Yes, actually. Here I must interject this case of vigilantism gone totally wrong. This article about an Arizona immigrant family attacked by vigilantes is enough to make a grown man cry. "Or it should be if that grown man has any common sense or empathy at all. From the article: " Investigators said that she was originally a member of the anti-immigrant Minuteman Project but left to form a more extreme breakaway group. Members claim that it is their civil duty to protect the Mexican border with weapons as the authorities are unable to do so." Whatever. Here is a woman preying on innocent people using the excuse that they may be drug dealers and she robs them to fund her vigilante group.
My neighborhood would have heard my loud sigh after reading this article if it hadn't been for the fact that all the windows are closed tightly against the winter cold. How is it that anything like this is acceptable in our "new normal" world? Can people with guns lurk around in camouflage clothing and forcibly enter the home of a poor immigrant family? Can these people with guns then think they are justified in shooting a nine year old girl point blank? What is going on? What is it with innocent 9 year old girls in Arizona mowed down with no thought? What is it with people with guns justifying their murders with some sort of feeling of vigilante justice? I am almost speechless. But not speechless enough to forget that this happened and to make sure as many people as possible know about these kind of shootings. Knowledge is powerful and can lead to action. If the "gun guys" don't want this stuff known because it hurts their case for more guns making us safer, their cover is blown. These things are happening now so frequently that they are becoming the "new normal." One wonders what kind of country we want to have? ( More on that in another post)
But I digressed. Sorry. Under the new norm, law abiding gun owners don't make mistakes or do anything wrong. In addition, they are saying that they need their guns not only for self defense, but now in case of an insurrection against the government. For the most part, background checks are odious and inconvenient. They take too much time. Let's just get rid of them and we'll all be just fine. Those criminals and mentally ill folks who would get more guns now from licensed dealers? Never mind. A few lives lost are to be expected as long as gun owners' rights are not tampered with or changed in any way. Mass shootings? Gunmen could easily have killed those people with 10 round magazines because- well just because.
Oh, and by the way, the new normal among the gun folks is to throw legal terminology around to try to stop the debate in it's tracks. Here is a great example of a recent commenter on my blog trying this tactic: "
And don't take away any of those 30 round magazine clips. The gun guys and girls like to play with them on the shooting range. They're fun to shoot off. And in case a bunch of thugs show up at their doors, they might just need that many rounds to take them out. Moreover, why let the military and police have that many rounds if the average citizen can't? ( their words, not mine) Because, you know, those citizens so concerned about their liberty and freedom might need a whole lot of ammunition to fight against those pesky police officers (who get shot because they don't practice enough and don't follow safety procedures like the rest of the responsible gun owners- their words, not mine). And fighting the military? Why not? Don't take away the ability to buy .50 caliber rifles or other military type weapons. And those semi-automatic assault rifles? Don't mess with them. They can be turned into automatics easily and used with grips, scopes and lots of large capacity magazines in case a military unit shows up at the door. Or maybe even machine guns? They would love to have the ability to buy those more easily but dang it, you have to get a special license to buy a machine gun. Oh well.
The new norm includes name calling intimidation and nonsense like this: "