My post on the RT Blog...
and BTW, please feel free to join in.
RoundTable: The Roanoke Times Editorial Board blogs on current events, issues - Roanoke.com Hochella: Fix society first
Well there is hope that she isn't too brainwashed, which is one thing that gives me hope. In her letter, she does not actively blame guns.
As she does state "Second, maybe it is not the guns after all, but the people and the society in which they live."
Very good observation, which is lost on many at the RT and who post here.
That at least tells me that she's of the right mindset on some of this issue. She understands that guns are just tools, and are neither good nor evil. It's the person wielding them who is good or evil. Good for her!
Why is it that when drunk drivers run over kids, the RT and most of society realizes that the person behind the wheel is responsible? No one screams from the rooftops that we should limit peoples access to Chrysler/Ford/Chevrolet vehicles, and no one goes off on a tangent about micro-stamping bottles of Crown Royal, Jose Cuervo, or Budweiser? (To help us track down the hit-and-run drunk drivers, of course.)
But yet, let there be a tragedy involving a firearm, and well, you know the rest...
She also says "sort of like an old Wild West movie" apparently realizing that movies aren't a true reflection on history, rather than buy into the stereotyping that the anti-gun hoplophobes like to spread.
And again she realizes what the RT editorial staff doesn't that "closing these [so-called] loopholes would not keep bad or crazy people from getting guns.
Good job Katherine. You understand what so many adults don't.
Comment by Daveh — May 25, 2010 @ 11:36 am
the source or the problem
About fifty years ago, J. Edgar Hoover allegedly said: "The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair."
IMO the need for us all to be armed is due in no small part to our overly permissive society and its lockjaw hold on situational ethics. Those "values" may be reinforced at school, but they are taught at home - by words or by example.