This blog involves two issues in current events, the first is the omnipresent drinking and driving and the second is gun control. The gun control issue is heating up to a boil today as a result of the recent shooting at an elementary school up north where countless kids were taken at the hands of a crazy man. Today President Obama is slated to make his recommendations for assault weapon gun control and probably push them through by executive order thereby side stepping the idiots in Congress who are unable and unwilling to accomplish anything other then 4pm drinks and lavish dinners at the Capital Grille paid for by the NRA while Congress stands around wondering what in the world they ought to do about these ongoing terrible tragedies, in fear of course that if they speak out the NRA will have them voted out of office next election.
This naturally poses a vexing situation for any good politician who desires to keep his seat and continue to ride the gravy train for another few years. After all, the NRA has a perfectly good solution to the military style firearm issue, hey “lets just put armed guards in all schools across the country” that should solve the problem because these guards can be all over the school at one time and protect all the students and that way we don’t have to ban these weapons. After all, the weapons are so important in our industrial society, everybody should have right to buy and own one of these; how could we possibly live without them? Thankfully, as a result of the tragic continued carnage which is spread throughout this county, even intellectually honest right wing gun folks realize the need for modification of assault weapon gun laws. Whether you like Obama or not, at least he has the fortitude to move on tough issues; he is not afraid of the fight, of Congress’s inept bullshit or the NRA. Gotta give him credit for that, right?
Anyway getting back to the matter at hand, according to above news clip it seems some brilliant decided to go out and get drunk and get into an accident. Following the accident he decided he had not had enough frolicking for one night so when the police arrived on scene he actually pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer. Well, the story did not end well for that poor sole. Apparently, the office was none to happy about having a gun pointed in his general direction in the hands of an impaired individual so the officer unloaded a few rounds at the drunk driver and the driver was killed.
It is unfortunate that the officer was put in that life threatening situation where he had to use his service revolver to end a situation which should never have occurred. It’s hard to imagine what was going through this poor guy’s head directly prior to some lead going through his body. One thought may be he was attempting cop assisted suicide. This is where people intentionally place cops in life threatening situations solely for the purpose of having the cops shoot them. I suppose it’s a faster and more full proof way to achieve the desired result and you get some news publicity at the same time. It’s not great for the officer however who may otherwise be able to go his entire career without shooting somebody in the line of duty. There are emotional ramifications for taking a life despite Hollywood’s glamorous characterization.
If the drunk driver was not attempting to commit suicide by this stunt, then the fatal shooting was even worse for the officer and the deceased. In other words it was the alcohol that lead to the result and the fact that this person had access to a handgun. Now handguns in this country will always be available secondary to the second amendment to the Constitution. Guns are too deeply entrenched in this Countries DNA and yet thankfully, this case ended the best way possible. As for these assault rifles, maybe we could consider removing our heads from other parts of our anatomy, do the right thing for a change and move onto the more daunting issues like government over spending, which would be enough to drive any man to drink to excess and commit cop assisted suicide.