On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. One of thirteen wounded and six dead, Giffords was critically injured. Thankfully, she survived and is in the process of recovery. I wish her the best in this difficult endeavor. That said, I wish that the media would stop whining about this shooting and calling it a tragedy. This shooting was an inevitability. It was what the American people want!
I have been working from home recently and keep the television on in the background. Most often, either CNN, BBC or CBC will be playing. I had the opportunity to watch the ongoing coverage of the shooting. I watched the reporters try to fill up the days of continuing coverage, opining on terrorism, civility in political discussion, mental health, brain surgery and more. While some of it was interesting, it was often obvious that the reporters were doing their best to fill up time with recycled or information free content.
What was not discussed was the obvious. The US has enacted specific laws, rules and regulations about gun ownership and use. Its highest governing authorities (Congress, Judiciary, Executive and State governments) have allowed a culture of gun use, allowing gun ownership at a level that dwarfs that of any other country in the world. This is not a judgement. The US has decided that this is the place that guns have in their country. To the citizens of the US, it is important that they have the right not just to buy a gun but to legally carry it. An example of this can be found here.
So be it. This is the decision of the citizens of the US, as legislated by their representatives. Wrong or right, it is the law and there are certain inevitable consequences. When more guns are available and easily accessible, more guns will be used. The proper use of a gun is to put a bullet into a target. That target is dependent on the person using the gun. It can be a paper target, a tin can, a crime victim or a legislator.
As is often said, guns don't kill people, people kill people. This is true. A gun is an inanimate object with no volition. In the US, it is one of many easily available tools to accomplish tasks including target practice, crime and assassination. It is a tool that the country want to put in the hands of its citizens.
There is no judgement here about gun laws. The more guns available the more they will be used. It is obvious. So I have to say to many of those looking so shocked about the Arizona (and other) shooting. Stop the whining. This is what you want.