Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chardon Ohio: Preventable Gun Tragedy

Handguns have a singular purpose; To injure or kill other human beings. T.J. Lane, the accused Chardon, Ohio high school shooter, is 17 years of age. Prosecutors claim that he chose victims at random

In order to get an Ohio driver's license he would need to complete driver's education and have a parental co-signer to assume responsibility. T.J. Lane is too young to vote or to purchase liquor. Lane would require parental consent to enlist in the armed services. He cannot even legally purchase a pack of cigarettes.


Yet, somehow, this troubled kid could not only access a concealed weapon. He was able to remove it from the home and take it to school. This time the carnage is three dead children and two injured. It seems perfectly obvious that the NRA's ideas do not work in a civil society.

How many more kids have to be maimed or murdered by guns before we take action to prevent it?

In 2010, the NRA took in $253 million. As a 501(c)4 non-profit, they can use all of that to influence both voters and politicians.
  • Money is buying an absence of sane gun laws.
  • The absence of sane gun laws is killing children.
It is up to us to elect legislators who don't owe their souls to the NRA and the gun lobby.  Eventually, we will know where Lane's pistol  came from. We will know whether a trigger lock or some other regulatory measure would have saved lives. Whatever it is, it is a virtual certainty that the NRA will oppose it!

               
For the record, I was seriously injured by a handgun and remain partially disabled.
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