Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Who needs an assault weapon?" is the wrong question.

From a post on Facebook: "I'm not political, but I have to ask: why does anyone need an assault weapon?"

If we allow ourselves to answer this question, what is the next one?

Why does anyone need a house that big? Why does anyone need to drive an SUV? Why does anyone need to drink more than 16 oz of soda? Why does anyone need to make more than $100,000 per year?  Why does anyone need a fur coat? Why does anyone need to travel to the Bahamas? Why does anyone need to smoke a cigarette?  Why does anyone need to drink alcohol? Why does anyone need to smoke marijuana? Why does anyone need _______________?

So you say, none of those things hurts anyone else? Well, maybe, but aren't they all in excess, according to someone? To whom do we give the power to decide?

The question that needs to be asked, and we are still in the question stage, is how did this happen? When we have the facts, we can start to form solutions. We may not find solutions. We may also find that if there are solutions they will be unpalatable.

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