Is anyone surprised that this happened in a "Gun Free Zone"? Anyone?
U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation and will continue to receive updates throughout the day. He pushed for a change in gun laws when he spoke to reporters about the shooting Thursday. "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America -- next week, or a couple months from now," he said.(Presidential statement here)
at about 2:17 on the statement video, The President says:
It cannot be this easy for anyone who wants to inflict harm on another person to get his or her hands on a gun!Easy?
Firearms are the most restricted, legislated-against, controlled commercial product in American history. And yet Obama bemoans that it's to EASY?_____________________________________________________________
Well, for someone who has no history of mental disease, or felonious actions, it's easy. That's in keeping with the Second Amendment. But the issue isn't about guns, it's about people. As soon as we get technology which allows us to predict how people can act in unpredictable ways, we can stop this unpredictable activity. (re: Minority Report)
(Local sheriff statement here ... the sheriff refused to name the shooter, and rightly so)
(This current piece in REASON has a few things to say which I wish I had said first):
What's important in regards to the politics of Obama's speech right now is that neither you nor I nor Obama knows anything about what sort of weapon was used and how it was obtained or the shooter's background. I don't even know his name as I type.
Thus, he is undoubtedly overreaching beyond the facts when he speaks over and over about how apparently easy and simple gun-safety laws would have prevented this, or future tragedies like thisThe arrogance of our current president surpasses understanding.
I read the news about the massacre at Umpqua Community College (which by the way is pronounced "UMP" as in "Umpire" and "QUA" as in "QUALITY"), and I'm appalled once again by the societal influences which bring a person to the decision that they only way he can be made whole is to cause the slaughter of innocents.
Usually, this sort of tragedy is ended when the shooter commits suicide, and I wonder: "why the HELL didn't he just shoot himself first?"
UPDATE: May have posted his intentions on Social Media
Today, the police in Roseburg, Oregon (nice town, I've been there many times, it's only 120 miles away from my home) were both pro-active and timely. They responded to the calls quickly, found-and-fixed their target, and resolved the situation as expediently as possible. But they were too late to stop that asshole before too many people were slaughtered like lambs.
Unfortunate that there were no CHL (Concealed Handgun License) holders on the scene; they could have minimized the death toll, which was far too many innocents. I often wonder why America is so plentifully staffed with innocent lambs, and so understaffed with the sheep-dogs that a proper flock requires. We need to pay more attention to the needs of our
And we need to revisit the collegiate rules which mandate no CHL on campus in Oregon. The state laws allow CHL, but (as I've said so many times before) the colleges can make their own rules about no guns on campus, and enforce them by firing an employee who violates them, or by terminating a student who legally has the temerity to carry a firearm on campus.
... and this most recent tragedy is my fault because I am vehemently against Gun Free Zones, because that's the Happy Hunting Ground for mad men.