Just weeks after the tragedy in Aurora, we now have a fresh tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For reasons unknown, a lone gunman armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol opened fire at a Sikh Temple, killing six worshipers at prayer and injuring several others, including a 20 year veteran police officer. The gunman is also dead, so we may never know why this individual decided to do what he did.
But I am absolutely positive of one fact. The gun did not cause the incident. The perpetrator of this horrific crime caused the incident. He is to blame, not the weapon in his hand.
"But what if he did not have a gun? What if it were illegal to own pistols?" are the next arguments by the people who will attempt to use this tragedy as another in a long line of protests against private ownership of firearms.
With no offense intended to any of the victims or their families, I can state without fear of correction a can of gasoline and a match could have accomplished as much as the firearm did. If the perpetrator was motivated to kill, he could have accomplished this without the use of a firearm.
Do we need to take a serious look at our treatment of Mental Health in this nation? Absolutely!
Do we need another pretext to try to take the guns out of the hands of responsible citizens in the United States? Absolutely not!
Let's focus on the tragedy and how to prevent it.