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Instinctive Reactions to Mass Shootings: Destructive and Disappointing

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Whenever we experience a hideous slaughter like the recent assault of a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the left indulges an annoying and irrational instinct: calling urgently and self-righteously for minor tweaks in gun laws that would have done nothing to actually avert the horror.

Meanwhile, the right displays its own quirks: refusing to discuss any alterations in firearms regulation—as if our current rules were perfect and immutable. We’d do much better if our national leaders—in both legislative and executive branches—brought together all sides to discuss reforming the bureaucracy and better enforcement of current laws to make it harder for the mentally ill or criminally violent to get deadly weapons.

Even those of us who staunchly back the Second Amendment should acknowledge that the deranged shooter in Texas should never have acquired his fearsome arsenal, and government should have done a better job in restricting his access to guns.

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  1. Nani Tavares  •  Nov 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Absolutely, but the point that Michael has missed is that we already have laws that should have prohibited this evil man from getting guns. Are they perfect? No law is and no tweaking of laws or compounding of laws is going to make it perfect because we are trying to control the behavior of IMPERFECT people. Hello?? I really wish that people would be up front and honest. When they talk about "extreme" vetting or regulating gun wheeling nuts, they really mean, taking away ALL guns. The problem is that gun control laws control people who OBEY laws. No criminal is going to be stopped by another law. Thus, gun laws assure that law abiding people don't have guns but criminals do.

    I am so tired of this intellectual fantasy that lack all common sense. Humanity has a NATURAL instinct to defend itself. The only way to control gun wielding criminals is to let law abiding and civil people do what comes naturally.

  2. Truth hurts  •  Nov 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Every time, without exception, that the Supreme Court has been forced to answer whether some gun regulation is constitutional, they have ruled a resounding, yes. That is why people can’t own tanks with automatic weapons and hand grenades.

    • Rizzo  •  Nov 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      So wait a minute genius… We can't have hand grenades and tanks because of gun regulation?
      Next thing you will be telling me is that people can't commit murder, because it's against the law too.

      • Truth hurts  •  Nov 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        The second amendment refers to arms, not guns. Plenty of NRA folks extrapolate that to mean more than the single shot rifles that were only available at the time. So the formula progressing to the modern day America, arms=Single shot rifles=machine guns=anything use in warfare. And the Supreme Court seeing this dilemma, rightly ruled that guns (arms) can be regulated.

      • Truth hurts  •  Nov 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

        Also your murder analogy is a total nonsequitor and makes no sense in context.

      • Rizzo  •  Nov 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        I'm glad the Supreme Court ruled that guns can be regulated. That would really help in justifying all the gun-regulations that exist.
        Do you morons live in an alternate reality?
        And, if regulations are all that is needed to stop gun related violence, then perhaps they should outlaw murder. Better yet, how about all businesses posting a NO-GUNS sign in there Windows? That should solve everything. You libtards are so darn smart!

  3. Truth hurts  •  Nov 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I’m confused. Tweets are bad but alterations (read tweeks) are good. Since you are such a history buff, how about discussing the rational for the 2nd amendment? It was to protect white slabs owners, and whites in general, from retaliation. And that is a stubborn truth. Sorry to alert you to the fact that the 2nd amendment, nor the constitution, was not faxed from heaven.

    • Nani Tavares  •  Nov 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      No, no, don't even try the slave/race card. It's stamped INVALID and really so OLD already. And the constitution IS based on the belief that it is given by our creator NOT mankind. If you don't get that, you really do not get the entire understanding that without the constitution, ALL rights are tenuous and can be taken away. Is that what you want?

      As for the reason behind the 2nd amendment, we can argue all day long but again, the point is that it IS a right, one we must fight for or risk losing rights others may disagree on. The SCOTUS is NOT God, in face they are but one of three EQUAL powers; perhaps that is something else you should remember when you look toward them to nullify rights you don't like; they may one day be the saving grace when they come for rights you hold dear.

      • Truth hurts  •  Nov 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

        Not a card. Just the simple truth. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/13890-the-second-amendment-was-ratified-to-preserve-slavery America has never delt with the church supported (some Christian churches, most certainly the southern baptists) and justified institution of slavery. It is a moral stain of unfathomable immorality proving that America was anything but god founded. There were no slaves in big bad england in 1776 or Europe in general.

      • Rizzo  •  Nov 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        You are an absolute moron. There is, never was, and never will be any legitimate religious, moral justification for slavery. Now beat it, you light-weight.

  4. Ty is dishonest  •  Nov 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Straw man arguments in the last paragraph. I have never heard a gun-rights advocate say that every person should have guns. Nearly every person agrees that a person with convictions for assault should not have guns and that the government should prevent them from getting guns. And the same goes for people with serious mental illness. Mike has jumped the shark again in his quest to "get along." Medved is the new Rodney King.

  5. Steve Schwoegler  •  Nov 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Amen to that.

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