Blame criminals, not objects, for killings
Well here we go again; another horrible tragic event has occurred, and let’s sue the maker of the inanimate object to get a free pay day.
This time, it’s the maker of the guns that killed the Texas school children.
I don’t understand the process of blaming the object for the awful situation. With logic like this, why not blame the car in the drunk driving accident resulting in death?
The car started, was able to be put in gear, the gas pedal worked perfectly, never mind the mentally challenged drunk driver.
Why not put the blame squarely on the mentally unstable shooter?
I feel like the suing of the gun maker is an attempt just to get money or social media pandering to have a gain of some value over loss of life.
Will you be suing the whip for horse racing animal cruelty?
This reasoning applies, it must be the whip’s fault for making the horse run faster, not the little guy riding on the horse’s back.
What about in New Mexico, at the set of film “Rust,” the gun magically fired itself, not that Alec Baldwin pointed the pistol and had his finger “near” the trigger before the director falls dead from a bullet wound.
Suing object makers for the deaths of people shows no justification for the tragic events, it excuses the person of liability who actually performed the horrific act.
Do media, politicians care about deaths?
The horror of the recent mass shootings deserves the attention of the media and political leaders, and I am open to well-designed gun control.
Example: juvenile records should be open and considered in gun license applications.
But in considering new gun laws, remember that only a small fraction of homicides have been committed with legally owned firearms.
This number is then dwarfed by ever increasing rate of suicides, and that number is further dwarfed by the tremendous number of opioid deaths.
These deaths are not less significant, and the grieving families don’t suffer less.
But neither the media coverage nor the politicians’ statements has ever approached the recent fixation on “assault weapons” as the root of all evil.
More homicides are committed with no weapon than are committed with all (including “assault”) rifles.
I also note the lack of attention given to serious root cause analysis of mass shootings.
Forty years ago, more people owned guns, and mass shootings were almost unheard of.
Psychoactive drug use is up. Family stability is down. Exposure to on-screen violence is up. On-line polarized communication is skyrocketing.
Some of these get mentioned, but without any concrete actions.
Example: suspend HIPAA privacy, perform toxicology, and report drug use by perpetrators.
Given all of this, it is hard for me to think that the point of the media and politician’s attention is primarily to save lives.
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