Political cowardice a disservice to the Sandy Hook victims
The Kansas City Star
Court documents released today reveal the stunning extent of the arsenal that Adam Lanza kept inside his Connecticut home. He had enough weaponry to ward off a small militia.
The results of a search warrant also reveal what Lanza took with him when he left his house after killing his mother, and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
From the Associated Press report:
“… Lanza killed all 26 victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. Lanza had another loaded handgun with him inside the school as well as three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster.
… 154 spent .223 casings were recovered at the scene. A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in the Honda Civic Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing 70 rounds of Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds.”
It is amazing and appalling that so many politicians have been hoodwinked into believing that the U.S. Constitution guarantees somebody like Lanza the right to procure this extent and sort of deadly weaponry, and since Sandy Hook they’ve only become more entrenched. Especially disheartening is the thinking now that even a limit on rounds in magazines may be out of reach. Why?
The deadly mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., was finally stopped when the shooter was forced to reload. Only then did two unarmed senior citizens got close enough to take him down.
Adam Lanza had rigged his weapon to reload quickly, but police in Connecticut have said at least six children were able to escape a first-grade classroom when Lanza briefly stopped firing, either because his gun jammed or to reload.
If there is any chance that limits on rounds can save lives, why wouldn’t we do it? What citizen not involved in law enforcement needs to be armed with 30-round magazines?
Congress appears ready to waffle on gun safety. If legislation is passed at all, it won’t be substantive enough to make a difference. What’s happening in the political process is a disservice to the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook and the other mass shootings.