After I picked up my son from school the other day we started to drive off but had to stop short of one of the crosswalks. I paused to think of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut as the large group of children started to cross the road; many were of the same age as those who were brutally murdered by this deranged killer. While we sat idling in front of the "gun free zone" something struck me. In reality I was sitting inside one of the deadliest potential weapons imaginable; more powerful than any small arm.
I was driving a plain white Ford F-150 4x4 truck with a 'high capacity' V8 engine. I guess you could call it a 'sporting' truck. Fortunately, myself and the other drivers around me were of sound mind and there was no tragic incident on that particular day. But what if someone of unsound mind were to get hold of one of these deadly weapons? From where I was sitting, the only barrier to a disaster two, maybe three times the size of the one in Newtown was my sound mind maintaining control over my right foot. I shudder to think of the carnage that could have quickly been unleashed upon those dozens of innocent lives if my 'weapon' had been in the wrong hands.
Is it time to redirect valuable resources and initiate a national debate on this intolerable threat to humanity? Should all of these vehicular 'weapons' just be banned outright? Or should only certain types be banned? What if I were to make some cosmetic changes to my plain white 'sporting' truck such as a camouflage paint job with black accents? Should it then be reclassified as an "assault" truck? Should it then be banned as such even though it functions exactly the same as the plain white 'sporting' truck? Even if I were to add twenty horsepower to its capacity, would it really make a large difference in any outcome? By the same token, would the addition of Obama bumper stickers and a pink paint job make my 'sporting' truck any less lethal?
The more I look around the more I realize that short of abolishing the Constitution and living our lives in padded cells, we will never be totally safe from those who are truly committed to perpetrate mass murder. Perhaps if more of the known insane were actually kept in such a cell, we could worry just a little bit less about the welfare of our children?
Scott blogs at www.politiseeds.com