Saturday, December 29, 2012
Regarding the Newtown disaster, there is nothing any of us can do except bear witness to the suffering of those who lost loved ones and to the suffering that will follow those who witnessed this tragedy in one way or another. Sadly, the living will suffer.
We cannot change the past, but we can ask about the future.
We can ask why someone wants multiple weapons. We can ask why someone wants assault weapons and automatic weapons. These are designed only to kill. We can point out the irony of a mother buying weapons to defend herself (against whom?) only to be killed by her own son using one of the weapons. We can ask why anyone buys thousands of dollars of ammunition. Notice, I wrote “wants” not “needs.” Clearly, no one needs this stuff.
We can ask why the Second Amendment is deemed absolute in ways that the First is not. And for the “originalists” in the house, we can ask how many understand the context in which this amendment was proposed and adopted.
As for laws controlling who can own guns, how many among us will accept a ruling that we are mentally incompetent? How many will predict who among us is or will become mentally incompetent?
And we can ask why no one notes that this problem is not just a problem we suffer. Note how many children and adults in Sudan, Congo, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere see similar slaughter on an almost daily basis. Killings that are meaningless except to the minds of those doing the killing seem to plague our world.
Are there answers? I don’t know. Perhaps we should stop and think about these issues and stop worrying about having our rights infringed. Perhaps we should start to think about our responsibilities as citizens and as human beings to live together.