School started Wednesday for my son. Another school shooter made news this week by taking a military-style weapon into a school in Georgia. He wanted the media to film him while he killed policemen. A school full of young children and their parents are traumatized by the event, which luckily ended with psychic scars and not mass murder.
While watching this news report I flipped through the advertising inserts in my mailbox and found a half-page ad for such weapons in the sale brochure for the new Field & Stream store, which just opened in the region. Having grown up in a family with sportsmen who were hunters and had many guns for that purpose, I was left scratching my head. In this new store devoted to outdoor life and recreation, how do military-style weapons fit into that picture? They do not. There is no legitimate reason that hunters need such guns unless humans are their target. Why take the risk of selling the most dangerous weapon available, which we know is a prized possession in the criminal community and the choice of too many psychotic killers?
The argument often made is a shooter can use any gun and they are all lethal. True enough. If a school shooter is armed with a military-style weapon, however, their bravado and bloody carnage are magnified.
Please remove these guns from the inventory of your beautiful new store. Take one small step toward protecting the children who are going back to school and tragically may become some madman's prey.