By now, you know of the tragic killings in Santa Barbara, Calif. And again, there will be tremendous political debate over gun control and background checks for people—particularly those with mental health issues. Yes, we know not every victim was shot; some were stabbed. Point is, there comes a time when the debate over constitutional rights will cease to be an intellectual and political exercise and will be seen in terms of people and the effect on which the exercise or irresponsible exercise of rights will have on people—real people. What we want to know is what politicians and lobbyists will say to grieving parents. Do they even care as long as they can make their point?
We have countless discussions about rights in this nation but seem hesitant to talk about responsibility. We claim to be a Christian nation but fail miserably as we cynically ask, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” We doubt the so-called founding fathers codified these “rights” just so people could flaunt them. Rather, we believe they were designed as protections to be use with diligence and much moral soul searching.
Again, we say their is a difference between exercising one’s rights and flaunting them. And, we ask this question: If the right to bear arms was designed to ensure the ability to form a well-armed militia, or something to that effect, why aren’t some of these folks who claim to want to defend the nation volunteering to go to Afghanistan and other hotspots that could become even worse breeding grounds for anti-American murderers? Or why not show how the ubiquity of firearms in American society will make us all safer. The streets of Chicago would provide a perfect testing ground.
Are we calling for vigilantism? Well, let’s put it this way: If you say the presence of more weapons on the streets will make us safer, prove it by getting the job done! Meanwhile, let’s see what happens in Georgia and see if laws there make our streets, schools and college campuses any safer. If they do, we’ll be the first to advocate changes laws all around.
Meanwhile, the voice of this father and countless mothers and fathers in our own community keep ringing in our head asking why young people can so easily get firearms and act out their immaturity or mental illness in deadly fashion.
Isla Vista Shooting Victim’s Father Blames Politicians, NRA For Son’s Death (UPDATE)
The Huffington Post | by Andrew Hart
In a press conference Saturday, the father of 20-year-old student who was killed in the rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara blames “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for his son’s death.
Richard Martinez, says his son Christopher Martinez was one of those killed in the rampage that claimed seven in the Isla Vista area near UCSB on Friday night. The father went on to say “When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness!’ Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!’”