Now that US District Judge Larry Burns has ruled that Jared Lee Loughner is incompetent to stand trial, I’m left to wonder about a few things.
In case that you’ve forgotten, which Americans have a tendency to do, especially about events that reflect our violent and gun loving culture, Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 people in Tuscon, Arizona, killing six and wounding 13 others. Among those that he murdered were a Federal Judge, the 9 year old granddaughter of a baseball personality, and a member of the United States Congress. It makes me wonder, who remembers their names?
No one mentions Columbine anymore, and 13 of our children were shot and killed there. I wonder if it’s just too painful for us as Americans to remember or are we just ashamed that Americans haven’t taken the fight for gun control to Congress, the gun lobbyists and the NRA. It makes me wonder.
What happened to Loughner that caused him to explode that fretful day in Tuscon? How was he able to masquerade his mental illness without anyone noticing? How did he slip through the cracks? How many more powder kegs are there walking through the streets of our cities, invisible to us all until they, like Jared Lee Loughner, explode? It makes me wonder.
Why does the average law abiding citizen or gun enthusiast need to have high capacity ammunition clips, such as the one Loughner used that day to murder six Americans whose names we do not even remember? Those are clips that even the police can’t carry. And why do they fight so hard against making them illegal? It makes me wonder.
Why are there more and more cities across this beautiful country of ours passing open-gun carry laws? Are the Mayors of these cities going to deputize the citizenry to assist the police in rounding up the illegal immigrants? Or are the Mexican drug cartels going to attack the USA? It makes me wonder.
And finally, where will the next Columbine, Tuscon, or Fort Hood occur? It’s no longer a question of if. There’s no doubt about it happening again. When will a homegrown Islamist terrorist, armed to the teeth with assault rifles and semi automatic handguns that were acquired through a straw purchase in Georgia or Virginia (or even perfectly legally), walks into a terminal at one of our busiest airports and proceeds to double or triple the body count of Tuscon. It makes me wonder.