So at this point, we've all heard about the 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee, yes? No?
I stumbled across a forum where people are foaming at the mouth about guns. Of course the gun debate is going to be brought into this, because it's lax gun laws that are responsible for this woman's death, right?
No, no they're not.
One of the people on this forum said, and I quote, "I think the real issue here is that the father allowed an 11-year-old unrestricted access to a gun."
REALLY? THAT'S THE REAL ISSUE?
This child is deeply, deeply disturbed. A child who is raised with such little respect for human life that he can justify killing two people would not be stopped by the lack of a gun in the house. I can think of at least 5 things in my house right now that I could use to murder someone as easily as I could shoot a gun, all of which Ace will have easy access to when he gets older. I have cast iron cookware that could really jack up a person's skull, but nobody's calling for stricter laws on cast iron cookware storage.
Drew had unrestricted access to probably 15 guns, but he never shot anyone. In fact, raise your hand if you had unrestricted access to guns but somehow managed to spend your whole childhood NOT SHOOTING PEOPLE. Actually, my stepmom and I CONSTANTLY butted heads, and I knew exactly where all of her guns were and exactly how to use them, and never did I think "gosh, all of my problems would end if I just iced her." I'm not going to lie and say I never wanted her to go away (sorry, Vicki, I love you and I was a terrible teenager) but I never shot her, now did I?
Stricter gun laws wouldn't have helped this dad recognize that the kid was completely jacked in the head, nor would they have made the kid hate his stepmom less. Stricter gun laws will not make parents better parents, or thugs better people, or extremely disturbed kids less disturbed. Murder won't go away if guns go away. Stricter gun laws will just make it hard for those of us who want guns for the RIGHT reasons (like protecting ourselves from juvenile maniacs) to get them.
Hmph. I'm gonna go make white beans (my gas tonight is one of the 5 things I could use to murder people) and clean my car. My righteous indignation has given me the push I need to get going for the day.
5 days ago