Mark O’Mara, who represented George Zimmerman during the Trayvon Martin murder trial, is calling for gun control in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. He stopped short of proposing any measures to increase gun control. Elliot Rodger, son of “The Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger, killed seven, including himself, and wounded 13, in retribution for being rejected by women. O’Mara’s article comes a day after “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker Michael Moore said “disturbed white men” were the most dangerous people in America and that the gun, not the bald eagle was America’s national symbol.
The fact is, race seemed to have played a role in the police handling of their contact with Elliot Rodger. The parents cried out for help and they didn’t get it. Instead, the cops paid him a visit and said he was a “nice” young man. Really? He was a ticking timebomb waiting to explode and they may have dropped the ball. He has been called “severely mentally disturbed” as if to somehow excuse his heinous acts. I am pretty sure had this been a black or Hispanic male without the financial means of Elliot Rodger, the cops would have assumed they were troublemakers.
The Isla Vista mass murders comes after we narrowly dodged another shooting massacre recently, when Minnesota teen John David LaDue’s plan to use his alleged arsenal, which included homemade bombs, to murder as many students as he could at his high school, was derailed after a civilian tipped off the police. We can’t go on this way.
We have a problem with gun violence in this country. I think this much is not in dispute. The real debate is this: What do we do about it? Unfortunately, most answers to this question involve greater governmental regulation and intrusion into our lives.
Americans are fiercely independent, sometimes to a fault, and we bristle at any effort seen as trampling our inalienable rights. But the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution have never been unfettered. Each amendment in the Bill of Rights has spawned a legacy of case law that interprets, defines, refines and restricts our basic freedoms based on the values and needs of the people at the time.
The Constitution is not written in stone. It evolves as our society evolves. The Second Amendment is more complicated, however, because it deals with issues larger than freedom and oppression; it deals with life and death.
Buried in the Second Amendment is the right to self-defense, the very mechanism that allowed our Founding Fathers to win freedom from tyranny. Some argue it is the right that guarantees all other rights. Our forefathers wanted us to be able to protect ourselves against outside threats, and even from internal tyranny. They may have even intended us to be able to protect ourselves from each other.
It is a stretch to argue they intended guns to be so available, in such strength, that children, high-school populations and co-workers and law enforcement could be so easily slaughtered. Source: CNN
It’s a sad commentary that gun rights advocates are digging in and ignoring the obvious — too many mentally unstable people can get their hands on guns. Why did Elliot Rodger need three automatic guns and 410 rounds of ammunition? That’s despite have three or four police encounters and a history of mental illness? When will real change come instead of the continued stonewalling because of politicians who are in bed with the National Rifle Association?