The Gun Thread
Are people getting inured to violence like we saw in Colorado this week? Why has there been so little real discussion of ways to stop such devastating weaponry from being used for indiscriminate slaughter?
As a gun owner myself, I’m obviously taking advantage of my 2nd Amendment rights. But I never felt the urge to acquire 6,000 rounds of ammo for a semi-automatic rifle and a drum magazine to help me shoot more, faster, either. The US is near the top of the list for most-armed nations — we’re packing twice as much heat per capita as Yemen.
Is this really necessary? Shouldn’t we start discussing why this is happening, and how we can improve the situation?
Yeah, I wrote “improve,” because when atrocities like the Aurora massacre are easy to perpetrate, when the tools for mass murder are so readily available, then America, we have a problem.
This is a tough issue, with a lot of emotion on both sides. Where do you stand?