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You Must Alter Human Nature

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WAGCEVP, Jul 12, 2003.


    WAGCEVP Active Member

    May 26, 2003
    You Must Alter Human Nature

    FYI (copy below):
    You Must Alter Human Nature
    By Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com Commentary
    July 11, 2003

    The nation's largest gun-control group says it is "dedicated
    to creating an America free from gun violence, where all
    Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their

    Whew. For a minute there, I thought no one could create
    such an America. But the "Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
    Violence united with the Million Mom March" (the group's
    official name) apparently believes that all Americans can be
    safe, if only we get rid of all those darned guns.

    The Brady Bunch, as I prefer to call them, issued a press
    release on Wednesday saying that "something needs to be
    done" about various people with guns who, this week alone,
    "killed people, wounded people, scared people." The press
    release lists four crimes committed by people deliberately
    misusing guns and one "gun scare."

    The murders of five people at a Mississippi factory on
    Tuesday prompted the Brady Campaign's press release, of
    course. Any time there's a high-profile shooting, the press
    releases aren't far behind, because that's how interest
    groups raise publicity - and money.

    I agree with the Brady Campaign that what happened at the
    Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., was criminal,
    deplorable, and very sad.

    But two other things strike me about the shooting. One
    involves guns, and the Brady people won't like my thoughts
    on that. The other involves thought itself.

    Press reports said a man who bravely tried to grab the gun
    away from the factory killer was shot through the hand and
    lost several fingers as a result of his serious injury. How
    much better it would have been if that same man had used
    that same hand, not to stop a bullet, but to reach for a gun
    of his own.

    The best way to stop an armed criminal is with equal or
    greater firepower, but sadly, no one in the factory had a
    gun. When bad guys run amok, the good guys are defenseless.
    Maybe the bad guys would think twice about shooting, if they
    knew the good guys were armed, too.

    Press reports described the shooter, Doug Williams, as an
    angry, racist man. Williams reportedly started shooting his
    co-workers minutes after he walked out of a meeting where he
    and other factory employees were lectured on the importance
    of getting along with co-workers, "regardless of their sex
    or race," as the Associated Press put it.

    For a man with anger problems and a reported tendency to
    mock and threaten blacks, the admonition to "be nice"
    appears to have been the breaking point.

    To the "can't-we-all-just-get-along" philosophy, Williams
    responded with an emphatic and violent "no." He killed five
    people and wounded eight others before killing himself
    because in the end, he apparently decided that no one was
    going to tell him how to think.

    Williams' deeds are indefensible. I don't understand how he
    could do what he did. But I do understand the futility of
    telling people what to think and how to act. Even people
    without anger problems get angry about that. All thinking
    people chafe at the advent of "political correctness" and
    the "nanny state."

    Long ago, before Americans grew such thin skins, we were
    told to ignore remarks that offended us. Now we wring our
    hands at every slight, real or perceived, and we send the
    offenders to anger management and counseling sessions that
    clearly don't always work.

    Human nature covers the gamut of thoughts, emotions,
    beliefs, and opinions, and most of them are unpopular with
    someone, somewhere.

    The only way to change that - the only way to create an
    America where everyone is safe - is to change human nature.
    The words of poet Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman run
    through my head:

    Cried all, "Before such things can come,
    You idiotic child,
    You must alter Human Nature!"
    And they all sat back and smiled.

    Susan Jones is morning editor for CNSNews.com.
  2. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Alter human nature and create the New Soviet Man?:rolleyes:

    Good thing the CCCP had all those good gun control laws so they could alter human nature and create the utopia that was the Soviet Union.:D
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    There's no "maybe" about it: only the dumbest of dumb criminals wittingly go up against armed law-abiding citizens.
  4. mattd

    mattd Member

    May 8, 2003
    South Omaha

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