edwardmurphy wrote:Rather than going to go into my emotional response to this horrific event, I'm going stick to the issue of guns and gun control.
So apparently 59 people were killed, and another 500+ or so were wounded or injured as a result of the chaos caused by the shooting. My understanding is that most of those 500 have either bullet wounds or shrapnel wounds caused by near misses. That's horrifying.
Apparently it's also possible to purchase a high capacity, high-powered semiautomatic rifle and to then bolt on an external mechanism that will allow that rifle to function - more or less - as an automatic weapon. All of that is apparently legal.
It's also apparent that the LVPD response was rapid and that they did everything that they could have possibly done to prevent this terrible tragedy.
So is this the time for an open discussion about gun control in the US, or should we just accept that this is part of life in America?
In a kingdom, violence increased. People killed with bare hands, knives, swords, scissors, ropes, bombs, automobiles, pushed people off great heights as well as character assassinated others by demonizing them with words, and also people killed with guns.
So, the King decreed let's outlaw guns. They did. Violence increased exponentially. So, they outlawed automobiles, knives, swords, scissors, ropes, bombs, hatchets, screwdrivers, drills, baseball bats, pipes, and also took away free speech and thought. But people still found the means to kill and hate.
They next tore down all the trees in the kingdom so people cannot make weapons to kill or maim. That did not work either. So, the King and his court outlawed owning rocks, stones, bricks, slingshots, forks and spoons and butter knives and tooth brushes because these too were being fashioned into shanks and tools of death. The even changed the educational system to teach safe space logic.
Still violence and mayhem increased.
“What do we do?” said the king to his court.
The court replied to the king, "We do not know, oh king, we outlawed everything including free speech and people still find the means to kill and do mayhem with words and their own bare hands and even use their legs to kick people to death."
The King then decreed, "I have the answer, all babies born from now on will have all arms, legs, amputated. Remove their tongues so they are mute. Make them deaf and blind too. And then do likewise to all except for us who are so wise and good and we will spoon feed them all their needs and in this manner, there will be no more murder and mayhem."
Then one from the king’s court spoke up, "Really?"
The King said, "you will be the first."