Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Oh, And Another Thing ...

Let's start having an honest debate about gun control now, please? By "honest" I mean one that is free from the same tired cliches and talking points - a reasoned, rational discussion.

Of course that won't happen, but a guy can dream, can't he?

Now, I own guns, and am a proud gun owner. I also feel that the National Rifle Association needs to be classified as a terrorist organization for undermining the safety of all Americans by their narrow and vitriolic opposition to anything that looks like an adequate gun safety law or regulation. The notion that the death toll at Virginia Tech would have been lower had all of the students been armed is ludicrous - everyone would have been shooting at everyone else, and the toll would be much higher.

And while we're on the subject of gun safety, I note that the shooter in this incident, Cho Seung-hui, was able to pass a required criminal background check. That was nice, wasn't it? But it leaves out a very important point, which is this.

The number of genuinely crazy people (I'm talking active psychotics - the kind of people who can just snap into uncontrollable homicidal rage) in America is increasing. When are we going to start requiring psychiatric evaluations for prospective gun owners?



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