I suppose one should not be surprised at the shameless exploitation of the parents and spouses of those killed in Newtown, CT by CBS News and other media outlets. I do not blame those who were directly affected by the active shooting that took place. I find this just another example of a rabid anti-gun effort on the part of the media and politicians to disarm Americans. As their arguments hold no logic or efficacy, we shall not repeat them in this limited space. However, there are some things that deserve our interest.
Eliminating guns that look scary or limiting the capacity of magazines has not, does not and will never decrease gun violence. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been working tirelessly to ensure that mental health screening be part of whatever legislation that may emanate from the Senate. In the last string of active shooter mass killings, the perpetrators were all young males with documented mental health issues. Though one must worry about potential abuses of any rules associated with controlling access to guns for those who have documented mental illnesses, one must wonder how things might have turned out had the young men who killed so many in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut been referred to professional help and had been denied access to guns. Perhaps they may have gotten them anyway, but observation and intervention would have seemed prudent in any event.
Another frightening aspect of these last three shootings is that each of the young men were attending school and had been identified as having mental problems. Each case, unique as it might be, point to significant issues associated with self-reliance and self-defense. When people have been identified as being a potential danger to themselves and others, then we have a societal obligation to protect ourselves and each other while working to ensure that we protect the rights of those who are troubled. This “balance” is a challenge in a free society, but it is a balance that must be established and maintained.
Any one of us could find ourselves or our loved ones on either side of these circumstances. Careful, introspection ought to lead us to outcomes that will endure and still comport with our Constitution.
Sam is currently the Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. He came to Morningside from the Homeland Security Institute where he remains a Fellow, concentrating his research efforts in national preparedness. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama. His research interests are federalism, intergovernmental relations and intergovernmental management. He has regional expertise in Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. He has managerial and executive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
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