You know what a gun is, right? A tiny killing machine that just about any person can use against another, whose only purpose is to cause death or the fear thereof? Which is exactly what happened in a school in Ohio this morning and many other high schools beginning with the spree at Columbine in 1999. The problem of school shootings isn't going away.
So far, strategies to combat these deadly lash outs have been anti-bullying campaigns. That's great, in theory. I was bullied as a kid and didn't like it much, but the anti-bullying message places the victims right back in the position of victim. "Oh, if only we're nice to everyone the outcasts will stop shooting us!" Yes, bullying is bad, but students shouldn't have to walk on eggshells hoping to assuage would-be gunmen. We need to get rid of the fucking guns.
Think about it. What is the purpose of a gun? Gun proponents will say the bad guys already have them anyway, so we all need to have access to protect ourselves and prevent more crime. Really? Tell me how many of the other students in that classroom today had a gun to protect themselves.
Ah, let's not forget the Second Amendment! You do realize the right to bear arms was originally written so the common man could defend himself against the government's attempts to seize his house, right? Well guess what? Now the government has nukes, automatic weapons and sniper rifles. If it just came down to a battle of arms between you and the government, you are not going to win that one. It would be like playing road chicken with a tank. You lose, Gun Jockey! If you really want things to be fair, why don't you lobby for the right to a nuke. That will totally happen.
Another argument for guns is the sport. "Oh, we don't want to kill people, we want to shoot at animals and maybe tin cans on a fence". I'm going to be dismissed as a hippy if I get into veganism and buddhism, so let's stick to common ground - fun. You want to keep tiny, discreet killing machines readily available to the public so you can practice your aim. Use a water gun! Use a pop gun! Take up jogging! Your weekend fun doesn't justify parents losing their children to psychotic gunmen when we send them off to school.
Guns are dangerous and they need to be controlled immediately.
Sorry, families of the deceased, we want to keep shooting pigeons while we drink beer.
UPDATE - Comments have been closed, but I will point you to resources sent to me in supportive emails:
Things Pro-Gun Activists Say is immediately eye-popping. Just click and read the latest entry and find out who said, "A dead child is a small price to pay to protect our Second Amendment rights to stop unjust laws and keep out forgeign invaders!" then read on to learn the meaning of "blood dancing". Wow.
New Trajectory is an activism blog for reducing gun violence in Oregon.
Kid Shootings makes excellent points that kids' guns passed trough adult's hands first.
Common Gun Sense discusses how to prevent gun injuries.