Two recent things: Op-Ed Columnist - Congress, Up in Arms - NYTimes.com
Let me emphasize that none of us wants a terrorist to be able to purchase a gun, said Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who nevertheless went on to argue against allowing the government to use the terrorist watch list to keep anyone from being able to purchase, um, a gun.
Joe Lieberman has a creative solution: Take away their citizenship. "If you've joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you should sacrifice your rights of citizenship," Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, told reporters Tuesday.
So, which of these individuals would YOU withhold either firearms or the due process of our court system to?
Folks, I'm not convinced that it's Middle Easterners we need to worry about. Just because none of these men joined a foreign militant force, does that make what they did any less wrong? Does it make the people they killed any less dead?
I have a great idea. How about if we find a way to sell firearms to people who want them and whom have passed some sort of "not going to go apeshit and kill people" criteria, and then, if something happens, one of them snaps, we use the due process of our laws to show him or her that it's not acceptable to do that, get the message across to the next person, and at the same time, use what we learn from the episode to try and prevent it from happening again.
I knew a bright 14-year old boy once. His mother took pride in his ability, even at that age, to debate - even when what he was debating was his own punishment. I remember her being sure that he'd make a great lawyer someday, if that's what he chose.
He will never be that lawyer. He'll never be anything now, except dead. At 18, he was shot, walking down a street in Philadelphia, the wrong place, and the wrong time. And it barely even made the news. Because, ya know, a young man gets shot walking down the street in Philly, that's not news. That's just what happens. There was a deal one winter, buried deep in the newspaper with the gossip section, where someone was shot and killed because his neighbor objected to the direction in which he was shoveling snow. Get that - he was shoveling snow out of his driveway so he could get his car out. And the guy next door didn't like the way he was shoveling that snow, so he shot his neighbor.