The horrific incident of 27 killings in Newtown, Ct, has to be one of the saddest events in our collective memory. After the initial digestion of the tragedy, political voices have come out to argue that this should be the push needed for tighter gun control. The shooter, Adam Lanza, was reported to have some level of mental illness.
One of the missions of this blog is to encourage black men to be better protectors of the family and communities in which they live. This includes teaching about legal and responsible gun ownership and use. But while I support the general notion of the 2nd amendment, I don’t see the problem with factoring in mental health to gun ownership. The National Rifle Association has even made hints of wanting to start this discussion.
“National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.
Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.
The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.”
We’ll be following how things develop.