Last night, friends and I got together to celebrate the brief visit of one of our own. We talked about the most relevant topic of the day of course: the tragedy at the Newton, CT elementary school. We all agreed that “our right to bear arms” in this country is antiquated. With the “arms” of the past, one had to get up close and personal, you had to think long and hard about whether or not you would use your one musket shot to kill that particular person. You had to walk up to a person and stab them. Now? People can spray a semi- or fully-automatic weapon indiscriminately and be sure to hit someone. We have become too desensitized to gun violence in this country. We have made being able to kill someone, a right. We were all animated and upset by the incident, many of us working with children, or in schools, or with underserved populations–but we ended the conversation on as light a note as we could muster in light of such tragedy. We agreed that the only kinds of guns that people should be allowed to have are antique, single shot, revolvers, and muskets. That way, you have to think about every bullet going into the chamber, and everyone coming out. Notice in the video below, how many steps he has to go through to fire one bullet.
Semi-automatic and automatic rifles should be seen for what they are: weapons of mass destruction.