Thursday, December 27, 2012

Life Permits

The campus is, not surprisingly, quiet today.  Not much going on in academia between semesters.

Why is it that when no one is around, when it's quiet, it's also scary?

Maybe because we have had 31 school shootings since Columbine.  Because weapon sales are up.  Because we've seen so many massacres on school campuses.

Yes, we need to make an effort, but what?  Conneticut's gun laws were among the strongest in the nation, and that didn't help prevent all the horrible, senseless killings earlier this month.

I'd like to see a ban on those automatic and semi-automatic weapons - not sure what they are called and couldn't identify one but you know the kind:  they can hold a whole lot of bullets with the capacity to slaughter hundreds of human beings in just a few minutes.

The U.S. has more guns and more gun violence than any other civilized country in the world. And in the last few years, states' budgets for mental health services have been cut by more than $1.6 billion (per the National Alliance on Mental Illness).  Why am I thinking about this?  How can I not.  Some grim and current estimates claim there are about 300 million guns in American homes; also that there are 50 million Americans living in poverty.

I'm not so worried about Americans' rights - just our precious lives.


  1. 2nd to last paragraph: your statement holds true without the word "civilized". Further, we spend more in national defense than the next 15 countries COMBINED (and most of those 15 are friends!). But half the world hates us and guns that can fire 60 rounds in 60 secs is a sacred right in the US of A. Time to move back to Europe.

  2. Seems like we could learn form the countries with the lowest gun related murders.