Saturday, December 15, 2012
Inert Gun Control
The recent shooting in Newtown, CT is, without doubt or argument, a terrible incident. I mourn for the families who have lost children, and adults, to the actions of a disturbed individual.
Within hours of this tragedy, possibly minutes in the world of Twitter, calls for “gun control” were raised, as if gun control in the form of a piece of paper, agreed upon by a bunch of politicians in Washington D.C., and then signed with a flourish under the lights and cameras of the mainstream media by the president, will somehow, some way, prevent such an incident from occurring again in the future.
Take a look at the picture that precedes these words. That is my handgun. It is a semi-automatic. It is laying there on my bedroom floor. Inert. The magazines, which hold the rounds, are inert. The rounds laying there, also, are inert. They possess no power to move of their own volition. The handgun, the rounds, the magazines, all are deficient in active properties, just laying there on the floor, unless I take that handgun to my hand and provide it with active properties, which can be referred to as gun control.
The calls for “gun control,” are meaningless, and are an exploitation of a tragic event by poseurs attempting to garner publicity, consolidate control and restrict freedom. Unless a person, an individual, takes a gun to their hand, the gun is just pieces of machined metal, lacking will, malice, forethought, or ability. It is inert, and requires no control, until a person, an individual, takes it into their hand.