The Norman Transcript


May 20, 2013

U.S. must address shootings



Those guns toted by people in Walmart are almost never used to protect the innocent. The vast majority that are used to kill will be those used to injure or kill an innocent.  (Forutnately, most will never be used at all.)

If the NRA were to follow through with its suggestion to remove guns from those most likely to use them to commit crimes, they would find that they just suggested taking guns from white males between the ages of 16 and 75 who work for a living and are in a relationship. In states where such men lose access to guns because of an incidence of domestic violence, murder rates involving women in relationships with such men plummet.

Simple cause. Simple solution. And the NRA called it, even though it never realized it.

Still, the larger problem is the inability of this country to have a reasoned discussion on the topic. When the president proposes gun law, he is cast as a dictator. When schools want additional safety, the extremist position of arming more people is suggested casually, as if adding fire to fire will dampen the flames.

No one seems to realize that putting armed guards in schools will result only in mass shooters moving to the other soft targets that exist — day care centers, retirement centers and movie theaters come to mind quickly.

The bombers in Boston didn’t take guns to their killings. Security there was already tight, so they ramped it up a notch and took bombs. They were, of course, armed to the teeth. Remember, these people might be unstable, but they’re not idiots. More than 250 million guns are in civilian hands already in this country. Not a single one stopped the recent mass shootings. Not one stopped the bombing.

America doesn’t need to ban guns. It couldn’t even if it wanted to. America doesn’t need to destroy the Second Amendment, but America does need to find targeted solutions to a very real problem.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Border obsession overlooks trade

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Intercession badly needed in this world

    Yesterday was my feast day, or as the Italians call it, my “onomastico.” Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. If I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That’s because ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014

  • We should be offended by things that matter

    Editor, The Transcript: I’m offended. Why you say? I live in the USA, in Norman — a great town. What could possibly offend me? I’ll tell you. It’s people that are offended by the most meaningless things (what to call an evergreen tree in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Porch leap looked muchbigger as a kid

    It’s no secret that porch designs have changed over the years. Drive through new Norman developments and look at the porches. Most only have room for a potted plant and a spot to drop those UPS packages, no place for a porch swing or ...

    July 27, 2014

  • State, local jobmarkets look up

    A tight labor market is often a big problem for economic development professionals. They need to be able to promise companies that there are willing workers in the community’s labor pool....

    July 26, 2014

  • Keeping the war buried

    International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels. ...

    July 26, 2014