New laws won’t stop criminals

Published 12:13am Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nearly a week since the horrible school shooting in Connecticut and the pain and shock has not yet subsided, at least not enough to be perceptible.

When the shooting stopped, 20 small children were dead along with six adults at the school and the shooter.

Parents all across the country stand in horror of what happened and ask: Could this happen to my child? What can prevent this in the future?

What drove a 20-year-old man — described by those who knew him as disturbed — to walk into a school and slaughter small school children and their teachers is simply inexplicable.

Like many such massacres, it’s human nature to want to understand why it happened.

The very core of our beings wants to understand such horrible things and make a plan to prevent them in the future.

But there is no logic, no explanation that can make the senseless make sense to us.

Sadly, as tough as it is for us to admit, in many ways, we cannot prevent criminally insane people from committing heinous acts.

Until the day when, perhaps, modern science allows us to look into the hearts and minds of people, our world will continue to have to stare evil in the face.

In this case, could tighter gun laws have helped? Perhaps, but the killer may have simply opted for another means of death to administer on the innocent.

Laws don’t prevent truly demented, disturbed or evil people from criminal behavior. That’s a tough life lesson for the rest of us to have to swallow, made worse by the tears of last week’s acts.

The best we can do is pray for the victims and their families.

 

  • Anonymous

    Mental illness is the elephant in the room. Society shuns the “disturbed”. When we begin to treat mental illness as we do physical illness, only then will we find a solution to these horrible actions. Parents don’t want the world to know little Johnny is mentally ill, but if he were a diabetic there’d be a campaign to raise awareness and his picture would be plastered all over Facebook. All the guntrol in the world won’t help if little Johnny gets off his meds because society tells him he’s a bad person for taking them. Until insurance companies step up and pay for treating this illness, until we accept the fact that mental illness is infact an illness these senseless acts will continue and we won’t understand why.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    New laws will make it harder at least and its thru common sense isn’t only the mentally , rage, robbery, rape, crazy, and etc. but there isn’t no reasonable reason that a person should have any kind of assault weapon(especialy the large multi clips ) that this should be only the military and law agencys this is no rebutal of 2nd amendment rights!! Something has got to improve in our nation ASAP!!

  • Anonymous

    ALSO CRIMINALS WON’T STOP NEW LAWS. THERE’S A LOT GOING ON IN THE HOME OF KIDS UP-BRINGING. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR A KID TO FLIP OVER NIGHT AND COMMITTEE THOSE KIND OF CRIMES. UNTIL THE FOCUS START IN THE HOME TO HELP GET SOME ANSWERS THAT MAE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE PROBLEM, IT WILL SURLY HAPPEN AGAIN. ANYTIME A CHILD KILLS THERE PARENTS, THERE’S SOME PROBLEMS GOING ON IN THAT HOME BEYOND ANY ONES IMAGINATION. MANY FOCUS IS ON THE CHILD SAYING THEY WERE MENTALLY ILL. THE PARENT COULD HAVE BEEN MENTALLY ILL ALSO. ALL I’M SAYING IS WHAT MADE THAT CHILD SO ANGRY TO KILL HIS MOTHER WILL SHED MORE LIGHT ON THE MOTIVE OF THE CRIMES.

  • Anonymous

    “You don’t have to wait for modern science allows us to look into the hearts and minds of people.” All you have to do is look within yourself and experience your own heart and mind, then you can see all hearts and minds.

    Here is what a pro-gun senator of PA has decided:

    “The power of the weapon, the number of bullets that hit each child, that was so, to me, just so chilling, it haunts me. It should haunt every public official,” said Casey, who won a second term six weeks ago while touting his opposition to gun control.

    In the days since the shooting that killed 20 children and eight adults, the debate around gun laws has shifted. Democrats have called for reinstating the assault-weapons ban and barring magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

    “If those two bills come before the Senate, I’ll vote for both,” Casey said. He said his decision amounted to being “summoned by your conscience.”

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t disagree more with the premise of this editorial. “The best we can do is pray”? No, that isn’t good enough by a long shot. The same day as the event in Newtown, a man in China burst into a school and attacked 20+ schoolchildren. The difference? The Chinese man used a knife- and all the children survived. The fatalism of this “just pray- there’s nothing else to be done” attitude is sickening. Those children and teachers died because the crazy person in the US had access to GUNS.

  • Anonymous

    Would you like for me to supply you with a massive list of school murders that did not involve a gun? I can. We can start in China, if you’d like. The incident you refer to with no deaths is the exception. There have been many school attacks in China, the majority ending with dead children. Every incident involved knives.. Don’t get me started in improvised bombs, machetes, etc that are used in other parts of the world. Those kids died because a crazy man wanted to kill children and they were not defended in any meaningful way.

  • Anonymous

    Like anti-drug laws make it hard to get drugs? You do realize those kids were killed with pistols, right? Define “assault weapon” for me, if you can. If you assault someone with a bat, is it not then an “assault weapon”?

  • Anonymous

    And it will have no effect and more people will continue to die because our government has made it illegal to defend our children when they are at school. The guy used pistols in his spree. Perhaps the Senator should examine the University of Pennsylvania (hardly a pro-gun establishment) study that concluded that the previous “assault weapons” ban had no effect on gun crime. Its sickening that these politicians exploit these kids deaths for political hay. Just sickening.

  • Anonymous

    You are wrong. He used a rifle and there were up to 11 bullets in one child, so, STFU!

  • Anonymous

    The Bushmaster was found in the car after the attack. Kind of hard for a dead man to take a rifle back to his car. Perhaps you should follow your own advice.