I’m not bashful about sharing what my thoughts were.
“Why don’t they just give us this white guy’s name, run his picture and be done with it?”
Yes, I said it. I have a reputation for not giving violent black criminals any slack, so much so that I’ve gotten the Uncle Tom/sellout routine for it.
But here’s what my detractors don’t and have never considered: I don’t cut violent white criminals any slack either. Violent criminals are violent criminals. They all belong in the same prison.
In fact, if we could build a huge toilet, I wouldn’t mind dumping all the country’s violent criminals in it and flushing them all down the commode.
Not practical, of course, and there are Eighth Amendment issues involved.
If the profile of America’s gun-toting mass murderers happens to be young, white, male and mentally ill, then that’s precisely what I’ll write.
But the gender issue is more critical than the race one. I’m not saying there haven’t been women that have killed more than one person, but those are usually mothers that, for some reason, snapped and murdered their own children.
Please correct me if I’m wrong about this: has there ever been an instance of a woman taking a rifle or handgun and then murdering six, 10, 20 people that she doesn’t even know?
If it’s happened, it’s rare. It’s almost always a guy, so much so that we have to wonder if the combination of firearms and testosterone is, at best, a dicey one indeed.
So a “meaningful” conversation about guns, or some “meaningful” action to prevent tragedies like Newtown, would have to be this:
Pass a law allowing only women to own guns. Ban guys from having guns at all.
There are, at least, 300 million firearms in America. We can’t get rid of them all. But at least we can pass a law that says only members of the gender that has some sense can own them.
What a difference one letter in a word can make. America doesn’t have a “gun” problem. It has a “guy” problem.