Five years ago today was the Newton School Shooting. Above are the images of some of the 26 dead (20 were children) impressed on roses.
I was on Quora earlier this morning reading responses to a question asking if there should be a limit on the number of guns a person should own. There were over 100 responses. Every single one said no and then went on to give reasons why there should be no limit. Here is my response that I posted. Take it however you like:
Just scrolling through the first several responses guns have been compared to putting limits on cars, speech, computers, knives, etc. I suppose if I scroll far enough someone will be saying should we limit rocks, because they can kill too. I find these arguments odd.
The topic is guns.
But if we want to start comparing things, let’s compare guns to fertilizer. Farmers need fertilizer. One truck bomb by a terrorist killed a lot of people. Immediately we passed laws requiring checks on purchases over a certain limit. Microscopic tracers are put in fertilizer so that if it used in an explosive the lot can be traced. We’ve surrounded government buildings with barricades. Numerous other places have barriers.
One event and we changed the way we approached that thing. Which killed less people in that event than die from gun violence in a month. Every month.
Then we have four planes hijacked. Three crashed into buildings, one into the ground. We changed the entire way airports are set up. How we fly. How cockpits are locked off. We invaded two countries (including one that had nothing to do with the event). We are STILL at war since that event; our longest war. We restricted our own freedoms, we okayed torture, we allow ourselves to monitored. One event.
Lots of people die in car accidents. We invented seat belts, anti-lock brakes, air bags, etc.
Every plane crash brings an improvement in air safety via after reports and reviews.
Yet gun massacre after gun massacre and we yawn. Today on the 5th anniversary of Newton.
Originally published at bobmayer.com on December 14, 2017.