Not much else needs to be said about this horror, since the media are sucking this massacre to the bone.
This sentence will surely seem unrelated, but has anyone seen “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance”?
Do you remember John Wayne in the role of Tom Doniphon and Jimmy Stewart in the role of Ransom Stoddard? Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance?
Do you recall the conflict of justice through the law and justice through immediate confrontation of evil and good?
This is an excellent movie, filmed in 1962, directed by John Ford.
In an article by Michael Shermer quoting Steven Pinker cites this as:
“…the (fictional town of) Shinbone embodies any small community in transition from an informal (law code/cowboy code) to a formal moral code and system of justice. When everyone takes the law into their own hands there is no law…”
Basically, what I want to say is that this tragedy in Oregon (Sandy Hood, Columbine…) is not a gun issue. It is a moral issue. The idea of more gun control laws, and more and more will not be the solution.
The solution is in the enforcement of moral right vs. wrong in the home by the parent(s), and then reinforced in churches and schools. Only then will mental illness, sociopathic behavior, and obsessive devotion to broken ideology be recognized early and intervention taken.
If that doesn’t happen, guns can be sucked up by a big vacuum and yet nothing will change.
Question: If I were trained
is in firearms, had a gun, and was confronted by such a person, would I shoot to kill. Yes.