Monday, February 4, 2013

More Fuel For The Gun Debate?

Chris Kyle, a Navy seal, best-selling author, husband, and father, was killed Saturday Feb. 2,  at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort about 50 miles from Fort Worth. Authorities identified the shooter as Eddie Ray Routh, 25, a veteran who Kyle was apparently helping at the shooting range, where he and Chad Littlefield were gunned down at close range.

So what will the gun debate take away from these senseless murders? I have said before, I am a gun owner, but do NOT feel safer because of it. Do you think Mr. Kyle and Mr. Littlefield had weapons on them or close by?

You never know someone's mental stability. If someone wants to inflict deadly force on another, more often than not, it will happen. A simple point, but I think it explains this terrible tragedy.

Whether Mr. Kyle, nicknamed the "devil of Ramadi", had a gun on him, near him, or no gun at all, nothing prevented his murder. There are no easy answers and should there even be a debate? Everyone keeps talking about the 2nd Amendment and "the right of the people to keep and bear arms". How about we focus on our responsibility as people to improve the family unit, value systems, moral compass of our country and what we can do to better prepare the next generation.

I'm all for the 2nd Amendment, but it's going to take much smarter people, than I hear presently on the podiums to accomplish anything worthwhile. Just a thought, how about we focus some of the passion to what's going on "behind closed doors". If we all do that, only one thing can happen...we'll be better off tomorrow than we are today.

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