Posted May 31, 2022
This is a station editorial, I’m Randal J. Miller, station president.
The horrific massacre of 19 students at a Texas elementary school May 24th, has the country again focused on gun control.
In doing some research on this issue, this discussion dates back to 1791 just after the country was founded, when the Second Amendment was passed saying quote: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Ever since, there has been an emotional debate in the country over regulating the distribution and sale of any type of gun.
The discussion accelerated in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a mail order rifle bought by the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. It wasn’t until 1968 and the assassinations of John’s brother Robert Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, that mail order guns were banned. Other gun laws have passed the last 50 years but the problem persists. Bad guys still get guns.
All this leads us to where we’re at today. We applaude Congress for trying to pass some common-sense legislation to limit those who should NEVER have a gun in their hand. Some of this tragically may be coming from the lack of socialization due to the pandemic, in the lives of many of the suspects in these horrible events, plus the message from the media and others that we don’t have to respect the rule of law OR the police. As a result, lawlessness is rampant in many areas because those committing the crimes think there are no consequences for their actions.
Criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws. There are plenty of guns out there for them to get their hands on, legally or illegally. With no consequences for their actions, even if they get killed in the act of shooting up public places, the media will still give them their 15 minutes of fame.
The answer to all this, like everything else in life, is in the middle. Return to the rule of law, to respecting the police, and to send a strong message this kind of behavior is flat out NOT acceptable in a free country.
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