10 December 2009


From the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sat, Nov. 28, 2009
Editorial: Legal, but still lethal
In the wake of a number of shocking mass shootings, Americans should call on their elected leaders to tackle the problem of easy access to guns for people who have no business being armed.

Yes, that's the point, yet we hear all sorts of arguments that aren't germane to the discussion from the "gun rights" extremists.

They dodge the question of whether they support easy access to guns for disqualified persons: e.g., criminals, the insane, terrorists, and so on. Actually, there is a legislator, Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.), who wants to arm the insane. Burr would give immediate access to guns to over 100,000 veterans already found to be “mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness.”

Something Bill Mann has written in his newspaper columns about for years bears repeating here:
Any country with as many mentally ill people as the U.S. that allows virtually unlimited access to handguns is on a suicide mission.

Maybe we just need to ignore the ignorant gun fanatics who want to give guns to criminals and crazies and just start working on gun regulation.