Both sides wade in the blood of the Sandy Hook shooting. One side claims we must ban all the evil weapons in the world. The other suggests arming school teachers and administrators. Few on either side mention the elephant in the room, mental health care.
In China, people have few firearms (because of poverty, not restrictions). Attacks similar to Sandy Hook occur with frequency, using knives. On December 14th, one madman in China stabbed 23 children before being stopped by law enforcement there. Fewer died, but all had “their innocence torn away” as well.
Nearly all mass murders in this country have happened in “gun free zones.” No matter the size of the signs, or the laws in place, they still occur. They are perpetrated by madmen and women. With weapons illegally obtained and used.
We “handle” our mentally ill by ignoring them or incarcerating them. We do not treat them, nor hold them so that they cannot harm society.
Our Constitution provides for “…the security of a free State…” in its Second Amendment, by guaranteeing the right of the law abiding to bear arms.
Until we can assure every law abiding citizen complete protection from the criminal and the criminally insane, we must not infringe upon their right to keep and bear whatever arms necessary to do so themselves.
Sandy hook’s innocents would be no less dead had the madman used 3-9 shots instead of 3-11 per victim, as per the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.