As all of you know, there was a tragic shooting early Friday in Colorado that claimed the lives of at least a dozen people and injured nearly 60. Of course, Colorado was also the site of the Columbine High School tragedy.
We just can't allow people to get guns and kill innocent men, women, and children. Why did people need such weapons anyway? There's no good reason that I know.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads, "A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Anybody that belongs to a militia, which today is the National Guard, should be able to have a gun on duty. But the Second Amendment is not a license to kill.
I examined the Colorado law governing gun ownership when I heard about the shooting. Colorado is the wild west where are virtually no limitations on gun sales. You don't need a permit, registration, or license to buy or carry a handgun, shotgun, or rifle purchase. All you need are cash and a holster or gun rack.
I thought that there would be a rush to control the easy availability of guns in the aftermath of the Gabby Gifford's shooting. But the National Rifle Association with its power and money stopped any attempts to limit the purchase of weapons. We spent hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq to get rid of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. If only we could make such an effort to get rid of the very real weapons of mass destruction here in the United States.
In that case, the shooter walked into a store and was able to purchase an automatic weapon without a background check even though he had a history of mental illness.
Friday's tragic shooting took place in a movie theater. But life is not an action adventure movie where the hero sprays machine gun fire everywhere to kill bad guys for 90 minutes. The people who died were flesh and blood, and not celluloid.