If there's a tipping point here, I point the blame at the media. The reason there are so many mini-Columbines is because, thanks to the press, every kid in America knows all about Columbine inside and out, and it gets reinforced every time some infinitely more minor shooting gets talked into the ground for 48 solid hours afterwards on every channel and radio station.
"No guns, no shootings" is insipidly naive. It's impossible to fully pull off, even if it weren't for the fact that over 50% of the citizens of this nation would just as soon have the gun confiscation nut crowd shot if they ever tried to take away one of the most basic rights we have. And even if it were possible, the guns would be replaced instantly by something else.
Please note that today's incident ended quickly because, by dumb luck, there happened to be a sheriff's deputy at the school with a gun. Amazing how quickly these things can be snuffed out when you don't force people to be sitting ducks, eh?
And before anyone even asks, I don't own a gun. I never have, and have no plans to obtain one. I simply don't want emotions ruling this world instead of logic.posted by aaron at 3:16 PM on March 22, 2001
Luckily, none of the legitimate gun owners in this country need to give a damn about your kneejerk reactionary desires. Not only is the Constitution on their side, not only are numbers already on their side, but every time the people like you start your shrieking, gun sales go UP. Membership in gun-rights organizations go UP. So hey, keep on complaining! No skin off our butts.
Oh, and stop using words like niggling unless you know what they mean to everyone who may read them.
For the other 99.99999% of us without telepathic powers, would you mind explaining your statement? For bonus points, how about telling us why we shouldn't laugh at those for whom such words "mean things" that literally do not exist?posted by aaron at 3:46 PM on March 22, 2001
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