There is very little that can be added to the thoughts of grief and sadness and outrage over the atrocity committed in Newtown, CT last week. It is a thoroughly stomach churning, senseless almost too heinous to believe crime committed by an individual who can only be described as evil. When such acts are committed we, as human beings, try to rationalize them and try to make it feel like we are doing something to prevent "the next one."
- The killer in Newtown stole the weapons he used in this killing; the two handguns it was illegal for him to possess given his age; and additionally, he was stopped from purchasing additional weapons once a background check was completed.
- It is a federal crime to carry a gun in a "Gun Free School Zone" which is exactly where the Newtown shooting occurred. And one of the things that are most highly characteristic about mass shootings? They occur in gun-free areas.
- Gun control proponents like to cite the British example of an end to gun ownership. Except in Britain crime went up 89% after the gun ban.
- Remember that mall shooting in Oregon last week? The killer was confronted by a shopper with a concealed weapon.