We are from, and of, the appliance industry. For the most part we work with the necessities of life: food and clothing, so the analogy is imperfect…….but bear with me:
Our business is the building and marketing of machines to do two things:
- Make easier that which is difficult.
- Make possible that which might be impossible.
It really is not more complex than this. Though we certainly would cook food if appliances did not exist, we would not likely be making soufflés, or complex French recipes with hollandaise sauce, or any number of recipes that would be out of reach to all but the most accomplished appliance-free caveman. But with these fantastic appliances, almost anyone has hope to replicate the great works of Julia Child.
Machines make clothing inexpensive through mass production, while washers and dryers make owning ambitious wardrobes made of exotic fibers possible.
Before this mechanized revolution, one could only hope to own a few ragged pieces of clothing.
As the machines got better, the difficult became easier and easy. The impossible became a snap.
When machines are designed, built, and mass produced to simplify mass murder, then there will be more mass murders. Where it is difficult to get these machines, mass murders are few. Muzzle loaders were revolutionary in the ease of murdering one, but not more.
As the technology improved the numbers ratcheted up.
The argument often heard at times like these, “that folks who want to kill will find a way to kill”, is a fallacious argument, that flies in the face of all that we know about human nature and technology, and all we know from every other country on Earth.
This argument is really an implied defense of unlimited, unrestricted gun and ammunition ownership.
It is an argument that leads to the events of yesterday, and the events of last week, and the month before that…..and unfortunately to the predictable events which await us next year, and all the years to come. It is time we put the pin back in the grenade.
We propose that:
- military style assault weapons be banned, and that units that exist be confiscated.
- weapons that hold more than 6 rounds be banned and confiscated.
- weapons and ammunition designed to penetrate bullet proof material, or designed for maximum damage be banned and confiscated.
- that weapons with clips, or rapid loaders be banned and confiscated.
- that the number of functional weapons owned by an individual be restricted. Collectors would need to disable, and clearly mark, anything over that count, or leave the collection at gun clubs, or they would be confiscated.
We believe in protecting the tools of hunting, and allowing restricted ownership of weapons for personal protection. Our founding fathers did not create our constitution to make the murdering of 28 people, 20 of whom are children, so easy, so casual, so fast. A lark which could be accomplished without risk, and without effort through the widespread availability of improved killing technology. Technology which has been used BOTH by the longterm sick and frustrated AS WELL AS the temporarily angry and insane.
We have all been accomplices in these reigns of terror.
Isn’t it time we stopped making it so easy for them to kill so many of our kids.
And as if to make the point……China, which has had a run of incidents such as these of late, coincidentally had another on the same day as the Newtown attack: 22 children age 6 – 11, stabbed by a madman. Two seriously injured, but no deaths.