Why Are We Shocked When Assault Weapons Are Used To Kill People?

‘At least 27 shot to death, many of them children.’

Americans were jolted out of their holiday cheer Friday with the news that an elementary school in Connecticut was the latest scene of mass murder. Early reports suggest that over 100 rounds were fired, and 2 semi automatic assault weapons (a Glock and a Sig Sauer) were recovered from the scene.

The shooter was not intending to hunt animals with those guns, folks.

Assault weapons were designed to kill Billy and Susie, not Bambi and Thumper. So why are we always shocked when they are used to do just that?

The zealots at the National Rifle Association will soon launch into their defense of these semi automatic weapons: ‘Guns don’t kill people, people do’ and insist ‘It’s our constitutional right.”


The 2nd amendment argument employed by these Rambo wannabes is a perversion of our Constitution. Think about it. Loading and firing a gun was a fairly lengthy process in the 1700s. Could our Founding Fathers have even imagined magazines and guns capable of killing many with a simple press of the trigger? Did they really intend for every citizen to possess such a weapon?


We love our guns in northern Minnesota, to be sure. Hunting wild game is a part of our culture, and for some, necessary to put food on the table. But no one, repeat no one, needs a semi-automatic gun to shoot a duck, a deer or a rabbit. Assault weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only – to kill people. That people sometimes choose to use semi-automatic assault weapons for their designated purpose should come as no surprise.

We need to either accept today’s horrific scene of many adults and children dead as collateral damage for permissive gun control laws or stop allowing every Tom, Dick and Mary from owning or possessing weapons capable of mass execution.