As a senior who was raised in the days when we were taught the history of our nation and to be guided by logic, it saddens me to observe the thoughtless rants by our current population who apparently are a product of the liberal indoctrination that’s been taught by our educators over the past decades. Respect for one another’s views based on our parents’ values and the resulting compromises in issues regarding what’s best for our nation are apparently no longer valued. Even our national Congress is gridlocked by two radically different ideologies without consideration for how these two systems have historically played out over the years in other nations when they’ve been tried.
The most current blatant illustration of how prejudiced we’ve become is illustrated by the ridiculous arguments of those opposed to guns. A recent typical response heralded by those opposed to firearms is to revile us Virginians as people “who make it possible for men to go about in public with their high-powered phallic symbols on prominent display.” Then claiming that NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “supported legislation that would have facilitated approval for military-grade weapons, including fully automatic machine guns, hand grenades, bazookas, and anti-tank weapons,” which is an absolute fabrication. They then follow up with the usual admonishment to vote Democratic.
The current cries to redo the instant background check system is being advocated by both sides but doesn’t describe the radically different desires of either side. One side wishes to rewrite the legislation so that no current firearm could be transferred without a stringent in-depth examination of the person receiving the weapon. This could prevent gifting a gun to a son or other family member without governmental permission. This could also block the transfer of historic firearms that are family heirlooms.
The finally admitted end goal of the liberals is to remove all guns from our citizenry even to the extent of repealing the Second Amendment. The other side considers increasing background checks to include those with mental problems who are diagnosed but who are not institutionalized. Most, if not all, of the mass murders have been committed by mentally disturbed people, but due to their individual rights not to be identified as such have never been added to the background check lists.
I recall when 50 years ago we as a nation released all those institutionalized who were then sent out onto our streets if not deemed to be an immediate danger to themselves or others. All of our mental institutions, like St. Elizabeth’s in D.C., released most of their mentally disturbed inmates. Now we’re reaping the results of those decisions by allowing unbalanced people to pass our background checks.
Such is the paradox we find ourselves in that we want to give all these people their rights, but the only way we can prevent them from purchasing firearms and using them to kill us is to apparently try to remove all guns from our country. That solution doesn’t even address the use of illegal guns by criminals.
The point of all this is that the gun issue is not defined by the instrument used by the bad guys, the issue is what to do with all those who misuse their firearms. When are we going to deal with all the mentally disturbed people of all ages who are among us and are bent on doing us harm? Only then will we truly address the issue of mass murder.