Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Shoot 'em Bastards?

I think this happens all the time. In the face of pointless, mad, irrational violence people often get these equally pointless, mad and irrational proposals for how to diminish chances for such violence taking place. Thanks God not all the time. But there is a certain tendency... When we see something which we cannot comprehend, we try to escape the real problem.

This time I am talking about Virginia Tech shooting.

While looking through some commentaries kindly provided by Svenska Dagbladet's editorial blog, I came up on this one. And I almost exploded by just reading it. Does the author really want to suggest that shootings like this one can be rooted out by giving more guns to people? Any human being in his sane mind can see that too many guns in too many hands is the overall problem in U.S.

Of course, just having some gun-free zones is not gonna solve the problem (though there certainly is a reason behind why places connected with education should be kept gun-free). But giving anybody both the right and possibility to act like a sherriff is nothing else but madness. Shooting down one mad gunman in one case is not gonna solve the deeper prolematics. And even less so will do just the probability that perhaps, maybe some bystander might have the possibility to take the guy out.

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