An armed man shot a Congresswoman in the head at a community gathering in Arizona, killing 6 people and wounding another dozen.
Two months ago a mentally ill man gunned down 5 people in Seattle, then shot himself.
A man went on a shooting spree in Tuscaloosa, injuring 17 people, three critically … just last Tuesday.
Yesterday, a man walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and fired “many, many shots.” He killed 10 people and injured 59.
How many more times do we have to see this happen before we can at least start talking about regulating who can legally buy the wherewithal to fire 'many, many shots' in a very short period of time?
The day after the Tuscaloosa shooting spree, a woman I know was lamenting that this would probably once again get people talking about how guns kill people. She deplored what happened in Tuscaloosa — as I'm sure she deplores what happened in Aurora — but her husband and sons and father all own semi-automatic weapons and they love to go out in the woods and shoot things and it's a wonderful bonding experience for them. That, apparently, makes semi-automatic weapons sacrosanct.
There may be families all across America who can only bond through the use of semi-automatic weapons, but it has been amply demonstrated that these weapons are also — legally — getting into the hands of people who cannot be trusted to use them only for harmless recreation. Can't we at least have a conversation about what kind of regulation might keep them out of the hands of mentally unstable folks who don't stop at blowing away saplings out in the woods.
Seriously, in this country cancer patients can't possess marijuana because it might be harmful to society. Teenagers can't buy beer and cigarettes because those substances are deemed harmful. All of us have to sign at the pharmacy counter for the good decongestant stuff because a few people make meth with it. We can't carry nail scissors on airplanes anymore. Although voter impersonation is more rare than being killed by lightning, we're requiring every voter to get a special ID to prevent it, just in case. But mentally disturbed people can legally purchase weapons designed to kill lots of people very quickly???
What is wrong with us? We need to talk.