Will the terrible tragedy of Virginia Tech become the new rallying cry for gun control? Will the second amendment now be on trial? I hope not.
Usually when I write a post for BlueNC it is long and probably a little much, but this time I would like to get right to the point.
Last week I wrote an article about Abortion. In it I very deliberately reiterated the fact that our Constitution is only good and valid in its entirety. The parts of our constitution we use to propound the many positions we take, and the rightness of them, are part and parcel of the rest of the Constitution, yes even the parts we do not like to discuss at times.
No-one should repress their grief for these innocent victims of this madman-student. He decided that, although his own life was over, it would be more comforting, to him, to take as many people with him as he could. This guy was sick, disturbed and dark to the point that none of us will ever really know the “why” we are seeking to know today. Thirty-three young lives lost, several wounded and we may never know the true “why”.
When my own son Billy was shot in Iraq, I know what that did to me during the time immediately after being told. I was in the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad at the time. All I could think about was what a good boy my Billy had always been and how a more gentle human being never existed. I was numb, I was scared, and I was heartbroken all at once.
I have no idea what the families of the slain students are going through. My son lived and I was devastated.
I would never presume what these families must be feeling. My heartfelt love and hope are with them. The personal loss I feel is real, not only for the families, but for all of us as Americans. Part of us all died at Virginia Tech two days ago.
Some, I fear, will seek to take early advantage of this incident, while the wounds are still open, to attack the second amendment to the Constitution, which grants Americans the right to bear arms. I will not provide a dissertation on this issue. The title of this article actually expresses my feelings.
I will just say this. We Americans have just experienced another real national tragedy which will go into our history books and into the annals of world history as a very dark day indeed.
There is much we can do to try and prevent this from ever happening again, and we must do all we can do within the parameters and limitations of the U.S. Constitution, as it is.