Saturday, October 25, 2014

And on and on it goes...

Yet another school shooting.  This time a thoroughly deranged young man wielding a hand gun of some kind wanders into a high school in Marysville, Washington and opens fire.  He hit 5 students killing one before turning the gun on himself.  It has been reported that one of the students he shot was a girl with whom he had tried to date.

Everyone interviewed said he was a popular young man, a freshman at the high school, played sports and was generally liked.  Undoubtedly more will come out as investigators try to make sense of this but everyone is wondering why on earth these things continue to happen. 

As expected, gun control advocates are asking anyone who will listen what's it going to take while gun rights advocates are saying when are we going to turn our attention to the real problem of mental instability. 

I come down squarely in the middle.  Both groups are right.  Not enough is being done to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and clearly not enough is being done to identify troubled people.

I know one thing for sure-there are way, way too many guns in this country.  I also know I don't see any hope of this ever changing. 

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