Every now and again (usually after a senseless killing with weapons of mass destruction) I bring up the logical idea of banning these weapons. After the Virginia Tech slaying, I wrote Can We Talk About Gun Control? I concluded my post with this:
So what should we do? Load all of our college kids up with guns and hope the good guys get the draw? Maybe. Along with their dorm keys, copies of Nietzsche, credit cards, video games, and beer bongs, we could give all freshmen their very own 9mm Glock. School is hard. Shoot first and often.I will continue my unpopular anti-NRA, anti- "gotta have my automatic weapons at any cost", anti-gun nut tirade until these weapons are banned forever.
Life is crazy. Adding easily accessible deadly weapons is crazier still.
Jared Loughner killed six and wounded fourteen with a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol. It was also Cho's "weapon of choice" in the Virginia Tech massacre.
Loughner purchased it legally.
He bought his bullets at Wal-Mart.
Here is a nice old guy showing you how to shoot one.
It is the weapon of choice for military, police, and mass murderers.
We certainly don't want to infringe upon the rights of mass murderers.
I can think of no reason to have a device such as this except to kill a large number of people quickly. That is what it is for. You use it to kill people. Loughner is crazy. Absolutely. He is mentally ill and should be locked up for the rest of his life. But he simply did what the gun was designed to do--kill a lot of people fast.
Loughner has serious mental illness. Since that is the case, what do we call the manufacture of such a device in the first place? The scary crazy part is that we think that it is sane for these things to exist. Roger Lowenstein writes:
The surest way to prevent such acts of terror is to halt the distribution of semi-automatic weapons in the first place. In any sane country, semi-automatic weapons -- those that can be shot rapidly with repeated pulls of the trigger, without stopping to reload each time -- would be banned, period. They should be banned, for good, in the U.S.I know the response to my rant. People will quote the following aphorisms as if they dripped off the lips of the historical Jesus:
- Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
- If you ban guns only the bad people will get them.
- If you ban guns the bad people will just make bombs.
- A tragedy like this is not the time to politicize the issue.
- It is a crazy world and I need to kill the bad guy before he kills me.