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.