I was reading Crooks and Liars this morning because I knew, in my heart of hearts, that they would use the tragedy of the Aurora, CO shooting to make some political grandstand on the necessity for gun control laws. Sure enough, those idiots were all trumpetting the great failure of American society and politicians in keeping guns out of the hands of psychopaths.
One guy made a statement that created a perfect moment to smash their narrowsighted logic. The poster said "anybody at any time can walk up and blow you away because it's so easy to buy a gun."
Here is what I said in reply:
"Anyone can walk up and stab you because it's so easy to buy a knife. Anyone can set a house on fire because it's so easy to buy some gasoline and some matches.
"Anyone can poison you because it's so easy to buy anything that is even remotely poisonous.
"You all think that it's so hard to buy a gun off the grid. For some bizarre reason you think that gun control would stop a man like this guy. He spent MONTHS planning this, stockpiling everything. The guy was in a PhD program for neuroscience, so he was clearly very intelligent.
"Do you think something like an assault rifle ban would have kept one out of his hands? Do you really think any sort of gun control would have somehow prevented him from making all of the explosives and booby traps he had in his apartment?
"What you're failing to realize is that even if by some slim chance that gun control laws would have prevented him from shooting up the theater, he would have found other, potentially more devestating ways, to wreak the havoc that he committed himself to.
"What puts a complete foil on your cries for more gun control? The fact that it's so easy to circumvent those laws. Right this very moment I could call a guy who knows a guy that can get me a gun off the grid. Not that I would do such a thing, because I'm a law-abiding citizen. I don't even have any dealings with unsavory types, I just know how easily I could get what I needed if ever I went off the deep end . . .
". . . because it's that easy. Gun control laws won't stop the bad guys from killing good people. Use logic for just a second. Do you really think that a person who makes the decision to break the law--in this case deciding to gun down a bunch of people in a movie theater--is really going to be stopped by a law that says he can't own a gun?
"Nope. He'll find a way to circumvent the law. Perhaps your gun control laws would slow him down. So instead of shooting up everyone at the Dark Knight Rises premier, he would have done it maybe 2 months from now.
"The truth is that there's little you can do to stop this kind of stuff from happening. We are all at the mercy of the goodness of others. All you can do is pray that most people are not horrible enough to go off the deep end like this guy.
"So advocate whatever gun control laws you want. If that helps you sleep better at night, then good for you. But seriously, stop kidding yourselves." B/T
So there you have it. Perhaps we should ban all knives everywhere. Maybe we should ban gasoline and amonium nitrate. Matches can definitely get in the wrong hands, so you have to show ID and wait for 45 days while Giant Eagle does a background check on you to make sure that you won't do anything nefarious with the matches.
Some idiot tried to tell me that there haven't been mass murders with knives. Apparently, Jeffery Dahmer's 17 victims shouldn't be considered as victims of a "mass murder." I guess all that matters is that it's a bunch of people getting killed all at once. Murdering and cannibalizing 17 people, without a gun, over a period of time just doesn't seem to register apparently.