Yesterday's shooting was not a tragic "incident", but a repeated all too familiar tragedy. This infamy was made possible by the offensive tools of destruction that once more were provided freely. The provision of any offensive armaments to anyone who wants it represents the choice for anarchy .
And thus a choice against self-government under a constitution created to protect the people's inalienable rights to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That pursuit ended today for 26 Americans .
This new infamous tragedy is a direct and too often repeated result of our common abdication of responsibility to defend the public welfare by "well-regulated" solutions. Ownership and use of cars is regulated. Sale and distribution of alcohol, tobacco and other dangerous substances is regulated and restricted, even at home. But the anarchists claim their rights to any attack weapons and armaments needed to impose their will on others. That's a choice against government and for anarchy.
150 years ago slave owners were shown the limits of their "rights" to "property" (sic) and to spread slavery in the territories. 50 Years ago states were shown the limits on their "rights" to "seperate but equal" (sic) development. Is this "right" to own and carry offensive military style armor and weaponry into churches, schools and public buildings any less ready to pass into infamy as another unfathomable moral and societal failure? As inexplicable to our offspring as the other "sic" terms?
But the anarchists will say that gun's don't kill. They do. Assault weapons were designed to kill efficiently, quickly and in large numbers and they have become very good at it.
The anarchists will claim that gun regulation can not be done effectively. It can and has been done in all other civilized countries. With dramatic effects for public safety and reduced deaths by gun violence.
The anarchists will once more role out arguments that more guns are needed to control gun violence. Somalia tried that and failed. Those extremists who believe in the right of the strongest can go there. But be quick. Even Somalia is moving away from anarchy.
The anarchists will claim that their guns are needed to oppose tyranny. However, it was gun free Tunesia that started the Arab toppling of tyrants, not gun rich Saudi Arabia. It was the moral power of the Libyan revolution that mobilized the forces that stopped that tyrant. It was not through the barrel of guns that the great oppressive empires of socialism and colonialism were ended. But through those whom like Dr. King were willing to stand up against but not with violence.
We should now remember the victims, by ensuring that their deaths are not in vain. Those responsible for allowing a 20 year old to carry massive killing power should be held responsible for abdication of moral and constitutional responsibilities. Not the lobbyists, not even the sales men, however culpable these merchants of death might be. But our own representatives, elected to high office, who should now uphold their oath of office to the constitution.
For today they failed 27 Americans, including 20 children, whom above all deserved their opportunity to live free in pursuit of happiness.