But you can’t kill fourteen people quickly with an axe in an immigration center or lay in wait in ambush and kill three cops with a knife, now can you? The recent batch of mass murders were done with firearms and could not have happened if the killers didn’t have them.
Yes, one of the recent mass murders was a deranged brother who decapitated his sister and then got shot by a cop. If he’d had a gun, things probably would have been much bloodier.
This appears to be an inevitable result of the bad economy, a conservative movement circling the drain, feeling betrayed, isolated, and defeated, and the rampant eliminationist talk from right-wing nutjobs on the radio and TV.
We’re gathering more information about Richard Polawski, the 23-year-old man who decided to kill four Pittsburgh police officers and wound five others because it appears he was afraid they — at the behest of the Obama administration — were going to take his guns away.
But this is not just due to an irresponsible right wing egging on the unhinged. The Boston decapitator, the Binghampton slaughterer, and the Oakland police killer – just to name a few recent mass murderers – had no links to right wing politics. As for the Pittsburgh cop killer, right wingers tend to strongly support police, so why would he want to kill them? It makes no sense, but then none of the recent killings make sense.
People have a right to own guns. But those same weapons in the hands of the insane or desperate can kill too many too fast.
My guess, more than anything, it’s the economy that is pushing the marginally rational off the cliff into gibbering madness – and if they happen to have a gun handy and someone to blame…