Friday, February 15, 2008

Plausible Myths

Well, my alma mater has made national news. The smoke hadn't even cleared before folks spouted the inevitable knee-jerk reaction: "We need more gun control laws!"

Thing is, declaring a school to be a "gun-free" zone only gives an illusion of safety. Until and unless you can convince someone bent on murder and mayhem that he shouldn't use a gun because it's against the law, your lawbreaker will use the "gun-free" zone as his personal shooting range full of terrified sitting ducks. Gun bans only give more power and control to the lawbreaker, not to law-abiding citizens whom the gun ban ostensibly protects.

It's time to lay to rest the myth of "gun-free" zones. Educate the citizenry about the lawful use of weapons, allow them to protect themselves, thereby making it a fair fight. Make it harder for mentally ill people to obtain firearms by enforcing the laws presently on the books - don't make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens of sound mind to protect themselves.


Dave said...

According to at least one source, the shooter had gone off some kind of medications a couple of weeks ago and thereafter showed signs of erratic behavior. I recall hearing similar news about the gunmen behind earlier attacks. Laying aside the root cause of these attacks (the total depravity of fallen humanity), could it be that today's psychotropic medications may be a double-edged sword: when you take them they keep you docile, but if you go off them without the utmost out! I would agree to a point with those who would counter, "It's not the fault of the drugs; the person was deeply disturbed to begin with", but of such folks I'd ask, "Why was such a deeply disturbed person allowed to remain free if their safety and that of others depended on the individual's faithful ingestion of a psychotropic drug?" In cases where a person is likely to go berserk if they stop taking their meds, perhaps they're really not in a position to be left free to live on their own recognizance.

wordsmith said...

Yeah, I had heard words to that effect on one of the newsbreaks (although I could have sworn the announcer said "erotic behavior" :o; guess he wasn't thinking about proper pronunciation). How much of this kind of behavior is due to "chemical imbalance" and how much of it is reinforcement of patterns of sinful behavior (i.e., constantly giving in to sinful desires) I think remains to be seen. I really don't put much stock in the idea that all these types of mental illness are wholly organic, anyhow. The "chemical imbalance" theory is overrated, and as a consequence there is too much dependency on psychotropic drugs. Americans in general are too quick to consider pill-popping a solution rather than changes in lifestyle and/or thought patterns.