This time, the nut job went after kids. Whether or not it was a move calculated for maximum horror and pain, or as some accounts are saying, it was simply directed at his mother's workplace, an attack on children strikes a special level of terror in the hearts of parents and non-parents alike.
Predictably and unfortunately, those who hate our civil liberties are holding their usual Dance in the Blood in it's usual location, the national media. Shame is not a concept they know--the crisis is now, and must be used to maximum advantage.
Let me explain something to anyone who happens to pass by this page. Connecticut has some of the stricter guns laws in the US. It was illegal (he was under 21) for the shooter to posses the two pistols that were found at the scene, just as it was illegal for him to have any gun at a school. Killing people is illegal, as is wounding them.
Note that none of this stopped him from killing 26 innocent people. Another thousand laws would not have stopped him. An armed citizen might have, but those who have went through the process to carry concealed weapons are also banned from having our guns with us in a school.
The victims were utterly unable to mount an effective defense. While quick-witted actions by teachers no doubt saved several students, there was no one present who could stand against a well-armed mad man. By the time the police arrived, it seems that the shooter had finished his work and himself, leaving the police to start cleaning up the mess he created.
None of this is new to students of armed self defense. Dunblane, Columbine, Virginia Tech and now Sandy Hook. Every time, the story is monotonously and sadly the same. Murderous mad men on the lose in an area where the honest can not legally defend themselves, and the police arriving too late to help.
I have to wonder how long we will continue to deny reality. Evil exists in the world. Some people are so deeply broken that they care not the level of evil they do. We can't identify them until after they act. We allow ourselves to be disarmed by laws that any intellectually honest court ought to rule a violation of our Constitutional rights. And we and our loved ones are all too often led to the charnel house.
It's time to tell the Bloomburgs and the Bradys of the world that we will no longer tolerate them or their nonsense. It's time for us to keep the pressure on them and push back the laws that prevent us from effectively exercising many of our rights.
It's high time to make sure that the list doesn't get longer. It's time to let the good guys carry everywhere, all the time.