WILLIAM RIVERS PITT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
"If only one of the teachers had a gun..."
One did. She owned several, in fact. Her son used them to kill her, her colleagues, and 20 children.
...so you'll pardon me if my respect for the "Responsible Gun Ownership" argument has taken a long walk off a short pier.
I know I know I know I know, you own an AK-47 or an AR-15 and the world didn't end...because you're responsible, right?
Is everyone you know responsible? Everyone with even fleeting access to your "Arsenal of Freedom"? Is everyone who might rob your home responsible?
You don't need an assault weapon. You really really really don't.
You're going to defend yourself against a government that has nuclear weapons, stealth bombers, drones, SEALs and the United States fa-chrissakes Marine Corps with your piddly-ass AR-15? Good luck with that; send me a note from the front.
You don't need it. You want it. End of file.
Your right to bear whatever fantastically lethal thing you set your cap to is infringing upon everyone else's right not to die in another God damned bloodbath.
You don't need it.
You want it.
There's a difference.
And that's the beginning of real reform, if you decide to accept it.
Make the very Christian decision that you will, in fact, be your brother's and sister's keeper.
You don't need an AR-15 or an AK-47.
You just want it.
Other people want them, too. See: Newtown.
Exert a little self-control over your desires. Your ability to responsibly enjoy an AR-15 is NO LONGER argument enough to defend their wide, wild availability.
This is not rocket science. This is basic humanity, and enlightened self-interest.
The old saying goes, "An armed society is a polite society."
Well, we've been an armed society - 300 million guns and counting - for a long while now.
I'm sure everyone will be very polite at the 20 funerals for those 20 kids.