Will our nation allow the 20 children and their six heroic teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary to lose this battle? Or will we stand and fight for them?
The children were much too young to defend themselves, and given enough time, the thinking was, everyone would forget about the massacre, especially the gutless politicians who take their marching orders from the National Rifle Association.
Let us do the count, 26 dismembered bodies and empty brass shell casings from the 150-plus rounds of spent ammunition fired in less than 5 minutes. Wow, the gun nuts at the NRA must have got their shooting rush jollies after hearing this news. I can imagine the conversation now "Wow that Bushmaster 5.56 mm is damn awesome."
The body count could have been worse, but the supply of bullets the shooter carried that morning thankfully ran out before the police arrived at the massacre site. I saw parents weeping, the police officers walking around in total shock and disbelief after viewing the carnage inside the school. The news of little babies slaughtered shocked a nation on that December morning. We heard an NPR reporter apologize to his audience for breaking down during his report.
Less than a week later the country started hearing from the apologists for the NRA, gun makers and self-appointed defenders of the Second Amendment patriots, they all started coming out of their survival bunkers. We had the failed rock 'n' roll star Ted Nugent loudly ranting about his right to bear arms, yet when he had the chance to serve his country, and defend that Second Amendment right, Ole Ted passed on doing it with a government issued machine gun. He worked hard and managed to avoid service in Vietnam. Here we have this long-haired draft dodger speaking out. Maybe the fact that people in war, not babies in a classroom, would have shot back at him with weapons just as horrible might have impacted his love for assault weapons.
The cast of dishonest whackos goes on. The U.S. Senate's NRA-backed leader Sen. Harry Reid after a quick head count of votes and most likely a call from the NRA's director Wayne LaPierre decided not to include an outright ban on assault weapons as part of a bill, throwing a bone to the NRA leadership and the gun manufacturers.
Just not enough votes, he said, well how about those dead babies, Harry? They don't get a vote?
No background check would have prevented Nancy Lanza, the mother of the assailant, from buying the AR 15 Bushmaster used that morning. After all, she was employed as a teacher at Sandy Hook and she would have passed any background check. Nothing this side of an outright ban on assault weapons would have inhibited her from purchasing the tool of death that her son Adam used that cold morning to murder those babies and their teachers.
Four months have passed since those babies were slaughtered and nothing has happened to ban assault weapons for those who, for whatever reason, feel they need a machine gun to hunt deer, or to protect their guns and themselves from their government. What the hell is that about? When was the last time weapons were confiscated in the United States of America?
Despite the gallant efforts of President Obama and most importantly those of Vice President Biden, and the relatives of the victims, the babies and their teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary may be victimized again, by being relegated to the dustbin of history, just another mass killing. Sadly there have been so many, and the killings will never stop, until the American people say enough is enough, we give weapons of war to the military, not to deranged gun nuts that would use them to kill the innocent.
Evans, a Vietnam veteran originally from Charleston, lives in Antigua, Guatemala.