Sandy Hook Elementary School: remove guns from people who didn’t do it?
THE Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut: Should guns be banned? Glenn Reynolds:
“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.” Burroughs continued: “I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”
Plenty of people — especially among America’s political and journalistic classes — feel differently. They’d be much more comfortable seeing ordinary Americans disarmed. And whenever there is a mass shooting, or other gun incident that snags the headlines, they do their best to exploit the tragedy and push for laws that would, well, take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.
There are a lot of problems with this approach, but one of the most significant is this one: It doesn’t work.
Adam Lanza did it. He forced his way into the school. and because the school was a gun-free zone, he was the only one armed.
The gunman who slaughtered 20 young children and six adults at a US school in Connecticut“forced” his way into the building, police say.
Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police said the man – identified widely in media reports as 20-year-old Adam Lanza – was not let into the Sandy Hook Elementary School “voluntarily”.
Photo: Gary Seri, general manager at the Stone River Grille, prepares to hang a message written on a table cloth in honor of the teachers who died along with students a day earlier when a gunman open fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. Seri said the teachers were scheduled to have their holiday party at his restaurant. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)