Today, the nation mourns as we discover details of the slaughter of innocent kindergarten children in Newtown Connecticut. Once again a horribly depraved and mentally ill human being has given a bad name to lawful gun owners everywhere, because he used firearms to commit mass murder. President Obama has already been seen on TV today saying that something must be done, and that these tragedies occur too often in this country. Many are already speculating that this is going to be an easy opening for the Democrats to once again bring up the long dead issue of gun control. Let’s not rush to judgement, and hope that the President does not use this tragedy to push a radical anti-gun agenda that we have no evidence that he has supported so far in his presidency.
While it may be the knee jerk of many on the left to immediately suggest that it’s time to limit gun sales or ammo purchases, it should be pointed out that millions of people own firearms lawfully in this country and almost none of them use firearms to commit crimes. If you want to look for a common thread that runs through these types of mass shootings, it is not guns — but rather mental illness. One could definitely argue that we don’t do a good enough job of recognizing mentally ill people in America, and that we need to do a better job of making sure these types of people get on the registry banning them from firearms purchases.