Saturday, July 9, 2016

There will be Deaths, as Long as Guns are Everywhere

   In Minnesota, tragedy. "I told him not to reach for it," an officer is heard saying on the video after the shooting. "I told him to get his hand out." Watching the video, you can tell the officer is clearly spooked.
   The Minnesota shooting was not a case of the officer shooting in a spirit of hatred. The officer was frightened by a gun in the car. As Minnesota attorney Thomas Kelly told the Associated Press, "This had everything to do with the presence of a gun."
   One must wonder. We are not of a mind to outlaw guns, but if we did, would Philando Castile yet be alive? If he had not had a gun, would the traffic stop never have escalated to his death. Consider, then, that this is true: A simple traffic stop can escalate into a shooting simply because a gun is on the scene.
   We might not want to ban guns. We certainly should not, in light of the Second Amendment. But, we should see there will be meaningless deaths as long as guns are everywhere.

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