December 2012 was a very strange month. The last date with triple identical digits for this century was 12-12-12. A significant number of people were sure the world would end on 12-21-12, based on a remnant of the ancient Mayan calendar. A very large number of people felt that the “fiscal cliff” date of 12-31-12 would mark the day that America would take the world over the edge into the economic abyss. Just a few months later, and these dates are barely mentioned.
One date that will be remembered and talked about for a long, long time is 12-14-12, the day madness struck the innocent at Sandy Hook Elementary. It was the day a madman struck the heart and soul of America. December 14, 2012, joins December 7, 1941, as a day that will live in infamy. At least Pearl Harbor was a heavily armed naval base, and not a completely defenseless classroom full of children.
The second-guessing and fretful agonizing is in hyper-mode. All across the land, people are asking questions, “What could have prevented this tragedy? Were there any warning signs? Who can we blame? How do we make schools safer, our malls safer, our theaters safer?”
As answers are groped for, the predictable knee-jerk reaction is already in full swing. Talks of new laws are being contemplated, with stiff penalties for breaking them. Executive orders have been issued, calling for background checks, banning assault rifles, and limiting magazine sizes. Proposals are being put forward requiring armed guards in schools and allowing teachers with proper training to arm themselves. The purpose of this article is not to debate the merits of any of these ideas, but rather to question whether they actually get to the root of the problem. If laws and regulations were the answer, one law would be enough—“Thou shalt not kill.” The reality is that evil or deranged people do not abide by the law. Evil imaginations always find a way to inflict pain and sorrow. Fertilizer, airplanes, vehicles, and chemicals have all been used to devastating effect.
Laws and regulations have a place in civilized society, but they do not get to the root of the problem. There could be armed guards in every school, store, or business in America, and evil could still thrive. Allowing anyone who passes a background check the right to carry a concealed weapon won’t stop evil. Confiscating every single firearm that could be found will not stop evil. Many nations are armed camps with guards on every corner, and neither you nor I would want to live there or see our country follow in their footsteps.
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