I was shocked a few months back to learn 49 of 50 U.S.
states allow conceal and carry. My state, Illinois, may fall
under the avalanche of pro-gun hysteria very soon. I've
tackled this controversy in previous posts, but it's time to
attack our violence-prone problems once again, in light
of 20 young Connecticut children murdered by gun only
a few days ago:
(1) Many people are simply not sound enough mentally to
be toting around deadly weapons; medical associations
over the years have said some 25% or more of us have
serious emotional problems. Shouldn't some sort of
caution bell start clanging every time the pro conceal
and carry folks lobby? More to the point, many so-called
"adults" are not what I'd deem responsible. We also
shouldn't overlook the klutz factor--people have already
been shot because of it.
(2) The Second Amendment has long needed a sensible
clarification. Few should have guns, but then arms
manufacturers would realize less profit. (We can't let
THAT happen, now can we??)
A safer America would also see a rise in the number of
mental health facilities as gun possession declines. The
mother of the nutcase in Connecticut, various school
authorities and others knew he was troubled, had
"episodes". In a caring, qualified institution, he could
not have perpetrated this cruel horror. His mother
owned three guns, one of which he used to kill 26
innocent human beings. Why was she so heavily
armed? "A rise in unemployment" triggered her
paranoid fantasies, she'd claimed earlier.
Yes, more mental health hospitals WILL cost
more money. Aren't innocent lives worth it?
Without these two profound changes in our
society, look out for guns galore in the Wild West.