I can't believe I'm doing this, because I by no means have the education, articulation, or DT seniority needed to debate this. But what I do have is the experience. This will not be fancy, grammatically correct, prophetic, eloquent, or even well written, but here it goes.
As a paramedic I have worked accidents, murders, suicides that have been successful and not so successful (depending on your interpretation of the word successful at the time), all by use of firearms of different types. I have seen justifiable homicides, matricide, patricide, filicides, drive-bys, accidental shootings by Fathers, Mothers, siblings, friends, relatives, and even cops. I have been shot at and I was even one of many intended victims of a ticked off drug addict that called 911 for the mere purpose of killing us by way of a sawed off shot gun that was rigged to go off as soon as we opened his door. Thankfully, where there is one addict you will usually find another to sell him out.
I've seen Memaws and Pepaws shot, Mothers, Fathers, teens, pre-teens, children and even an infant once from a drive by. All races, genders and even transgender. I think you get the picture.
Most paramedics can say the same, sadly. But what's even more sad is that when I started EMS in the mid to late 1980s most couldn't say this. A shooting was an exception, not a rule. But as the years went on shootings increased as did the disregard for human life. What also increased was the intensity of these shootings. I remember bragging to the crew relieving me the following morning how we had a save because a kid lived that was gut shot with a .38. Now you would be hard core to even find this caliber as a back-up at a bookstore.
I can also say this; I have worked a mass shooting. No it wasn't at a school, although I have worked multiple child fatalities, and even though I grieved, and they were somewhat senseless, or even once completely senseless, the piece of equipment used (car, boat, stove) or not used (seat belt, car seat, life jacket), had many great uses when used properly. I mean I couldn't very well want all cars, boats, or stoves to be outlawed.
Just as pro-gunners/pro-NRAers like to muddy the waters and generalize the specifics in order to cloud the. Just because we want some common sense gun control, does not make us anti-gun any more than it makes you pro-killers. One could equate it to calling someone that is pro-choice as pro-abortion.
My Father, Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Jones of the US Air Force served in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Nam. He was in the Army Air Corp then was one of the first in the Air Force when they were established. He retired from the Air Force as a expert marksman. He was one of two men that were specifically chosen to test and ultimately approve the M16 that has served as "role model" for many of the rifles in question. It wasn't made, designed, tested, or issued to hunt deer or target practice with. It was made to kill as quickly and succinctly and as prolifically as possible. As is most semi-automatic gun, especially with large capacity magazines.
I was raised with guns. I shot guns. I was good at shooting guns. I also had a gun once and choose not to shoot the "noise" I was hearing in the closet upstairs one night while I was alone. Even when that " noise" fell out of the closet which ended up being a 12 year old run away that had been abused and found refuge in the empty duplex next door. When the police showed up for a possible burglary, she climbed into the attic in the closet which attached to the attic door in my closet. I almost shot her with a .357 magnum. I haven't owned a gun sense.
What we are doing isn't working. Our competitive society needs to give way to being the best mental health providers, not reporting ad nauseam on a mass shooting so we can challenge the next ignored sociopath to try and "one up em". How about we spend half the time we have spent debating this issue on a anti-bullying forum? Better yet, when I smoked I had to pay big bucks for a pack of cigarettes because a percentage of the money went to research and education - willing to pay extra for ammunition and guns for that? You want a gun that will shoot off five rounds per second, then those rounds will cost you a thousand dollars a bullet, $995 of it goes to mental health, anti-bullying, level-1 trauma centers. Just a thought.
All I'm saying is, until its your child, family member that was shot, or did the shooting in that mass shooting, or its you that can't get your stretcher to roll through the halls because the wheels keeps getting hung up on empty cartridges, you might want to step back and ask "am I really being reasonable?".
Interesting reading http://www.commongunsense.com/?m=1 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...-investigation
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