Every time there is a killing or assassination with a concealed weapon, the gun people start with their rationalizations about ‘people killing people’, plus a smattering of quotes from Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Nathan Hale, Hitler, etc.
Q. And why would anyone need an extended magazine* for their Glock? A. Well, what if they didn’t hit their target the first twenty times they fired. You know not everyone who owns a gun is killing people.
No, I guess not, but what I can say with certainty is that everyone who owns a handgun – barring the military and the police – has masturbatory fantasies of killing someone with his/her gun. Not killing everyone or anyone, just ‘bad’ people.
Every gun owner that I know has the fantasy of the ‘bad’ person breaking into their home in the middle of the night. We know what happens next: they grab their Glock; confront the perpetrator in the hallway and blow their head clean off. The hero saves his family from yet another terrible fate of rape and whatnot.
In this latest gun tragedy in Arizona, the shooter Jared Lee Loughner is obviously mentally ill. Any gun advocate would have the upper hand in an argument about how dangerous this guy was. But my concern is, this idea of the acceptability of killing ‘bad’ people inherent with gun owners. The definition of ‘bad’ people can be wildly stretched out of proportion, especially to the fringe, the extremist and the unstable. This on top of politicians and opinion reporters who spread fear of apocalyptic outcomes to minor legislative battles. So to this Jared Lee Loughner, through his clouded haze of instability, Congresswoman Giffords, was one of these ‘bad’ people worthy of execution.
So yes, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
* See: “high-capacity” ammunition magazine used by the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner.”