Friday, April 04, 2014

The Intersection of Gun Ownership and Crazy

This past Wednesday, Army Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, he brought his legally obtained fire arm on base after an argument and killed three people wounding 16.

Typically, the Left is talking about more gun laws and the Right is saying that everyone needs to carry guns.

It is illegal to smuggle a gun onto Fort Hood. Lopez brought it on the base anyway. So the Right is saying that is why Gun Free Zones don't work. People will break the law. While there is some truth to the argument, don't forget that the Right is doing everything it can to cut benefits to our soldiers, including those with mental health issues, to line the pockets of large corporations. And of course, the Right is also blaming Obama for those Gun Free zones.

The Left, on the other hand seems to want to make it harder for everyone to get a gun. They say that if Lopez hadn't been able to purchase the gun, those three people would still be alive. Again, they are correct to a point.

Here's what we need to do as a Nation: Don't let people with mental issues get their hands on guns.  Everyone else can buy as many guns as they want. But if they have and mental health problems they should not.

We need to take care of the intersection of gun ownership and crazy, not get rid of gun ownership.

And for crying out loud, why can't men and women who have been trained in firearms carry their weapons on base?


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