Patricia Walker: People trump guns

September 21, 2013 

People trump guns

In the wake of this week’s slaughter at the Washington Navy Yard, Second Amendment advocates will doubtless continue to tout their constitutional right to bear arms and insist that the gun didn’t kill those people, the man holding it did. Yet they will also just as surely refuse to agree to a national database, even though such a system could easily have prevented this tragedy.

This week’s killer clearly knew he was ill. He begged for help. If at the very least, authorities had entered his name in a national database, he could not have bought the gun that took so many innocent lives. And he, our fellow human being, a man who so desperately needed our help and compassion, might also still be alive.

At some point, we have to stop making this about macho Second Amendment rights and start making it about dead babies and mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and about sad, disturbed people who don’t deserve to die any more than their victims.

Patricia M. Walker

Raleigh

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