Monday, May 26, 2014

Let's Cut the Man Some Slack

Richard Martinez blamed the NRA for the death of his son -- murdered by an over-privileged, entitled, spoiled sissy who shall remain forever nameless as far as I am concerned.

I have sympathy for a grieving father, and I can understand an irrational, emotional outburst under the stress and anguish he must feel.  My heart goes out to him, and he will be in my prayers. 

The senseless and sad death of Christopher Martinez was the result of a decision and evil actions by another individual human being -- a free moral agent, not an inanimate object, not any organization, not any politicians.  Three individuals were stabbed to death.  Three others were shot to death.  Several more people were injured by the vehicle the sick creep was driving.  If the killer had not had access to firearms, Christopher Martinez and the two other victims who were shot might still be alive.  We don't know.

What we do know is that no currently or recently proposed legislation regarding background checks or restrictions would have prevented the murderer from obtaining his firearms.  Restrictions on firearms in California are already more stringent than in the majority of states.  The killer was a member of the privileged class, part of the Hollywood elite, his father an associate producer and evidently reasonably well-off financially.  In all likelihood, it was his father's money that funded some thousands of dollars in purchases of firearms, magazines and ammunition, as well as the BMW he drove.

What we know is that parents who try to prevent their children from ever facing unpleasantness and who smooth over all of life's challenges often end up raising irresponsible little princes and princesses unable to cope with even the most basic and mundane aspects of human existence.

Much like the murderer responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre and the twisted piece of crap that shot up the movie theater in Aurora, CO, this perpetrator was incapable of handling minor stresses that most of us would find, at worst, a little embarrassing.  We don't have too many guns.  We have too many coddled children who need some chores to do.  


  1. "We have too many coddled children who need some chores to do."

    The problem with common sense like this, is that it's no longer common.

  2. Thanks. You know, I understand that the world has changed, and we're no longer mostly farmers. But you would think parents would realize that teaching their kids to be responsible and imparting a work ethic to them is a big part of the job.