Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Matter of Definition

"He's driving around in a pickup truck with a shotgun and a dog!" Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) Wag the Dog (1997).

Another school shooting. More injuries, more heartache. This one, in Roswell, injures two students. The shooter survived. One of the injured in critical condition...all of us wait and pray.

NMEx.jpgRemember the headlines, the politicians with the evil-looking rifles decrying "military arms" available to all? The last two school shootings involved that basic and ubiquitous of all long guns - a shotgun.

How does a twelve year old boy show up at school with a shotgun? None of the silly definitions of "assault rifle," the background checks on sales between friends and the useless, futile magazine restrictions stopped a twelve year old boy from wreaking havoc at his school with a shotgun. Conversations about firearms safety, about reasonable laws that will actually address the problems inherent with the presence of arms in a free society? Lost in a sea of political posturing.

Parents - how well do you know your children? Where are your guns? Where are theirs? Look in the mirror - Roswell began with you. With me. With us.

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