It is a tool in the killer's hand."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (54 BC-39 AD).
Roman Rhetorician and Writer
People have been fighting the same battles, with the same words since the beginning of time. I can picture two cave men sitting around the fire discussing how "spears don't kill people, people kill people." On the other hand, people are still dead. I am blessed/cursed with the ability to see both sides of an issue. In almost all cases I have an opinion as to my idea of the "right" side, but I can generally understand the opposing opinions. For example, I am well aware that it takes a person to shoot the gun (an inanimate object) that injures or kills someone...i.e. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Although true, that statement has some holes. It is like saying automobiles don't take us to our destination, people take us to our destination. It may be true, but automobiles get us there a lot quicker and more efficiently.
I am a proud American and truly appreciate living in a country where my rights are protected. I also realize that if my rights are protected than the rights of those who disagree with me should be protected. For example, my desire to live in a world without guns needs to be weighed against someone else's desire to own a gun. I also realize that the unstable mass murderers who have decided to make schools, churches and movie theaters places where we can no longer assume we are safe, would have found a way around legality and committed the same heinous acts. It is more the drive by shootings, the accidental shootings, the drunk shootings and the domestic abuse shootings that bother me. It is just too easy to fall behind "it is my right as a citizen" and forget our rights and responsibilities as human beings.
I have always been a bit of a Fyodor Dostoevsky fan. His books are far from easy, and I need to read them a little at a time, but some of his ideas are quite interesting. In The Brothers Karamazov, one of his characters explained that: "he would 'return his ticket' to free will if the price of admission was human suffering." I have been a spectator to way too much human suffering due to the misuse of weapons. Something needs to change, and I don't believe it will be mentally ill people, gang members proving their worth, domestic abusers or inquisitive children who will change their ways. Maybe it is just time to take away their ability to hurt humanity, even if it means that you and I can't buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon at will. On the other hand, taking away a man's hunting rifle because I don't like to hunt is also leading us down a dangerous path. What we need is compromise...an unemotional meeting of the minds...between two sides of a very volatile topic.
Guns play a role in both of my reviewed books this week. John Ellsworth's thriller, Defending Turquoise has Attorney Thaddeus Murfee back in action in the fifth book in this series. In it he ends up defending a teenage girl and the D.A.'s wife in two different cases. The second book, Who Let the Dog Out?, features one of my favorite fictional attorneys, Andy Carpenter, and an arsenal of firearms that scared me to death. Author David Rosenfelt always shows his own wit through the words and actions of Andy, and this book is no exception.
As always, the complete reviews of these books follow my blog.