I posted this Facebook status on Friday:
This unfortunate tragedy will bring out the political cranks. Please let’s let this thing play out, give the families time to grieve, and the rest of us time to learn all the facts.
It didn’t take very long before hoplophobic people started offering “solutions.”
The first I saw came from Dan. The former editorial page editor up on Campbell Ave. Now he has a blog of sorts, and is known on Facebook as Blogging Dan.
Dan immediately chose to use this tragedy to beat the political drum for more gun control laws. In true Roanoke Times style, he’s formed a firm decision without knowing the facts.
Before the weekend is over we’ll see a Roanoke Times editorial or cartoon that beats the same drum.
UPDATE: True to form. Check out the cartoon. That didn’t take long.
After the weekend we will know some facts, but still not all the facts. Until we do, let’s hold off a bit.
To keep you occupied until then I offer the following.
Use the comment section to describe a new, tougher gun law that would have prevented any of the school shootings in our country’s history. Or. for that matter, any shooting involving victims in a “gun free zone”, whether it be a school, airport, government building, courthouse, theater, store or restaurant.
Use your liberal imagination. Unleash your progressive thoughts. We are all anxious to hear your ideas.
Just remember that we do have a Constitution, unless your suggestion is to amend portions of it. If that is your suggestion a valid, in-depth argument for doing so would be nice. One that would persuade a sufficient number of citizens to go along with such an amendment.
Oh, and it should be at least as clear and short as the second amendment.
Facts matter, feelings and emotion won’t solve this problem.