I heard about this story early this morning before there are many details. I had assumed it was not serious.
A man with a gun has shot and killed 27 people, 18 of them children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Allegedly, the killer went after his mother, a teacher, and then killed 18 students in her classroom. He also shot seven other adults.
From the NY Times:
A photograph published by a local newspaper, The Newtown Bee, showed a line of
children being escorted out of the school with some of the children
This is BULLSHIT.
Folks, what kind of country do we live in that we are accepting of this kind of thing, month after month, year after year? What is is going to take until citizens - across the country, across political lines - say NO MORE?
I am fine with people owning guns but they should have to be licensed like a driver's license.
I am fine with people owning guns but they MUST be held responsible for what happens (even people whose children get killed with the guns the parents own). I don't want to hear any more about this "they've suffered enough."
You want a gun - you WILL be held responsible for what happens to others if it is used (if not stolen).
Chris Rock says make bullet $1,000 each. Good start.
I don't care that you can get killed more easily driving your car. A gun is not a car.
I don't care that this is something that "doesn't happen often." In our country, it happens too often for that statement.
Ask yourself - when you were growing up did you ever fear a gunman in your school? Your shopping center? A MacDonald's? You did not.
Why are we okay with that for our own children? Why do we have to think about ways to tell our children to protect themselves from a shooter in their school?
This is BULLSHIT and it needs to stop.