Columbine and cannabis share the day

April 20 is an odd and sad day in history. 10 years ago Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School and killed 13 people and wounded 23 more. By doing so they sent an entire community into mourning and forced a country to rethink its policies. In the years that have passed very little has changed to address the situation in the United States. As a matter of fact, George Bush made sure that things actually got worse by allowing the assault weapon ban to expire in 2004.

It seems to me that we owe more to the memory of Columbine than talk. The NRA would rather see dead children than erode their precious second amendment right. Clinging to their guns. No other right in this country is better protected nor more deadly than this right. 9/11 made sure that free speech rights were damaged through the “Patriot” act. Looking at Prop 8 outcome in California, civil rights don’t seem to be that important to people.

But don’t take their guns. Got to have our guns.

Apparently 4/20 is also a day to honor pot smoking and for activists to protest the illegality of marijuana.  Nothing shows the misplacement of priorities than our country’s unwillingness to implement common sense gun control in this country while fighting a drug that is less a societal issue than alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never smoked pot and probably never will, but I really could care less if you do.  It just seems that guns have a much broader impact, and the vocal few that are worried about losing their guns are keeping the rest of the country hostage.

Maybe if Harris and Klebold had smoked a little pot, they would have been less inclined to kill their classmates. From what I know of pot smokers, planning isn’t a strong suit of theirs.

Hopefully one day we’ll become as enlightened as we think we are and we can prevent further massacres from happening, but as we found out at Virginia Tech just 2 years ago (almost to the day), the best protection that the  government  can offer and the policy that the NRA supports is duck and run.

  • grace

    I heard a commentator on the radio say something interesting about gun control. He said that in the last month in the U.S. fifty seven people died in 8 mass shootings and there is not a stir or mention of investigation or legislative action. Can you imagine if fifty seven people died in one month from tainted peanuts or spinach? Congress would be going crazy grandstanding and introducing legislation, and at least two major government offices would be tearing up the country’s farms and grocery stores trying to find out how and why.

    So why, when people die at the end of a gun, is it not worth any reaction? If I had to guess I would say because our legislators are cowards to the gun lobby.

    Furthermore, where is the media? Rancid peanuts gets front page for days, mass shootings disappear in 24 hours.

  • Spencer

    Here’s the thing – I think either politicians should have fixed terms or be elected for life. In the current system, they do things only to guarantee themselves reelection and rarely because it’s right. And what’s right may be popular, but as long as a lobby has clout and the ability to hurt politicians politically, what’s right will always be secondary.

    Rancid peanuts are easy, there’s no wrong answer there. It’s the kind of issue that you can rail against, and appear tough to your constituents even though we all know that there really is no choice but to come down hard.

  • silky

    nice post.