It’s a damn shame that we cannot, no way, no how, try to assess the mental health of gun owners and users. Because we have yet another tragedy on our hands, one involving a nut with a gun who shot up an elementary school in Connecticut, and who has killed more than two dozen innocent people, at least 18 of them children.
(Cue the cry from the gunners that I am exploiting this horrific tragedy. One must not speak of nuts-with-guns tragedies, lest one be accused of exploiting them. It would be better off to ignore them).
Columbine, Colo. Blacksburg, Va. Fort Hood, Texas. Appomattox, Va. Tuscon, Ariz. Aurora, Colo. Portland, Ore.
Now, we have Newton, Conn. And there are others — each one featured a deranged individual with a gun or guns who was intent on mass slaughter.
The gunners’ only answer — it’s one that they themselves practice daily — is to arm themselves to the teeth.
There has to be a better way, though.