Godless Mom in the Bible Belt

Monday, April 16, 2007

VA Tech shooting

I don't own a gun. I've never fired a gun. I grew up in a house that had several different hunting rifles but they sat mostly unused, on display as family heirlooms.

Obviously our Constitution guarantees us the right to own weapons, I don't want to take anyone's guns away from them. I have several dear friends who are hunters and I've no desire to eliminate their right to go kill animals (as long as they eat what they kill.)

What I want to know is why does this happen in the United States? Sure we own guns, but we're not the only country where people are armed. Occasionally you'll hear about this sort of event happening in other countries (Dunblane, Scotland and Erfurt, Germany come to mind) but mental-break, psychotic shoot-fests seem to happen predominantly in the United States.

Why do you suppose that is? Societal pressure, access to weapons, emotional disturbance, genetic predisposition, broken families, environmental toxins...all of the above? Regardless of the reason it is a sad, sad commentary on our society.
posted by GodlessMom, 11:28 AM

4 Comments:

Blogger The Lazy Iguana said:

I do not think that there is a Constitutional right to own guns. I am going to write about it right now.

I hope you get a chance to stop by.
Posted at 10:26 PM  

Blogger Don said:

Godless,

As I understand it, acquiring a firearm in the States requires little effort apart from being of age and having enough money. That's certainly not the case in Scotland, and I suspect in the other countries named. But I'm sure there's a little more to it than just ease of acquisition.

Maybe there's also a part played by your history, especially the lawlessness of the old west and it's reliance on guns as a form of defence. This has certainly been glorified in your cinema, and other forms of popular culture.

But for me, the strongest argument is always to do with availability. I don't think we'll ever eliminate dangerous, alienated individuals from our societies; but we can reduce the number of options open to them when they decide to strike.

Almost forgot. Welcome back!
Posted at 4:03 AM  

Blogger TLP said:

I'm late to this party. I didn't realize that you posted anymore.

We are a weird country. And having a stupid president doesn't help.
Posted at 7:50 PM  

Blogger Scott W said:

I rediscovered you when I had to revert to Firefox to be able to comment on blogs. There you were in my old bookmarks. Just checkin in to day howdy.
Posted at 6:48 AM  

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