May 19, 2018, Prescott-
I reeled, a bit, at the latest slaughter on a school campus. Truth be told, there isn’t much more room for me to be knocked over, anymore. What the alt-right can’t refute, it denies completely. Yes, every time innocent kids are killed, my mind goes back to Sandy Hook, and the imbeciles who threatened a man who took in other people’s children and hectored the families of the slain. I was angry enough, at that time, to go to Connecticut and dare them to continue with their outrageous attacks. In the true sense of justice, they’d have faced charges of accessory to murder, after the fact.
I stayed put, here in Arizona, and while time has tempered my anger, it has not changed my view. There was more than one killer, in Santa Fe, TX, yesterday. The adults who bullied the young man who took so many lives (13, at last count) are just as guilty as he. in addition, anyone who does him the disservice of excusing his actions, is an accessory to murder after the fact. He gave himself up and, at least for now, is showing the courage to face justice for his deadly behaviour.
The larger question, ever since the Texas Tower slaughter of 1966, has been preventing the mentally ill from owning, or even having access to , any kind of deadly weapon, let alone a firearm. I know there is a Federal law that allows confiscation of a weapon that has been specifically used to threaten the life of a person, because Bureau of Indian Affairs police seized three guns from a man who had stated he would kill another man, back in 1998. I know this, because I made the call that brought them into the matter.
I have been told, by my Congressman, that there are a number of state and Federal laws that also regulate the possession and use of firearms by those not of age or of sound mind. This is all well and good, but this passel of laws needs to be uniform. Otherwise, the many loopholes and jurisdictional disputes that allow illicit access to weapons- by people not affiliated with gangs or other criminal elements, but who are nonetheless a danger to self and others, will continue to find the path to mayhem all too enticing.
This leads me to mental health and bullying, which will be the next topics of discussion on this issue.