Today is very sad day for people in US, one more massacre happened where mentally sick person armed with automatic or semiautomatic assault weapon opened fire on unarmed, innocent people, small kids at Sandy Hook Elementary school, Newtown CT killing 20 kids and 7 adults including himself. This is not one isolated incident, similar incidents happened not that long ago, there was Colorado theater shooting, Virginia Tech massacre and many more. In all these incidents one thing is common that people with unstable state of mind got access to dangerous assault weapons very easily which they should not have got. Many innocent people got killed in all these incidents, it was not their fault they were just living their normal life and it was cut short by some senseless act by some senseless violent act of a mentally unstable person. Yes, I know that we can not control anyone's mind, we can not predict anyone's behavior under stress or depression or any other mental trauma but we can definitely try to restrict their access to these assault weapons, these weapons multiply danger associated with their unpredictable behavior.
Why we need to sell automatic or semiautomatic assault weapons to general public? Why they need them? How can 'a right to carry a weapon' can be a fundamental right in civilized society? There are many questions like this which needs answers. I hope that this incident is not also brushed aside as one unfortunate incident where few unlucky kids lost their lives, followed by condolence meetings, lot of tears and prayers, candle march and then slowly people forget it until something like this happens again. All they are suggesting on TV are to pray, I know that this will help to tackle the grief associated with the tragic loss but any amount of prayers won't help to stop incidents like this. Any amount of prayers, condolences, candles or flowers are not going to bring back those kids and adults who died in these massacres, they are gone for no fault of theirs. God didn't kill them, and people who survived also were not saved by God, so please don't ask God why this happened, rather ask law makers, people who are in charge of this country, they might have answers for these questions, WHY THIS HAPPENED? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS? and please tell them to give some real answers this time. How many more people should die to make them realize that they need to modify the gun opposition law to save lives of thousands of innocent, unarmed people? A country where sale of Marijuana is illegal but lethal assault weapons which can be used to kill hundreds of people can be purchased legally, does this make any sense??
I know there are many people who support gun law, and feel it's their fundamental right (awarded to them by their constitution) to carry a weapon of their choice. But why a civilized person living in very civilized country would like to buy a semiautomatic or automatic assault weapon? Just for fun? Is it a toy? NO, it's not a toy, gun kills people, once bullet is fired it doesn't see who is getting hit, kids, adults, animals doesn't matter. Whether it was fired by mistake or purposely doesn't matter, once trigger is pressed the matter is not in anyone's hand. Do people want these weapons for personal protection? really? a semiautomatic rifle for personal protection? a weapon with so much destructive power? that too in a country where law and order situation is not bad, police respond very well. I think one can not justify possession of such destructive weapon unless one is expected to get attacked by a mob or armed goons very frequently in their daily lives and I don't think people in any part of US face these types of situations in their normal lives.
This is not the time to have a gun debate or to play blame game but this is definitely time to take some action, we need some step to stop these type of incidents. Senseless acts of extreme violence are not new to humans but in today's world where we have so much control over our lives we can definitely minimize risks associated with such type of senseless behaviors, making availability of assault weapons more difficult or impossible can be definitely one of possible solutions to this problem. In many of these cases the person who carried our this senseless act was found carrying multiple weapons, it's that easy to get them, we should do something to stop this. Gun regulation may not be able to stop these type of acts altogether but it will definitely help to reduce them, and any step necessary towards saving lives should be taken doesn't matter which party is ruling the country.
My heart goes out for all those families who lost their loved and dear ones on Friday and also in all those previous incidents, we need to make sure that people with uncontrolled emotional behavior can not get access to lethal weapons so easily, we need to protect ourselves, our children and giving guns in everyone's hand is not a solution according to me. Thanks for reading and please raise your voice to express your concern about this issue.