“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
This oft cited Albert Einstein quotation has been running through my mind as I watch the television news coverage of the stunning mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse Club.
Sitting here north of the border and seeing mass shooting after mass shooting followed by calls for more, not fewer guns is nothing short of astounding. We all knew it would be stated, most people knew who would say it, and sure enough within days if not hours of the murder of 49 innocent victims by a lunatic with an assault rifle there it was. Presumptive GOP candidate Donald J. Trump stated that more guns would have reduced the number of fatalities in the Pulse Club.
“If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn’t have had the tragedy that you had,” Trump said in a CNN interview. Yesterday he reaffirmed his position pointing out that if club patrons had ‘guns on their hips’ there would still have been deaths, but not the ‘carnage’ that took place.
I can’t conceive of how a madman opening fire with an assault rifle on a room full of people innocently dancing and socializing could be made worse other than by having several additional guns in the hands of panicking club goers. The first step to reducing and ideally eliminating these atrocities requires fewer not more guns.
Pro-gun commentators are fond of trotting out the tired old ‘if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns’ cliche and ‘the best way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun’. But what if the bad guy was unable to get a gun?
Until such time as guns are reined in, controls placed on their purchase and use, and most importantly a sea change in the current gun culture that exists in the United States I fear repeats of the Pulse Club and Sandy Hook shootings are inevitable.