The lesson for today: Assault by gun — a right that’s wrong

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Good morning, children.¬†This object on my desk is a radio. It was invented by a number of people, but mostly by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1911). It is an instrument of information, guidance and culture, among other things.

Let us turn it on and see — no, hear — what it has to tell us this morning.

The radio is telling us that at 9:40 this morning — Friday morning — someone has shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children ages 5 to 10 (later corrected as ages 6 and 7), at a little one-story elementary school in the Sandy Hook section of a small town called Newtown, Connecticut, just across the border from the state of New York.

Now that’s culture for you. It’s even spooky. Sandy Hook. Hurricane Sandy.

Let us turn on the television and see what it is telling us, and showing us:

Automobiles parked any which way. Lots of them. Police cars. Ambulances. Lots of them. A fire station. A schoolhouse. Gurneys. National guards. State troopers. F.B.I. persons. Local cops. People running. People struggling uphill. People hugging small children. People crying. Lots of them, of all ages.

It is a school killing in America the Beautiful second only statistically to Virginia Tech (32 dead) back in the year 2007. Fits right into the template of slaughter by guns — by guns — by guns¬†– by guns — at a Midwest shopping mall, in a movie theater, in a Sikh temple, in front of a Tucson, Arizona supermarket, at another school, another school, another school…61 mass killings — and counting — since 1982.

Children, now the daily press is reporting on the armament carried into that schoolhouse by the young man dressed in armor-plated black who shot and killed those 26 human beings — 20 first-grade kids, six adults, one of them the much-loved principal — that morning. One wonders how the killer could even have walked, bearing all this lethal gear. And what, if anything, was he thinking?

  • A Bushmaster assault rifle.
  • A Glock handgun.
  • A Sig Sauer handgun.
  • A shotgun (found in the killer’s car).

And guess what, children. We are told that at least three of these weapons, among them the assault rifle, were purchased — quite legally — by the killer’s mother, a divorcée who lived alone in a good-sized house in Newtown and may or may not have at one time been a teacher at that very school.

Whatever the case, she paid for those gun purchases through a bullet fired into her face that made her son’s first murder victim that ghastly morning.

All quite constitutionally kosher.

Look here, children. Read this. It’s only 27 words. It is the Bill of Rights Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted December 16, 1791. As follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Gun lovers love the Second Amendment. They live and die by it. And make other people die by it, lots of them. Their N.R.A. — National Rifle Association — has nine-tenths of the politicians in this country shaking in their cradles because of it, for fear of it. Some old fogies around here can even remember when N.R.A. stood for something diametrically different, F.D.R.’s National Recovery Administration.

Children, it is distressing, it is infuriating — is it not? –¬†that every person of authority in this country, up to and including an otherwise pitch-perfect president, is playing dodgeball with this question.

Every person of authority but one, it would seem. Who’d have thought that Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, so doggedly wrongheaded on so many things, would be so right in demanding action, at long last — action, no more mealy-mouthed words — on this one.

Gun lovers decry any slightest hint of gun regulation whatsoever as a mortal threat to the Second Amendment.

Well, children, nobody is asking for repeal of the Second Amendment (or of any of our priceless constitutional amendments).

All one asks for — suggests — proposes — is an amendment of the Second Amendment. As follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of a qualified, certified, licensed, non-insane person to keep and bear non-automatic arms shall not be infringed.

We do that, or the likes of that, with dogs and fish and automobiles and the drivers of automobiles, not to mention airplanes. Why not with hunt-happy homo sapiens? Let ‘em hunt. Just not hunt us. Or our children.

Class dismissed.

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  2. My Name Is Margaret White, I’m 25 yrs Old and I Have a 6 Yr old Son! He Is Extremly Smart And like Every Little Boy He Loves To Explore His Imagination! His Newest Fascination is Guns! He wants To pretend He’s a Soldier or a Cop! And as I’ve been told- Every Little Boy In America Loves Playing Cops and Robbers and That he’s a Perfectly narmol Kid! Well I Can See Where It Has Its Uniform Outlook as To Being Normal For A Little Boy- But I Find Myself Nervous As To Where It Can Lead In Our Society Now Adays!I was Reading An Article On MSNBC.com About the Children Who Have Lost Their Lives To Guns Since The Newtown CT Shooting In Dec. 2012-Which In Itself Was A Devestating Day In My Own Life!But as I Read This Article To My Husband- Becoming More And More Overwhelmed Do To The Utter Ignorance Of These Gun Owners- Thinking about The Growing Amount of Gang Violence, Drug Distribution, Domestic Violence, Misappropriate Abuse On Children, Accidental Shootings, Mentally Unstable Shooters and Rampages- I Find Myself Fearing To Turn On The Television! I Know That we Can’t Take The Guns Away- And I Know It Can’t Change Over Night- But At The End Of The Day, I Would Love To Have A Sense Of Knowing That By Sending My And Prayers- It Might Ultimately One Day Save Not Only My Sons Life But Others Lives As Well!I Understand The Process In Which The NRA Opperates- But I Feel If They Changed Their Process Just a Liitle Bit It Could Mean The difference Between Life and Death!I Agree With The Background Checks 100%-I Think A 30 Day Gun Safety Course and Certification should Be Mandatory Within 6mths Before The Purchase Of A Weapon And or A Permit!Responsibility And Proper Training Is Important For All Ages And From Any Walk Of Life!A Background Check To Purchase A Gun Or Permit Is Wounderful!-I Feel Anyone With Assault Charges, Previous Felonies for Domestic Assault, Battery,Intent to Inflict Bodily Harm, any Charges Of Obtaining A Weapon during Home Invasions, Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Gang Related Charges Etc. Should NOT be Allowed To Obtain A Firearm Or PermitI Also Know That Alot Of This Is Already Being Done- But Less Leniency, and Stricter Laws Will Keep The Weapons Out Of The Hands Of Criminals-I Think A Three Year Certification and Background Check For Gun Owners Is More Than Fair For Everyone! Gun Owners Need To Be More Reaponsible With Their Guns- They Need To Know Where They are At All Times And The Proper Training for Their Weapons!I Feel A Three Year Recertification and Training Is Necessary! A Mandatory Recertification And Background Check Can Also Insure Citizens That Their Communities Are Safe! For Instance- A Man That Checked Out Fine On His Background Check Two Years Ago May Have Been Arrested For Using That Gun In A Home Invasion- That Man Should Loose His Privelage To Own A Gun At That Point- But Wait I Know What They will Say- He Will Purchase a Gun Illegally- Well I Think Gun Crimes Should Have Higher Penalties In The Justice Department As Well! Anyone Caught With An Illegal Gun Should Be Sentenced For The Minimum Of 5 yrs Depending On The Crime At Hand- Stricter Punishment For The Citizens That Maliciously Violate The Laws Of Our Country! We Have To Send A Message- And Not For The Adults- Children Too!!I’m Not The Only Daughter, Mother or Wife That Notices The Dangers Of Society Today- But Atleast I Can Rest A Little Easier Knowing That I Tried To Do Something In The Fight To Change It!God Bless You All!Sincerely-Margaret White

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