I just read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, called the “Gun debate needs a waiting period“. It was written by a gun-control advocate, obviously. In this article, Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes, “How about giving a horrified and heartbroken nation a chance to mourn the dead?” Mr. Navarrette, you are speaking for the side that began screaming for a gun ban before the bodies of those angels had even been removed from the crime scene. Before anyone knew anything about the shooter, before any details were know, while some of the media thought it was actually his brother that had done this evil deed. How is that glass house you are living in?
I will admit, I have been thinking that we need a Waiting Period on this conversation as well, but for different reasons. It has only been four days with precious little official information coming out about the shooter, what led to the event, the shooters mental state, etc. Only four days and this is what I have seen:
1. The President call for “meaningful action over gun control” during his Saturday radio address, and promised to “address gun violence” during the memorial service.
2. Senator Dianne Feinstein has spearheaded an effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole related to gun-show sales. It will probably include high capacity magazines, detachable magazines, possibly will include semi-automatic pistol magazine capacity as well.
3. Retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods suspended the sales of some rifles, and CheaperThanDirt.com ceasing the the sales of guns over the internet completely. This one really surprised me today, and actually started to make me feel a little worried about how serious all this could get.
4. Gun sales have gone nuts – they are flying off the shelves across the country. Is a future Assault Rifle ban going to make rifles already out in society illegal? Will the government come collect them? If the answer to that is no, if we will be able to keep any gun we have before the ban – I think a lot of people who may or may not have ever bought an AR-15 in the future bought them this weekend, just in case. On Facebook I have seen nearly every gun store say they are low on inventory. Everything I wanted on line was “Out of Stock”.
So, what do we have now? An emotional country, once again divided (although I would say not with a straight clean line, this one crosses the political spectrum.) We are all heartbroken from the entire class of 1st graders and the 2nd graders whose lives were robbed from their families – right before Christmas. Add to this sadness the passion of gun rights advocates worried as they watch the media demonstrate how emotional they are – hungry as a rabid pack of wolves, unwilling to have a thoughtful discussion just yet.
If you listen to people like Dave Ramsey, he will advise people not to make major life decisions right after the death of a loved one. In the heat of the moment, wrapped in strong emotion on both sides, any law written will have unintended consequences and will not include all the sides of the story.
Let’s all take a deep breath, count to 10 days, say a prayer for each person lost, and for our own blessings.