As if the Colorado theatre shooting wasn’t shocking enough, even more shocking is to realize that since the shooting at Columbine High School (plus other locations including Canada) nothing has changed.
Despite Michael Moore’s film about the ease with which guns are obtained, politicians still argue that nothing would improve if gun sales were banned. And the Harper government’s elimination of the long gun registry is simply more of the same.
Arguments rage over what causes the violence, yet the topic of purchasing guns and bullets is carefully avoided. Well-stocked gun shops appear to sell lethal-looking weapons, and no doubt they are in business because the purchases are legal.
The number of deaths by shooting has increased, and the sad truth is (and I quote): “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
Politicians argue that nothing can be done.
But doing nothing, standing by and wringing our hands, has never been a useful option. In legal terms this is “wilful neglect”.
If we’re not part of the solution we’re part of the problem.
Jim Elderton, Armstrong