My blog's like/dislike list say that injustice infuriates me. It's so very true, and the injustices that infuriate me are many. I'm also often saddened by other people's actions, I just don't understand what's wrong with some people.
This week's Aurora shooting is one of those things that make me ask the question in the title. It's just incomprehensible why these things happen. Call me naive, but I like to believe majority of the world is full of sane people. Sometimes, I wonder if I'm wrong. I have no personal connection to the victims, I have friends that live in Denver area, but they were not among those in the theater. But still, I'm furious this kind of injustice has happened, so many innocent people suffering as a result of one man's actions.
What infuriates me even more is the discussion about gun control that has followed. Really, is there no respect for the people who just lost their lives or lost a loved one? Do people really need to start firing (no pun intended) their political agenda right away? More guns/vigilantes is the solution? What is wrong with people?
Now, that being said, I'm going to do just the opposite and throw my two cents in the air. I believe in the person's right to hunting weapons. I believe hunting is a basic right, one is allowed to get their own food. And if need to be, you can use your hunting weapon to protect your home and family. All other weaponry belongs to non-civilian hands. Period.
I'm saddened not only because of what happened, but I'm saddened that people feel so aggressively about their right to bare arms that lost lives don't matter to them as long as they can keep their weapons.
Here's an opinion worth reading.
"When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted,
there is little civilian life left."
Jill Lepore, New Yorker, 23 April 2012.