We mourn each bright young life taken. But the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a preventable atrocity for which the NRA and its craven political supporters are to blame. Mourning is followed by outrage.
Among predictable NRA responses is one that blames it on too few guns; if teachers or guards had had guns, so it goes, the shooter could have been shot before murdering all 26. We can solve the problem of too many guns with still more guns. We already lead the world in guns per capita, 88 for every 100 people. Yemen, swarming with warring tribes, revolutionaries, Al Queda, and men bearing Kalashnikovs, is second.
Japan has the strictest gun laws in the world, traced back to post-WW-II when General Douglas MacArthur imposed drastic limits on arms. But in 2008 in Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district, a man killed 3 by driving a truck into a crowd, then 4 more with a dagger before police subdued him. In 2001 in Osaka, a deranged school janitor with a kitchen knife killed 8 first grade children. Would the NRA argue that with guns, fewer would have been killed? In 1996, the Subway Sarin Incident, a terrorist group killed 13 and seriously injured over 50 by releasing nerve gas in Tokyo subways. Would the NRA argue that if they’d used guns instead of nerve gas, fewer might have been injured? Choose your poison.
As a 10-year old playing with a single-shot 22-caliber rifle, I shot up a whole collection of Caruso records. The army issued me a Colt 45, I took it to Italy where I bought a German P38, traded it for an Italian Beretta which I had chromium plated. Before returning to the U.S.A. I turned in the Colt, and took the Beretta on the Victory Ship. But NY State had a law, 5 years in jail for having an unlicenced gun so I sold it for $35 to a guy from Texas.
At Manhattan Community College, a student told me proudly, “Yesterday I got me an Uzi.” It’s a small Israeli close-in assault weapon. “Carrying” gives a boost to those who feel powerless and endangered. Is that why Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, bought guns and trained her son to use them?
Guns project death. The penis projects life. Peter Lanza, the shooter’s father, divorced Nancy in 2,000. Is that when she began buying guns? Their son, Adam, killed her first, then 6 teachers, then 20 children, then himself. Psychologists, especially Freudians, can really run with that.
Few American will sleep as soundly as before Newtown, but NRA ghouls deserve nightmares. Those who don’t renounce their memberships have dying souls