Wineke: People Kill People – With Guns

Amid Protests, Nra Meets In Texas After School Massacre
Jae C. Hong - staff, AP

Protesters chant slogans outside the George R. Brown Convention Center to protest the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston, Friday, May 27, 2022.

It is true what they say: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

It is also true that people kill people with guns, and it is also true that those people who choose to kill children seem often to favor variations of the AR-15 assault rifle.

So, what we’re left with is the question of why, as a society, we think the rights of a teenager who wants to purchase an assault rifle are more important than the rights of 19 children, mostly aged 10, to live.

Or more important than the right of grocery shoppers in Buffalo, New York, to live.

Because that’s the situation we have today and that is the decision of any number of politicians who favor the rights of gun owners over the rights of children.

The excuses we hear are numerous and absurd.

The governor of Texas says the problem isn’t guns, the problem is mental health.

The governor of Texas has boasted frequently about how his administration has abolished even minimal safeguards over firearms. His administration also has an abysmal record of funding public health. But, hey, let’s blame the mentally ill.

After all, it is a known fact that no other country on earth has people who are mentally ill.

My Facebook feed is filled with messages explaining the reason for all these shootings is human sin, buttressed, apparently, by a lack of prayer in schools.

After all, it is a known fact that every other country on earth is more religious than the United States and that’s why they don’t have our mass killings. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has found his own explanations: Critical Race Theory and “wokeness.” I doubt very much that Johnson could recognize either Critical Race Theory or Wokeness if one of them bit him.

Also, Johnson says, too many schools aren’t teaching “values.”

That guy never stops being an embarrassment. If we reelect him, however, the embarrassment is on us, not Johnson.

There is a more valid reason for doing nothing about guns. Our courts have increasingly ruled that the Second Amendment prohibits such restrictions.

So, we’re back to the first question about the rights of a teenager in Texas to purchase two assault-style rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition designed to kill human beings as brutally as possible against the lives of 19 children.

If the Second Amendment is held to favor the teenager, then our lawmakers ought to get busy and amend the Second Amendment.

Unless they believe the original intent of the Founding Fathers was to legalize the massacre of 10-year-old children.