One of the things you can expect to happen shortly after word of another mass killing like the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, today, is that for a lot of gun-lovers, the first reaction is to begin defending their right to own weapons like this one:
“It’s the shooters, not the guns that kill,” these humanitarians will say almost in unison. But that’s not really true. These lunatic gunmen would not be able to kill so many people if it weren’t so easy to get semi-automatic weapons like the one above, reportedly the type used to kill 20 children today.
Back in the 1780s, when the founding fathers were hammering out the Constitution and Bill of Rights, two armies could line up opposite each other and blaze away with their muskets and not kill as many people as died in that elementary school today. That’s just a fact. I refuse to believe the founders would have included any clause about the right to bear arms if they knew what kind of killing power this ammendment would unleash on children.
Guns don’t kill people. But people with guns do.