Our local representatives in the state legislature said Thursday that they favor the freedom to murder kindergartners over the freedom to prevent such mass murders.
State Sen. Tim Knopp and state Rep. Jason Conger, both Republicans, said they will fight any common sense gun safety measures that are gaining steam in Oregon in the wake of the December shootings in Connecticut and in Clackamas, a Portland suburb.
Knopp and Conger believe that military-style assault rifles, with high-capacity clips, are wonderful weapons and that Oregonians should be able to shoot them anywhere, anytime.
Knopp and Conger believe that the mass murders we routinely endure in this country are simply the price of our freedom to own virtually any gun we want. And, hypocritically, they claim to be "pro-life."
Many NRA types believe that our violent video games and movies are really the problem.
While violent video games and movies are definitely disturbing, there has been no documented case of a video game or a movie actually killing anyone.
Rather, in every case of a person who was shot to death, a gun was involved.
While Conger doesn't think an armed guard is the answer for our public schools, many others do, including a Redmond mom as reported on KTVZ.
Of course, there was an armed guard at Columbine and even a SWAT team at Virginia Tech. They did nothing to prevent those unspeakable tragedies.
The next step for the gun-fetish crowd is to arm everyone, even schoolchildren.
The problem, as all other developed countries have figured out, is the weapon.
When you get rid of military-type weapons you nearly eliminate mass shootings.
For those who want to shoot off assault weapons or defend the rights of citizens to be able to murder as many people as possible in the shortest time imaginable, the answer is to join the military.
Or, move to Somalia.