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Blame The Shooter, Not The Gun

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Children being escorted away from the crime scene

Well I am sure everyone knows by now that there was a horrific massacre in Connecticut yesterday. Twenty children were killed, some as young as kindergarten and none older than fourth grade, along with six adults, and the murderer himself. This is an unspeakable tragedy only made worse because of the ages of the victims. A total of twenty-seven people were killed for as far as I am concerned, no reason at all. As of now, no one knows why the killer went on a rampage at an elementary school. He killed his mother first, and then headed towards the school, so as of now the massacre is completely unexplainable.

I am sure in the weeks to come, if not already, there will be an outcry for gun control and gun law lobbyists will take complete advantage of this situation for their cause. Not that they don’t have a valid point, but I have to quote a friend of mine who said it perfectly.

People are so very quick to blame an inanimate weapon for tragedy instead of the human being wielding it. Stop absolving these monsters of their guilt by blaming it on the guns they carried. It makes me ill.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am not anti-gun and I am not a card-carrying NRA member. I am ambivalent when it comes to guns. I have fired guns before, its fun to go to the range and shoot some targets, I understand the hunting and personal protection issues but this is certainly not a cause that I am constantly thinking about.

“But Sal you should be?! Its your Constitutional right?!”

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There was nothing the police could do by the time they arrived.

Absolutely, it is my constitutional right to bear arms. That is why I am not anti-gun. I believe that people should be able to purchase weapons for personal protection, hunting, and recreation, but I believe that legislation needs to be made based on where you live. Not even at just state level, but gun laws based on local legislation. It just makes sense especially for states like New York or any state (all 50) that has densely populated areas. My favorite example is New York, I am for strict gun control in New York City, but upstate New York and Long Island, reasonable gun control is completely sufficient. Having to commute to work everyday, if I was allowed to buy and carry a gun on me I would have killed someone on the seven train or on the platform, it’s just that simple, and I like to think I am a normal and sane person.

This is all completely insignificant. Regardless of your opinions about guns, regulations, and laws, the bottom line is, twenty innocent children are dead, six adults, and the murderer, in spite of his actions is a victim. When people discuss gun control laws after events like this, it always infuriates me, because it takes the conversation and spotlight away from the victims and turns it on “an inanimate weapon”. On a certain level it takes the blame away from the person who wielded the weapon that took the lives away from people who had so much left in life to experience.

A gun is a tool, like any tool it needs to be respected. Like any tool it has a purpose, and it might not have any other use but to kill or maim, but if and when you need to use a gun, it might just save your life. My final point is this, blame the murderer, who killed twenty children and six innocent adults, for no reason at all. As far as I am concerned any future explanation is insufficient. It is a slap in the face to all of the people who died to blame the weapon instead of blaming the person, blame the shooter not the gun.

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About SalPezzino
Along with writing for ZazenLife.com, I also have my own personal blog called It Doesn't Take Common Sense to Know.... Check it out @ http://itdoesnttakecommonsensetoknow.blogspot.com/

9 Responses to Blame The Shooter, Not The Gun

  1. You Americans miss the point here. Easy access to guns allows stuff like this to happen. Deranged nutcases and guns is a bad combination.

    Very hard for a person like this to even get their hands on a gun in Australia, and it’s a great thing.

  2. Odd that you should support this precept of yours — to blame the shooter, not the gun, yet in the same post say, jokingly or not, that if you had a gun in a certain situation, you would have shot a perfectly innocent person. This seems a little odd, doesn’t it?

    • SalPezzino says:

      Yes I am aware of this. It certainly wasn’t my most creative or intelligent moment. I was simply trying to highlight the point that introducing guns into a volatile situation such as a subway in Manhattan during peak hours and high congestion, the possibility of gun violence would drastically increase. I was simply trying to highlight that even could be drawn to gun violence. I assumed that you and the readers would have thought I was simply illustrating how bad commuting in Manhattan is and not that I would consider gun violence. I do know that it was inappropriate and it was a crude attempt at humor. Obviously it didn’t go over too well with you or other readers. Still I stand by my argument. Making a case against guns or blaming the weapon instead of the person yielding absolves the shooter in some way. I simply just feel at this time the conversation should be focused on the heinous act and not the inanimate object that was used to commit the act. Once again I am sorry.

      • Sal, you have no reason to apologize. One of the things I most love about our blogging community is the ease with which we can disagree, and still respect each other. I was a little harsh in my response. Will do better next time. I don’t think anyone should blame the shooter and not the gun, but I do believe people should blame the shooter, and the ease with which guns are traded and bought in this country. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

  3. I am Canadian. I have never held a gun or really seen one up close…except in your country. We are not lacking any of the freedoms that you are…in fact we have more open communication in this country. Less racism etc… Why is it we handle this issue so differently between the two countries?
    It’s a social question….an issue that must be dealt with at a MUCH deeper level than guns.
    How to make america a peaceful country?
    Ladies and gentlemen…I have NO idea.

    thanks for your thoughts.

  4. janrssor says:

    You are very correct in telling people to stop using the actions of an out of control person as an excuse to ban guns! Our forefathers were not stupid! I felt just as you did when I started seeing the leftist liberals out to ban guns using this issue to promote their extreme unconstitutional ideas. If the teachers had concealed weapons any one of them could have stopped this lunatic and saved dozens of lives! It takes courage to do that, why I respect police and firemen but cowardice to hide behind banning hand guns. The teacher who barricaded the door with her body had courage but got shot because she could not defend herself. I would speculate that if she had a weapon, very few would have died.

    As for you using a handgun on a crowded platform with commuters….. sadly that puts you in this murderer’s group and detracts from everything you have stated. Everyone who supports the right to bear arms, that I have ever met, would deny you a license to carry a gun if that is your thinking.

    Janr

    • I don’t usually reply to comments, but you are way off base about the founding “fathers” and guns — read the whole 2nd Amendment, tell me if you think every gun-bearing American would volunteer for a “well regulated militia.” Would you, if it wasn’t one of your presidents asking you to? Lighten up — I’m not anti-2nd Amendment or unconstitutional or leftist liberal or any of the other derogatory terms you used. But I do not believe that, had either of those shooters not had easy access to guns, the outcome would have been the same. As I said, lighten up, and stop listening to conservative radio hosts while you’re at it, because they make it their business to whip you into a frenzy.

      • janrssor says:

        PERHAPS WE DID NOT COMMUNICATE WELL, SAL: I don’t know what you are responding to in your response to me because, I was not intending to be arguing against but mostly for you! Perhaps I did not do it well? I liked and agreed with most of what you had to say. My only criticism of your otherwise excellent writing was that you lost all credibility with me and perhaps your audience when you said:

        “if I was allowed to buy and carry a gun on me I would have killed someone on the seven train or on the platform, it’s just that simple, and I like to think I am a normal and sane person.” ????

        “If the ‘7 Train’ refers to an incident where you would be defending others (as I hope you meant), then we lost communication there! In that case I apologize. If not then I don’t think you are a normal sane person when you make a comment like that! I suspect this is a miscommunication. To me it appeared as if you were saying that in a stressful commute with huge delays you might kill someone who annoyed you. Are you referring to the man who jumped in front of the 7 Train? If so how is that connected?

        I have never had to kill another human being and I hope I never have to. However, if a madman were sniping at people in a mall and I had a handgun, I would hesitate and be sure before taking action but I Would use it!

        I scanned your article about Atheism and Christmas, and you seem sane… where did we lose communication? I sincerely would like to learn.

        Janr

        • SalPezzino says:

          I didn’t reply to your comment I think you need to address your comments towards Judith. However I will tell you the same thing I said to her “Yes I am aware of this. It certainly wasn’t my most creative or intelligent moment. I was simply trying to highlight the point that introducing guns into a volatile situation such as a subway in Manhattan during peak hours and high congestion, the possibility of gun violence would drastically increase. I was simply trying to highlight that even could be drawn to gun violence. I assumed that you and the readers would have thought I was simply illustrating how bad commuting in Manhattan is and not that I would consider gun violence. I do know that it was inappropriate and it was a crude attempt at humor. Obviously it didn’t go over too well with you or other readers. Still I stand by my argument. Making a case against guns or blaming the weapon instead of the person yielding absolves the shooter in some way. I simply just feel at this time the conversation should be focused on the heinous act and not the inanimate object that was used to commit the act.”

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