also how he managed to smuggle all his arms into the hotel. Maybe the truth will emerge slowly. Since his family say he was a country music fan, it can’t have been the concert that upset him.
I can’t help it, whenever I hear of something like this I immediately think and ask about gun control like the responsible bodies are actually going to see sense. One lady told me I shouldn’t ask this as whatever happens the criminals will still have access to guns. That may be so, but the access could be made a lot more difficult for them, especially by those people who buy guns regularly just to sell on to criminals. But, in part answer to the lady in question I’d say that a lot of these massacres are not committed by criminals, they’re committed by people with no criminal records but who had access to the arsenal found in that hotel room today. So maybe you just need to have gun control for the law-abiding. At times like this the NRA say don’t make decisions like that when the event has just happened. Don’t penalise gun owners for the actions of a few. Just how many more losses of life like this do you let go by before talking of gun control again. It’s not as if guns are a necessity and I’m sure many battered wives would be alive today if their partner hadn’t had a gun in his hand when he was feeling pissed with her. These people are in no shape or form the local militia envisioned by your Second Amendment yet they can get guns quite legally.
Please wait until you hear the reasons for this atrocity before you start throwing out blame, don’t listen to Daesh or others claiming it. Please think about how many more events like this America can bear, you may lose someone in the next one. 58 dead and 500+ injuries this time. Give some thought as to how many guns a person should be allowed and how easy it should be for them to get anything. Think about the number of youngsters who commit suicide or who are harmed by the guns in their houses. Or the number of women killed because their boyfriend doesn’t like the way his steak was fried.Think hard about some gun control.
End these atrocities and bring a little more peace to the world.
Hugs. David 02.10.017