Dec 182012

Newtown, CT is, as you all know, the scene of the gruesome murders of children and teachers. As would be expected, the immediate and understandably emotional response has been geared toward the inanimate object, the gun, and away from the murderer. It’s more and more common for modern society to shift the blame and discussion away from the individual and more to “the group” or to some other object. Almost immediately, the media, the pundits, and the typical statist centered groups started the, “gun control” mantra.

Let’s begin with this basic fact: the siren song of no guns is a sweet tune that can lure the the most jaded and skeptical person. But, even the most naive among us recognizes that this is not realistic. Not even close to realistic. Guns are durable and can last lifetimes, guns are numerous and already well established, and let’s not forget that pesky Second Amendment. We all know guns exist and will exist for a very long time.

The reality of this is that it’s not about the “gun” as much as it is the “control.”  Quite simply, any discussion about taking something from, “The People” is about control. Whether it’s “taking” someone’s ability to make a living braiding hair , or “taking” their property, or to “control” if they can order a hot dog with bacon.  It’s about what “they” will allow “us” to have.

Rahm Emanuel has famously stated, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” There is no doubt that murdering 20 children qualifies as a crisis. But, as we are always warned to not act in anger or emotion, neither should we resort to giving more “control” without allowing the emotion to dissipate so we can think more clearly.