The guy who taught my concealed carry class, regularly sends out an email whenever he gets a new supply of guns into his shop.
Last Friday, literally minutes before the New Town shootings, I received one noting several different Bushmasters he just got in.
I had called my brother in law (who's a police office and gun aficionado), to see which of those he thought was the best deal.
Before my brother in law could get back to me, the dealer called to tell me he only had one left. So I bought it.
Of course, as of today, the gun is just a really expensive club since .223 ammunition is next to impossible to find and I won't pay price gougers who have hoarded the stuff.
When I brought the gun in the house and told my wife it was one of her Christmas presents, she just about had a cow.
As I told her, you're better off having a gun you don't need than needing a gun you don't have.
What's been somewhat predictable in this whole gun discussion is how many potential solutions have been presented and how, not one of them, would have prevented the massacre in Connecticut.
And then you have the Hollywood elite who throw out such quotes like Wayne Lapierre should be shot in the nuts.
Did it ever occur to any of these idiots that there's a reason no one has ever spree killed in a police station, any NRA office, a gun store or target shooting facility?
Conversely, there's a reason these nut bags head to schools and other non armed facilities?
I've offered that one of the reasons these idiots do these shootings is for the glory. There's probably no better quote to address this than this one.............
The results of the Gun Free School Zone act’s passage have been devastating. The first mass shooting in a school since before 1900 occurred in 1997. As prominent researcher John Lott has noted, mass shooters are attracted to defenseless victim zones. While zones that ban armed citizens are a tiny percentage of the nation’s area, according to Lott, only one of the “successful” (four or more victims) mass shootings in the past thirty years occurred outside of a defenseless victim zone (gun free zone).
Why do mass shooters chose defenseless victim zones? Because they want the fame that goes with the media attention that a mass killer gets, and to get the attention, they have to kill a lot of people. If they are stopped by an armed citizen, they lose their chance to make the “record books”, and there is no point in mass killing.
So before we go and assault the 2nd amendment, let's propose these additional laws
1) Let's ban all violent video games........ It appears that the CT killer played these games endlessly.
2) Let's ban the media from reporting the names of any spree killer of more than four people....... I've noted on this blog that the prevalence of streakers and other drunken idiots running on playing fields at sporting events ceased right after the media quit showing them.
3) Let's make it easier to lock up and treat mentally ill people who have made violent threats and/or shown the capacity to be violent. This really awesome piece illustrates the issue for a parent who has recognized the violent tendencies of her son but is essentially neutered to do anything about it.
Of course, you'll hear the Hollywood types hide behind the 1st amendment to continue producing their violent games.
The news media types will hide behind the first amendment saying it's in the public interest to know everything about the shooter, even as they report inaccurate information to the public.
And finally, the mental health community will protect the criminally insane, sighting the 4th amendment right to privacy.
But you won't hear any of these solutions come out of the Joe Biden committee now will you?