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article imageOp-Ed: The Newtown, Conn. massacre and how gun control doesn't help

By Abigail Prendergast     Dec 17, 2012 in Lifestyle
The massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut was a violent and heartless act. But are tougher gun laws really the solution to the growing problem of violence and mass murders?
The tragedy that shocked the Sandy Hook elementary school of Newtown, Connecticut and ultimately, the entire nation, was nothing short of a horrific act that was conceived in the mind of a brilliant, albeit troubled young man.
As The Daily News describes shooter, Adam Lanza, as a "deeply disturbed kid." An insider told the publication that it was likely the 20-year-old Lanza suffered from some kind of personality disorder, namely Asperger's syndrome - a milder form of Autism.
Lanza "was smart," the Daily News was told. "He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids.”
People with Asperger's syndrome are often highly intelligent, but have a tendency to rely highly on logic and suppress emotion, according to a Wordpress blog.
Whether Lanza had it or not, the matter seems to be for those who have known him that "he couldn't feel pain."
The young man's rampage on the Sandy Hook school was nothing short of heartless, but would stricter gun laws really make our children that much safer?
The Twin publication points out that the state of Connecticut already has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation. One side of the debate says that laws need to be even more strict especially on a federal level, but would they really keep those who are psychologically disturbed from committing such heinous acts?
“In general, the laws here are pretty strict, and they’re working,” Bob Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, told Twin Cities. “But I don’t know of any law that would prevent someone like at Columbine or at Aurora or here in Connecticut from committing these offenses which are clearly psychologically based.”
Gun control advocates believe that enforcing even more laws on the ownership of a firearm would rectify such an issue, and perhaps a more broad list of assault weapons to be banned, such as the .223 caliber rifle used in the attack, would - at least in some minds - keep the peace in the state of Connecticut.
But there are those who don't agree with that sentiment.
According to a website called American Partisan, mass murders and shootings were first brought to media attention at Post Offices, where disgruntled workers would cause chaos with firearms. It was also made clear that these places were designated gun free zones.
Fast forward to October 16, 1991: Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp is enjoying lunch with her parents at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. Abiding by the state's at-the-time law against carrying a concealed weapon, Dr. Hupp left her gun in her car. During their lunch, George Hennard drove his truck into the restaurant and opened fire on everyone inside, killing 23 people. Two of those who were slaughtered in the massacre were Dr. Hupp's parents, Al and Ursula Gratia.
Instead of feeling the need to enforce stricter gun laws, Dr. Hupp said if she could have brought her gun in with her, concealed in her purse, then she would have been able to subdue the madman.
The Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the Aurora Theater in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Tech, and yes, even Sandy Hook school were all gun-free zones. As Before It's News bluntly states: "We don’t need more gun control. There’s not need in trying to restrict the gun rights of good people, because the bad ones will never obey the law."
Naked Lunch author, William Burroughs is quoted as saying, "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
In the end, banning the use of firearms will in no way prevent those who use them to kill from getting their hands on them. After all, junkies seem to have no problem getting their hands on heroin. All that stricter gun control laws will accomplish is more tragedies like this one. Let's face it: there are enough people in the world both crazy and smart enough to get a hold of guns, or anything they wish illegally.
Not to mention if murder itself is illegal then why would somebody get a gun legally just for that purpose?
Adam Lanza was indeed a troubled young soul who probably was in dire need of some sort of help. If we keep blaming guns over the people that use them for evil purposes, then we as a nation will creep just that much more forward into a socialist regime.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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