It didn’t take long after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., for the mainstream media to jump on the gun control bandwagon. Leading the charge was Piers Morgan, who just minutes after learning of the tragedy, and without any information on the shooter, the guns used, or how those guns were obtained, had called for a ban on all handguns. He then retweeted Michael Moore, stating Americans are entitled to free mental health care “and an end to violence as public policy.” Dozens of pundits and politicians joined in the chorus of restricting access to handguns and an across-the-board ban on assault rifles…
Then there was Soledad.
In an interview this morning with Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., Soledad O’Brien brought up a question I hadn’t yet heard since the tragedy: “What is the normal amount of guns that people can own?”
The CNN host has previously stated guns are the problem, as have many journalists in the mainstream. That we expect and endure. Now it seems the discussion is turning to support an invasion into our homes; to support a governmental responsibility limiting the amount of weapons citizens are able to obtain to protect themselves and their families.
“We know he used guns and that’s how he killed 26 people, and then took his mother’s life and then took his own life,” O’Brien stated. “It was guns.”
Yes, Soledad, it was guns that killed these innocent children, but it was a maniac who pulled the trigger. There is a lot we still don’t know about 20-year-old Adam Lanza. We don’t know the toxicology reports and whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Reports state that he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, but Asperger’s and schizophrenia are very closely linked with many patients being diagnosed with both simultaneously. We don’t know if he was taking psychotropic drugs or if he hadn’t been treated at all. We don’t know if he sought out for help prior to this, or if there are computer records indicating he had planned it or had help in planning it.
What we do know is that he stole these weapons from his mother. He did not obtain them legally. In fact, Wolf Blitzer reported this morning that Lanza tried to obtain his own guns at a local gun store using his brother’s license but was denied anyway because he didn’t have the proper permit. That development seems to suggest that Connecticut’s gun laws worked.
It’s impossible to have a genuine discussion about limiting access to certain types of guns and the amount of weapons a law-abiding citizen can keep in their home, if we don’t know all of the details. The truth is, we never really know why these things happen, but as Mary Bono Mack responded to Soledad this morning, “The guns didn’t make him snap. He snapped and then sought out the guns.”