Was the mass murder in Las Vegas an act of “pure evil” as stated by Donald Trump or was it something else? Is mental illness “pure evil” or some chemical imbalance in people’s brains? I do believe there is evil. Don’t get me wrong. But I am very uncomfortable branding all bad things evil.
At some point I think we as a society need to start taking a long, hard look at our own contributions to these unspeakable acts. Is it easier to control mental illness or whether citizens and residents get their hands on inordinate amount of weapons with little or no background checks as to stability and temperament to own such weapons?
I don’t necessarily want to go round up everyone’s weapons. I have been clear on that in the past. I want certain weapons to be available to most of us. Simple guns, pistols, rifles that the average citizen can use for personal protection should be available for purchase and ownership for most of the population. However….
Weapons like those used in the Vegas massacre should not be owned by everyone. Now, should certain individuals be allowed to purchase such weapons after presenting themselves for intense vetting? Yes, probably. Gun ownership of those types of semi automatic weapons should not be the default.
I don’t know enough about individual guns to argue the point. However, it’s time for Americans to decide if they want to tolerate these kinds of mass killings that just seem to be getting worse and worse. We need a multi-tiered system of gun ownership and we need it now.
I shouldn’t be allowed to go into a gun store and by an AK-47. I don’t have the operating skills to own that kind of gun. Do I have the temperament? I don’t know. I think society has to decide, relying on experts in the field, what temperament is needed and also what mental health indicators make us good candidates for gun ownership that allows weapons that can kill massive numbers of people in seconds.
If we resist regulations that make it more difficult for the average joe to get weapons of mass destruction then I believe we are absolutely contributing to the problem and perhaps our own wants and greed are the very evil some folks are speaking of.
Just something to think about. We can’t control all mental illness. We can’t control evil. Maybe we need to start attempting to control the tools used to commit evil and murder.